Michael Symon once said, “One of the great skills of a chef is to cook an egg perfectly. If you can cook a perfect sunny-side up egg, a perfect scrambled egg, a perfect omelette, you have the finesse to cook pretty much anything.” As the most important meal of the day, a stellar breakfast sets the tone to a good morning and fuels you for the activities to follow. Here are 5 places that always hit a grand slam, and we don’t mean Denny’s.
1 Bongo Room
A Wicker Park staple for almost 10 years now, if you’re not going for the decadent and seasonally changing pancakes or french toasts, the egg dishes are as good as you can get. Smoked gouda, chives, and Canadian bacon are a personal favorite, but mix and match your cheeses and veggies.
1470 N. Milwaukee. 773.489.0690. http://www.thebongoroom.com/
2 Meli Café & Juice Bar
Meli, the Greek word for honey, the sweetness is in the details. Using only Egg-land eggs which were chosen America’s Best-tasting egg by the Professional Chefs of America, there are a variety of interesting topping choices like pork pancetta, shallots, and kalamata figs.
540 N. Wells St. 312.527.1850. http://www.melicafe.com/
Serving eggs since 1996, the scrambles and omelettes at Toast are first class. Opt for the pesto scramble, smoked salmon omelette with dill havarti or lorraine with applewood bacon, gruyere and onion.
746 W. Webster Ave. 773.935.5600. http://www.toast-chicago.com/
4 Tempo Cafe
If you’re in search of a late night snack, Tempo, open 24/7 is the late night spot to hit. Aside from the staples like the understated Artemis omelette of artichoke, tomato and swiss good for the safe egg eater, if you’re more adventurous try the Jamaican- banana, walnut, honey.
6 E. Chesnut St. 312.943.4373. http://www.tempocafechicago.com/
Each gourmet omelette is made with three Grade AA farm fresh eggs and baked in the French style. Meat lovers go with the Cook’s Calling of ham, bacon and sausage or go guilt-free with an egg white delight of spinach, mushrooms, and red pepper.
35 W. Ontario St. 312.870.6773. http://www.eggsperiencecafe.com/