People always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I wholeheartedly agree. The list of breakfast places below isn’t full a bunch of bland and fancy restaurants with a vague idea of breakfast. These are some of the best places I have ever been to get my morning meal, pancakes, eggs and more.
1 The Original Pancake House
This is not technically a local restaurant, I know they have over 100 franchises across the US, but it is literally my favorite breakfast place in the world. The pancakes are amazing, I have been going here for as long as I remember. It’s not just all nostalgia though, I guarantee you would be hard-pressed to find a better pancake. Also try their signature Apple Pancake and Dutch Baby if you care to sample their specialties.
Yolk is making its second top 5 appearance in the last three weeks and it’s for good reason. It is one of the best all around breakfast places you will find, every item on their menu is good. Any breakfast restaurant I’m willing to wait a hour for has got to be good. They even find a way to combine dinner favorites with breakfast, like their pot roast benedict, which is a English muffin and their signature pot roast topped with two poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce.
3 Honey Jam Cafe
Honey Jam is right outside of Chicago and is owned by the same company as the beloved Portillo’s. Once you go to Honey Jam once, you are hooked. From the gourmet pancakes to their “sizzlin’ skillets,” they make incredible food that you can’t get enough of. The gourmet pancakes are great, but their regular pancakes are ridiculously addictive, skip the short stack and indulge in a large order. Don’t forget to get a side of the cherrywood-smoked bacon.
4 The Bongo Room
The Bongo Room has been delighting their customers stomachs since opening in 1993. They do seasonal breakfast and brunch food in a unique way, like the sweet side of the menu that includes pumpkin carrot cake flapjacks and cannoli hotcakes. The savory side includes favorites like the croissant sandwich and breakfast burrito, which may never leave the menu. This is one of those restaurants that you will definitely want to your out of town friends to try. But don’t sleep too late, they close shop at 2:30 PM on weekdays and 2:00 PM on weekends.
As much as I love pancakes, I can’t forget about the other breakfast favorite. Waffles Chicago specializes in, of course waffles. But these are definitely waffles you will rarely see, including green tea, red velvet, chicken and bacon, albondigas (lamb and prok meatballs in a tomato stew served over a chihauhau cheese waffle) and more. You can have it your way, including the choice of either a liege or Brussels style waffle.