Where to Find Chicago's Best Breakfast

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The most important meal of the day is served up right at these Chicago restaurants
Lula Cafe
Lula Cafe
Lula Cafe is always packed for breakfast, and with good reason! Their locally sourced menu is hard to beat.

Too often people skimp on breakfast, grabbing just a cup of coffee and something microwavable. Stop depriving yourself! Wake up properly by sitting down to a meal at one of these amazing Chicago breakfast spots. It will transform your day.

1. Tweet Let’s Eat

Tweet Let’s Eat in Uptown is a breakfast that is well worth the trip. From breakfast burritos to a variety of Benedicts, their expansive menu offers any kind of breakfast you could be in the mood for. They have an entire gluten-free menu so that no one is left out of fully enjoying the most important meal of the day. Their Bloody Mary is also rumored to be the best in town.

2. Lula Café

You can’t talk about breakfast in Chicago without mentioning Lula Café. This Logan Square restaurant is always packed for their widely loved breakfast and brunch. With a commitment to local purveyors, Lula Café is a widespread favorite. Halloween is always particularly fun; the restaurant “dresses up” as something different every year.

3. West Town Bakery

West Town Bakery is a great place for breakfast, whether you are sitting in their funky and colorful diner or grabbing a pastry on the run from their counter service bakery. Fresh squeezed juices, unique coffee drinks, and rotating specials give you plenty of delicious options. You definitely shouldn’t leave without a Danish or doughnut to go.

4. Stella’s Diner

Stella’s Diner in Lakeview starts your day off right with friendly service and delicious dishes. It’s BYOB, if you’d like to bring your own bubbly for mimosas. The food gets solid reviews across the board, and the staff makes every experience comfortable and cheery. It’s the way to get off on the right foot.

5. Bongo Room

Bongo Room is another popular breakfast spot in Chicago, drawing locals into long lines as they wait for a table. It’s worth it; the chocolate tower French toast is near-legendary, loaded with maple mascarpone, banana crème brûlée, and plenty of chocolate. Too decadent for you? Bongo Room offers plenty, both savory and sweet.

6. M. Henry and M. Henrietta

M. Henry and its sister location M. Henrietta provide homey comfort food in Andersonville and Edgewater respectively. Their dishes aren’t shy with the flavors; the menu boasts items like Cubano guava raspberry & cheese hotcakes and drunken stuffed poblano pepper.

7. Hash House A Go Go

If you’re hungry, Hash House A Go Go is the place for you. The portions at this diner specializing in “twisted farm food” are enormous. Go for a hash, a scramble, or flapjacks; you certainly won’t have any room left in your stomach when you leave.

8. Nookies

With multiple locations across Chicagoland, Nookies is always available for a satisfying breakfast. Along with their standard menu, Nookies also has a rotating seasonal menu that is worth taking advantage of. Dishes like Croissant French Toast Napoleon should not be missed!

9. Floriole

Pastries are one of the best parts of breakfast, and Floriole has got them on lock. They specialize in French pastries, and their buttery, flaky croissants will turn you into a believer. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the Gâteau Basque, an almond butter cake filled with fruit and cream.

10. Over Easy

Over Easy in Ravenswood will wake up your taste buds with unique dishes that give a twist to traditional favorites. Get your eggs Sassy or Frazzled, or try the Banana Spiked French Toast. If there’s a wait, the café offers free coffee. That’s one sweet way to get the day started.

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