This popular Swedish breakfast food mecca first opened on Belmont in 1945. Good, reasonably priced Scandinavian food and a very wide selection of dishes is the draw in theory, but anyone who's been once knows the cinnamon rolls truly make its reputation for gooey a.m. greatness.
Voted best breakfast in the Midwest in 1994 by CBS This Morning, you may have some trouble getting a seat on weekend mornings without a hefty (but worthwhile) wait. Go authentic with the Swedish breakfast platter (one pancake, one Swedish meatball, potato sausage and one egg any style) or Swedish pancakes with lingonberries. Those looking for the familiar won't be disappointed with the variety of omelets and eggs benedict options (which include tomato and watercress, crab cake and smoked salmon varieties). Breakfasts are served with hash browns or fresh fruit and muffins or the aforementioned cinnamon rolls (two huge ones). If you don't leave with a doggie bag, chances are you're leaving with an unnaturally large waist.
The Broadway location also serves Swedish-inspired lunch, consisting mainly of sandwiches (go for limpa bread), soups and salads. If you're a chocoholic, try the super-fudgy brownies.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz