Apparently the recipe for success is pretty simple: Good food, low prices, attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere can keep a restaurant in business for 27 years (and counting), as is the case with this West Loop institution.
I was, quite possibly, the only newcomer, but I immediately felt at home. It may have been the Chicago memorabilia all over the walls or the welcoming smiles that got me. Maybe I'm just a sucker for a restaurant that serves breakfast all day.
All-American comfort food is what the folks at Holiday Grill do best, and they've got all of the usual suspects: pancakes, omelets, homemade soups, burgers and root beer floats, to name a few. If you'd like a bloody mary with breakfast, you're in luck because there's a full bar.
Full dinners (priced $6.25-$11.95) come with soup or salad, bread, vegetables and your choice of potato, an incredible value. Everyone loves the steak-cut onion rings ($2.50 for a generous portion). I'll have to try those next time, as I was too stuffed from my corned beef hash and eggs, which, at $5.75, comes with hashbrowns and toast.
Family owned and operated since 1979, Holiday Grill is a neighborhood hangout with an everybody-knows-everybody feel. When they say "we hope to see you again soon," they mean it.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Natalie Goldstein