Need a quick, hearty breakfast before work? A mid-day pancake binge? A 4 a.m. meal? Check, check and check. The Hollywood Grill is just the place for any hunger-stricken person at any hour of the day.
A Chicago favorite, this 24-hour diner serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner any way you like it with most items falling under $10. Complete with traditional 1950s diner decor (bar stools at the counter, checkered tiles on the walls, neon pink and blue lights, and a rotating glass case of mouthwatering pies and cakes), the Hollywood Grill is the quintessential joint where the waitresses call you "Hun," salads are offset by cheese fries and your coffee cup never runs dry.
Whether you want an omelet, a burger, a burrito or a healthier alternative like salad, the Hollywood Grill has something for every diner. However, simple plates and breakfast dishes are key here and won't have you shelling out wads of cash to fill your belly. A long list of pancakes, waffles, skillets and what the diner claims to be "Chicago's best" omelets are served all day alongside lunch favorites like the classic French dip ($6.99) and the roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy ($7.95). Feel like something sweet? Try the Bahamas pancake stuffed with blueberries, strawberries and bananas and topped with whipped cream and nuts. Desserts are plentiful with an ever-changing lineup of cream and fruit pies, layer cakes, milkshakes and sundaes.
The decor in this place cannot go unnoticed. A kitschy mix of memorabilia paying homage to Hollywood greats sets the tone of the restaurant. Paintings from films like "Gone with the Wind" and "Casablanca" share the wall with California license plates. Walk through the front door and you can't help but notice the giant mural displaying the Hollywood Grill alongside such legends as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, John Wayne and Charlie Chaplin.
While crowded at any given time of the day, the turnaround is quite fast, and the speedy staff will hustle to find you a table.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Katie Piepel