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View Map1235 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 226-8227
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Editorial Review of Ina's

After a night of fording velvet ropes and standing in line for watery beer, the last thing you want to do the next morning is wait in a crowded restaurant lobby for hours to score a table for brunch. Fortunately, unlike most postage stamp-size storefront spots, Ina's brick and timber former industrial confines offer plenty of space to spread out for morning nosh. As a result there's not nearly as long a wait, and there's also plenty of parking out back for those with cars.

If you do find yourself in the pink-and-blue-painted lobby for any length of time, you'll have plenty of eye candy, as there's a wealth of kitschy salt and pepper shakers and assorted ceramic tchotchkes to consider.

Once seated, you can choose from familiar breakfast faves like omelettes, French toast and encased meats, but you should really hold out for the signature corn scrapple filled with spicy sausage and eggs or the gingerbread or sour cream pancakes. Halfway through your meal, the breakfast queen herself, Ina Pinkney (sporting a frilly halo of white hair), will most likely make her way to your table for a motherly pat on the back or some quick conversation. It's the same for lunch and dinner, except at these meals you'll find an assortment of classic Southern fare like fried chicken and pulled pork.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant

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Ina's recently changed its hours; there will be no dinner service during the winter months.

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7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (breakfast only)

No dinner service during winter

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