Patience is a virtue at this quintessential Chicago breakfast-all-day joint, where lines out the door are pretty much a given. Complimentary Milk Duds and piping hot doughnut holes sweeten the wait, which turns out to be more than worth it once you're indulging in a stack of banana pancakes or an order of grilled thicker-than-thick French toast.
Egg dishes are served up in skillets with hash browns and Greek toast, while the legendary omelets come big and fluffy, filled with all of the essential ingredients and some unexpected ones (cottage cheese, sweet apples...), too. Other too-good-to-be-true treats include homemade pastries, fresh squeezed OJ and strawberry shakes. What's more, the feast tastes even better against Mitchell's old-school diner backdrop.
The lunch menu is all yours after 10:30 a.m., consisting of all-American faves like half-pound burgers, club sandwiches and hand-cut French fries. Daily specials feature more home-style eats, from corned beef hash and eggs every Monday to baked macaroni au gratin on Fridays. Lighter fare is harder to come by, but with a handful of fresh salads, not impossible, and vegetarians will find plenty to choose from.
Prices are reasonable (especially considering the oversize portions), but don't expect a dirt-cheap diner.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Natalie Goldstein