photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
Much as we'd like to claim the cuisine here as perfect hangover chow, you better not head here with a queasy stomach or pounding headache. Considering Salt 'n' Pepper's proximity to the L tracks, the diner's eggs could scramble themselves.
The diner's blue-and-white checkered floor, black circular bar stools and well-worn booths pay homage to the '50s roadside diner, where your waitress calls you "hon" and regulars sidle up to the bar nursing milk shakes. Thanks to the jukebox in the corner, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley croon classics while you down your cup o' joe. Images of classic cars on the maroon walls are about the only décor of note.
Breakfast and lunch staples that cost a fraction of the price of neighboring eateries attract a steady flow of DePaul students and local workers. Try the eggs 'any way you like 'em' with a side of crispy bacon, or the Cooks Special, scrambled eggs with sausage, jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese on French bread, served with a side of hashed browns. Satiate your sweet tooth with pecan pancakes or the malted Belgian waffle. Lunchtime offers turkey club sandwiches with a side of sweet potato fries, chicken Caesar salad and five kinds of burgers, ranging from a veggie patty to a half-pound Black Angus char-burger. The entire menu ranges from a mere $1.95-$6.75, making this greasy spoon a steal of a deal.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Eve Ardell