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My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. The best egg white omelet I’ve ever eaten in the world is at Eleven City Diner. They’re wonderful and huge and satisfying. Ina’s makes the best pancakes in Chicago.
Chicago is a brunch town, with nearly every restaurant worth its salt offering late-morning options on Sunday, or both weekend days. Breakfast, on the other hand, is more rare, but there are plenty of recommendable options.
One of my favorites is Lula Café in Logan Square, which has been a popular neighborhood restaurant for more than a decade. There are a half-dozen standard entrees on the menu and a half-dozen more specials that rotate daily. Bin 36, best known for its wine-paired dinner entrees, is a solid River North option for both business professionals and tourists staying in this hotel-heavy ’hood. Ann Sather’s quartet of Swedish-inspired restaurants open early for breakfast every day of the week, and the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls beckons visitors from outside the doors. Rick Bayless’s Xoco is another River North option, serving modern-flaired Mexican breakfast (tortas, empanads) until 10 a.m.