Food & Drink

Where to get Chicago's 10 best breakfast sandwiches

Published On 12/10/2014 Published On 12/10/2014
Nightwood
Jim Vondruska/Thrillist
XOCO
M.henry
Jim Vondruska
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
Twitter/JAMRestaurant
Sean Cooley
Bakin' & Eggs
Bread & Wine
Wafel
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1. Nightwood Restaurant 2119 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

This farm-to-table eatery is home to all things artisanal and local, and only serves up eats that're in season. Stop in for bites like their house corned beef on rye crouton bread, served with chopped liver and egg.

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2. XOCO 449 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Conveniently next door to Top Chef master Rick Bayless' upscale Mexican joints Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, XOCO (derived from Mexican slang for "little sister") is a quick-service cafe with communal tables and a central wood burning oven. The aromas of Bayless' take on classic made-to-order south of the border street fare is sure to draw crowds from all over.

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3. m.henry 5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660 (Andersonville)

This breakfast and brunch spot in Andersonville specializes in vibrant plates of restorative goodness like huevos borrachos with chorizo, or Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich -- two over-medium eggs, a plethora of applewood bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, Gorgonzola, and thyme layered on crisp, toasted sour boule bread.

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4. Eleven City Diner 1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (South Loop)

A matrimony of the Jewish delicatessen and the old-school diner, Eleven City Diner's a greasy spoon sans the grease, with awesome double-decker sandwiches and generally huge portions of pretty much everything.

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5. Chicago Cut Steakhouse 300 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

A steakhouse hit among the power meal set, Chicago Cut attributes its quality cuts to the Colorado cattle it raises 1,300ft above sea level. The beef is dry-aged for 35 days then butchered on-site, and no matter what you order (the bone-in prime rib is knockout good), expect dense muscle and an intense flavor. The 225-seat space, outfitted with red velvet booths, overlooks the river.

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6. Jam 3057 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

You haven't brunched in Chicago until you've brunched at Jam, a sleek Logan Square daytime-only restaurant that's won consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand awards for its sweet and savory plates like peach pancakes, malted custard French toast, and hot chicken & waffles. Jam's breakfast sandwich -- made with a heap of pulled pork shoulder, eggs over easy, ricotta salata, and plum preserves -- is one of the best in the city, and its house burger, topped with a sunny-side egg, tastes great for a late, or early, lunch. The restaurant serves brunch all day (from 7am to 3pm, that is), and there's a fine selection of house cocktails, including a daily punch special and bacon-infused Old Fashioneds.

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7. The Roost Carolina Kitchen 1467 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

If you're craving crispy fried chicken and mouth-watering chicken sammies, head to Lakeview. Head to The Roost, a food truck with a permanent BYOB storefront on Irving Park Road, for Carolina-style recipes like crispy, spicy fried chicken on a flaky buttermilk biscuit topped with dill pickles, coleslaw, chipotle buttermilk ranch, and cheddar or blue cheese. Heat things up even more by ordering the Nashville Hot, Habanero BBQ, or Buffalo variations. Creamy mac and cheese and sweet peach cobbler round out the feast.

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8. Bakin' And Eggs 3120 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

From the folks behind Lovely Bake Shop, B&E's living up to its name with five types of bacon (jalapeño, maple, mesquite) that're available in flights or as a side supporting egg creations like a caramelized onion/blue cheese/balsamic frittata and more.

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9. Bread & Wine 3732 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Certain the meal they cook you will be better than your Last Supper, Bread & Wine wants to make you an apostate from other restaurants by serving up its namesakes and then some, which they're doing in a snug, 60-seat bistro space sporting a counter view of the open kitchen, and rough-cut communal tables made from felled elm (hopefully none of your fellow diners turn out to be a nightmare).

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10. Wafel 217 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

Wafel's got, uh, waffles, and they're serving 'em up stuffed with things like honey-glazed chicken, BBQ salmon gravlax, and many more creative fillings in West Loop.