End of an era: Ina's to close

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Best classic American restaurants for comfort food and more in Chicago: Ina's

Best classic American restaurants for comfort food and more in Chicago: Ina's Photograph: Martha Williams

Today is a sad day for breakfast lovers—Ina's, arguably the best breakfast restaurant in Chicago, is closing. Owner Ina Pinkney sat down with Tribune critic Phil Vettel for a long chat about her restaurant, why she's closing it (for health reasons) and the impact the city has had on her. Lou Malnati's will be taking over the space.


Pinkney opened her first restaurant 33 years ago, and opened Ina's in the West Loop in 2001. During that time, she ran for mayor of Chicago and Barack Obama's senate seat, created her signature heavenly hots (thin pancakes served with a compote of peaches, raspberries and blueberries), and shared her fruit crisp recipe with us. She'll be releasing a cookbook in the fall, so you'll be able to make her dishes at home. But you still have a few months to visit and eat as many vanilla bean waffles and scrapple platters as possible before the restaurant closes December 31.


Now excuse us while we cry into our waffles.



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