Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant

Restaurants , American West Loop
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Lou Mitchell's

Thinking of spending your Sunday morning at this classic Chicago diner? Better check the weather: The line snakes out the door and onto Lou Mitchell Way well into the afternoon. Customers are treated to fresh, sugar-dusted doughnut holes (and, if you’re a woman, Milk Duds) while they wait, but the real feast starts when you sit down. Stacks of “meltaway” pancakes are perfectly browned, omelettes come in hot skillets (try the sweet, rich apple-and-cheese variety) and juicy, gooey patty melts seem too big to finish. But as with the rest of the irresistible dishes, you’ll find room.

Venue name: Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant
Address: 565 W Jackson Blvd

Cross street: between Clinton and Jefferson Sts
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch
Transport: El stop: Blue to Clinton. Bus: 7, 60, 124, 125, 126, 156.
Price: Average main course: $9
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