Stax Cafe

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Stax Caf�
Little Italy

This Little Italy breakfast-and-lunch room is essentially a diner, but it has a newfangled feel that more closely resembles brunch favorites Yolk or Meli. Inside the cheery, sunny space, chef Chris Barron turns out light (though not quite ethereal) ricotta pancakes, well-executed omelettes and the “Toad in the hole”: a runny egg cooked inside a slice of toasted bread. It’s the combination of pepper-ridged bacon, strong coffee and good value, though, that make this a favorite for UIC students and neighborhood families.

Venue name: Stax Cafe
Contact:
Address: 1401 W Taylor St
Chicago

Cross street: at Loomis St
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch
Transport: El stop: Blue to Racine. Bus: 9, 12, 60, 157.
Price: Average main course: $10
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