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Sweet Maple Café

Photograph: Martha Williams
Sweet Maple Cafe
Little Italy

Most weekends you’ll find a crowd spilling onto this breakfast spot’s sidewalk, as servers carry plates toppling from the weight of sweet-milk biscuits and bone-in ham. Those who stick it out will be rewarded with staples like housemade muffins, vegetable hash with copious amounts of sautéed onions and peppers, and pancakes with sweet pockets of banana. Don’t miss the Southern-inspired dishes like the fried catfish, grits and compact, crispy salmon cakes, all of which are served on weekends only.

Venue name: Sweet Maple Café
Address: 1339 W Taylor St

Cross street: between Ada and Loomis Sts
Venue phone: 312-243-8908
Website: http://sweetmaplecafe.com
Opening hours: Breakfast (daily), brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Mon–Fri)
Transport: El stop:Pink to Polk. Bus:9,12,60,157.
Price: Average main course: $9
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