Eatt Breakfast, lunch, dinner, crab cake eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, smoked-whitefish salad, Belgian waffles, salmon skillet, Dutch-apple pancake. If you want it—if you’ve ever wanted it—it’s here, at this downtown restaurant with a red-leather-booth diner vibe. Although this faux diner has some misses (the frisée salad is underdressed and the burger tough), you won’t be short on options for any meal of the day. 6 W Hubbard St (312-494-3288). El: Red to Grand; Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 22, 29, 36, 65. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $11.
m. henrietta Andersonville’s favorite place for blackberry hotcakes, m. henry, has opened a sister location in Edgewater. Unlike the original, this one’s serving dinner with a menu that includes dishes like brick-grilled adobo chicken and warm potato rosemary flatbread topped with poached eggs and prosciutto. Still, the family resemblance is clear. M. henrietta’s breakfast menu features bliss cakes (two hotcakes layered with warm mascarpone cream), a salmon omelette, a vegan breakfast plate and lemon raspberry brioche French toast. 1133 W Granville Ave (773-761-9700). El: Red to Granville. Bus: 36, 136, 147, 151. Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Tue–Sat) (closed Mon). Average main course: $12.
Stax Spiro Tsaldaris’s family owns the classic diner Eppel’s, but this Little Italy breakfast-and-lunch room has a newfangled feel that more closely resembles brunch favorites Yolk or Meli. Chef Chris Barron turns out light 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 are sure to make this a favorite for UIC students. 1401 W Taylor St (312-733-9871). El: Blue to Racine. Bus: 157. Breakfast, brunch, lunch. Average main course: $10.
Yolk Eggs Benedict, frittatas and omelettes are ostensibly the focus at Yolk’s third location (at least that’s what we gather from this mini-chain’s name). However, there’s a slew of other items on its massive menu that maybe shouldn’t be overlooked. A plethora of crêpes, seven types of French toast, avocado omelettes, scramblers, fruit oatmeals, and dessert-like pancakes and waffles fill the menu’s never-ending pages. Not a breakfast person? Really? Salads like a blue cheese and steak Ceasar, patty melts, wraps and daily soups are also offered. 355 E Ohio St (312-822-9655). El: Red to Grand. Bus: 2, 29, 65, 66, 120, 121, 124. Breakfast, lunch. Average main course: $9.