Bongo Room

Restaurants, American Uptown
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Bongo Room
Bongo Room

It took exactly two minutes for this outpost of the Bongo Room to attract the kind of crowds the Wicker Park location gets, and while we aren’t about to wait two hours for eggs Benedict, we will concede that on a random Tuesday afternoon, this place is a nice pit stop for lunch. The space is pleasant and sunny, the sandwiches are big, flavorful and messy, the service is sweet and the patio looks swell. Red velvet pancakes don’t taste like much of anything, but you’re here for lunch, remember? You can eat pancakes at home.


Venue name: Bongo Room
Address: 5022 N Clark St
Cross street: at Winnemac Ave
Opening hours: Breakfast (Mon–Fri), brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Mon–Fri)
Transport: Subway stop: Argyle Subway lines: Red to Argyle Bus info: 22 Clark, 92 Foster
Price: Average main course: $10
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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One of my favorite breakfast spots in Chicago. We stumbled on it years ago thrift shopping in Wicker Park when a local recommended it. It's sort of a hole in the wall, but there's always a wait. They only serve breakfast and lunch since they close at 2:30, so I'd try both (or at least pair whatever you order with one of their delicious pancakes). It's basically a desert. My favorites are the pear pancake, and their top seller: white chocolate and caramel pretzel. There's a location in the loop that's equally as good, but I prefer the Wicker Park ambiance. 


Hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago, and the place I take all of my out-of-town visitors to impress. I've never had a bad meal at TBR, and that's saying something since I've been coming here with my mom since the late 1990s. In fact, we just went today for Mother's Day brunch. When you go, you have to order the white chocolate and caramel pretzel pancakes (permanently on "special" there), plus one of their breakfast burritos. Today I tried the shrimp and black bean breakfast burrito and it was incredible. Bongo Room, I love you foreva.

I love almost everything on their menu. They have so many great sweet and savory options it makes me want to order both. Sometimes the wait can be crazy on the weekends so definitely make a reservation!