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Flying Saucer

Restaurants, Vegetarian Humboldt Park
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Donna Rickles Flying Saucer

Time Out says

Don’t be fooled by the 1950s greasy-spoon atmosphere—that’s just retro decor—this Humboldt Park diner focuses on local ingredients and healthy options. Hormone-free meat is the name of the game here, so eat your breakfast sausage without guilt. And breakfast is served until 3pm, so you don’t even have to get up early. Order up the sweet potato and tofu hash or the Flying Tofu Bowl. The menu can change depending on what’s in season, but there are always a number of solid standard egg dishes and Mexican-inspired options.



Address: 1123 N California Ave
Cross street: between Thomas St and Haddon Ave
Transport: Bus: 49, 52, 70.
Price: Average main course: $10
Opening hours: Breakfast, brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Meh. The food was not great. TBH I hate tofu and kale, so that limited my options a bit at this veggie-centric cafe. But I ended up getting a Mexican egg dish with refried black beans and pico de gallo and stuff, plus some breakfast potatoes. It was not super flavorful and stingy on the portion size. Could have used some avocado. My husband got the breakfast burrito and said it was bland. It's cash only. I wouldn't go back.


It doesn't get the recognition that nearby spots like Grandma J's and Handlebar garner, but Flying Saucer is one of the best places around Humboldt Park to grab brunch—and it comes without some of the longer waits that will greet you at similar spots. My favorite dish is the Flying Breakfast Bowl, which combines everything you'd find in a great breakfast burrito into a bowl (and is served with tortillas, so you can make your own breakfast tacos). The vegetarian options are also extensive, if you're dining with someone who only eats plants.