Stax Cafe

Restaurants, Cafés Little Italy, UIC
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Stax Cafe
Photograph: Martha Williams Stax Caf�

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
Address: 1401 W Taylor St
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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Stax is a cute neighborhood joint with an expansive brunch menu.  The decor is sunny with yellow tones and comfy booths. Sometimes the wait is lengthy (like an hour) but once in awhile you get lucky.  We went Sunday and it was only 20 minutes. The best thing about Stax is: you can get specialty mini pancakes or waffles with your entree.  I love the cinnamon roll waffles with their cream cheese icing drizzle and warm cinnamon sugar in the middle.  They also have benedicts, skillets, and other egg dishes as well as featured dishes of the day. College is Intellgensia, a local Chicago roaster, so it's usually higher quality. I take out of town guests here because of the amount of options they have and the friendly quick service.