Lou Mitchell's is a Chicago standard, and maintains it's excellent reputation with awesome food served quickly at affordable prices. You really can't go wrong here. My favorite is their patty melt, but all the breakfast items and skillets are good too. You will also never wait long for service. Overall a top notch establishment that's not pretentious at all. Update 3/22. The service, food, and value all still top notch! A favorite when I'm back in Chicago!!
No wait, a donut hole and a smile at the door. We went twice during a recent visit to Chicago. First waitress, Cecilia, was fantastic. Waitress on second visit—not so much. Jam and jelly are usually at the table in open saucers. Ours were missing. She brought the two saucers to our table stacked on top of each other, pulled the top one off of the one underneath it, and was about to put both on our table when we objected. Why would we want to use something that had a dirty dish sitting in it? Several times during both visits, random waitstaff came to our table and reached over our food to switch out our salt, pepper. Management should tell staff to complete side work when people are not eating. Food was a saving grace. If you're visiting from out of town, keep in mind that you get two eggs for every one you order.
Nice cozy place, the lady serving us was very sweet. We went with the specials and that's where things went downhill. First there was no mention of the price of the specials on the board. We ordered the French toast and the steak skillet. The steak was so rubbery that it was difficult to chew. It was not the best. The French toast was decent but it wasn't sweet as you expect from the French toast. The coffee was decent not good. We also added the apple pie and it was extra sweet. This is something that was way too much for the breakfast. The shocker came at the end when the bill came out to be $72. I still can't process the steak skillet my wife had which was all chewy was freaking $28. She said she wished she had the dunkin donuts sandwich across the street. My French toast also seemed over priced. Two stars only for the warm welcome by the attenders.
When you walk in it seems VERY busy, but luckily we're able to get seated right away. Service was phenomenal, coffee was really good! Honestly when they said they didn't have any flavored creamer I was skeptical to have just cream and sugar, but it was still REALLY good. I had the Belgium pecan waffles and sausage which was so good. The ONLY issue is the prices! For 2 kids and 2 adults it was almost $100! Now many this is Chicago prices but I was really taken back.
It’s a tradition for those traveling Route 66 to “fill up” here. When you walk in and are presented both Milk Duds and donut holes you know you’ve arrived! Breakfast is plentiful and the menu extreme. Service is good and talking to the locals or those traveling Route 66 a bonus. Have fun!
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