Best Breakfast in Chicago

Eggs, bacon, hash browns — you awake yet?
March 2, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Eggs, bacon, hash browns — are you awake yet? Here's where's where to head when you want to start the day deliciously. 

Lula Cafe
New American · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Serving farm-to-table cuisine before it became popular" , this Logan Square "mainstay" is a "gold mine" for "exquisite" , "creative" New American fare (including an "amazing" vegetarian tasting menu) and "wonderful" cocktails; a "well-informed" staff works the "stylish" yet "laid-back" room where you "never feel rushed" – even when there are "huge lines" for the "fantastic" , no-reservations weekend brunch.
Nico Osteria
Italian · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This "high-energy" Gold Coast Italian "go-to" from Paul Kahan and company "delivers on its culinary promises" with "imaginative" offerings such as "ultra-fresh" seafood and "flawless" pastas, backed by craft cocktails and "interesting" wines; a "knowledgeable" , "self-assured" staff tends the "beautiful" Thompson Hotel setting, and if tables feel "tight" you can always "sit at the counter" to "see the cooks" at work, or try the patio in summer.
NoMi Kitchen
American · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"Excellent" , "beautifully plated" New American dishes and "fabulous sushi" are matched by "killer views" "overlooking Michigan Avenue" at this "dependable" kitchen in the Gold Coast’s Park Hyatt, where a "terrific" terrace lends a "romantic" vibe; a "lovely" interior and an "attentive" staff further suit it to "entertaining clients" or "formal events" , as do "expense-account" tabs.
American · Andersonville · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

"Well-prepared" breakfast and lunch plates get an "enthusiastic thumbs up" from fans of this "adorable" Andersonville cafe, where the New American menu includes "amazing" brunch fare including French toast to make you "swoon" and "great" baked goods; though it "can get crowded and noisy" , most agree it’s "worth the wait" for a table, and the "friendly" staff makes sure "coffee refills are never too far away."
Over Easy Café
American · Ravenswood · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

"Traditional and contemporary" breakfast and brunch favorites draw 'em in to this Ravenswood BYO, where the "wonderful" American eats feature "interesting" , "gourmet" twists; the "inviting" space is small, and since it's "typically crowded on weekends" lines can be "long" , but luckily the "attentive" staff works "fast."
Cochon Volant Brasserie
French · The Loop · $$$

Set in the Loop’s Hyatt Centric Hotel, this stylish French spot with Roland Liccioni (Les Nomades) in the kitchen offers classic bistro fare all day. The chic brasserie setting includes a spacious main dining room, bar and seasonal outdoor area.