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Chicago's Best Break Your Diet Places

The gut-busting dishes at these Chicago spots are worth getting you in trouble with your scale.

  • Au Cheval
    • American
    • West Loop
    Food
    27
    Decor
    22
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $31

    Not your average greasy spoon, this West Loop whips up comfort food classics with a dash of haute cuisine. Choose from rib-sticking plates such as honey-fried chicken, housemade fried bologna sandwich and fois gras, scrambled eggs and toast.

  • Bongo Room
    • American
    • Wicker Park
    Food
    26
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $21

    Brunch at this local chainlet includes a variety of hearty plays on egg benedict (lobster roll, BLT). Or, for a sweet option that's over the top, the chocolate tower french toast features chocolate chunk bread stuffed with maple mascarpone, banana crème brûlée sauce, fresh bananas and chocolate shavings ($13.50).

  • Lou Mitchell's
    • Breakfast
    • West Loop
    Food
    24
    Decor
    16
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $17

    If you're looking for huge portions of decadent diner fare like hobo skillets, bacon waffles, and fries topped with feta and cheddar cheese, this is your place.

  • Carriage House
    • Southern American
    • Wicker Park
    Food
    24
    Decor
    23
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $39

    Head over to this Wicker Park Southern for Lowcountry comfort food like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, skillet cornbread, and biscuits with whipped honey butter.

  • Honey Butter Fried Chicken
    • Chicken
    • Avondale
    Food
    20
    Decor
    17
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $19

    For a fried chicken fix (or schmaltz smashed potatoes with chicken fat gravy), this Avondale eatery's got you covered.

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