Bongo Room

★★★★★
  • 1470 N Milwaukee Ave

    Chicago, IL 60622

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  • 773-489-0690

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I thought this place was perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast. It was definitely crowded, but the decor and feel was very cozy, and the food was great. I would recommend the raspberry banana pancakes if you have a sweet tooth!

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I thought this place was perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast. It was definitely crowded, but the decor and feel was very cozy, and the food was great. I would recommend the raspberry banana pancakes if you have a sweet tooth!

Pros: Great atmosphere

Cons: Long waits

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I gotta say, not only was it NOT good, it may have been the worst breakfast I've ever had. I am not exaggerating either. When my poached eggs were solid yolk inside and my supposed under-cooked bacon was crispy, I knew I was in for some

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★★★★★

I gotta say, not only was it NOT good, it may have been the worst breakfast I've ever had. I am not exaggerating either. When my poached eggs were solid yolk inside and my supposed under-cooked bacon was crispy, I knew I was in for some

Pros: Wait quicker than expected

Cons: Food was not good

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Was in town for a wedding this weekend and was taken to Bongo Room by some former bucktown inhabitants who raved about the food here but warned us that the service was lacking. While we did have to wait awhile to get seated with six

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Was in town for a wedding this weekend and was taken to Bongo Room by some former bucktown inhabitants who raved about the food here but warned us that the service was lacking. While we did have to wait awhile to get seated with six

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I went to this cozy breakfast spot with a group of 5 friends; the wait was long since the place was bustling on a Saturday morning. After about half an hour, we got seated and were handed menus by a super friendly waiter. My friend that

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★★★★★

I went to this cozy breakfast spot with a group of 5 friends; the wait was long since the place was bustling on a Saturday morning. After about half an hour, we got seated and were handed menus by a super friendly waiter. My friend that

Pros: Great service, very cozy and unique restaurant

Cons: Food is sub-par and flavorless

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The pancakes at the Bongo Room are amazing. They might be my favorite food on the planet. The coffee is great, so is just about everyhting on the menu. The food is out of sight.\r
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The owner is rude, obnoxious, and makes the entire

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★★★★★

The pancakes at the Bongo Room are amazing. They might be my favorite food on the planet. The coffee is great, so is just about everyhting on the menu. The food is out of sight.\r
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The owner is rude, obnoxious, and makes the entire

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My friends always rave about this place so I was rather wary of trying it out. Surely it couldn't be as good as they say! Well, I was wrong. This place is truly great. I had their BLT eggs benedict and ate every last bite, then proceeded to daydream about it for the next 2 days. I'm not one for sweet breakfast/brunch, so I always appreciate it when a brunch place serves a good savory dish. My dining companion had a rather out-of-control plate of pancakes that were also very delicious. A tip: the wait is never as long as the hostess says. A lot of people get scared off by the estimated time and don't stick around.

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★★★★★

My friends always rave about this place so I was rather wary of trying it out. Surely it couldn't be as good as they say! Well, I was wrong. This place is truly great. I had their BLT eggs benedict and ate every last bite, then proceeded to daydream about it for the next 2 days. I'm not one for sweet breakfast/brunch, so I always appreciate it when a brunch place serves a good savory dish. My dining companion had a rather out-of-control plate of pancakes that were also very delicious. A tip: the wait is never as long as the hostess says. A lot of people get scared off by the estimated time and don't stick around.

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I agree with the previous reviewer--I don't understand what all the fuss is about. My group waited for an hour and a half to be seated (and the host was quite discourteous) and the food was nothing special. I probably enjoy my meals at IHOP more.

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I agree with the previous reviewer--I don't understand what all the fuss is about. My group waited for an hour and a half to be seated (and the host was quite discourteous) and the food was nothing special. I probably enjoy my meals at IHOP more.

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The wait is ridiculous and the only good thing I've had there is the chocolate banana french toast. Everything else comes drowning in disgusting syrup/ice cream/etc. The sandwiches have also gone downhill within the past year or so and the meat is not as good as it used to be. Go figure, to me this place's popularity is inexplicable. Also, it's completely overpriced.

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★★☆☆☆

The wait is ridiculous and the only good thing I've had there is the chocolate banana french toast. Everything else comes drowning in disgusting syrup/ice cream/etc. The sandwiches have also gone downhill within the past year or so and the meat is not as good as it used to be. Go figure, to me this place's popularity is inexplicable. Also, it's completely overpriced.

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The breakfast is OFF THE HOOK! The french toast was TO DIE FOR! It can be a bit of a wait but it is well worth it! I am definitely going to go back!

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The breakfast is OFF THE HOOK! The french toast was TO DIE FOR! It can be a bit of a wait but it is well worth it! I am definitely going to go back!

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I'm sorry, but this is by far the best place to get brunch (weekends are tough) in Chicago. I go back and forth between this place and Lula, but I can't believe anyone would have bad customer service from this place. And even if they

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★★★★★

I'm sorry, but this is by far the best place to get brunch (weekends are tough) in Chicago. I go back and forth between this place and Lula, but I can't believe anyone would have bad customer service from this place. And even if they

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The Bongo Room is a great place to get brunch. It has bright colors everywhere, which make it a lot of fun for kids. They also have really creative meals like (my personaly favorite) the cocoa-espresso pancakes with butterfinger cashew butter.

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The Bongo Room is a great place to get brunch. It has bright colors everywhere, which make it a lot of fun for kids. They also have really creative meals like (my personaly favorite) the cocoa-espresso pancakes with butterfinger cashew butter.

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I visited Chicago several times last summer and stayed two blocks away from the Bongo Room. Since, coming home to New York City I have been searching for something comparable and have yet to find it. This place is a jewel, and I daydream

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★★★★★

I visited Chicago several times last summer and stayed two blocks away from the Bongo Room. Since, coming home to New York City I have been searching for something comparable and have yet to find it. This place is a jewel, and I daydream

Pros: Food. Service. Decor. Location

Cons: Hours of operation. Limited seating space.

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The Wicker Park location of the Bongo Room leaves a lot to be desired. The food is usually delicious (pumpkin pancakes doused in cream cheese glaze, yum!), but the place is tiny, cramped and loud. During winter, a seat by the door leaves

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★★★★★

The Wicker Park location of the Bongo Room leaves a lot to be desired. The food is usually delicious (pumpkin pancakes doused in cream cheese glaze, yum!), but the place is tiny, cramped and loud. During winter, a seat by the door leaves

Pros: Food is amazing

Cons: Crowded and Wicker Park location is snobby

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I have been to the Bongo Room several times. While the food is okay the customer service is absolutely atrocious. By far the worst in Chicago. I will never go back.

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★★★★★

I have been to the Bongo Room several times. While the food is okay the customer service is absolutely atrocious. By far the worst in Chicago. I will never go back.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service, Parking

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Such an adorable chic breakfast spot! It's the perfect place to take a date or recover with a tasty treat from a long night before. The wait is well worth it, but you can usually miss the rush if you get there early. What could possibly

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★★★★★

Such an adorable chic breakfast spot! It's the perfect place to take a date or recover with a tasty treat from a long night before. The wait is well worth it, but you can usually miss the rush if you get there early. What could possibly

Pros: Fast Service, great coffee, changing menu options with classic favorites

Cons: Parking, Long Wait

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Ok, so the lines are long but the food is worth it. The ingredients are fresh and the breakfast is never boring. If you're looking for breakfast food that's a step above, try this place out. Portions are huge and delicious. Yum.

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★★★★★

Ok, so the lines are long but the food is worth it. The ingredients are fresh and the breakfast is never boring. If you're looking for breakfast food that's a step above, try this place out. Portions are huge and delicious. Yum.

Pros: Food

Cons: Parking, long waits

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OK - the wait's no fun. And you can't spend a ton of time sitting around chatting after you've finished eating. But you probably spent nearly 1.5 hours sitting outside chatting and waiting to get in! For crying out loud, this place is

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★★★★★

OK - the wait's no fun. And you can't spend a ton of time sitting around chatting after you've finished eating. But you probably spent nearly 1.5 hours sitting outside chatting and waiting to get in! For crying out loud, this place is

Pros: Unique brunch food, easy public transit access

Cons: Long wait, quick table turn-over

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My boyfriend and I dine at Bongo Room fairly often and we have always enjoyed it. We don't usually mind the wait, the service or the tight seating because we enjoy the food. However, I took my friend there on a Sunday and had a horrible

3
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I dine at Bongo Room fairly often and we have always enjoyed it. We don't usually mind the wait, the service or the tight seating because we enjoy the food. However, I took my friend there on a Sunday and had a horrible

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When we got there on Saturday before 10, there was already a half hour wait. Although seating took a while, the service once we were there was good - not great - but not awful. I got the Neapolitan Pancakes and my friend got the strawberry

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★★★★★

When we got there on Saturday before 10, there was already a half hour wait. Although seating took a while, the service once we were there was good - not great - but not awful. I got the Neapolitan Pancakes and my friend got the strawberry

Pros: Crowded

Cons: Good food, good atmosphere

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my friend and i met early saturday morning 10:30am for brunch at this fabled hipster hangout. as i got there to put my name down, there were two open tables for two. no line in sight. my friend and i were told to wait outside or back in

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★★★★★

my friend and i met early saturday morning 10:30am for brunch at this fabled hipster hangout. as i got there to put my name down, there were two open tables for two. no line in sight. my friend and i were told to wait outside or back in

Pros: hard to find any

Cons: very rude service

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My wife and I stopped here on a Friday after our Chicago Greeters tour of Wrigleyville/Lakeview. She ordered smoked chicken salad, I had the chicken and avacado sandwich with potato salad. Wife and I agreed the potato salad was great.

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★★★★★

My wife and I stopped here on a Friday after our Chicago Greeters tour of Wrigleyville/Lakeview. She ordered smoked chicken salad, I had the chicken and avacado sandwich with potato salad. Wife and I agreed the potato salad was great.

Pros: Location, food

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Sorry, but there are too many fantastic brunch places in this city to warrant having to put up with snooty service, mediocre food, cramped seating arrangements, and a patronage that seems to have meandered a little south of their natural

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Sorry, but there are too many fantastic brunch places in this city to warrant having to put up with snooty service, mediocre food, cramped seating arrangements, and a patronage that seems to have meandered a little south of their natural

Pros: nice latte

Cons: service, food, patrons

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During an early fall visit, our wait took place outside in the cold as we were not made aware of the waiting area in the back. The sidewalk was full of people waiting in the cold to get into the Bongo Room. Everybody was so hip in the way

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★★★★★

During an early fall visit, our wait took place outside in the cold as we were not made aware of the waiting area in the back. The sidewalk was full of people waiting in the cold to get into the Bongo Room. Everybody was so hip in the way

Pros: nice size crowd, good coffee, good drinks

Cons: pretentious, long wait, overrated food

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This breakfast/brunch dive is hip and there are lots of local Chicago people that stop by regularly. Breakfasts fresh and the service is pretty quick. The salmon egs benedict isgreat with with the warm hollandaise over it. Hash browns are sprinkled with dill and they are not greasy. The banana toffee pancakes are too die for! The sauce makes it. They have a seasonal menu with some ecclectic drinks. Sometimes you'll see the hosting drinking them and it just makes you want to oroder it! This is one of my favorite restaurants! Get their early before the line gets long!

PROS:
CONS: Long lines

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This breakfast/brunch dive is hip and there are lots of local Chicago people that stop by regularly. Breakfasts fresh and the service is pretty quick. The salmon egs benedict isgreat with with the warm hollandaise over it. Hash browns are sprinkled with dill and they are not greasy. The banana toffee pancakes are too die for! The sauce makes it. They have a seasonal menu with some ecclectic drinks. Sometimes you'll see the hosting drinking them and it just makes you want to oroder it! This is one of my favorite restaurants! Get their early before the line gets long!

PROS:
CONS: Long lines

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I didn't even get to try the food the acting manager was so rude. We walked into the restaurant, submitted our name and headed to the back bar to wait. Not knowing it wasn't a traditional bar, it was customer seating, we sat down. The host

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I didn't even get to try the food the acting manager was so rude. We walked into the restaurant, submitted our name and headed to the back bar to wait. Not knowing it wasn't a traditional bar, it was customer seating, we sat down. The host

Cons: Management, Waitstaff, Host

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Have eaten at Bongo Room twice for brunch. Food okay, long wait, overrated atmosphere. Second time we were encouraged to have coffee at the bar and after we were served they asked us to get up so they could seat other diners there.

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Have eaten at Bongo Room twice for brunch. Food okay, long wait, overrated atmosphere. Second time we were encouraged to have coffee at the bar and after we were served they asked us to get up so they could seat other diners there.

Pros: Food

Cons: Crowded, Long wait, Poor management

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Yummmmm......I'm still dreaming about the pumpkin spice pancakes that topped off our weekend getaway to chicago. Great spicy bloody marys too. Yes, it was busy and we had to wait an hour for our table, but we decided to wander the cool

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Yummmmm......I'm still dreaming about the pumpkin spice pancakes that topped off our weekend getaway to chicago. Great spicy bloody marys too. Yes, it was busy and we had to wait an hour for our table, but we decided to wander the cool

Pros: Quality of food, prompt table service

Cons: Crowded tables

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This is my favorite breakfast place in chicago! the food is mouth-watering good. a secret to ordering-when a meal comes with three flapjacks, you can order just one, allowing you to sample more of the tasty dishes. enjoy!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite breakfast place in chicago! the food is mouth-watering good. a secret to ordering-when a meal comes with three flapjacks, you can order just one, allowing you to sample more of the tasty dishes. enjoy!

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Good food but the waitstaff was anything but. We waited 40min for a table and the host was unpleasant (didn't smile and offered us to eat at the counter twice after we waited 1/2 hour for a TABLE). When we sat down, the waitress was

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★★★★★

Good food but the waitstaff was anything but. We waited 40min for a table and the host was unpleasant (didn't smile and offered us to eat at the counter twice after we waited 1/2 hour for a TABLE). When we sat down, the waitress was

Pros: Great food, Cute Atmosphere, Inexpensive

Cons: Crowded, Impersonal Service, Noisy

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the portions are huge. i could never in a million years eat a plate of three of their pancakes. so the secret to the bongo room is: you can order single pancakes (for just a little more than 1/3 the price of a normal order). order one

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the portions are huge. i could never in a million years eat a plate of three of their pancakes. so the secret to the bongo room is: you can order single pancakes (for just a little more than 1/3 the price of a normal order). order one

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We waited for about 30 minutes to eat at the counter but the food was AMAZING! I had the lemon poppy seed french toast with a fresh strawberry & peach mimosa... which was SO GOOD! Everything was great! Our waitress was so sweet, food

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★★★★★

We waited for about 30 minutes to eat at the counter but the food was AMAZING! I had the lemon poppy seed french toast with a fresh strawberry & peach mimosa... which was SO GOOD! Everything was great! Our waitress was so sweet, food

Pros: The FOOD, The Mimosas

Cons: Long wait, small place

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The best pancakes I have ever had! My suggestion would be to come with a couple of friends so everyone can order a savory dish off the breakfast menue, and the share a plate of the most tasty pancakes in the city.

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★★★★★

The best pancakes I have ever had! My suggestion would be to come with a couple of friends so everyone can order a savory dish off the breakfast menue, and the share a plate of the most tasty pancakes in the city.

Pros: Good value

Cons: Crowded

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Yes the weekends are crowded, but guess what; most people go out for breakfast on the weekends.... Too crowded for too little. I've had better food at many other lesser known breakfast joints in and around the area. HUE and Leo's are a

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★★★★★

Yes the weekends are crowded, but guess what; most people go out for breakfast on the weekends.... Too crowded for too little. I've had better food at many other lesser known breakfast joints in and around the area. HUE and Leo's are a

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I've visited the Bongo Room twice and each time the service was awful. The food wasn't so good the first time, but the banana pancakes were great the second time. Once you eat, they come over and if you want more coffee, they'll give you

3
★★★★★

I've visited the Bongo Room twice and each time the service was awful. The food wasn't so good the first time, but the banana pancakes were great the second time. Once you eat, they come over and if you want more coffee, they'll give you

Pros: Good food

Cons: No room to breathe, Bad service

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We were visiting Chicago for five days and ended up eating breakfast here on two mornings. My son had the Banana Heath Pancakes w/sweetened marscapone cheese sauce both times. I snuck a couple of bites and they were my favorite. The

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★★★★★

We were visiting Chicago for five days and ended up eating breakfast here on two mornings. My son had the Banana Heath Pancakes w/sweetened marscapone cheese sauce both times. I snuck a couple of bites and they were my favorite. The

Pros: Pancake variations, Egg variations

Cons: Crowded

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Been going here for a long time and I continually find that the food is consistent and some of the most creative breakfast food inthe city. Try any of the pancakes as the menu changes with the seasons. Also, any benedict with the

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★★★★★

Been going here for a long time and I continually find that the food is consistent and some of the most creative breakfast food inthe city. Try any of the pancakes as the menu changes with the seasons. Also, any benedict with the

Pros: great food, consistent, stimulating atmospher

Cons: parking

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If you're a fan of variations on poached egg, or decadent pancake creations, the Bongo room's a must. We've been there several times and always had quick, efficient service, and incredibly good breakfast food. The poached eggs with red

3
★★★★★

If you're a fan of variations on poached egg, or decadent pancake creations, the Bongo room's a must. We've been there several times and always had quick, efficient service, and incredibly good breakfast food. The poached eggs with red

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What's with the negative reviews? My guess is that they went in on the weekend when it's super packed which is bound to affect service and comfort. I've only been in on weekdays and it consistently rocks. Any pancake dish is good and

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What's with the negative reviews? My guess is that they went in on the weekend when it's super packed which is bound to affect service and comfort. I've only been in on weekdays and it consistently rocks. Any pancake dish is good and

Pros: cool shopping nearby

Cons: crowded on weekend, not open for dinner

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Nice ambience, friendly patient people, and the food is magnificent! Yes, there is always a line on the wknd, and it's a challenge at the very least to find a place to stand and stay warm simultaneously... but you're in Chicago! Get a

3
★★★★★

Nice ambience, friendly patient people, and the food is magnificent! Yes, there is always a line on the wknd, and it's a challenge at the very least to find a place to stand and stay warm simultaneously... but you're in Chicago! Get a

Pros: Excellent eats, Great hashbrowns!, Pleasant environment

Cons: Crowded, Long wait, No privacy

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I must admit that after trying out various breakfast spots all over the city of Chicago Bongo Room is the best! The decor is bright, fun yet welcoming; it'll catch your eyes and wake you once you step into the room. The menu is creative

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★★★★★

I must admit that after trying out various breakfast spots all over the city of Chicago Bongo Room is the best! The decor is bright, fun yet welcoming; it'll catch your eyes and wake you once you step into the room. The menu is creative

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This eclectic, colorful storefront is decorated with cool knickknack installations and a hip local crowd. Breakfasts come steaming off the line. Pancake options include brown sugar-pecan and banana, and ginger-walnut…

 

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