Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 565 W Jackson Blvd

    Chicago, IL 60661

    Cross street: at S Clinton St

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  • 312-939-3111

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Early birds can find Lou Mitchell's fresh baked donuts with a golden cup of coffee with their eyes closed. Breakfast starts with a slice of fresh orange and a sweet prune, while you choose your best morning breakfast. Try the corned beef hash with potatoes and three eggs to start your day. Plus fresh toast and two choices of jelly or homemade orange marmalade the way my Grandmother made it. A real treat is to have hot donuts with golden coffee at the top of the morning at Lou Mitchell. Be glad is open early morning near the METRA Station.

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★★★★★

Early birds can find Lou Mitchell's fresh baked donuts with a golden cup of coffee with their eyes closed. Breakfast starts with a slice of fresh orange and a sweet prune, while you choose your best morning breakfast. Try the corned beef hash with potatoes and three eggs to start your day. Plus fresh toast and two choices of jelly or homemade orange marmalade the way my Grandmother made it. A real treat is to have hot donuts with golden coffee at the top of the morning at Lou Mitchell. Be glad is open early morning near the METRA Station.

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Instead of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice they brought me Tropicana with pulp for $4.95. When I asked waitresses is it Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice she respond YES and left immediately.

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★☆☆☆☆

Instead of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice they brought me Tropicana with pulp for $4.95. When I asked waitresses is it Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice she respond YES and left immediately.

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We ate here twice last week while visiting Chicago . The first visit I was blown away with the service, food and the coffee was great! I love milk duds so that was a big score. The second day, not so much. Our server was horrible (and I mean horrible). Not sure how the coffee was that day because after asking for it 2 times, I never was served a cup of coffee. Not sure I'll go back the next time but definitely worth checking out, if you've never been!

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★★★☆☆

We ate here twice last week while visiting Chicago . The first visit I was blown away with the service, food and the coffee was great! I love milk duds so that was a big score. The second day, not so much. Our server was horrible (and I mean horrible). Not sure how the coffee was that day because after asking for it 2 times, I never was served a cup of coffee. Not sure I'll go back the next time but definitely worth checking out, if you've never been!

Pros: atmosphere, food, coffee

Cons: service

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The food is great for a diner but the prices are 5- star dining. We ordered carry out from her and they actually charged us for carrying our own food out. For 3 people for carry-out breakfast was $40. I can recommend 5 other restaurants in the area for the same food would be $20. $$$$ no wonder it's Blago's favorite restaurant he's probably collecting that carry out fee as some sort of kick back.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is great for a diner but the prices are 5- star dining. We ordered carry out from her and they actually charged us for carrying our own food out. For 3 people for carry-out breakfast was $40. I can recommend 5 other restaurants in the area for the same food would be $20. $$$$ no wonder it's Blago's favorite restaurant he's probably collecting that carry out fee as some sort of kick back.

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The food was delicious, coffee excellent, service friendly and upbeat. I went off-hours (after typical breakfast ""rush"" hours so I can't speak to service for the average joe on the way to work but my experience was excellent and will go again next time in Chicago.

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★★★★☆

The food was delicious, coffee excellent, service friendly and upbeat. I went off-hours (after typical breakfast ""rush"" hours so I can't speak to service for the average joe on the way to work but my experience was excellent and will go again next time in Chicago.

Pros: Food, coffee, service

Cons: none during this experience

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Nice family style restaurant if you want to bring the entire family. They have a delicious strawberry waffle with all the trimmings. It's usually very crowded so come early!

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★★★★☆

Nice family style restaurant if you want to bring the entire family. They have a delicious strawberry waffle with all the trimmings. It's usually very crowded so come early!

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If you want the typical breakfast diner place to go to, then Lou Mitchell's is the place to go, nothing fancy shmansey, and the food a AWESOME!! It's not expansive, but the food is great quality! and allot of it! \r\n\r\nIf you want the Chicago breakfast experience and to feel history, then this a good place start in the morning! Especially if you have a family and on a limited budget.\r\n\r\nMy thoughts are, there was my self, my husband, our three year old and a 14 month old, my mother and my mothers fiancee, my kids aren't your quiet bunch but do behave relatively well, and we were visiting Chicago and needed a place to eat breakfast and on a budget, so after looking on here and other web sites there were all mixed reviews, but the good weighed out the bad, and thought why the hell not! lol! \r\nI am so happy I followed my gut instinct on this one, the waitress we had was really friendly and after the my girls ate there breakfast, the waitress brought out some ice cream for my kids to have, which was so nice of her! \r\n\r\nLIKE EVERYONE ELSE HAS SAID - GET CASH FROM THE ATM BEFORE YOU EAT! \r\n\r\nIf you are not really into the diner experience and more upscale restaurants then this may not be for you, but if you don't mind and just need somewhere to go eat, then this is for you!\r\n\r\nFood is good, service was great, and all for a great price! I think for all of us we spent less then $45.00 for four adults and two kids.\r\n\r\nPARKING - There is a parking lot around the corner of Lou Mitchell's, the guy discounted us because we were eating at Lou Mitchell's, and after we ate and walked to the lot he brought us our car.

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★★★★★

If you want the typical breakfast diner place to go to, then Lou Mitchell's is the place to go, nothing fancy shmansey, and the food a AWESOME!! It's not expansive, but the food is great quality! and allot of it! \r\n\r\nIf you want the Chicago breakfast experience and to feel history, then this a good place start in the morning! Especially if you have a family and on a limited budget.\r\n\r\nMy thoughts are, there was my self, my husband, our three year old and a 14 month old, my mother and my mothers fiancee, my kids aren't your quiet bunch but do behave relatively well, and we were visiting Chicago and needed a place to eat breakfast and on a budget, so after looking on here and other web sites there were all mixed reviews, but the good weighed out the bad, and thought why the hell not! lol! \r\nI am so happy I followed my gut instinct on this one, the waitress we had was really friendly and after the my girls ate there breakfast, the waitress brought out some ice cream for my kids to have, which was so nice of her! \r\n\r\nLIKE EVERYONE ELSE HAS SAID - GET CASH FROM THE ATM BEFORE YOU EAT! \r\n\r\nIf you are not really into the diner experience and more upscale restaurants then this may not be for you, but if you don't mind and just need somewhere to go eat, then this is for you!\r\n\r\nFood is good, service was great, and all for a great price! I think for all of us we spent less then $45.00 for four adults and two kids.\r\n\r\nPARKING - There is a parking lot around the corner of Lou Mitchell's, the guy discounted us because we were eating at Lou Mitchell's, and after we ate and walked to the lot he brought us our car.

Pros: Great service, Great Food, Great Value, GREAT FOR FAMILIES!

Cons: No real cons

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If you want the typical breakfast diner place to go to, then Lou Mitchell's is the place to go, nothing fancy shmansey, and the food a AWESOME!! It's not expansive, but the food is great quality! and allot of it!

If you want the Chicago breakfast experience and to feel history, then this a good place start in the morning! Especially if you have a family and on a limited budget.

My thoughts are, there was my self, my husband, our three year old and a 14 month old, my mother and my mothers fiancee, my kids aren't your quiet bunch but do behave relatively well, and we were visiting Chicago and needed a place to eat breakfast and on a budget, so after looking on here and other web sites there were all mixed reviews, but the good weighed out the bad, and thought why the hell not! lol! I am so happy I followed my gut instinct on this one, the waitress we had was really friendly and after the my girls ate there breakfast, the waitress brought out some ice cream for my kids to have, which was so nice of her!

GET CASH FROM THE ATM BEFORE YOU EAT!
(They don't take Credit or any type of card only Cash)

If you are not really into the diner experience and more upscale restaurants then this may not be for you, but if you don't mind and just need somewhere to go eat, then this is for you! Food is good, service was great, and all for a great price! I think for all of us we spent less then $45.00 for four adults and two kids. PARKING - There is a parking lot around the corner of Lou Mitchell's, the guy discounted us because we were eating at Lou Mitchell's, and after we ate and walked to the lot he brought us our car.

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★★★★★

If you want the typical breakfast diner place to go to, then Lou Mitchell's is the place to go, nothing fancy shmansey, and the food a AWESOME!! It's not expansive, but the food is great quality! and allot of it!

If you want the Chicago breakfast experience and to feel history, then this a good place start in the morning! Especially if you have a family and on a limited budget.

My thoughts are, there was my self, my husband, our three year old and a 14 month old, my mother and my mothers fiancee, my kids aren't your quiet bunch but do behave relatively well, and we were visiting Chicago and needed a place to eat breakfast and on a budget, so after looking on here and other web sites there were all mixed reviews, but the good weighed out the bad, and thought why the hell not! lol! I am so happy I followed my gut instinct on this one, the waitress we had was really friendly and after the my girls ate there breakfast, the waitress brought out some ice cream for my kids to have, which was so nice of her!

GET CASH FROM THE ATM BEFORE YOU EAT!
(They don't take Credit or any type of card only Cash)

If you are not really into the diner experience and more upscale restaurants then this may not be for you, but if you don't mind and just need somewhere to go eat, then this is for you! Food is good, service was great, and all for a great price! I think for all of us we spent less then $45.00 for four adults and two kids. PARKING - There is a parking lot around the corner of Lou Mitchell's, the guy discounted us because we were eating at Lou Mitchell's, and after we ate and walked to the lot he brought us our car.

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If I could give this place 0 stars, I would! The service and food sucked. Go someplace else. Please!

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★☆☆☆☆

If I could give this place 0 stars, I would! The service and food sucked. Go someplace else. Please!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Food, Service

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Lou Mitchell's has one of the best breakfast menus I've ever had in Chicago. The entrees are very hearty and you never leave unsatisfied. The price was very reasonable for a Chicago Restaurant. A very family oriented atmosphere. Friendly, Fast, efficient servic. They follow the Lou Mitchell's tradition (since the restaurant was first opened) by giving Milk Duds to the customers when they come in. If you like breakfast - you definitely need to try Lou Mitchells!

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★★★★★

Lou Mitchell's has one of the best breakfast menus I've ever had in Chicago. The entrees are very hearty and you never leave unsatisfied. The price was very reasonable for a Chicago Restaurant. A very family oriented atmosphere. Friendly, Fast, efficient servic. They follow the Lou Mitchell's tradition (since the restaurant was first opened) by giving Milk Duds to the customers when they come in. If you like breakfast - you definitely need to try Lou Mitchells!

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My wife and I showed up on a Monday afternoon looking forward to some home cooking. We were presently surprised to be treated to free donut holes and milk duds while we waited for a table. We were seated within minutes and proceeded to order from a friendly host. I had the Denver omelette, and my wife had the breakfast sandwich with sausage and eggs inside. Our food arrived within ten minutes and received such good portions that I took pictures of our meal before and after to prove that we actually finished everything on the plate. I was a little surprised that their interpretation of ""hash browns"" was more like thinly fried potato chips. The omelette was definitely fluffy and I left stuffed. The crowd was a mix between urban traveler, business person, and the average Chicago native. Don't go here expecting a fancy dining room. This is a very efficient, breakfast environment with lots of history, friendly service, and good food.

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★★★★★

My wife and I showed up on a Monday afternoon looking forward to some home cooking. We were presently surprised to be treated to free donut holes and milk duds while we waited for a table. We were seated within minutes and proceeded to order from a friendly host. I had the Denver omelette, and my wife had the breakfast sandwich with sausage and eggs inside. Our food arrived within ten minutes and received such good portions that I took pictures of our meal before and after to prove that we actually finished everything on the plate. I was a little surprised that their interpretation of ""hash browns"" was more like thinly fried potato chips. The omelette was definitely fluffy and I left stuffed. The crowd was a mix between urban traveler, business person, and the average Chicago native. Don't go here expecting a fancy dining room. This is a very efficient, breakfast environment with lots of history, friendly service, and good food.

Pros: Great food, cheap eats, timely service

Cons: Roomier tables would have been nice

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Even as out-of-towners, we were made to feel at home at Lou's. Very warm, inviting establishment - if you like this style of dining (which we do!). Very filling food - we ordered way too much - I swear they use eight eggs in one of their omeletes. Highly recommend the thin sliced potatoes with cheddar cheese and feta - share with the table!

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★★★★★

Even as out-of-towners, we were made to feel at home at Lou's. Very warm, inviting establishment - if you like this style of dining (which we do!). Very filling food - we ordered way too much - I swear they use eight eggs in one of their omeletes. Highly recommend the thin sliced potatoes with cheddar cheese and feta - share with the table!

Pros: Huge portions, friendly service & good value

Cons: tight quarters

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Bad food and even poorer service. Yeah, that sums it up!

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★☆☆☆☆

Bad food and even poorer service. Yeah, that sums it up!

Cons: Service

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DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! When our group entered into the restaurant, we were very excited about trying the food since we were from out of town. The donut holes and milk duds were a bonus, but then once we sat down, it took the waitress 15 minutes just to acknowledge us and put in our drink and food orders. Once our food came out, it was just disappointing greasy diner food. Nothing more. They boast about being around since 1923 because of their quality food, but I didn't see any of it. I ordered a simple greek omelet and was served with a big vat of grease. Also, we had all ordered wheat toast and got white instead. We thought we'd send our toast back, but the waitress NEVER came back to our table to see how everything was. We started asking ourselves, what's so great about this place anyway? Is it the bad service or greasy food?? \r\n\r\nAfter our meal was complete, things got worse..Much worse. We went up to the cashier not knowing that we could only pay cash, and the cashier's attitude can be described in one word: DISGUSTING. I can't stress counting out your money for the cashier before you hand it to her because SHE CAN'T ADD!! She should be fired immediately for her bad attitude and lack of customer service skills. Maybe she should go back to school and learn how to add and subtract because honestly, a first grader could do her job better than she could. My friend had overpaid for her meal and she refused to give her her change ($20) back! We were all astounded as to how this place could still be in business with people like her working there. \r\n***We ended up not leaving a tip for the waitress because we were going to use our change from the cashier, the $20, to pay the waitress. We felt bad about it, but the cashier, in essence, ended up stealing from the waitress in the end because she and the manager refused to give us our change.***\r\n\r\nPlease go to Meli Cafe, Le Peep, or Wishbone, and SKIP LOU MITCHELLS ENTIRELY B/C IT WILL LEAVE A BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH.

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★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! When our group entered into the restaurant, we were very excited about trying the food since we were from out of town. The donut holes and milk duds were a bonus, but then once we sat down, it took the waitress 15 minutes just to acknowledge us and put in our drink and food orders. Once our food came out, it was just disappointing greasy diner food. Nothing more. They boast about being around since 1923 because of their quality food, but I didn't see any of it. I ordered a simple greek omelet and was served with a big vat of grease. Also, we had all ordered wheat toast and got white instead. We thought we'd send our toast back, but the waitress NEVER came back to our table to see how everything was. We started asking ourselves, what's so great about this place anyway? Is it the bad service or greasy food?? \r\n\r\nAfter our meal was complete, things got worse..Much worse. We went up to the cashier not knowing that we could only pay cash, and the cashier's attitude can be described in one word: DISGUSTING. I can't stress counting out your money for the cashier before you hand it to her because SHE CAN'T ADD!! She should be fired immediately for her bad attitude and lack of customer service skills. Maybe she should go back to school and learn how to add and subtract because honestly, a first grader could do her job better than she could. My friend had overpaid for her meal and she refused to give her her change ($20) back! We were all astounded as to how this place could still be in business with people like her working there. \r\n***We ended up not leaving a tip for the waitress because we were going to use our change from the cashier, the $20, to pay the waitress. We felt bad about it, but the cashier, in essence, ended up stealing from the waitress in the end because she and the manager refused to give us our change.***\r\n\r\nPlease go to Meli Cafe, Le Peep, or Wishbone, and SKIP LOU MITCHELLS ENTIRELY B/C IT WILL LEAVE A BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH.

Pros: Donut Holes, MilkDuds

Cons: Food and God Awful SERVICE

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This is one of my all time favorite Chicago spots. My grandfather took me here every morning before school at 6 am from kindergarden until my senior year of high school. The food is fast and always good. I am a huge fan of the french toast, it is not too overdone and fancied up like the new yuppie places down there. (although i technically am a yuppie i have a natural resentment to fancy breakfast places, maybe this review explains that!) The people are nice and regular, and i hope it is around for years to come!

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★★★★★

This is one of my all time favorite Chicago spots. My grandfather took me here every morning before school at 6 am from kindergarden until my senior year of high school. The food is fast and always good. I am a huge fan of the french toast, it is not too overdone and fancied up like the new yuppie places down there. (although i technically am a yuppie i have a natural resentment to fancy breakfast places, maybe this review explains that!) The people are nice and regular, and i hope it is around for years to come!

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Coming from california i've been to many a diner's and 50ish spots. This was just average for me. I stopped in on a wednesday morning, there was no wait time or lines. You can park across the street after 9AM. (read the posted limits) I would definitely recommend the coffee and fresh orange juice, the actual breakfast was just ok. Prices are pretty reasonable for city munching but if you want better food and a better experience drive out to arlington heights and grab breakfast at T.N.T SNACK SHOP 1706 W CAMPBELL STREET, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS 60005. ---A TRUE HIDDEN GEM

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★★★☆☆

Coming from california i've been to many a diner's and 50ish spots. This was just average for me. I stopped in on a wednesday morning, there was no wait time or lines. You can park across the street after 9AM. (read the posted limits) I would definitely recommend the coffee and fresh orange juice, the actual breakfast was just ok. Prices are pretty reasonable for city munching but if you want better food and a better experience drive out to arlington heights and grab breakfast at T.N.T SNACK SHOP 1706 W CAMPBELL STREET, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS 60005. ---A TRUE HIDDEN GEM

Pros: COFFEE AND ORANGE JUICE

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I am from Chicago, but I had never been to this location. Everything that I enjoy about diners was in place, the cheap coffee and free refills, good counter service and tons of other people sitting around and reading the paper. I ordered the bacon and egg sandwich and a side of hash browns, or american fries whatever they are called. The eggs on the sandwich were dry and the potatoes were some of the worst that I ever had. They were wet and undercooked and lacked any kind of flavor that is present in other breakfast potatoes that I have had. I have been to the other location in Lincoln Park, and that is a good place, their food is great, but this place needs to overhaul some of their menu items.\r\n

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★★☆☆☆

I am from Chicago, but I had never been to this location. Everything that I enjoy about diners was in place, the cheap coffee and free refills, good counter service and tons of other people sitting around and reading the paper. I ordered the bacon and egg sandwich and a side of hash browns, or american fries whatever they are called. The eggs on the sandwich were dry and the potatoes were some of the worst that I ever had. They were wet and undercooked and lacked any kind of flavor that is present in other breakfast potatoes that I have had. I have been to the other location in Lincoln Park, and that is a good place, their food is great, but this place needs to overhaul some of their menu items.\r\n

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Lou Mitchell's has a very old Chicago feel to it, and is a great place to have breakfast. The portions are very large and they often give complimentary doughnuts and other baked goods at the door.

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★★★★☆

Lou Mitchell's has a very old Chicago feel to it, and is a great place to have breakfast. The portions are very large and they often give complimentary doughnuts and other baked goods at the door.

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This is a great little breakfast place. Everyone's commented on the free donut holes you get in line which makes the wait a little more bearable. :)\r\n\r\nI enjoyed the fact that the food was not too greasy, all to often little grease spoon type places tend to be just that, greasy. I got eggs and ham, the ham was excellent not too salty like at other establishments.\r\n\r\nThe coffee was great, many places have some nondescript watered down swill they pass for coffee. The coffee at Lou's was really robust and flavorful without tasting like burnt Starbucks coffee. \r\n\r\nRecommendations: Bring cash, there's an ATM but it's just simpler if you plan ahead. Also smaller parties get seated faster since the place is relatively small.\r\n\r\n

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★★★★★

This is a great little breakfast place. Everyone's commented on the free donut holes you get in line which makes the wait a little more bearable. :)\r\n\r\nI enjoyed the fact that the food was not too greasy, all to often little grease spoon type places tend to be just that, greasy. I got eggs and ham, the ham was excellent not too salty like at other establishments.\r\n\r\nThe coffee was great, many places have some nondescript watered down swill they pass for coffee. The coffee at Lou's was really robust and flavorful without tasting like burnt Starbucks coffee. \r\n\r\nRecommendations: Bring cash, there's an ATM but it's just simpler if you plan ahead. Also smaller parties get seated faster since the place is relatively small.\r\n\r\n

Pros: Donut holes, coffee

Cons: Server never brought back my to-go cup of coffee.

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First off, don't be discouraged by the line outside, it moves fast! Also, part of the Lou Mitchell experience is getting the free donut holes and milk duds while you wait outside. If you are a single diner, mention this to the line monitor as more often than not you will be ushered to a counter seat immediately. Yes, this is just breakfast but it is an exceptional breakfast. Portions are large and served in the pan they were cooked in. Keep in mind that ""2 eggs"" really means 3 or in my case, 4 eggs, literally. Potatoes are sliced round style and contain fresh herbs and fill the entire 10 inch pan. I also counted 8 sausages in my pan as well. A must order, however, is the cinnamon roll. And don't forget to get the raisin toast.

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★★★★☆

First off, don't be discouraged by the line outside, it moves fast! Also, part of the Lou Mitchell experience is getting the free donut holes and milk duds while you wait outside. If you are a single diner, mention this to the line monitor as more often than not you will be ushered to a counter seat immediately. Yes, this is just breakfast but it is an exceptional breakfast. Portions are large and served in the pan they were cooked in. Keep in mind that ""2 eggs"" really means 3 or in my case, 4 eggs, literally. Potatoes are sliced round style and contain fresh herbs and fill the entire 10 inch pan. I also counted 8 sausages in my pan as well. A must order, however, is the cinnamon roll. And don't forget to get the raisin toast.

Pros: ""2 eggs"" really means 4 eggs; 8 sausages?; best cinnamon roll in recent memory

Cons: Always a wait (but you do get free donut holes and milk duds)

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I took my friends from out of town to here for the first time. It was cute that they offered doughnut holes and milk duds. I?m vegan, and I asked if it was ok to get just hash browns and a side of sauteed veggies (onions, spinach and mushrooms). Everything was fine, until i found a big piece of cardboard in the veggies. Granted, people make mistakes. I showed the server, he apologized and offered to replace it, and he did but was pretty sarcastic and rude about it, even though I was a customer. The Manager, (older short blonde lady?s) attitude really took the cake. She came to our table, asked what happened, asked me where the food was (as if i kept it as a souvenir) and then proceeded to go to the plate bin and pull dirty plates with food to ask it this was a plate, which was disgusting. Eventually she believed me (even though like my friends 5 people and the server saw it) and comped only my food, not the juice I got. \r\n\r\nHonestly, her attitude really disgusted me. If you want classic diner food honestly go to one of the Clarks restaurants on either Lincoln or Belmont or Tempo down town. If you want to take your friends from out of town a good impression of how Chicago brunch is done, to Lula Cafe in Logan Square, or even Chicago Diner is great, especially if your vegetarian/vegan. \r\nI am embarrassed for my friends from abroad that have an impression that Chicago service is bad. I will never go there again, it?s really disappointing since it?s a big piece of Chicago history and they really had good breakfast potatoes and coffee. However, if you have any problems with your food, understand the management lacks people skills. Or they may have problems with People of Color with money eating there, and not heeding nor believing their brown customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my friends from out of town to here for the first time. It was cute that they offered doughnut holes and milk duds. I?m vegan, and I asked if it was ok to get just hash browns and a side of sauteed veggies (onions, spinach and mushrooms). Everything was fine, until i found a big piece of cardboard in the veggies. Granted, people make mistakes. I showed the server, he apologized and offered to replace it, and he did but was pretty sarcastic and rude about it, even though I was a customer. The Manager, (older short blonde lady?s) attitude really took the cake. She came to our table, asked what happened, asked me where the food was (as if i kept it as a souvenir) and then proceeded to go to the plate bin and pull dirty plates with food to ask it this was a plate, which was disgusting. Eventually she believed me (even though like my friends 5 people and the server saw it) and comped only my food, not the juice I got. \r\n\r\nHonestly, her attitude really disgusted me. If you want classic diner food honestly go to one of the Clarks restaurants on either Lincoln or Belmont or Tempo down town. If you want to take your friends from out of town a good impression of how Chicago brunch is done, to Lula Cafe in Logan Square, or even Chicago Diner is great, especially if your vegetarian/vegan. \r\nI am embarrassed for my friends from abroad that have an impression that Chicago service is bad. I will never go there again, it?s really disappointing since it?s a big piece of Chicago history and they really had good breakfast potatoes and coffee. However, if you have any problems with your food, understand the management lacks people skills. Or they may have problems with People of Color with money eating there, and not heeding nor believing their brown customers.

Pros: Good Coffee, Greek Bread, Made changes in Menu for me, and Fresh Juice

Cons: Staff attitude sux, manager was extremly offensive, much rather go some where else where customers are respected

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Read the reviews so we stopped here on our way into the city. We had just flown a red-eye in and landed about 5:30 am on a Tuesday morning - arrived at Lou's about 7 am and walked right in. Still got the donut hole which was light and delicious. They advertise the best cup of coffee in the world and it was GOOD! We also had fresh-squeezed orange juice, just thinking about it makes my mouth water - try it when you are there. My husband had the french toast and hummed through most of the meal. I had the cheese and apple omelet - sounds weird, tastes great! This also came with lots of potatos and toast. We ate until we could hardly breath and then they offered us ice cream! We had to say no because we had filled up on extra donut holes. This was the best breakfast we had while spending a week in Chicago. Go on a weekday as it was not crowded at all.

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★★★★★

Read the reviews so we stopped here on our way into the city. We had just flown a red-eye in and landed about 5:30 am on a Tuesday morning - arrived at Lou's about 7 am and walked right in. Still got the donut hole which was light and delicious. They advertise the best cup of coffee in the world and it was GOOD! We also had fresh-squeezed orange juice, just thinking about it makes my mouth water - try it when you are there. My husband had the french toast and hummed through most of the meal. I had the cheese and apple omelet - sounds weird, tastes great! This also came with lots of potatos and toast. We ate until we could hardly breath and then they offered us ice cream! We had to say no because we had filled up on extra donut holes. This was the best breakfast we had while spending a week in Chicago. Go on a weekday as it was not crowded at all.

Pros: Great food, service

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I don't know who this person is who said that there was poor service here because I've been going to "The Original Lou Mitchell's" for about 5 years now and I've never experienced poor service. No employee would ever expect a customer to get their own coffee even the busboys or girl would give it to you. As for the cashier I've seen her help out as well. The omelets are very good, they have so many varieties they can even make them with egg whites. One more thing if there was such bad service why would there be lines of people out the door? Come on free donuts as you walk in and Milk Duds for the ladies and children who can beat that.

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★★★★★

I don't know who this person is who said that there was poor service here because I've been going to "The Original Lou Mitchell's" for about 5 years now and I've never experienced poor service. No employee would ever expect a customer to get their own coffee even the busboys or girl would give it to you. As for the cashier I've seen her help out as well. The omelets are very good, they have so many varieties they can even make them with egg whites. One more thing if there was such bad service why would there be lines of people out the door? Come on free donuts as you walk in and Milk Duds for the ladies and children who can beat that.

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This is a GREAT Chicago restaurant! I work across the street, so I frequently eat there or take food to go. \r\n\r\nThere are many legends about this place, and I don't know what is true or not, so I won't address those.\r\n\r\nIf you want a GREAT BREAKFAST, this is the place to go. The omelets are HUGE and tasty (my favorite is the ""Mushroom Green Pepper Special"" to which I add American Cheese). I also like the ""Skirt Steak and Eggs"" breakfast, especially after a night of drinking heavily! The French Toast is also a good choice. As for pancakes, I hear they are good, but I don't like pancakes at all, so I cannot really comment...\r\n\r\nAs for the lines... YES, there are lines snaking out the door, but mainly on weekends. It is not usually that crowded during the week. One exception to this would be when prominent politicians or celebrities are visiting., but this is rare. \r\n\r\nExpect to pay $10 - $15 per person for breakfast - a little bit on the high side, but still not terribly expensive. \r\n\r\nIf you go pn the weekend, expect to wain in line for 30+ minutes, and mingle with parents taking their kids to experience the ""legendary breakfast place on route 66.""\r\n\r\nFor lunch, the Patty Melts are the BEST EVER, the burgers are good, the fries are awesome, and the specials are worth trying... The ""creamy tomato"" soup deserves a Nobel Prize, at least! \r\n\r\nIn a word.... YUMMMM!

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★★★☆☆

This is a GREAT Chicago restaurant! I work across the street, so I frequently eat there or take food to go. \r\n\r\nThere are many legends about this place, and I don't know what is true or not, so I won't address those.\r\n\r\nIf you want a GREAT BREAKFAST, this is the place to go. The omelets are HUGE and tasty (my favorite is the ""Mushroom Green Pepper Special"" to which I add American Cheese). I also like the ""Skirt Steak and Eggs"" breakfast, especially after a night of drinking heavily! The French Toast is also a good choice. As for pancakes, I hear they are good, but I don't like pancakes at all, so I cannot really comment...\r\n\r\nAs for the lines... YES, there are lines snaking out the door, but mainly on weekends. It is not usually that crowded during the week. One exception to this would be when prominent politicians or celebrities are visiting., but this is rare. \r\n\r\nExpect to pay $10 - $15 per person for breakfast - a little bit on the high side, but still not terribly expensive. \r\n\r\nIf you go pn the weekend, expect to wain in line for 30+ minutes, and mingle with parents taking their kids to experience the ""legendary breakfast place on route 66.""\r\n\r\nFor lunch, the Patty Melts are the BEST EVER, the burgers are good, the fries are awesome, and the specials are worth trying... The ""creamy tomato"" soup deserves a Nobel Prize, at least! \r\n\r\nIn a word.... YUMMMM!

Pros: Great Food!

Cons: Crowded on the weekends - go during the week if at all possible!

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I go to Chicago at least once a year, usually twice and i ALWAYS make sure i go to Lou Mitchell's. Best breakfast I've ever had, French Toast is to die for! The staff is great, they are sarcastic & witty & borderline rude...LOVE IT! Sense of humor is required. Line is usually out the door, but in my opinion definitely worth the wait. Plus they serve donut holes & have heat lamps for when the weather is cold. The food is just fantastic!!

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★★★★★

I go to Chicago at least once a year, usually twice and i ALWAYS make sure i go to Lou Mitchell's. Best breakfast I've ever had, French Toast is to die for! The staff is great, they are sarcastic & witty & borderline rude...LOVE IT! Sense of humor is required. Line is usually out the door, but in my opinion definitely worth the wait. Plus they serve donut holes & have heat lamps for when the weather is cold. The food is just fantastic!!

Pros: Food is great, staff is great, service is normally great.

Cons: A little pricey for breakfast fare.

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This place was good years ago but its gone WAY downhill in the last couple years. Last couple times there the food was terrible. Last week I ordered a tuna melt that tasted - shall we say feculent? I sent it back and was surprised when the bill came that I was charged for it. I asked the manager about it and she said ""Sorry, I tasted it and it was fine. You need to pay for it..."" I can't recall ever being treated like that in a restaurant. \r\n\r\nOrder at your own risk, but they lost my business forever.

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★★★☆☆

This place was good years ago but its gone WAY downhill in the last couple years. Last couple times there the food was terrible. Last week I ordered a tuna melt that tasted - shall we say feculent? I sent it back and was surprised when the bill came that I was charged for it. I asked the manager about it and she said ""Sorry, I tasted it and it was fine. You need to pay for it..."" I can't recall ever being treated like that in a restaurant. \r\n\r\nOrder at your own risk, but they lost my business forever.

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This restaurant has excellent food, but there needs to be a competent person greeting and seating the diners. We eat there often because we work in the area, but the person seating diners is rude and incompetent. Business is suffering as a result. We were waiting in line for a booth. We were told that two people could not have a booth because they were busy, so we were asked to wait. What does the hostess do, she seats the people behind us, a couple of two in a booth. We finally decided after years of eating there, we won't be going back.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant has excellent food, but there needs to be a competent person greeting and seating the diners. We eat there often because we work in the area, but the person seating diners is rude and incompetent. Business is suffering as a result. We were waiting in line for a booth. We were told that two people could not have a booth because they were busy, so we were asked to wait. What does the hostess do, she seats the people behind us, a couple of two in a booth. We finally decided after years of eating there, we won't be going back.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Horrible hostess

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Its a lovely place to go for hot breakfast. Hot pancakes, delicious omelets and great strong coffee. Very quick and efficient service and great tasting food. Also very pocket friendly. Would recommend to everyone who loves this most important meal of the day

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★★★★☆

Its a lovely place to go for hot breakfast. Hot pancakes, delicious omelets and great strong coffee. Very quick and efficient service and great tasting food. Also very pocket friendly. Would recommend to everyone who loves this most important meal of the day

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Went there for breakfast three times on a recent five-day trip. Each time the food was good and the staff were terrific. Although this place is featured in many guidebooks, seems as though a lot of locals that go there, too. Seemed to be a 75% local, 25% tourist mix.\r\n\r\nFood is what I expect from a diner/coffee house/pancake house. Wife loved her waffle enough to order it on a return visit. Her over-hard eggs were cooked perfectly on another visit. I had an omlet first time. It was large and cooked 'fluffy style'. Two subsequent trips I ordered pancakes. They were large and were perfectly fine. My guess is that service becomes harried when there is a line snaking out the door. Each of the three times we visited, the place was 25-50% full and there was lots of time to chat with the wait staff and bus staff. And they were warm people.\r\n\r\nWe got out doughnut holes and wife got her milk-duds. Free orange slice and prune before your meal and free vannila soft-serve ice cream after your meal. (My wife loved the ice cream!)\r\n\r\nIf you're staying anwhere but west loop (should be walkable from west loop,) grab the blue line to 54th/Cermak or Forest Park and get off at the Clinton stop. Walk two blocks north (Union Station will be on your right,) then a half block west.

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★★★★★

Went there for breakfast three times on a recent five-day trip. Each time the food was good and the staff were terrific. Although this place is featured in many guidebooks, seems as though a lot of locals that go there, too. Seemed to be a 75% local, 25% tourist mix.\r\n\r\nFood is what I expect from a diner/coffee house/pancake house. Wife loved her waffle enough to order it on a return visit. Her over-hard eggs were cooked perfectly on another visit. I had an omlet first time. It was large and cooked 'fluffy style'. Two subsequent trips I ordered pancakes. They were large and were perfectly fine. My guess is that service becomes harried when there is a line snaking out the door. Each of the three times we visited, the place was 25-50% full and there was lots of time to chat with the wait staff and bus staff. And they were warm people.\r\n\r\nWe got out doughnut holes and wife got her milk-duds. Free orange slice and prune before your meal and free vannila soft-serve ice cream after your meal. (My wife loved the ice cream!)\r\n\r\nIf you're staying anwhere but west loop (should be walkable from west loop,) grab the blue line to 54th/Cermak or Forest Park and get off at the Clinton stop. Walk two blocks north (Union Station will be on your right,) then a half block west.

Pros: Staff, food, location

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Lou Mitchell's has good coffee, they serve it with heavy cream instead of half and half. However, the man behind their carry out counter has very poor customer service skills. I was encouraged by someone at the register to start getting my own coffee rather than wait 10 minutes for someone to get it for me. I started doing this when no one was available to help me at the counter. Then, even when the man who runs this counter was there he would have me walk over to get my own coffee while he stood at the counter doing nothing. Others who work there noticed this and said something to me about it, but obviously there must be a culture of poor customer service here because he was not at all concerned about who--including his boss--saw him treat a customer this way; clearly he saw nothing wrong with this behavior, because he still would try to make small talk as he sent me off to get my own coffee. I don't recommend this place.
The coffee is very good but the food is not memorable and needs lots of salt (the omelettes do anyway). There is a Mitchell's (called "The Original Mitchell's") in a strip mall just off Armitage near Clybourn, 1953 North Clybourn, that is what this Lou Mitchell's calls a copy; they are of no relation to each other.

PROS: Coffee
CONS: Outrageously poor customer service, overall culture of poor customer serv

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Lou Mitchell's has good coffee, they serve it with heavy cream instead of half and half. However, the man behind their carry out counter has very poor customer service skills. I was encouraged by someone at the register to start getting my own coffee rather than wait 10 minutes for someone to get it for me. I started doing this when no one was available to help me at the counter. Then, even when the man who runs this counter was there he would have me walk over to get my own coffee while he stood at the counter doing nothing. Others who work there noticed this and said something to me about it, but obviously there must be a culture of poor customer service here because he was not at all concerned about who--including his boss--saw him treat a customer this way; clearly he saw nothing wrong with this behavior, because he still would try to make small talk as he sent me off to get my own coffee. I don't recommend this place.
The coffee is very good but the food is not memorable and needs lots of salt (the omelettes do anyway). There is a Mitchell's (called "The Original Mitchell's") in a strip mall just off Armitage near Clybourn, 1953 North Clybourn, that is what this Lou Mitchell's calls a copy; they are of no relation to each other.

PROS: Coffee
CONS: Outrageously poor customer service, overall culture of poor customer serv

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Visited during New Year's weekend and the line was out the door. We opted to sit at the counter. Service was prompt. Pancakes were great, couldn't finished them all because they were so large. Other patrons skillet breakfasts' looked so good I wanted to try them also. Loved the atmosphere! Whenever I visit Chicago, I'll definitely have breakfast there again.

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★★★★★

Visited during New Year's weekend and the line was out the door. We opted to sit at the counter. Service was prompt. Pancakes were great, couldn't finished them all because they were so large. Other patrons skillet breakfasts' looked so good I wanted to try them also. Loved the atmosphere! Whenever I visit Chicago, I'll definitely have breakfast there again.

Pros: service, food , atmosphere

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Step off the street near Union Station and enter the 1950's coffee shop/diner era. As you enter, you are treated with donut holes and milk duds. Make sure to sit at the formica counter amidst the hustle and bustle and forget your dietary restrictions. Best bets include the fabulous banana pancakes served with decent syrup. The regular pancakes seem to be lacking though. Good belgian waffles, and bacon and home fries are ok. The omelettes, served in individual skillets looked good too. Great atmosphere including public address announcements of customer's birthdays with requisite singing and servers who have been there for years, and they have a number of baked goods to take home. They don't take credit cards but an ATM machine is on premises and they are open from (I believe) 5:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon so don't come expecting dinner.

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★★★★☆

Step off the street near Union Station and enter the 1950's coffee shop/diner era. As you enter, you are treated with donut holes and milk duds. Make sure to sit at the formica counter amidst the hustle and bustle and forget your dietary restrictions. Best bets include the fabulous banana pancakes served with decent syrup. The regular pancakes seem to be lacking though. Good belgian waffles, and bacon and home fries are ok. The omelettes, served in individual skillets looked good too. Great atmosphere including public address announcements of customer's birthdays with requisite singing and servers who have been there for years, and they have a number of baked goods to take home. They don't take credit cards but an ATM machine is on premises and they are open from (I believe) 5:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon so don't come expecting dinner.

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The food was great-the best breakfast I have ever had! French toast melted in your mouth and the eggs were fluffy and delicious. Beware of the hostess, though. Without asking, she seated my husband and me in the smoking section although there were tables available in the non-smoking. When I asked to be seated in the non-smoking section, she loudly and rudely said,""But no one is even smoking here!"" so we took our seats. After 5 minutes the people at the next table lit up. The hostess told us she could not move us because our orders were about to be brought out and the wait staff would be confused. My husband told her our orders had not even been taken yet. So she barked at us to collect our coffees and proceeded to warn our server to watch out because ""no smoking girl"" was headed her way.

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★★★★☆

The food was great-the best breakfast I have ever had! French toast melted in your mouth and the eggs were fluffy and delicious. Beware of the hostess, though. Without asking, she seated my husband and me in the smoking section although there were tables available in the non-smoking. When I asked to be seated in the non-smoking section, she loudly and rudely said,""But no one is even smoking here!"" so we took our seats. After 5 minutes the people at the next table lit up. The hostess told us she could not move us because our orders were about to be brought out and the wait staff would be confused. My husband told her our orders had not even been taken yet. So she barked at us to collect our coffees and proceeded to warn our server to watch out because ""no smoking girl"" was headed her way.

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Hostess, Server, Lack of Hospitality

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Although Lou Mitchell's is somewhat a tight fit on the inside, it is well worth the experience. We went to the restaurant around 9 am on a Tuesday and got in right away. The Spinach omelette was incredible and their pancakes are some of the best that I have ever tasted. You will definitely not walk away hungry. From the minute that you walk in, you are given fresh doughnut holes; when you are seated, you are given orange slices and prunes; you are given small ice cream samples for dessert no matter what time of day. They roast their own coffee also, and it is phenomenal. Don't miss this joint. Breakfast is HIGHLY recommended.

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★★★★★

Although Lou Mitchell's is somewhat a tight fit on the inside, it is well worth the experience. We went to the restaurant around 9 am on a Tuesday and got in right away. The Spinach omelette was incredible and their pancakes are some of the best that I have ever tasted. You will definitely not walk away hungry. From the minute that you walk in, you are given fresh doughnut holes; when you are seated, you are given orange slices and prunes; you are given small ice cream samples for dessert no matter what time of day. They roast their own coffee also, and it is phenomenal. Don't miss this joint. Breakfast is HIGHLY recommended.

Pros: Great service, Great food, Great prices

Cons: Tight accomodations

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Breakfast at Lou Mitchell's is a treat for everyone. Everyone gets donuts to munch on while waiting for a table and the ladies get Milk Duds. The food is classic breakfast fare and the service is prompt. The omlettes are delicious and hearty and the banana pancakes the fluffiest I've eaten.

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★★★☆☆

Breakfast at Lou Mitchell's is a treat for everyone. Everyone gets donuts to munch on while waiting for a table and the ladies get Milk Duds. The food is classic breakfast fare and the service is prompt. The omlettes are delicious and hearty and the banana pancakes the fluffiest I've eaten.

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Been there many times without a complaint except for last Saturday. Waitress was in another world (I though she when on break after we ordered).\n\nFrench toast lukewarm. Banana pankakes were piping hot and excellent. Maybe they precook the french toast? (yuk) Will order an omelette next time. They sat us in smoking section even though we asked for non-smoking.\n\nAfter waiting for 10 minutes for waitress to check in - decided it was better to eat the then-cold french toast. Partner ordered refill of Coke and got ice-tea. Only got a refill on the coffee because another waitress couldn't stand to walk by the empty cup so many times.\n\nWill try again after this bad memory fades.\n\nJim\n

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★★★☆☆

Been there many times without a complaint except for last Saturday. Waitress was in another world (I though she when on break after we ordered).\n\nFrench toast lukewarm. Banana pankakes were piping hot and excellent. Maybe they precook the french toast? (yuk) Will order an omelette next time. They sat us in smoking section even though we asked for non-smoking.\n\nAfter waiting for 10 minutes for waitress to check in - decided it was better to eat the then-cold french toast. Partner ordered refill of Coke and got ice-tea. Only got a refill on the coffee because another waitress couldn't stand to walk by the empty cup so many times.\n\nWill try again after this bad memory fades.\n\nJim\n

Pros: Lively, crowded, atmosphere

Cons: slow, cold, attidude

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Lou Mitchell's is the best! PLEASE don't skip it due to other unfriendly ratings: I have no idea what those people are talking about. The only explanation is that people are much more likely to write reviews about bad experiences than good experiences, so you don't hear about all the great stories. My friends and I regularly go to Lou's after church, at least once or twice a month (Lou's is the ""gold standard"" by which we judge all other breakfast places). The food is more expensive than McD's, but it is EXCELLENT! There is often a wait, but the service is outstanding and the food ALWAYS comes out VERY quickly! The servers are all wonderful (and we have never, ever, been rushed out, no matter how busy the place is), and the donut holes and Milk Duds are extra fun. Don't miss out on this incredible breakfast experience!!!

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★★★★★

Lou Mitchell's is the best! PLEASE don't skip it due to other unfriendly ratings: I have no idea what those people are talking about. The only explanation is that people are much more likely to write reviews about bad experiences than good experiences, so you don't hear about all the great stories. My friends and I regularly go to Lou's after church, at least once or twice a month (Lou's is the ""gold standard"" by which we judge all other breakfast places). The food is more expensive than McD's, but it is EXCELLENT! There is often a wait, but the service is outstanding and the food ALWAYS comes out VERY quickly! The servers are all wonderful (and we have never, ever, been rushed out, no matter how busy the place is), and the donut holes and Milk Duds are extra fun. Don't miss out on this incredible breakfast experience!!!

Pros: YUMMY!, EXCELLENT SERVICE!, FREE DONUTS!

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A friend recommended Lou's. I was excited about breakfast at such a historical landmark. As we walked up on a Sunday morning the line to get in was outside of the building. It took about 20 minutes to get in. My first thought was, this must really be the spot... Unfortunatley I was not impressed. Food was ok just normal breakfast fare. They have capitalized on the history as a normal breakfast for 2 was $30.64 plus a $6.00 tip. This was a very expensive breakfast in my estimation. The best part of the experince was the lady with a basket that handed out doughnuts as we waited in line. I would not hurry to get to Lou's anytime soon...

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★★☆☆☆

A friend recommended Lou's. I was excited about breakfast at such a historical landmark. As we walked up on a Sunday morning the line to get in was outside of the building. It took about 20 minutes to get in. My first thought was, this must really be the spot... Unfortunatley I was not impressed. Food was ok just normal breakfast fare. They have capitalized on the history as a normal breakfast for 2 was $30.64 plus a $6.00 tip. This was a very expensive breakfast in my estimation. The best part of the experince was the lady with a basket that handed out doughnuts as we waited in line. I would not hurry to get to Lou's anytime soon...

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You can't beat Lou's for breakfast when it comes to omelettes. Doughnut holes immediately when you walk in are a tradition (& they're good!) Service is immediate & friendly. Food comes up hot & quick. It would be nice to have the option to get some kind of combinations: like eggs & pancakes, or eggs & french toast, etc. Unfortunately everything & I do mean everything is ala carte. Normal omelettes run over $8 so be prepared to spend between $25-$30 with tip for two.

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★★★★☆

You can't beat Lou's for breakfast when it comes to omelettes. Doughnut holes immediately when you walk in are a tradition (& they're good!) Service is immediate & friendly. Food comes up hot & quick. It would be nice to have the option to get some kind of combinations: like eggs & pancakes, or eggs & french toast, etc. Unfortunately everything & I do mean everything is ala carte. Normal omelettes run over $8 so be prepared to spend between $25-$30 with tip for two.

Pros: Everything delicious

Cons: Expensive breakfast

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The skillet omelets are awesome. However sometimes the service is little lacking due to the fact that the place is always crowded. The omelets make it woorth the wait....

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★★★☆☆

The skillet omelets are awesome. However sometimes the service is little lacking due to the fact that the place is always crowded. The omelets make it woorth the wait....

Pros: great omelets, fast pace restaurant, fair pricing

Cons: overcrowded, no place to park, VERY CRAMPED TABLES

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This place is totally overrated. The prices have gone up and there is nothing special any more about this place. Poor service to top it off. Way to Overrated.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is totally overrated. The prices have gone up and there is nothing special any more about this place. Poor service to top it off. Way to Overrated.

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What great food for people on the go (and on a budget too.) Not too pricey, GREAT coffee (and lots of it), and wonderful food.

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★★★★★

What great food for people on the go (and on a budget too.) Not too pricey, GREAT coffee (and lots of it), and wonderful food.

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Not worth the trip, or the wait.Good food can be had cheaper elsewhere

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★★★☆☆

Not worth the trip, or the wait.Good food can be had cheaper elsewhere

Pros: trendy

Cons: trendy

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I tried this place once. The pancakes were not very good at all, the coffee was sour and the service was slow. I could have gone to Mc Donalds and spent a third as much for better food.

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★★☆☆☆

I tried this place once. The pancakes were not very good at all, the coffee was sour and the service was slow. I could have gone to Mc Donalds and spent a third as much for better food.

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Lots of hype, lots of hurry-up-and-get-outta-here, and lots of disappointment. Hi, let me splatter coffee from the pot to your cup on your table, your napkins etc. Over-easy eggs were undercooked, clear and cold, nestled against wet and cold undercooked potatoes. Sent my meal back; the table next to ours sent back cold oatmeal. Bossy grouchy staff on an early Saturday morning. Not a bad donut, but donuts are easy. And it will be easy to go elsewhere for a weekend breakfast where we are welcomed, fed well, presented with delicious food, and thanked for our patronage. Our bill arrived with the meal. Thanks, Lou, for the hospitality and just bad food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Lots of hype, lots of hurry-up-and-get-outta-here, and lots of disappointment. Hi, let me splatter coffee from the pot to your cup on your table, your napkins etc. Over-easy eggs were undercooked, clear and cold, nestled against wet and cold undercooked potatoes. Sent my meal back; the table next to ours sent back cold oatmeal. Bossy grouchy staff on an early Saturday morning. Not a bad donut, but donuts are easy. And it will be easy to go elsewhere for a weekend breakfast where we are welcomed, fed well, presented with delicious food, and thanked for our patronage. Our bill arrived with the meal. Thanks, Lou, for the hospitality and just bad food.

Pros: Donut, toast

Cons: Hurried food prep, jammed entry/cashier, Poor value

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I have lived 2 blocks from Lou's for the past 3 years. I have given them 3 chances, and they have failed miserably every time. The sevice is okay but the food is ridiculously undercooked every time. Scrambled eggs that run all over the skillet. Try Jackson's right next door, not as trendy, but much better food and never crowded.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have lived 2 blocks from Lou's for the past 3 years. I have given them 3 chances, and they have failed miserably every time. The sevice is okay but the food is ridiculously undercooked every time. Scrambled eggs that run all over the skillet. Try Jackson's right next door, not as trendy, but much better food and never crowded.

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I've been there twice in the last 2 months. The second time I actually asked to go there again. The food was good old fashioned diner fare. I love the homemade orange marmelade and the thick slices of rye toast. We went on Sunday both times - they were very busy -but, the service was great and the coffee plentiful....and the coffee has to be the best in the city. I'll keep going there whenever I'm in Chicago.

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★★★★★

I've been there twice in the last 2 months. The second time I actually asked to go there again. The food was good old fashioned diner fare. I love the homemade orange marmelade and the thick slices of rye toast. We went on Sunday both times - they were very busy -but, the service was great and the coffee plentiful....and the coffee has to be the best in the city. I'll keep going there whenever I'm in Chicago.

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly

Cons: Crowded

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I FELT THE PLACE WAS A BIT OVERRATED. THE FOOD WAS OKAY BUT NOTHING IT WAS NOTHING TO RUN TELL FRIENDS ABOUT.

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★★★☆☆

I FELT THE PLACE WAS A BIT OVERRATED. THE FOOD WAS OKAY BUT NOTHING IT WAS NOTHING TO RUN TELL FRIENDS ABOUT.

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When faced with choosing a breakfast spot downtown to meet up with friends one weekend, I asked around for places to go and someone recommended Lou Mitchell's. Well, this place attracts huge crowds on weekends but I just don't get it. The food was OK but very ordinary, nothing special. And don't expect to linger over a second cup of coffee -- the hostess came and hovered over our table giving us the eye that it was time to leave. When we asked for more coffee she flatly said ""No"" because of the crowds of people waiting. One positive, I guess, is that bread and pastry items are made from scratch every day on premises. Otherwise, it's not worth a special trip if you're not already in the area.

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★★★☆☆

When faced with choosing a breakfast spot downtown to meet up with friends one weekend, I asked around for places to go and someone recommended Lou Mitchell's. Well, this place attracts huge crowds on weekends but I just don't get it. The food was OK but very ordinary, nothing special. And don't expect to linger over a second cup of coffee -- the hostess came and hovered over our table giving us the eye that it was time to leave. When we asked for more coffee she flatly said ""No"" because of the crowds of people waiting. One positive, I guess, is that bread and pastry items are made from scratch every day on premises. Otherwise, it's not worth a special trip if you're not already in the area.

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I have heard rave reviews about this restaurant from a good friend of mine. Well, when I had a couple of good friends of mine over, I decided to treat them to Lou Mitchell's. That had to be one of the most embarrassing breakfasts. We (4 of us) ordered about $30 worth of food, which we mostly left on the plates. The service was lousy, the food was bad. I even watched other diners and they appeared to be unhappy with their food as well. Maybe it was a bad day. I certainly hope so! But in the meantime, I won't be going back any time soon.

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★★☆☆☆

I have heard rave reviews about this restaurant from a good friend of mine. Well, when I had a couple of good friends of mine over, I decided to treat them to Lou Mitchell's. That had to be one of the most embarrassing breakfasts. We (4 of us) ordered about $30 worth of food, which we mostly left on the plates. The service was lousy, the food was bad. I even watched other diners and they appeared to be unhappy with their food as well. Maybe it was a bad day. I certainly hope so! But in the meantime, I won't be going back any time soon.

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Every time I come here they give me Milk Duds at the end of my meal. You might pay a little more, but you can definitely get a healthy breakfast. This place isn't solely for the health nuts though. You can also get their donuts, which

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★★★☆☆

Every time I come here they give me Milk Duds at the end of my meal. You might pay a little more, but you can definitely get a healthy breakfast. This place isn't solely for the health nuts though. You can also get their donuts, which

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I love going to place where I can pay cash. If you're like me then this is your place to. I'm a health nut and when I ordered my eggs I wsore I could taste that the cook uses brown eggs. They are healthier!I found the menu to be over

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★★★★★

I love going to place where I can pay cash. If you're like me then this is your place to. I'm a health nut and when I ordered my eggs I wsore I could taste that the cook uses brown eggs. They are healthier!I found the menu to be over

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This is an awesome breakfast spot! They make the fluffiest omellettes I've ever seen and you can have them make it with egg whites only which is awesome if your'e trying to be healthy. HOwever, being healthy here is hard beacuse their

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★★★★☆

This is an awesome breakfast spot! They make the fluffiest omellettes I've ever seen and you can have them make it with egg whites only which is awesome if your'e trying to be healthy. HOwever, being healthy here is hard beacuse their

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Lou Mitchell's is the kind of place where you'd take your out-of-town mother or favorite aunt. (They'd approve of your good taste.) More than a dozen fluffy omelets---from Norwegian salmon to garden-fresh zucchini and tomato---are house…

 

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