When we travel, we prefer local, family-owned businesses, and we especially appreciate distinctive neighborhood places. This one is delightful. The Windy City Cafe is in Chicago's River West neighborhood, on the #66 bus line (only a short ride from the Streeterville neighborhood, where we were staying). The cafe has the feel of a "diner," but an especially pleasant one. It is clean, casual, and unpretentious. The walls are a warm green, adorned with historic black and white photos of old Chicago street scenes. The food was great. Within our party of six, we had the vegetarian benedict, the sunrise omelette, huevos rancheros, and the stuffed french toast. The food was tasty, well-prepared, with ample portion sizes. The vegetarians among us were especially pleased -- no small accomplishment in the Midwest. The service staff was pleasant and diligent. They also indulged our bringing in espresso drinks from Big Shoulders Coffee, located across the street. (We atoned by ordering fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice.) Following breakfast, we had a delightful stroll back to the Streeterville neighborhood. Our experience satisfied our desire for an outing to a distinctive establishment in one of Chicago's neighborhoods for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast.
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