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“Delightful Chicago neighborhood breakfast outing”
Review of Windy City Cafe

Windy City Cafe
Ranked #1,001 of 9,548 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: US$12 - US$15
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Windy City Cafe specializes in simple, fresh, healthy food with a playful edge, and a focus on flavor and presentation at an affordable price. Our fresh ingredients combined with our emphasis on healthy choices, made to order, result in cuisine with a conscience. We hope you enjoy your dining experience in our friendly, pleasant surroundings. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged, and appreciated. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Sacramento, California
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6 reviews
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“Delightful Chicago neighborhood breakfast outing”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

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.

  • Visited November 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great for Sunday breakfast”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

great food from a large selection, good coffee , ok service, good size portions.The place was buzzing for an early Sunday breakfast (945am) on a beautiful Sunday. skillets, omelettes, you can't go wrong at this place. Parking is limited in the rear and strret parking is difficult to find on this busy Chicago ave/ Milwaukee intersection. i'd probably give it 4 spoons/stars had it not been for the server getting our order screwed up and forgetting to bring us something simple as a glass of juice but didn't forget to charge it.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Eddie P
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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“They make you feel at home”
Reviewed 1 June 2013

Just got off the plane and rode the train to Chicago blue station
I was staying at St johns cantius church stopped by this cafe next door was greeted by the server very friendly. I had the buffalo chicken wrap it is a good size portion and a little spicy. If you are in the area stop by for breakfast or lunch. They are only open to 3:00pm

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Saskadan
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Capel Curig, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good cafe above average”
Reviewed 4 May 2013 via mobile

Just a cafe, but very friendly staff and good food. Very large menu to choose from and all great quality food. Well worth stopping at for a meal if you are in the area.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Peter S
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Cleveland, OH
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Solid day time eats”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

I wandered over to Windy City Cafe after grabbing a great cup of coffee from Big Shoulders (just across the street). The decor is what you'd expect of a typical corner cafe - kind of tacky, lots of fake plants, but non-offensive! And the staff is extremely friendly. We were greeted immediately. The menu is pretty huge and features a full offering of breakfasts (eggs benedict, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and burritos) and lunches (sandwiches and soups). Opting for breakfast, we ordered the breakfast burritos and the salmon eggs benedict. The burrito was a solid choice, large enough to share, and came with hash browns - typical fare but still delicious. The burrito, although lacking a real showing of the vegetables it supposedly featured, was tasty, came in a whole wheat tortilla, and was made even better by the spicy salsa served along side. The poached eggs, perhaps not the best choice, were average, only due to an overpowering vinegar flavor. When all was said and done the check came to $20 - with both dishes as leftovers for the next morning! All in all, a nice choice in this part of the area - grab a coffee across the street before or after - you won't leave hungry.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Candace P
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