565 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
AVERAGE USER RATING
Cuisine: Delis & Diners, Breakfast & Brunch
Contact:+1 312 939 3111
Open Hours: 5:30a-3p M-Sa, 7a-3p Su
This place is the real deal. It has barely changed since it opened in 1935. Come in to this friendly diner and be prepared to stuff yourself with ... More
This place is the real deal. It has barely changed since it opened in 1935. Come in to this friendly diner and be prepared to stuff yourself with omelets and pancakes. It is not a place for the granola-loving crowd, unless you consider blending an entire orange to make your juice healthy. Mornings are very busy, but any wait is worth it. For the price, this is one of the best breakfast and lunch joints in town. Do not forget your free donut hole on the way in, and you might even want to buy a few for the road. Also, check out Lou Mitchell's Express, at O'Hare's International Terminal.
Go to Lou's then the Sears Tower, but don't forget to hit the train station right across the street. See the famous station that was the setting for "The Untouchables" and others.
You can also hit the Mercantile Exchange and see another landmark from famous movies (Ferris Bueller's).
This place lived up to it's reputation. Little things that were unique (donut holes when coming in, milk duds for ladies, complimentary ice cream, etc) helped make this a special experience. Service was very friendly and old-fashioned politeness seems the norm here. Cashier was slightly rude and abrupt which suprised us based on the overall experience. Food was prepared quickly and was VERY filling/tasty. Would definitely visit again and if going to Chicago, don't miss out on this great diner!!
I like the way they wecome me in with a box of milk duds or a donut hole roll.
I work the night shift and I will arrive there about 6:30 in the morning and whether I get fried fish or a traditional bacon and eggs breakfast it is always great. The thing I love the most is the fact that you don't have to buy breakfast just because its breakfast time like some restaurants will have you do.
Also, every time I visit there I always get a dozen donut holes and a large salad to go.
They have a fantastic large salad.
I have been going to Lou Mitchell's for about 20 years and I will continue to do so.
I just love the Lou Mitchell experience.
Located a block from Union Station and close to the canal and the Loop this restaurant is a Chicago tradition. It is easy after dining to see why it has lasted since the 1930�s. Whenever I go to Chicago I do my best to stop here for breakfast. The breakfast is famous and usually lives up to the reputation, and I have taken home baked goods to California a number of times, simply because they are outstanding. The lunch is that of a good diner but not as outstanding as breakfast. The gravy on hot sandwiches leaves a little to be desired.
The place is crowded and homey and they give you complimentary donut holes and candy as you wait. You sit close in this restaurant but it is part of the charm. Sometimes you get to meet a few locals. The first time I was there the waitress scowled at me when I asked for newspaper change and said �honey just look on the table and save your change.� There is a gruff friendliness to this place. They are from the city and have a tough exterior to house hearts of gold. The omelets are light and airy and the French toast is pretty good. I did not care for the pancakes that many people rave about. You have to try the pecan rolls. They are great and do well with the fresh juice they serve.
The only real down side is something most Chicago restaurants have�A smoking section.
This place has great food. I am talking the kind of down-home, great food that mama cooks on Saturday mornings. Our waitress was a little slow and went MIA for a while but that was a small price to pay for the atmosphere and delicious food that you will experience here. We got some pancakes and an omelet, and we were not dispointed. Another delight was being greeted and seated with a doughnut hole and a pack of Milk Duds. You can feel right at home in this place, even though you are in in the midst of a large city.
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 about 5 minutes the people at the next table lit up and I let our hostess know. She gave us the big to do on how our orders were about to be brought out and the wait staff would be confused so she could not move us. My husband politely and patiently 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. The hostess continued to refer to me that way the rest of our meal.