Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lou Mitchell's

Last date I was here: 07/31/2011

Restaurant: Lou Mitchell’s (

Location: West Loop - Chicago

Total Rating: 3.2
Food: 3, Price: 4, Service: 3, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 3

Summary: Lou Mitchell’s is a famous restaurant and bakery in the heart of downtown Chicago and “has been host to many - everyone from U.S. Presidents, Mayors, Governors, Senators, Representatives, athletes, coaches, authors, judges, lawyers, clergy, and stars of the stage and screen. The fun part of Lou Mitchell’s magic formula was added one day in 1958. Since that day, millions of donut holes to all and boxes of milk duds to the ladies and children have been given out.” Our last stop in Chicago before heading out to the airport was at Lou Mitchell’s for breakfast. Although a long line had formed out the door, we waited patiently until a table for two (more like a spot for two along the long communal table) opened up. The place was buzzing with people and servers fluttering about calling out orders. Fresh bread was toasted outside of the kitchen for all to see and smell. We ordered quickly and were served fairly quickly. The food was alright – typical diner fare. The hash browns were more like slices of potatoes akin to the boxed au gratin style. My hobo skillet was just an omelet and Keith’s pancakes were overly sweet for my tastes. Overall, the owners try to keep the charm that made them famous over 50 year ago.

What I ate:

Mushroom Omelet Hobo Skillet
Three egg omelet with mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and hash browns
Served with wheat toast

Plus Keith ate:

Banana Pancakes
and a side of bacon

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