Lou Mitchell's Chicago

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Lou Mitchell’s – Favorite old-school breakfast

Lou Mitchell’s is a literal blast-from-the past. For the locals, this old-school diner may be a spot where they head to for a breakfast tradition and for tourists it will be a novelty.

You are greeted at the door by the warmth of the lady handing out the milk dud candies or a donut hole (come early!). This family business has been around for over 90 years and has been churning out breakfast and lunch without compromises on the quality of food.

Lou Mitchell is located on the Jackson Boulevard which was the starting point for the original Route 66 in the USA and of course it quickly became popular with travelers on the route. However, it’s the variety of breakfast options that always keeps me coming back. Their pancakes are the fluffiest pancakes I have ever had, with interesting names like meltaway pancakes or silver dollar pancakes – I can only imagine that these may have cost a silver dollar a long time ago!

You can choose from the scrumptious omelettes or breakfast skillets on the menu too. As is the norm in diners, the coffee will be topped off almost by magic when you are running low. Do keep in mind that you pay for your meals at the cashier’s counter before you head out the door – the first time I went there, we were almost chased down by our server because we left the cash on the table instead of paying the cashier!

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Details about this spot



565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon 05:30 - 15:00, Tue - Fri 05:30 - 16:00, Sat 07:00 - 16:00, Sun 07:00 - 15:00


Breakfast for 1: USD 20


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)