Not sure what part of Albany Park you are, but if you are close to Lincoln Sq, there are tons of good places around there! The Cinnamon Cafe is a good one. I haven't been to Over Easy, but I've heard that's a good one too. There is always the Golden Nugget too!
Open 24/7 No tables, only counter service Great biscuits and gravy, get there before 11 if you want to make sure they haven't run out. Ham off the bone and hash browns I swear they put 2#s of butter and some heroin in them. Very addictive!!!
Old throw back to another era with regulars and big white heavy coffee cups. Not fancy but its all fresh like your grandma use to make!
I like the Golden Nugget off Lawrence near the Ravenswood Metra.... they have GREAT biscuits & gravy. Angel Food Bakery off Montrose is a great little spot with good food. Rockwell's serves breakfast/brunch on Sunday, they open at 10AM.
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Breakfast is easy and cheap to make. Instead of dragging everyone to a restaurant, pour your time, effort and money into your own kitchen and razzle dazzle your friends and family... i'm sure they would appreciate it more.
We frequent original alps at Irving park and elston. Not exactly the neighborhood but they are the most baby/kid friendly place we have found and they have a parking lot. I good diner breakfast. awesome pancakes.
It may be further west than you'd like to go, but Mayfair Restaurant on Lawrence, just west of Elston serves a great breakfast. Check them out on yelp - they have 4.5 stars for a reason. Tasty, cheap, and friendly.
Stephanie - is the Cinnamon Cafe still open? I tried to go about a month ago on a Saturday morning and the whole place was dark. I've kept an eye out on mornings since and haven't seen anyone in there. Does anyone know what's going on? There's no signs up or anything and I miss that place!
Paige-I haven't been there in a couple months, so it's possible they closed. I did check yelp, and there are some recent reviews. They weren't too great though, so maybe the place is going downhill :-/
I recently discovered West River Cafe and it's the cutest place. Tre Kronor is fantastic -everything is freshly made. Over Easy is not in Albany Park but it's a longtime favorite of ours. We eat out every weekend so we are experts!
I've been to Cafe Selmarie numerous times and there have frequently been little kids and babies there. I'm not sure if there is a children's menu, but since it is a bakery as well, you could feed the kids at home first and then just get them a treat to keep them happy. They have fantastic cookies. And their outside seating in good weather is just the best.
My wife and I have always felt very welcome with our infant (now 3-yr-old) at Cafe Selmarie. I believe there is a kids menu, but haven't been for several months now, so I can't be sure. Plus, the plaza next door is a great place for your toddler to run around!
So two way grill has been a neighborhood staple for years its a greasy spoon but, has great breakfast and their biscuits and gravy are wonderful its on the corner of elston and pulaski Also the Alps on Irving and Elston is great
thecity24, we love taking our kids to Cafe Selmarie. we have a 3 and a 1, and we always have plenty of space and even when we feel like our kids are a disturbance, the staff are never annoyed. My favs: Cafe Selmarie, Tre Kroner, Over Easy, Bakin & Eggs, Bongo Room. Places I want to try: M. Henry (andersonville) & Tweet (uptown)
If we're allowed to talk about anyplace anywhere I love Lula in Logan Square like crazy and my current favorite is Batter and Berries in Lincoln Park. To be fair my boyfriend is friends with the owner of B&B but I took my whole family of breakfast snobs and they were in heaven. Amazing french toast
I think this thread has covered every possible option, including the condescending "cook your own breakfast" guy. That said, for everyday, consistent basic grub, I do like the Golden Nugget on Lawrence. For the absolute best breakfast, Over Easy is tops. I already miss Alps East because it was the best breakfast available in a short walk from my home. The Lincoln is a goddamned catastrophe, as is Golden Angel on Lincoln (I dunno how the latter places survives being just south of the square and such a crapfest). That Bakin and Eggs south on Lincoln is also pretty excellent; a bacon flight? Yes, please.
The key to taking kids to any potentially fussy restaurant is to ask for the check as soon as the food hits the table! And if you're just looking for some joe and a snack, i really can't recommend First Slice off the Francisco stop enough. It's across the street from a park, as well.
Been to West River also. Really liked it. If you drink a lot the night before, you have to plan on getting there before they close. They aren't 24 hours like some of the others. If I'm headed to the Kimball station, I also stop at Huddle House across the street. Really basic diner food, but then you literally cross the street to jump on the Brown Line. Going to try to check out 2 Way this weekend and see what I think of it. I've heard nothing but good things.
Another vote for West River and Tre Kronor. I can't recommend a specific place, but I bet a lot of the Mexican joints in AP do a mean huevos rancheros. I've never tried Huddle House - is it "Golden ______" level, or lower?
Shawn - gotta disagree with you about Golden Angel. Maybe I'm warped from eating there too many times over the years, but I think their breakfast hits the spot. Agree with you about the Lincoln's breakfast, though - blech!
Folks with kids: about 50% of the weekend crowd at Cafe Selmarie seems to be under age 5, so yes, it's a good place for kids :) Their brunch is great too. Small selection, but well-presented and not too heavy. Their breakfast potatoes are my favorite in the city.
And as long as we're expanding to a 10-mile radius, I also like Flying Saucer in Humboldt Park (on California just south of Division), Nookie's Too at Halsted and Dickens, and Mike's Place at Western and Lunt.
@Katie H: I just can't do the Angel anymore. Everything in that place is at least 30 years old, including the eggs. It's just a greasy mess :S Weird, broken waitresses with bad service, and the inevitable stewbum talking to himself by the register and trying to pay for coffee with toenail clippings just ended it for me. That said, to each their own :)
The Kroner is good on Foster across from North Park College. They offer more selections on weekends. They open late, 9A, on Sundays, I think. Call first. Prices are getting higher. Can BYOB for a special celebration, too.
One more Albany Park place: there is a Mexican restaurant on the north side of Montrose about two doors west of Whipple - I don't recall the name of it. No ambience whatsoever, but if you want a good American breakfast of eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast, for $3.49 on weekdays, this is your place. Food is always fine (eggs lightly scrambled just the way I like them and hash browns golden and crisp) and you sure can't beat the price. Never crowded during the week and the staff is friendly. This has become our go-to weekday place to walk to whenever we don't want an excursion or a breakfast event but just don't feel like dealing with breakfast at home.
Good question.,,strictly in the AP I have heard West River cafe is pretty decent...I will check it out soon. In North Park, well Tre Kroner is fabulous for breakfast. Over in Irving, I am on the fence about Alps...fantastic service, very clean, breakfast has only been okay as far as I am concerned, but they are great with kids and super clean so that is always good. Catbus...maybe that is what we need; a fabulous breakfast joint to get the people rolling in!
Doesn't appear anyone has mentioned a newer addition to the Albany Park (or arguably Irving Park) restaurant scene yet - Bread and Wine. I highly recommend this place. They didn't do brunch went the first opened last year, but they've offered it on Sundays for a few months now, and it is really good. Somewhat reminicent of Longman and Eagle, but less crowded and less hipsters. Decent price for interesting dishes made with quality ingredients. The decor is nice too. Check it out for Sunday brunch!
Cinnamon Cafe has closed for good it seems. It's never open whenever I walk by. No signs or anything... It's too bad as they had really good food. I guess the terrible name and lackluster decor couldn't make up for that.