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Eleven City Diner

Eleven City Diner

South Loop, Chicago
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    The experts at Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago recommend this place
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    • Time Out Chicago
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    Michelle S.
    "And the matzo ball soup is AMAZING - soooo good."(13 Tips)
    Paul B.
    "The Tom Waits 2AM breakfast was money!"(8 Tips)
    Jamie C.
    "booth downstairs and order the 11 City French Toast any time of day."(7 Tips)
    Rhonda A.
    "OMG! The Schwartzy is so good, I think I might be addicted!"(6 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • sandwiches
  • French toast
  • brunch food
  • schwartzy
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  • Scot W.heart icon on user image
    Scot WheelerSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The #43 is amazing, but you can't go wrong with breakfast (all day) or really anything on the menu. Floats, shakes and a full bar, so there's something for everyone.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LüdorfFebruary 18, 2016
    Loved the Matzoh ball soup. The latkes were good too, but make sure you order old-school ones, not the fried new-school ones that are made with mashed potatoes.
  • Kat H.heart icon on user image
    Kat HubbmanJuly 28, 2018
    The Schwartzy beef brisket sandwich on Challah bread was the perfect dinner. The brisket was thinly sliced, with Aus jus on the side. It was served with creamy coleslaw. It could have fed 3 people.
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PintoAugust 4, 2017
    As recommend Shwartzy sandwich and Matzoh Ball soup its incredible. The service and the ambiance it's also great. One of my favorite place in US!
  • C B.heart icon on user image
    C BaileyOctober 14, 2014
    So many yummy things to choose from. Fries were amazing. Bloody Mary's are insane but they come with a slice of meat in them in case you're a vegetarian
  • Heather F.heart icon on user image
    Heather FolsomApril 30, 2017
    Chicken salad stuffed tomato was a delicious, low carb choice! We also tried an egg scramble with lox, capers, and cream cheese...yum!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJuly 2, 2015
    Eleven City Diner's recreation of the Brooklyn egg cream is made with two pumps of U-bet's syrup, milk, a shot of whipped cream and topped with a draw of soda water that gives it a whipped-up head. Read more
  • Loriah P.heart icon on user image
    Loriah PopeAugust 10, 2018
    Omelette was fluffy and delicious, challah bread is always a good time, and the service was incredible! Everyone was so nice! I’ll definitely be back next time I’m on Chicago.
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23, 2017
    Sure, you can have this savory chicken soup with egg noodle or rice, but why would you when you can choose a perfectly dense matzo ball instead? Read more
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanOctober 8, 2022
    Awesome retro diner - everything was excellent. Really good grilled chicken with bacon sandwich, matzo ball soup, eggs
  • Timothy Y.heart icon on user image
    Timothy YungJanuary 27, 2017
    Friendly staff and delightful atmosphere. Just the right amount of crowd to make it an enjoyable place. Food was delicious! Gotta try the reuben and the bottomless root beer!
  • Lee C.heart icon on user image
    Lee CohenNovember 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Huge menu. My to go to place for brunch. Awesome omelets, even better sandwiches. Try the corned beef sandwich with chopped liver on challah, it wont let you down
  • lindsay w.heart icon on user image
    lindsay w.September 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    awesome Bloody Mary, even if you go with well vodka. the omelettes with home fries are awesome at any time of day but they are HUGE so come hungry!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M. McNally, CMPOctober 19, 2018
    Step back in time and enjoy this "Classic Old School" style of diner. Delicious food, friendly staff and wonderful atmosphere accented by music. Eat Hearty!
  • CK
    CKJuly 29, 2014
    My first visit was incredible (thanks Brad!). I highly recommend the cheese fries, matzo ball soup, and the french toast!
  • Raum
    RaumNovember 2, 2013
    Great food. Moshe Cristo was best I've ever had. Fries were great. Mexican Skillet was best I've had too. Pancakes okay. Would come back to try most of the menu.
  • Heather F.heart icon on user image
    Heather FolsomJune 9, 2014
    Fantastic Mac & chz (I added ham, bacon, pastrami, & spinach) and a uniquely delicious sandwich called the Moshe cristo. We will def be ordering these again!
  • Cassandra B.
    Cassandra BMay 20, 2013
    Great place, try the Bloody Mary, its delicious. Even the french fries have a tasty, unique seasoning. Its a must stop in Chicago
  • Theresa R.heart icon on user image
    Theresa RoldanAugust 10, 2015
    Any place that serves JUNIOR's cheesecake is A-okay in my book!! BLT and tuna melt were also great! Vodka frozen lemonade was a bit too sweet for my tooth though
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    Order the glistening beauties at Brad Rubin's Jewish diner for the kids; get the lox and latke special for you, served with cream cheese, green onions and capers, equally tasty at any time of the day. Read more
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMarch 17, 2019
    LATKE PLATE (4) (2) Old School and (2) New School with Side Car of Apple Sauce & Sour Cream
  • Jeana C.
    Jeana CDecember 8, 2013
    Highly, highly recommend the The Schwartzy: smoked beef brisket sliced & plied high, challah roll. Matzo ball soup was pretty great too!
  • Michelle S.heart icon on user image
    Michelle StarkeyJanuary 28, 2016
    Try the artisanal root beer float, it's actually to die for. And the matzo ball soup is AMAZING - soooo good.
  • Sairah
    SairahSeptember 13, 2013
    Aside from the hostesses permanent evil eye (she didn't seem happy to see anyone) - great food and huge portions. Would come back for sure and bring free smiles to hand out.
  • Johnny G.heart icon on user image
    Johnny GillespieMarch 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun, lively place to eat with great energy and delicious food. The wait time can be a bit long, but well worth it.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistFebruary 26, 2015
    This diner's pricing and food can’t be beat. If you’re looking for a sandwich, try the Bad A#$ Breakfast Sandwich. It features your choice of 2 meats, Wisconsin aged cheddar, jalapeño and two eggs. Read more
  • Jamie C.heart icon on user image
    Jamie CannonJanuary 1, 2014
    Get a booth downstairs and order the 11 City French Toast any time of day. You won't be sorry! Yum!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJuly 6, 2016
    Switch it up with the Pastrami & Egg burger, topped with a fried egg and tucked into a wheat bun. Get yours with crispy onions, because who said anything about mornings being bland. Read more
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Juniors Cheesecake is pricy, but worth it. They ship it in from NYC, its the best. Egg cream needs some work. Tom Waits breakfast is the best deal on the whole menu.
  • Sheila H.heart icon on user image
    Sheila HarrisMarch 28, 2017
    Get the Salami Valor. As our waitress told us, "You'll know you ate it, but you'll be glad you did!"
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WalekeJune 29, 2018
    Everything was good, the bagel was the most disappointing and the french toast was the best. They could use some coffee breakfast cocktails.
  • Arisa X.
    Arisa XumsaiFebruary 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love their French Toast 'n I am confident to say, it's the best in town! I always try out new breakfast places but always come back here. Interior - leather booths and chairs... one word, classic!
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaJuly 30, 2012
    This is the best diner I went on my trip to Chicago, awesome service, awesome food, and good Foursquare specials. I will come back to chicago just for this Diner.
  • UpShift Digitalheart icon on user image
    UpShift DigitalDecember 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place. I bring every visitor I have here. Great corned beef and pastrami. The root beer rocks.
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean Maccarone-ReedJune 27, 2015
    What a fantastic menu. You can substitute French toast instead of pancakes. Yes please.
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaAugust 3, 2015
    Let yourself starve until you can hear your guts and then get here and get the Tom Waits, you'll be remembered if you can finish the whole thing.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionNovember 17, 2011
    Great breakfast served all day. Authentic Jewish Deli, known for friendly service and Homemade Matzo Ball Soup. Try “Ruben’s Rueben Sandwich” – named after the Owner, who is also an RC resident!
  • Jonathan S.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan SnookMarch 13, 2018
    I had the French toast with blueberry cream cheese. Delicious! Huge portions, so you might want to share.
  • Melissa
    MelissaMarch 30
    Been here 5+ times
    A great classic Jewish deli. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Breakfast all day!
  • Anamaria H.heart icon on user image
    Anamaria HernandezMay 23, 2015
    Slow service but the food is amazing. The Bad Ass Breakfast Sandwich is the most perfect breakfast sandwich.
  • Greg D.heart icon on user image
    Greg DeLorDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Sawyers Mile High is just that, a mile high pile of meat (roast beef and turkey). I usually can't eat in one sitting.
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJSeptember 2, 2014
    I love the bagel and lox here and the bloody marys are fantastic
  • Shannon L.heart icon on user image
    Shannon LindellAugust 1, 2016
    The servings are huge and delicious but my favorite is the blonde & carmel root beer!
  • Andreas C.heart icon on user image
    Andreas CohenSeptember 22, 2019
    Try the Brisket sandwich that you dip in its own jus 😯 OMG 😋
  • Eddie M.heart icon on user image
    Eddie MurphyNovember 27, 2014
    Here is the best collection of hilarious Thanksgiving memes. Turkey Day: Every American's favorite food holiday. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    The corned beef is always a good choice and is surprisingly juicy thanks to a decent amount of fat.
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaOctober 24, 2014
    The Moshe cristo is excellent. Perfect blend of sweet and savory. Bloody Mary is a little watery. Ask them to go easy on the ice.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The 11 City French toast at Eleven City Diner is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. Read more
  • Amanda H.heart icon on user image
    Amanda HuntMay 29, 2015
    Great candy shop, love the Caesar salad. Awesome place to go with family or on a date!
  • DomRod4130heart icon on user image
    DomRod4130May 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, HOT SOUP, no phone service. How do business people answer calls, emails, and do business people stuff here? I just wanna check in on foursquare. Have to step outside.
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