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Bongo Room

Breakfast Spot$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Go here. Experience the pancakes. It's worth it.
  • Jawaher
    "Order the chocolate tower French toast for a sinful breakfast!"(7 Tips)
    Amanda D.
    "Red Velvet Pancakes are seasonal, grab them while you can!"(8 Tips)
    Juicyy K.
    "White chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes are good Damn delicious"(4 Tips)
    Rob D.
    "... you can order a single pancake."(4 Tips)
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  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not on the menu, but any of the pancake options can be ordered as a side of a single pancake, rather than a full order of 4. The Lemon Blueberry is the perfect compliment to any egg dish
  • Jen M.
    Jen MarquezJanuary 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I was recommended to have the Deconstructed Lobster Roll Benedict, and it was pretty good. Though, next time I'll definitely be trying one of the decadent looking pancake recipes.
  • Abril V.
    Abril VelaMarch 4, 2016
    White chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes are a must!! I've been going here for years and they're still my favorite sweet dish, you'll love them! For vegetarians, the breakfast sandwich is great!
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandSeptember 7, 2012
    The breakfast here is AMAZING! You better have a sweet tooth! Expect to wait in line. I haven't been in years, but it would open at 9:30am and a line would form by 9 to get in on weekends.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    giant wait sometimes! Banana flapjacks filled w/ crumbled bacon, topped w/ praline sauce & creme anglaise. BLT benedict, red velvet pancakes. you can order 1-3 per order. check out all day specials
  • Adrienne W.
    Adrienne WallerJune 19, 2014
    The white chocolate and carmel pretzel pancake is the best! Please do try it! Also, be sure to have your whole party here or they won't seat you. The person can't even arrive later and join.
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisMay 28, 2016
    I recommend the eggs Benedict for savory, and chocolate waffle tower for sweet. I don't really like the atmosphere of the restaurant though, it's so noisy I can barely hear anything
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Annie D.
    Annie DemasDecember 16, 2012
    Get there before it opens and you don't have to wait. By 9:15 the place fills up. Best part is you can get just one pancake of something instead of a full order. Awesome idea!
  • Adrianne C.
    Adrianne CacalJuly 26, 2012
    It gets busy so come on a weekday or check in early and stop at any one of the cute shops near by while you wait for your table. Red velvet pancakes are a must try!
  • Angelica S.
    Angelica SernaMay 26, 2014
    Oreo Praline Flapjacks are delicious!! Just the right amount of sweet, without overpowering your tastebuds! Order them, you'll truly enjoy!!! :D
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SicaMarch 26, 2013
    Order the specialty pancakes. It sounds like it will too decadent but it will be just right. I had the white chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes. They were amazing.
  • Marisa R.
    Marisa RuizMarch 26, 2014
    Holy amazing chorizo, avocado and potato omelette! Also, they use soy margarine for everything - so no conflict for dairy allergies or vegans there :)
  • Matt K.
    Entire breakfast menu is awesome. Just went back for first time in 5+ years....still amazing
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • Mark B.
    Mark BurstinerNovember 20, 2014
    French toast and all the Benedicts are so good. Pricey drinks but phenomenal food quality and quantity.
  • Draconidas Andrades C.
    Draconidas Andrades ColonSeptember 16, 2013
    The food and drinks are phenomenal. Be prepared to wait up to an hour for a seat. Service is decent; wish the waitress didn't present the check while I was waiting. But it was well worth it!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KrollNovember 5, 2011
    Shrimp Benedict is the best thing in their menu. Better come early if you want a table. And visit the Wormhole Cafe next door for a Back To The Future Experience.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallSeptember 18, 2010
    We don't go here frequently, but when we do, I always leave asking "why don't we eat there every weekend?" it's consistently outstanding food, great friendly service and definitely worth the wait!
  • Vincent Greg W.
    The side of fruit is no joke, enough fresh fruit for two people.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Leah J.
    Leah JubinalMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The pumpkin carrot cake flapjacks are amazing! Get a single order as a "dessert" so you can order something savory on the menu too.
  • Ghordan M.
    Ghordan McManusJune 15, 2014
    Try the lemon & blackberry pancakes, as well as the avocado & chorizo omelette - in a word? Divine. You're welcome.
  • SumSum
    SumSumOctober 20, 2015
    I asked for a plain pancake and they encouraged me not to order it because "they're not very good without the toppings".
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 16, 2014
    Portions are huge and the pancakes are colorful, but don't hope for too much taste. The pancakes are tough and the toppings are just sugar.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanOctober 25, 2014
    Pumpkin spice pancakes are to die for, along with the breakfast burrito!!! Get the raspberry pear mimosa as well!!
  • David S.
    David SmithDecember 14, 2014
    For a lighter option try the tomatillo salsa scramble. Really good flavor, and tomato slices instead of fries.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BinettiJanuary 6, 2013
    Get there before 9 or wait until 9:30. All tables will fill at open and the first one won't turn until at least 9:30. The breakfasts are awesome.
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearyJuly 18, 2010
    My favorite place for brunch ~ and the only place my Mom asks to go every time she comes to visit me in Chicago. My fav: Red Velvet Hotcakes Mom's Fav: Eggs Benedict ~ Another location in the South L
  • AJ D.
    AJ DiGregorioMarch 16, 2013
    Fantastic foods here- try the carrot cake pancakes if you want to have some dessert for breakfast!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneOctober 5, 2011
    Look for options like three-apple brioche French toast and Black Forest pancakes. Egg dishes--in massive portions--are also popular choices. Read more
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RickertOctober 15, 2014
    Fried egg sandwich on a croissant is wonderful but not as heaven sent as any of the French toast!
  • Danny B.
    Danny BernardoSeptember 10, 2011
    Get the shrimp avocado benedict while its still in season! Seriously the best bites of food I've had all summer!
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SanderfordJune 21, 2015
    Great stuff!! Eggs with avocado was incredible. Good berry pancakes too!!! Friendly servers!!!
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasAugust 5, 2015
    Any of the sweet pancakes are absolutely necessary
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • Allie M.
    Allie McCormackJanuary 2, 2012
    The leek pesto omelette with steak tenderloin, goat cheese, spinach, and butternut squash was delicious!
  • Adam K.
    Adam KeeneSeptember 29, 2015
    These guys know a good breakfast - wonderful atmosphere too.
  • Nikkole P.
    Nikkole PalmatierAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The specialty pancakes and french toast are the way to go... and get the breakfast burrito while you're at it. Chicago landmark!
  • Kristi R.
    Kristi ROctober 21, 2012
    Get everything. Pancakes and French toast can be ordered a la carte. Worth it!
  • Rich G.
    Rich GoldsmithFebruary 10, 2013
    Can't decide between sweet and savory? Grab your eggs and get a single pancake or piece o' French toast on the side. GENIUS.
  • Philip G.
    Philip GarciaMarch 25, 2015
    The chocolate French toast was a bit heavy but full of flavor!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RibbleMay 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I can see why everybody is so crazy over this place! Well worth the wait. For brunch try the red velvet pancakes :)
  • Gigi V.
    Gigi VSeptember 2, 2011
    amazing breakfast. better eat in a small group, so you can get a faster table. By small group, I mean 2.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DillonOctober 26, 2011
    The chorizo omelette really does deliver. Chorizo can be to rich, but this dish had perfect balance
  • Cheryl Z.
    Cheryl ZalenskiOctober 10, 2011
    If you are seated at the 2 top, 2nd from the window against the wall on the south side, prepare to have air from the vent blowing on you the whole time.
  • Adam C.
    Adam CokeSeptember 1, 2011
    Sweet or savory you cannot go wrong, I highly recommend the eggs benedict! And the blood orange mimosa!
  • Michael H.
    FYI, the potatoes are covered in dill, which was not mentioned on the menu. Would have liked to know that before they arrived
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They'll add chorizo to the breakfast burrito if you ask! It's great.
  • Charles S.
    Charles StoneJuly 7, 2013
    White chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes. Do it.
  • kiki's BFF
    kiki's BFFApril 13, 2013
    Try the Buttersquach On Tenderloin Beef Omelet - #brunch #Chicago #egg #omelette
  • Angie L.
    Angie LaschingerOctober 27, 2013
    They might be known for their sweet treats, but the sweet potato black bean burrito is one of the best things I've ever eaten!
  • Lover F.
    Lover FaceAugust 22, 2011
    Sitting across from the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Eating white chocolate 4 berry cheesecake flapjacks. Feelin' the love and lovin' the feelin'. :)
  • Christine B.
    Christine BuehlerFebruary 18, 2014
    Fantastic brunch! Go hungry the meals are huge!
  • Mark K.
    Mark KlopfensteinNovember 14, 2015
    Pancakes, breakfast burrito and French toast are all delicious!
  • Huyen V.
    Huyen VOctober 13, 2013
    While the food is good, a server had a hissy cause we plugged a phone in the empty outlet near our table. The situation could have been handled better. We walked out w/out ordering & will not go back.
  • Tina P.
    Tina PierceAugust 5, 2012
    Lemon ricotta hotcakes with sour cherries and gingerbread butter
  • Melanie A.
    Melanie AnnAugust 6, 2011
    On weekends it opens at 9. Walked in at 9:04 and it was already packed! Come early!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SimmonsMarch 5, 2014
    Go on weekends for Benedict's and other specials!
  • Claire P.
    Claire PistekApril 3, 2015
    Pancakes and eggs Benedict were great. Great brunch place!
  • Tammy
    TammyFebruary 21, 2011
    didn't find the red velvet hotcakes amazing, but would go back again for the chocolate tower french toast and banana oreo hotcakes! be prepared to wait over an hour!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 9, 2010
    If chocolate tower French toast bigger than your head sounds nice, go here for breakfast.
  • Allison S.
    Allison SchroederFebruary 19, 2010
    fresh squeezed juices and an incredibly rich, thick, spicy bloody mary (with all the fixin's) make bongo room worth the trip
  • Teri P.
    Teri PytelApril 30, 2011
    I tried one pancake each of red velvet & Caramel pretzel & was not impressed with taste of either. Sausage burrito was good.
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The breakfast burrito is great with chorizo.
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SanderfordJune 12, 2015
    Good job Bongo Room. Very tasty. Nice atmosphere.
  • Rose L.
    Rose L.April 13, 2013
    Eggs with tomatillo & avocado, sliced tomato were great!
  • Sergio T.
    Sergio TrujilloMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Red velvet pancakes are out of this world! French toast is amazing!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DuqueAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can't finish a stack of pancakes, you can order a single pancake.
  • Juicyy K.
    Juicyy King-HendrixJune 22, 2013
    White chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes are good Damn delicious
  • Adrianna S.
    Adrianna SchneiderJune 24, 2013
    The Eggs Benedict were perfect!
  • Jawaher
    JawaherSeptember 27, 2014
    Order the chocolate tower French toast for a sinful breakfast!
  • Sandra G.
    Sandra GriedenMarch 13, 2016
    The breakfast burritos will keep you going for a couple of hours.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GaelaAugust 22, 2010
    RED VELVET pancakes were AMAZING! The sandwiches were delicious. Great place for brunch!
  • Jon E.
    Jon EphremFebruary 14, 2014
    Try the chorizo avocado omlette! DELICIOUS!!!
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah O'NeillApril 14, 2011
    Awesome brunch (try the breakfast burrito) but weeeeird servers...
  • Charles T.
    Charles ThomasJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best breakfast spot in Chicago!
  • Rob S.
    Rob SNovember 6, 2011
    Get in line before 9:00am on Sunday. Well worth the effort.
  • Marisa R.
    Marisa RuizFebruary 25, 2016
    Chorizo, avocado and potato omelette for the win!
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CMay 9, 2011
    Try the Banana and Health bar pancakes. Pret-ty, pretty, pretty good.
  • amanda
    amandaNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    white chocolate, pretzel pancakes are top of my list.
  • Annie C.
    Annie ChambersOctober 30, 2011
    Best brunch spot ever, pancakes are unreal!
  • Steven H.
    Steven HammJanuary 6
    Good food, good service, perfect for breakfast
  • Brianna M.
    Brianna MorganNovember 3, 2013
    White chocolate pretzel pancakes are the BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD.
  • Michael H.
    Omelettes were actually egg crepes, which kinda misses the mark for me. Chorizo was good. Iced coffee was super bitter. Meh.
  • Corinne T.
    Corinne TheileNovember 12, 2010
    If the wait is too long place a to go order and have a drink at the bar while you wait.
  • Yvonne H.
    Yvonne HerreraMarch 18, 2016
    Went on a weekday, waited a very Long time, not sure why. But the food was good
  • Wendy L.
    Wendy LauAugust 25, 2013
    Delicious omelettes and HUGE!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMay 5, 2013
    Get the chocolate tower French toast to share
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittAugust 28, 2014
    Solid breakfast. Not too crowded.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CDecember 11, 2010
    Try the banana oreo hotcakes - they will not disappoint. Insanely delicious.
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GodbeyApril 10, 2013
    Wow the specials menu is incredible
  • Sheena
    SheenaDecember 14, 2011
    Bacon banana pancakes = explosion of awesomeness in mouth.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TriskettNovember 14, 2011
    The meal was fantastic, but the Sunday wait was close to an hour and a half.
  • Adrian
    AdrianMarch 20, 2010
    Get the Chocolate Tower French Toast. Your taste buds will thank you. Foodgasm.
  • Summer
    SummerDecember 26, 2010
    Bacon benedict yum! Great and swift service!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MartinFebruary 12, 2012
    The breakfast burrito is pretty much just eggs and avocado. Good but a bit boring.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 14, 2014
    Breakfast burrito. Can't go wrong.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Merlin Verrier, chef of Graham Elliot, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Seasonal pancakes. Read more
  • JewelMint
    JewelMintMay 9, 2011
    The red velvet pancakes are a must!
  • Yazz S.
    Yazz Saucedo GlezNovember 24, 2015
    Food is love.. Deliciousness overloaded
  • adam k.
    adam keatsFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They'll give you only one slice of the Chocolate Tower French Toast if you ask for it.
  • Jason
    JasonOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The chicken salad sandwich is awesome, I know it doesn't sound like it but trust me it is.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerFebruary 19, 2016
    Over-the-top brunch. Good but not necessary.
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