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Bongo Room

Breakfast Spot$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • The pancakes at Bongo Room is a can't miss
  • 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 Marquez GinnJanuary 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KnustJuly 8, 2017
    Entire breakfast menu is awesome. Just went back for first time in 5+ years....still 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David S.
    David SmithDecember 14, 2014
    For a lighter option try the tomatillo salsa scramble. Really good flavor, and tomato slices instead of fries.
  • 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.
  • AJ D.
    AJ DiGregorioMarch 16, 2013
    Fantastic foods here- try the carrot cake pancakes if you want to have some dessert for breakfast!
  • 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!
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SanderfordJune 21, 2015
    Great stuff!! Eggs with avocado was incredible. Good berry pancakes too!!! Friendly servers!!!
  • @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
  • 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.
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasAugust 5, 2015
    Any of the sweet pancakes are absolutely necessary
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Adam K.
    Adam KeeneSeptember 29, 2015
    These guys know a good breakfast - wonderful atmosphere too.
  • Allie M.
    Allie McCormackJanuary 2, 2012
    The leek pesto omelette with steak tenderloin, goat cheese, spinach, and butternut squash was delicious!
  • 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!
  • Philip G.
    Philip GarciaMarch 25, 2015
    The chocolate French toast was a bit heavy but full of flavor!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kristi R.
    Kristi ROctober 21, 2012
    Get everything. Pancakes and French toast can be ordered a la carte. Worth it!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DillonOctober 26, 2011
    The chorizo omelette really does deliver. Chorizo can be to rich, but this dish had perfect balance
  • Michael H.
    Michael HulburtJuly 5, 2017
    FYI, the potatoes are covered in dill, which was not mentioned on the menu. Would have liked to know that before they arrived
  • Charles S.
    Charles StoneJuly 7, 2013
    White chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes. Do it.
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They'll add chorizo to the breakfast burrito if you ask! It's great.
  • 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!
  • kiki's BFF
    kiki's BFFApril 13, 2013
    Try the Buttersquach On Tenderloin Beef Omelet - #brunch #Chicago #egg #omelette
  • Mark K.
    Mark KlopfensteinNovember 14, 2015
    Pancakes, breakfast burrito and French toast are all delicious!
  • 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!
  • Kylie W.
    Kylie WelchApril 20
    Delicious brunch. I got eggs Benedict and it was incredible.
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