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Lou Mitchell's

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
West Loop, Chicago
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  • Don't forget it is Memorial Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Theresa G.
    "free donut holes and Milk Duds for the ladies"(6 Tips)
    PureWow
    "complimentary homemade doughnut hole"(4 Tips)
    Robb F.
    "Great help and a friendly Chicago institution."(4 Tips)
    Sherry O.
    "The apple cheddar omelet and banana pancakes - OFF THE HOOK."(21 Tips)
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  • Murat T.
    Murat TanboğaApril 24, 2016
    Very nice place to have a real American breakfast :) The staff is very friendly and even took our photo outside... We had a good time to have our breakfast... Thanks for everything... Very recommended
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffJanuary 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Doughnut holes, Milk Duds, and tiny vanilla frozen yogurt cups. Classic diner dishes out incredible fluffy omelets, perfect pancakes, and the best thick cut Greek toast. Try the sausage with syrup.
  • Brea E.
    Brea EllisJune 14, 2013
    Only get the bread products (Greek toast, waffles, pancakes, etc) everything else on the brekkie menu is undercooked...omlettes, hash browns, fries and corned beef hash all undercooked!
  • Pradeep N.
    Pradeep NayarMay 12, 2013
    Once you get the free complementary vanilla ice cream at the end of your meal, mix some homemade marmalade on the table to make an orange twist to your free vanilla icecream!
  • Max
    MaxSeptember 16, 2012
    In short, eat here. From the complimentary doughnut hole while you wait, to the orange slice, prune and ice cream with breakfast, all the little touches make this place a great choice. x
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsFebruary 10, 2015
    Great help and a friendly Chicago institution. We got in at the counter with no wait at 10am on a Saturday. They seem to undercook eggs as compared to your order; "over hard" is still very liquid.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteJune 20, 2013
    The food inside the restaurant generally has so much butter that it would make Paula Deen proud, but the free donuts you get as you walk in through the front door, are my favorite part.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 5
    Beyond the omelets, skillets and pancakes, the best part might be the complimentary homemade doughnut hole you get when you walk in. Read more
    Upvoted Mar 8
  • Tim C.
    Tim CummingsFebruary 15, 2015
    A Chicago institution and start of Route 66. Free donut holes in line, Milk Duds, an orange slice and a prune when you sit down, and free soft serve when you're finished. Coffee is surprisingly good.
  • Colin R.
    Colin ReynoldsJuly 25, 2016
    Classic diner food in an Americana haven. This place hasn't changed in decades. Waiting on the weekends isn't so bad if you can munch on some of the free donut holes! Get an omelette or eggs Benedict.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is amazing. I always get the banana pancakes and a side of bacon with coffee. Many, many cups of coffee.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncApril 3, 2013
    Did you know? Lou Mitchell's is in it's 86th year of serving up great food to hungry locals and travelers alike. It's located on Jackson Blvd., the starting point of historic Route 66. Read more
  • Cheapism
    CheapismApril 15, 2011
    Free doughnuts and milk duds greet you when you step into this Chicago institution, which has been serving up omelettes and wafles for more than 85 years. They serve up a great lunch, as well. Read more
  • Jairy G.
    Jairy GrisaffeSeptember 20, 2011
    Kitschy little diner in downtown with great food. The donut holes are great too. If you're in the neighborhood or just in town visiting, this is a great place to go. You'll never forget it.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 15
    Been here 25+ times
    Since moving away from Chicago almost a year ago, I haven't been able to find pancakes anywhere near as good at the ones at Lou Mitchell's. Truly the best.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The place for breakfast in downtown Chicago since 1923, Lou Mitchell‘s still serves up hefty portions of fluffy omelets, thick French toast and a heaping stack of pancakes. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    Stacks of “meltaway” pancakes are perfectly browned, omelettes come in hot skillets (try the sweet, rich apple-and-cheese variety), waffles are light and crisp, and pastries are baked fresh daily. Read more
  • Narma L.
    Narma LiyanaarachchiDecember 29, 2013
    Lou's is reminiscent of the times I've spent living in Chicago as a young college grad. The donut holes still melt in your mouth as you impatiently wait to be seated. Really a walk down memory lane.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WJune 11, 2011
    Pros: free donut holes. Banana pancakes are pretty good as is the bacon. Cons: "large" (dinky) cup of OJ=$4.95. Just as much as side of bacon. Also avoid the GB Packer fan waitress.
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
    Radisson Blu Aqua HotelNovember 29, 2011
    8-12 minute taxi ride from the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. This Chicago institution is located at the start of route 66 -- expect a classic American breakfast.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RuizAugust 18, 2012
    Get the malted bacon waffle but ask for a sunny side egg on top. Totally awesome.
  • Jan A.
    Jan AguMarch 23, 2012
    Try the Ham & Cheese Omelette - Freshest, fluffiest omelette I've ever had! Perfect comfort food for a cold, clammy day!
  • Irina L.
    Irina L.July 8, 2013
    The best bacon I have ever had and defiantly the best in the world.
  • Lubor J.
    Lubor JarkovskyAugust 12, 2014
    We went there to have a breakfast at the end of our Chicago vacation and breakfast it was! Great place, great service.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FordOctober 7, 2013
    Had the turkey sausage. Pretty tasty. The buttered raisin toast is awesome. Super nice staff at 10A.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 6, 2015
    Great for breakfast or lunch. Must try hash browns. Also great for a coffee business meeting.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithSeptember 18, 2013
    The cutest old man hands out doughnut holes while you're waiting in line, and every meal comes with a small pack of Milk Duds!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BischDecember 26, 2013
    Get their delicious chocolate donuts while waiting for your friends
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea StephensSeptember 13, 2013
    SO wonderful! greeted with fresh, hot donut holes upon entrance and milk duds at the table - so great!!
  • Jess
    JessMarch 29, 2013
    Yum! Had a Spinach Special omelette, multigrain pancakes & their thick cinnamon raisin toast. Deliciousness!
  • Faiz F.
    Faiz FaizalMarch 16, 2014
    The omelettes apple and cheese are served deliciously and generously in portion. Be ready
  • Linda M.
    Linda MccormickSeptember 21, 2014
    Amazing! Almost always a line. Worth the wait. We got right in:)
  • Mat M.
    Mat MAugust 20, 2014
    Great old school breakfast spot. Plus any place that feeds me while I wait to eat is ok in my book
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The coffee is hot and good and so are the banana pancakes. If you like your bacon crisp, remember to tell them.
  • Monina C.
    Monina CMarch 17, 2013
    The Eggs Benedict are perfectly cooked. The salmon is fresh. Love it here!
  • Elizabeth E.
    Elizabeth EllisNovember 30, 2011
    Go early in the morning and see political wheeling and dealing sunny side up, with a side of hash browns.
  • JD
    JDAugust 8, 2013
    Great lox and bagel, bring your platinum card, with coffee, 20 bucks
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PSeptember 9, 2014
    The egg white omelettes are put through a blender so they have a unique texture.
  • Joseph B.
    A solid diner. It's famous and popular, so there might be a wait.
  • Robert A.
    Robert A.August 8, 2013
    Great meat+eggs+starch breakfast, often busy, worth the rush.
  • George M.
    George MillerFebruary 23, 2015
    The donut holes are THE BEST. Omelets are fluffy and delicious.
  • Tawfiq M.
    Tawfiq MominJanuary 23, 2014
    The French toast is amazing. The hashbrowns are great as well.
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelJanuary 16, 2012
    Still just as good as when I was coming here during the college days 10+ years ago... And still the free powdered donuts holes.
  • Tawfiq M.
    Tawfiq MominMay 27, 2012
    Try the short stack pancakes with a side of hashbrowns. Donuts Holes are awesome too.
  • Sherry O.
    Sherry ONovember 10, 2012
    The apple cheddar omelet and banana pancakes - OFF THE HOOK.
  • Alejandro C.
    Alejandro CristernaDecember 26, 2014
    If in line, be patient. Worth it. Great place.
  • Mayoor R.
    Mayoor RaiJuly 6, 2013
    Even though they have amazing food, the best thing they serve is the in house coffee
  • Angel Y.
    Angel YsaguirreSeptember 16, 2010
    The apple and cheddar omlet is my favorite. And the marmalade makes the toast especially good.
  • Alicia E.
    Alicia EtscornJune 18, 2013
    Apple and cheese omelet...it was huge!!
  • Anne Mai B.
    Anne Mai BertelsenNovember 12, 2011
    The malted pecan and bacon waffles are divine. No need for embellishments
  • Peter R.
    Peter ReitanoJune 18, 2012
    Fantastic food and service - one of the best breakfast places in the city.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CJuly 20, 2013
    Portions are massive - order half of what you would - one egg instead of two, etc.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JOctober 15, 2012
    Eggs Benedict plus Cholula Hot Sauce..give it a try.
  • Aimee A.
    Aimee AimeeNovember 28, 2012
    The hot cereal with apples and cinnamon here is the bomb diggity.
  • Liz M.
    Liz MayerJune 23, 2012
    Great place! Friendly staff and awesome food!! Must try!
  • andrew c.
    andrew chapelloDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They turn tables quickly; you can be in and out in less than 30 minutes.
  • Asma A.
    Asma AlghamdiApril 20, 2015
    Great diner! Try the spanich special
  • Benjamin N.
    Benjamin NelsonSeptember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best diner coffee in the city, and it's not even close.
  • andrew c.
    andrew chapelloDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Skillets are the way to go.
  • Philly G.
    Philly GOctober 25, 2012
    Everything was sticky. Popeye sandwich was good. Hashbrowns are kind of weird. More like soggy potato chips
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Lunch is fine here, but breakfast is king. Banana pancakes FTW!
  • John D.
    John DyeApril 2, 2012
    They now take credit cards, but you should still be a good patron and use cash!
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    It's crowded inside and there's usually a line, but oh boy is it worth it.
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GanchorreJune 8, 2012
    yummy breakfast food and free donut holes and Milk Duds for the ladies
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NardAugust 10, 2010
    I recommend the malted Pecan waffles. Yumm if you're not allergic to nuts. Trouble if you are.
  • Chicago Cultural Plan 2012
    As old-school Chicago as it gets. Skillet yourself happy!
  • Paul R.
    Paul ReithJune 9, 2015
    Greek omelettes. Both are great.
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaMarch 30, 2013
    Greek cheese, greek sausages, greeeakt food!
  • Ellie W.
    Ellie WilliamsNovember 12, 2011
    Get a shake with strawberries and bananas. It's to die for!
  • Gyi T.
    Gyi TsakalakisAugust 7, 2014
    Service, baked goods, omelets.
  • Brett B.
    Brett ByronAugust 17, 2014
    Classic breakfast joint; a Chicago staple.
  • Simon C.
    Simon CuttsAugust 1, 2013
    Beverly is awesome! She made our Lou Mitchell time fun
  • Stephanie H.
    This place is a joint in the best sense of the word.
  • Chica G.
    Chica GoJanuary 23, 2012
    As old school Chicago as it gets. Skillet yourself happy!
  • Justine G.
    Justine G.August 6, 2014
    Very cozy and good food!
  • andrew c.
    andrew chapelloDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the counter and read the paper for a delightful morning.
  • Dave O.
    Dave OleksaMarch 4, 2012
    I love Virginia! What other waitress calls me "your majesty"? And the shoulder rub was a nice touch too!
  • Renée H.
    Renée HirshfieldAugust 24, 2013
    This place is a classic can't-miss!
  • Jerry M.
    Jerry McAdamsFebruary 28
    Best pancakes and French Toast ever
  • Hana K.
    Hana KenyattaAugust 2, 2015
    The food was good. Just trying somewhere different.
  • Lidia M.
    Lidia MartinAugust 9, 2014
    Great service, great food, amazing experience :)
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanJune 23, 2012
    Credit cards ARE ACCEPTED (Contrary to popular belief) June 23, 2012
  • Max S.
    Max SklarMay 4, 2012
    I really enjoyed breakfast here with my family
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurraySeptember 19, 2012
    Try the Breakfast - A Chicago tradition!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SullivanMarch 5, 2014
    Omg very delicious breakfast food!
  • Helen M.
    Helen MillsJanuary 11, 2014
    Came here 20 minutes before they were closing , waitresses were pushy & rude trying to rush us out so they could leave on time, NEVER order lunch items Awful Food & experience . 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎
  • Marc P.
    Marc PlotkinDecember 23, 2012
    The coffee cake is second to none.
  • Kenney C.
    Kenney CrumpFebruary 9, 2014
    Turkey omelette is amazing
  • Paige V.
    Paige VanderhydenJanuary 25, 2011
    The organic yogurt & fruit parfait is delicious & filling if you're going the healthy route.
  • Stacey
    StaceyJuly 22, 2011
    They give out milk duds, donut holes, and free Bibles!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaMay 21, 2009
    The omlettes and skillets are spectacular, though I have a particular fondness for the Sour Cream Special (sour cream, tomato, bacon bits).
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Banana pancakes, bacon, coffee. Trust me.
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterNovember 21, 2013
    Staff hand out free donuts as you wait in line.
  • Brandon J.
    Brandon JonesOctober 11, 2011
    Kool spot for breakfast, but the place stays busy!
  • Eli G.
    Eli GratzJuly 16, 2013
    This place is popular with guidebooks
  • Tony D.
    Tony DenysJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome corned beef hash!
  • Carol C.
    Carol ColvinAugust 14, 2014
    Great authentic diner.
  • Patrice W.
    Good breakfast didn't have to wait yeah.
  • Mel S.
    Mel SoFebruary 11, 2011
    The Espaniole is great. Say Hello to Donna!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LangeMarch 12, 2012
    Lou's is cash-only no more! You can pay with a credit card now if your order is over 10 dollars
  • PPC
    PPCNovember 1, 2016
    Todo muy rico, la atención de todos es muy buena y la calidad y porciones muy generosos, calcula 15 USD por persona
  • Florent
    FlorentJuly 29, 2015
    Un lieu plein d'histoire, à l'américaine et une cuisine à l'ancienne
  • Marco O.
    Marco OdassoMay 22, 2013
    Hay que ir! Increíbles desayunos y las camareras son un cielo
  • Gsus S.
    Gsus S.S.October 27, 2015
    Este sí es desayuno de campeones...Scrambled eggs con tocino tamaño jumbo.
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