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Sweet Maple Cafe

Breakfast Spot and American Restaurant$$$$
University Village - Little Italy, Chicago
67 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • biscuits
  • sweet maple
  • grits
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 30, 2016
    There’s usually a line at the down-home breakfast cafe but wait it out and be rewarded with country scrambles, customizable omelets, pancakes, French toast, breakfast tacos and more. Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 5, 2014
    The Good-Old-Fashioned Pancakes at this University Village cafe, offered with Vermont maple syrup and grade AA butter, are the creme de la creme. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistDecember 23, 2014
    Timing is key here, depending on whether you’re craving breakfast or lunch. However, even if it's lunch time, breakfast is served all day. if it's lunch you're going for, try their turkey club. Read more
  • Marvin J.
    Marvin JeffersonOctober 14, 2013
    The food was great. I can't wait to go back and try something else on the menu. The biscuits are as delicious as everyone says they are!
  • Mandy W.
    Mandy WiltonApril 11, 2013
    Always friendly service, and fantastic food. A top Chicago pick for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Just be prepared to wait on the weekends.
  • Erica C.
    Erica CosentinoAugust 6, 2012
    Great coffee, bigger than your head light, fluffy pancakes, eggs, and sausage patties. Super crispy bacon! Yummy & get their loyalty card :)
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    Fans of Southern food will rejoice at the menu's offerings: fresh homemade biscuits, homefries with unlimited mix-ins, and heavenly, thick-cut French toast. Read more
  • Bianca C.
    Bianca CSeptember 10, 2013
    Best time to come is during the week. Fast service. Great atmosphere. The lemon raspberry pancakes are heavenly.
  • Jasmine C.
    Jasmine CieraAugust 17, 2013
    Share a table! You meet awesome people & get in quicker! Fantastic food really good service. I will be back :)
  • TJ C.
    TJ CaseyJune 5, 2011
    Megan was the single best server I have ever had. She actually motivated me to work here! Food = Amazing. Service = Amazing. Wait = Well worth it!
  • Ken Q.
    Ken QuandtDecember 5, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the pancakes at Sweet Maple. They've been voted among the best (#1) in the city. But don't neglect the catfish and eggs on Fridays, or the egg and cheeser with country sausage. Don't wait!
  • Theo D.
    Theo DownsSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The Sweet Maple special alone is meal and then some. The biscuits are bigger that my fist. The home fries are just like Mom's.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoOctober 9, 2015
    Leaving this casual breakfast spot without trying the pancakes would be a sin. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Read more
  • Yvette N.
    Yvette NewberryWhiteAugust 28, 2012
    The Lemon-Raspberry pancakes! Awesome!! Service was great, and a small problem was superbly addressed!
  • Maureen S.
    Maureen SullivanNovember 12, 2013
    Excellent breakfast. Killer biscuits. Bring your own soy or almond milk.
  • Nikki N.
    Nikki NefariousJuly 11, 2012
    I didn't have to wait at all :) Wonderful food! I'm from SC & I love that I can get grits in Chicago!!!
  • Brent A. Wells
    Brent A. WellsFebruary 17, 2012
    Get there EARLY!!! The food is off the chain, and the line is usually out the door
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezMarch 8, 2015
    Oatmeal was very moist and good. Bacon is too crispy for my taste. Southern breakfast. Tiny in the inside.
  • Dr-Jox S.
    Dr-Jox SezJune 8, 2014
    Home fries are delicious! Also try the fresh baked biscuits.
  • karen k.
    karen kartikaOctober 23, 2010
    The pancake - checked, the omelet with homefries and biscuit - checked. The surprise: No check for me, coz I sat on 11th table on its 11th anniversary! Happy bday guys and big thank you!
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisSeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite spot for breakfast. You can't go wrong with the Sweet Maple Special and slice Tomatoes
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisJune 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    By far my favorite breakfast spot in Chicago love the grits
  • Sonia G.
    Sonia GandaraNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Homefries here are the best! A must try! They are also known for their holiday french toast.
  • Heidi
    HeidiNovember 29, 2014
    Carmens scramble = so so so good. And the pancakes! And biscuits!
  • JBstyles
    JBstylesAugust 16, 2011
    Banana Pancakes a must! (Biscuits are amazing as well!)
  • Steven F.
    Steven FrostMarch 25, 2010
    Biscuits the size of your head, Homemade pancakes specials, soul food style breakfast... well worth the wait.
  • Mikey S.
    Mikey SanchezAugust 19, 2013
    Best breakfast I ever had by far
  • david m.
    david murphyOctober 15, 2015
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  • Kiara J.
    Kiara JonesFebruary 21, 2016
    Can eat good here without spending a lot
  • Annette F.
    Annette F.June 11, 2014
    Very good breakfast and great French Toast.
  • Patrice W.
    One of the best breakfast places in Chicago good eats.
  • Anthony H.
    Anthony HandleyJune 27, 2010
    Get here before 9am on the weekends if you don't wait to wait for a table.
  • Marco J.
    Good breakfast spot. No splitting checks. No seperate cards.
  • Renee M.
    Renee MatthewsJune 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Sweet Milk biscuit is like no other biscuit :)
  • Yumi Y.
    Yumi YamauchiDecember 2, 2010
    monterrey fries are absolutely amazing <3 mouth watering dish ;)
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckOctober 4, 2014
    The home fries are amazing
  • Dan S.
    Dan StanJanuary 23, 2012
    The wait is toooooooooooo long. Go when you see the cafe somewhat empty never go when its busy.
  • Brent A. Wells
    Brent A. WellsFebruary 13, 2016
    The 18th street scramble is serious!
  • carlos v.
    carlos varelaFebruary 3, 2013
    Get the biscuit, some of the best I've ever tasted
  • Jerod H.
    Jerod HardenMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to eat and have a good time
  • Monica B.
    Monica BNovember 10, 2011
    The secret to the French toast's not made with eggs! It's divine!!!
  • Aria W.
    Aria WrightMarch 30, 2016
  • sohony
    sohonyJuly 4, 2011
    opens at 7 everyday--go early for breakfast and beat the rush Read more
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Trust me it's WORTH the wait
  • Dirk T.
    Dirk TussingFebruary 23, 2011
    What a good deal, ask what's the breakfast special.
  • Tony V.
    Tony VesterOctober 14, 2013
    Mmm... home fries were delicious!
  • Kelley W.
    Kelley WhalenOctober 9, 2010
    Anne is a great server! Made our rough morning more pleasant
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GNovember 4, 2012
    Must...have...a..sweet milk biscuit
  • Suzanne C.
    Suzanne CiscoAugust 11, 2012
    The grits are awesome
  • mariscia t.
    mariscia thompsonJune 29, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Come super early on the weekends!
  • Wendy S.
    Wendy SchneiderNovember 6, 2011
    Prepare to wait but its worth it
  • Chris S.
    Chris SantiagoSeptember 26, 2010
    Fried catfish hands down best dish on the menu!
  • MReld G.
    MReld GreenOctober 22, 2011
    Put your name on the list then go home and shower. They say 30 minutes but it's more like an hour :(
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Still my TOP breakfast spot
  • Carly S.
    Carly SMarch 21, 2016
    One word. Biscuits.
  • Mohammad Reza K.
    Mohammad Reza KazemiDecember 11, 2016
    Sweet maple special
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrierDecember 16, 2012
    Amazing bacon
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouFebruary 15, 2013
    good morning. :)
  • mariscia t.
    mariscia thompsonMay 31, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Catfish fridays!
  • Sheatarra E.
    Sheatarra ErvinMarch 4, 2012
    blueberry pancakes! mmmm!
  • Renee M.
    Renee MatthewsApril 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Home fries are heaven on earth!!!!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 16, 2011
    Try the Breakfast Pizza
  • Renee M.
    Renee MatthewsApril 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Well worth the wait!!!!!
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LeeMay 14, 2010
    Catfish Fridays can't be beat
  • Kendall
    KendallApril 1, 2012
    Keep shopping, not worth the price
  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo GarciaSeptember 28, 2016
    Omelette Three Cheese, Una delicia, recomendado 100%
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezApril 4, 2015
    Lugar de omelets de salchicha
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