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Elly's Pancake House

View Map101 W. North Ave., Chicago
Tel: (312) 643-2300
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This suburban-based diner has finally set up shop in the city, and its neighbors couldn't be happier. The warm welcome might have a little something to do with the fact that Elly's is open 'round the clock. But this is one of those rare breeds of 24-hour diners where the food still tastes good when you haven't been out drinking all night.

The extensive breakfast menu features a serious selection of pancakes, including the oven-baked apple and German pancakes, old-fashioned fruit-filled cakes and Elly's originals like the pancake club sandwich. And it doesn't end there. The restaurant also offers a variety of crepes, waffles, French toast, omelets and egg skillets. When you're not in the mood for morning fare, you can graze Elly's lunch menu. It's not nearly as hefty as the breakfast options, but still provides a few solid choices with classics like the julienne and cobb salads, the chicken sandwich and the cheeseburger. The little ones will love Elly's, too, thanks to its chocolate chip pancakes, chicken fingers and good ol' fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches.

Our favorite Elly's feature is the juice bar, where the staff is constantly squeezing oranges to produce some of the best breakfast beverages in the city. We're also crazy for the milkshakes, which are all made with fresh fruit. Our only beef with the place is the close positioning of tables, which tends to make the otherwise spacious place feel rather cramped. On the plus side, there's less waiting around for a seat during busy brunch hours.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden

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