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Flying Saucer

View Map1123 N. California Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 342-9076
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Editorial Review of Flying Saucer

If you're looking for a place with a smiling server and polished countertops, this isn't your spot. But if your hangover remedy is seitan chorizo, cheese grits and a Cuban coffee, look no further.

Though the quality of the food seems to vary from day to day, when Flying Saucer is good, it's damn good. With a menu that leaves no dietary preference behind, you'll find both meatloaf and a tofu-sweet potato hash fighting for your attention. Breakfast/brunch is by far the most popular meal; standard eggs and biscuits and gravy meet dishes that nod to the surrounding Hispanic neighborhood, such as the signature Flying Breakfast Bowl (eggs, black beans, rice, cheese, tortillas and pico de gallo).

Still, the lunch options are nothing to sniff at, with classic grilled cheese (in this case dressed with tomatoes, cucumber and sprouts), a BBQ tofu plate served with Texas toast and tilapia tacos with pineapple salsa.

Mismatched old diner stools and tables make up the seating options, while vintage art adorns the exposed brick walls. Flying Saucer is no longer open in the evenings for dinner, a move that has upset many of this diner's regulars. For the 9-5ers, the best bet is brunch on the weekends. Just be prepared for a long wait and slow service.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Sarah Dahnke

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8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily

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