There are many unique places for breakfast in Chicago, Toast in Bucktown is a favorite hipster hangout, Reza’s offers a Mediterranean flair to their weekend brunch offering, and Ann Sather provides lots of Swedish treats. All of these places are delicious, but for those looking for a large, no-frills, home-cooked breakfast, there is no better place than Pauline’s.
Pauline’s is tucked away next to the commuter train tracks Chicago’s popular Andersonville neighborhood. They are open daily from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, but be warned, on weekends, there can be quite a wait to be seated. Once you start to dig in to their food, you will see that it is well worth the wait.
The menu is extensive, and caters to a range of tastes. Their biscuits and gravy will satisfy anyone looking for a down-home, southern style breakfast. For those looking for something different, their salmon omelet with asparagus and goat cheese is a popular menu choice. All of the orange juice served at Pauline’s is squeezed fresh daily. Pauline’s potatoes are their specialty, hash browns made from red potatoes with peppers, onions and apples, they are a requirement for anyone who has never eaten there before.
Of course, Pauline’s does offer lunch fare as well, with many different sandwiches and burger to choose from, as well as entrees such as spaghetti bolognese. For desert they offer ice cream or a chocolate chip milkshake, if you still have room after you are done with your meal. Pauline’s states that their portion sizes are “generous” on their website, however, that may be an understatement. Be prepared to ask for a to-go box.
Pauline’s is located at 1754 W. Balmoral Ave. Reservations are not accepted, so be sure to arrive early to be seated, especially on weekends. Parking in the neighborhood is free.