Winter arrived in Chicago this weekend. Yesterday, morning temps began at a frigid 10 degrees and I decided I would not venture out of my South Loop neighborhood. So, I headed over to Chicago Waffles on Michigan Avenue for brunch.
Chicago Waffles is located just 2 blocks
south and 1 block east of the Roosevelt ‘L’ stop, along the CTA Red, Orange and Green lines. The #3 and #4 buses stop right out in front of the restaurant. Very convenient on a cold winter day.
This place has been a part of the South Loop for a few short years and it has maintained a steady, neighborhood following. It is also a go-to spot for Bears fans who are looking to fuel up on their way to Soldier Field.
I had not been here in a over a year even though I live a couple of blocks away. Today, I stopped in to see how things were doing. I arrived at 11am and the place was almost completely full. Luckily, I snagged a table near the sunny window overlooking Michigan Avenue.
The menu here is huge. There are several sweet and savory Belgian and Liege waffle choices, pancakes, crepes, omelets, skillets, French toast, chilaquiles and more. I prefer a savory breakfast, so I decided to get the Liege waffle benedict.
Two perfectly poached eggs were nice and runny when split open. They sat atop some roasted pulled pork and 2 Liege waffles. Just the right amount of hollandaise adorned this dish. I appreciated that it wasn’t drowning in it.
I really enjoyed this play on eggs benedict. Another great part of this dish were the red potatoes which rode shotgun. They were nice and creamy and they were cut on the larger side. It was a very generous and tasty presentation. There was a nice amount of these potatoes to take home to enjoy with my lunch or dinner later today.
I cannot comment on the quality of the coffee here because I did not have any. I already had my share of caffeine earlier that morning. However, I can tell you that I eyeballed many of the other sweet and savory brunch items that passed by my table. All of them looked delicious, were steaming hot and were generous portions.
During previous visits to Chicago Waffles, I have had the “heart healthy waffles with yogurt and granola” which were delicious. On my next return, I must try the “cheddar and short rib waffles.”
Chicago Waffles does not have a liquor license but they are a BYOB. So, don’t forget your hooch on the way over there 😉
Chicago Waffles is located at 1400 S. Michigan Avenue. It is open for breakfast through lunch 7 days a week. Click here for more information.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red, Orange, Greens Lines or the #3 and #4 buses to Chicago Waffles. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!