Kanela Breakfast Club – Old Town, Chicago

When I was a kid, I never liked breakfast.  My mother, may she rest in peace, had the hardest time getting me to eat even a slice of toast before I left for school.  Once I became an adult, breakfast and brunch became a real joy for me.  How? Why?  I don’t know.  Suddenly I had a new found love for coffee and I became obsessed with eggs, omelettes and more.  I could eat breakfast for dinner!  Today, I decided to indulge in some form of eggs benedict somewhere quiet where I could contemplate the matters of the week ahead.  So, I took the CTA Brown line to Kanela Breakfast Club in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.

Kanela in Old Town

Kanela Breakfast Club is located just

4 blocks from the Sedgwick ‘L” stop at 1552 N. Wells, off the corner of North Avenue.  I love Old Town, especially Wells St. which is home to Kanela as well as several other fun restaurants, bars, shops and Zanies Comedy Club.  It is also where the annual Wells St. Art Fair takes place.

Sedgwick 'L' stop near Kanela

CTA Brown Line near Kanela Breakfast Club

Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town

Kanela has an ample menu of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch fare which are offered all day from 7am-3:30pm, 7 days a week.  They are not open for dinner. I love when a restaurant has a specific focus.  Moreover, I love when a restaurant has a successful formula such that it does not need to expand beyond it.  Kanela has other locations in the Lakeview and Wicker Park neighborhoods.  A new location is set to open in the downtown Streeterville neighborhood.  That is an impressive rate of success in their 4 year history!

Kanela offers a few versions of eggs benedict.  I chose the one made with slow roasted pork belly, brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, house hollandaise and english muffin.  The eggs were poached perfectly and all the other flavor components were on point.  Nice!

Kanela Breakfast Club eggs benedict

Pork belly benedict with slow roasted pork belly, brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, house hollandaise and english muffin

Eggs benedict at Kanela Breakfast Club


Admittedly, I had a difficult time choosing among the other eggs benedict options and the duck confit hash, so I will be back again soon to work my way through the rest of Kanela’s menu.

The sweet breakfast options looked delicious, too.  In particular, my eyes drooled over the idea of the stuffed raspberry cheesecake french toast and the seasonal special, bourbon, apple chutney crepes.  I know!

Kanela Breakfast Club's menu


I also love that Kanela serves Julius Meinl coffee.

Kanela Breakfast Club's coffee

Kanela serves Julius Meinl coffee which I really love.


The space at Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town is cozy and comfortable.  The room, long and narrow, is lined with banquet seating, a couple of booths and a few smaller tables.  The staff could not be lovelier.  This was exactly the solo breakfast experience I needed today 🙂

Kanela Breakfast Club's dining room in Old Town

Kanela in Old Town

Very friendly staff at Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town, Chicago

For more information about Kanela Breakfast Club, visit www.kanelabreakfastclub.com.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Brown or Purple lines to Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town.   Save gas money.  Avoid traffic and parking.  Reduce pollution.  Don’t drink and drive!