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Chicago’s Best Restaurants for French Toast

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Here's our list of some of Chicago's best places for a delicious dish of the culinary treasure, French Toast. Consider this your French Toast Tip Sheet, if you will, that will help you find the perfect piece.

Lula Cafe

Best Slice of French Toast: Brioche bread stuffed with white chocolate.
About Lula Cafe: This Logan Square café is known for repeat customers who come for the café's organic cuisine and artistic flare with rotating artwork displays and indie tunes jamming from its speakers. Daily menu changes keep the choices fresh for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Logan Square; N. Kedzie Blvd.; 773-489-9554

Orange

Best Slice of French Toast: Chai-tea French toast made with bread soaked in chai latte and filled with ricotta cheese.
About Orange: People can't seem to get enough of Orange. Originally located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Orange now has a sister location in Lincoln Park - all thanks to its patrons who rallied for a second location. The wait for a seat can be long (even with a second location), but it's worth it. You'll find your favorite breakfast items on the menu but done with a "twist" such as green eggs and ham: scrambled eggs with basil pesto. Lunch items include salads and sandwiches. Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Lincoln Park; 2413 N. Clark St.; 773-549-7833

Meli

Best Slice of French Toast: French toast with honey and custard, and it's worth every calorie.
About Meli: If you're secretly a Greek at heart, Meli (Greek for honey) won't disappoint with its Mediterranean-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes. Ingredients are as fresh as they come and menu items are creative, including an omelet filled with pancetta and Boursin cheese, shallots, and chives. Be sure to get a side of Greek toast that you can top with house-made marmalades and honey butter. Wash it down with a cup of Meli's potent Greek coffee. Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Greektown; 301 S. Halsted St.; 312-454-0748

Bongo Room

Best Slice of French Toast: With so many yummy French toast creations, it's hard to pick one, so I will name a few goodies, including: Cherries Jubilee with "caramelized brioche and warm dark cherry compote and vanilla bean ice cream topped with cinnamon-brandy crème anglaise," Chocolate Tower, with you guessed it, a lot of chocolate; and Strawberry-Rhubarb.
About Bongo Room: Bongo Room in Wicker Park is not the place for dieters. Their pancakes are more like desserts with chocolate, Oreo cookies, caramel, and other naughty temptations. The Bongo Room also makes a mean breakfast burrito (one of my favorites in Chicago) with guacamole and scrambled eggs. Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Wicker Park; 1470 N Milwaukee Ave.; 773-489-0690

Seven on Heaven

Best Slice of French Toast: A delicious banana foster French toast (deep fried no less) with challah bread and roasted pecans that will have you coming back for more.
About Seven on Heaven: If spicy food is your thing, then you've come to the right place. Seven on Heaven does Creole hot sauces and New Orleans-style food better than most restaurants in Chicago. Top menu items include Po' boy sandwiches, andouille sausage, and cheese grits and corn muffins. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday - Saturday. Dinner served the third Friday of every month.
Downtown; 111 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-263-6443

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