Bongo Room (Restaurant, Wicker Park, South Loop)

Location: 1470 N. Milwaukee (a href=””>Wicker Park, 1152 S. Wabash (a href=””>South Loop
Phone: 773.489.0690 , 312.291.0100
Cuisine: Brunch, lunch
Reservations: No
Brunch and Lunch only

Bongo Room is one of those staples in the Chicago brunch scene that has you always waiting for a table. Whether you’re at the location in the South Loop or the one in Wicker Park, neighborhood residents flock to this hipster-laden breakfast outpost. But it’s not all bacon and eggs at Bongo Room. Inventive specials are always available, along with spruced up originals like banana oreo pancakes and a tomatillo salsa scramble. The tomatillo sauce was spot-on and a great option. Croissants are so large and buttery, it’s a struggle not to order one as it passes you on the way to another table. And the thai chicken sausage is much more flavorful than your average chicken sausage.

Numerous fresh juices are available, though a bit pricey. The spot offers lots of coffee choices, as well. Menu items change seasonally. Though lunch menu is tempting, but it’s hard to pass up such delicious brunch options.

Service is attentive, though slightly slow — but what can you expect when the place is almost always packed? They do make a large effort to keep your coffee and water full, which is always appreciated. I would definitely head back when I’m in the mood for a sweet breakfast to try the chocolate french toast.


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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

One Comment

  • Gene Wagendorf III Gene Wagendorf III
    January 22, 2011 | Permalink |

    Had the best key lime pie pancakes of my life here. And there’s more competition for that honor than you’d think.