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Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

#84 of 8,489 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neighborhood:
West Loop
American, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Diner
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565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
(312) 939-3111
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 269
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  • 157
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 15
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
BEST BREAKFAST EVER!

I love this place. It has great breakfast dishes. I love the omelettes. The place is like an ole time diner. Waitresses are very polite and friendly. I go here almost monthly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2012
miraven
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I love this place. It has great breakfast dishes. I love the omelettes. The place is like an ole time diner. Waitresses are very polite and friendly. I go here almost monthly.

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Naperville, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Have eaten here before at this famous Route 66 diner but became seriously ill 9 hrs. after I ate there last week. Ended up at the Drs. with an IV to replace fluids. He said food poisoning or food handling (employees not washing hands etc) happens 8-10 hours after eating and that would be Lou Mitchell's since I didn't eat... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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45 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

The line was out the door but the wait was only 20 minutes. They serve doughnut holes to the people waiting in line, a nice touch. The service was a little slow but our breakfasts were served hot and done to perfection.

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Oscoda, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Thanks to a Union Station police officer we had a great last meal before boarding our train before leaving Chicago, you must have the coffee too....excellent!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Excellent service!! Get their coffee, banana pancakes and french toast!

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Located along Jackson Street (U.S. Route 66), this is a must spot for anyone who loves noisy breakfast spots with huge portions.

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

This diner serves great coffee and great breakfast and does it with old fashioned style and charm. sit at the breakfast counter to interact with other guests, welcomed with nice cup of hot coffee, fresh fountain water, and an orange slice. finish breakfast with complimentary soft serve ice cream. cash only. most likely, there will be a line for a... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Is the breakfast skillet at Lou Mitchell's ALWAYS more generous than stated on the menu? I was fortunate to visit Lou's for the first time with 4 friends who knew the ropes. They warned that if I ordered "two eggs and hashbrowns" I'd get a skillet brimming with three eggs and hashbrowns. Surprise, surprise: I ordered "one egg & 'browns"... More 

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wausau, wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Excellent omelettes. Lots of food great service. Loved the free doughnut holes and milkduds.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Modest prices for hot and a lot, straightforward keep the coffee coming place. Best meal is breakfast - will keep you all day, and then some.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 939-3111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.