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Valois Restaurant

1518 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615-4503 (Hyde Park)
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Ranked #892 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Family Fare
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
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26 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Lexington, Massachusetts
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115 reviews 115 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Was in Hyde Park and went here with friend after hearing it was one of President Obama's favorite places. It's a cafeteria set-up where you order food, get it put on tray, then take it to seat. Menu had OK selection, and pretty inexpensive. Servers were friendly, though a little hard to understand. The roast beef and mashed potatoes I... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It's a well established neighborhood institution in Hyde Park, Chicago, and somewhat of a touristic attraction as it is also one of Obama's local favourites.The atmosphere is relaxed and the decor is very simple. The place serves breakfasts all day and that what i would go for. The food portions and taste are good. It is not great, and it's... More

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LaPorte, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Best French toast in the Midwest! We love Valois and the staff. Cannot beat the prices in the Hyde Park/Chicago area. We go for breakfast whenever we can. Very hard to park, otherwise we'd get lunch take out more regularly as well. Go! You may see President Obama, Rev Jesse Jackson or other local politicians and notables on any given... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

In this cafeteria/fast quality food restaurant, I ordered a Mediterranean omelette and it was on my plate--piping hot--within a minute, it seemed. Friendly staff, very neighborhoody, and I hear that some fascinating political debates occur at the tables. Just a few blocks from the Obama house, it's one of our President's fav places.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Eat here and you'll have the fasted cooked breakfast of your life. You order, go through the line, and breakfast may be cooked by the time you pay. Place is noisy, atmosphere is casual, and the food is good and cheap.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

if you are in hyde park and dont go here, then shame on you! u cant get better food then this...l have only had one mishap here but l overcame it and just had to be more obserative when ordering my chicken. lt didnt stop me from going back though...l love their desserts its a chocolate lovers dream indeed!

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I think that this is one of the best eggs-places in Hyde Park. Moreover, it is extremely cheap! with 7 dollars per person you get a meal with a drink and, you will be full for the rest of the day... the quality-price relationship is very good! i think that if you go there you shoul definitly pick the omelettes.... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Join the fast moving line to a great breakfast in a Hyde Park institution. Perfect for tourists, students, and diverse locals. Clean and courteous atmosphere. Loved the steak and eggs, the crispy hash browns, and the various omelets our group sampled. Generous portions. Fine coffee. Will return every time we visit Hyde Park.

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Silver Spring
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you're near University of Chicago and want a comfortable, reasonable, quick place for some very good cafeteria-stye dining, this is your place! It's a great place for a group, the steaks are cooked TO PERFECTION, and the staff is cordial and efficient. We had a couple of Obama's favorites (listed on a board at the counter) and thought the... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I visited with two kids. It looked like the sort of diner where kids would be treated brusquely, but they were friendly and patient. It's a neighborhood restaurant with plenty of tourists like ourselves drawn there because it's a place where Obama used to eat. Big coffee cups helped the servers lengthen their times between refills. Huge portions. Lots of... More

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