Thomas' Restaurant is a little gem, plain and simple. Chicago is a "food city" and this place helps the city live up to that reputation. Those food shows need to pay this place a visit since they are always looking for "local charm". I really wish they would be more receptive establishments that aren't on the Northside or downtown but oh well, more for me.
This is a medium sized diner that's been serving the locals for years. They have FREE parking which is a HUGE plus in Chicago. They're also open every day and I even ate breakfast there Christmas Day, 2010.
Once you step inside, you will see nothing fancy. The decor is straight from the 1970's. You don't wait to be seated, you find your own seat. If you're looking for fancy fixtures and quirky themes, go elsewhere.
HOWEVER, once you sit down, service is fast and the menu offers a nice breakfast, lunch and dinner foods. Everything I tried was excellent and the portions were nice. I'm confident that everything is made from scatch, not prepackaged microwave junk. The service was very good and the place was spotless. After being inside about 15 minutes, you will see and hear locals greeting each other and discussing the news, weather, family, politics, etc. I could envision myself going to this place on a cold winter's morning and drinking coffee all day while reading a book or newspaper. It's just that kind of place.
So yes, I do recommend Thomas'. If you're ever in Chatham or Avalon Park, stop in and pay them a visit. You'll be glad you did.
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