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Tempo Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Diner, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Gold Coast Omelette
Mushroom - tomato - spinach - onion
Spinach & Feta
Turkey & Swiss
State St.
Broccoli - ham - mushroom - tomato
Spinach - ham - swiss
Spinach Omelette
Banana - walnut - honey
Zucchini & Tomato
Greek Omelette
Feta cheese - tomato - onion
Crabmeat Omelette
(Any style)‏ With turkey sausages, pork sausages, bacon, canadian bacon, or virginia ham
Huevos Rancheros
Eggs any style topped w/ homemade salsa
The Continental
Chicken Livers & eggs scrambled w/ sauteed mushrooms, fresh onions, green peppers
Steak & Eggs "Over 13 Ounce Steaks"
Broiled skirt steak & three eggs any style
Corned Beef Hash & Eggs
Comes w/ eggs & way you like 'em
Eggs Florentine
Poached eggs & steamed spinach on an english muffin veiled under hollandaise sauce
Eggs Benedict
English muffin covered by Canadian bacon, poached eggs & hollandaise sauce
Poor Man's Skillet
A skillet full of hash browns, ham, green pepper, onion, first topped w/ melted american, mozzarella, cheddar & swiss then topped w/ your style of three eggs
Veggie Poor Man's Skillet
A skillet full of hash browns, broccoli, tomato, mushroom, green pepper, & onion first topped w/ melted american, mozzarella, cheddar & swiss then topped w/ your style of three eggs
Our fruit is not preserves, jam, or fresh-frozen it's just plain FRESH
A trio of fresh strawberries, bananas & blueberries combined w/ your choice of either Pancakes, French Toast, or Waffle
French toast
French toast
Short Stack
French toast
Fresh Strawberry Pancakes
French toast
Fresh Blueberry Pancakes
French toast
Fresh Raspberry Pancakes
French toast
Fresh Banana Nut Pancakes
French toast
Fresh Banana Nut Buckwheat Pancakes
French toast
Buckwheat Pancakes
Bacon or Sausages
Turkey Sausages
Virginia Ham or Canadian Bacon
Homemade Mexican Salsa
(Served between 6 & 10 a.m.)
House Vinaigrette - Ranch - Thousand - Low-Cal Italian Peppercorn - French - Bleu Cheese
Hollywood Bowl
Crisp garden fresh greens mixed w/ julienne ham, turkey, Swiss, cheddar, green peppers & American cheese
Chicken Breast Salad
Char Grilled breast of chicken layered over iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges, onions, & green peppers. Served w/ peppercorn dressing
Greek Salad
Mountains of lettuce covered w/ feta cheese, Greek olives, onions, green peppers & anchovies. Sprinkled w/ oregano & served w/ our house sweet vinaigrette
Jr. Greek
Tuna or Turkey Salad Platter
White Albacore Tuna (or turkey salad) atop crispy lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers & a hard boiled egg
Tossed Garden Salad With hard boiled Egg
With chicken
Ceasar Salad
Hearts of Romaine & fresh croutons tossed w/ our own caeser dressing & sprinkled w/ Parmesan cheese
Fresh white albacore tuna salad, fresh fruit & creamy cottage cheese
Salmon Plate
Red sockeye salmon surrounded w/ lettuce, cottage cheese, tomato slices & a hard boiled egg
Steak Stir Fry
With mushrooms, green peppers, onions, & broccoli served over rice pilaf
Chicken Stir Fry
With mushrooms, green peppers, onions, & broccoli served over rice pilaf
Vegetable Stir Fry
With mushrooms, green peppers, onions, & broccoli served over rice pilaf
Sliced Turkey
Tuna Salad
(White Albacore)
Turkey Salad
Grilled Cheese
Fried Ham & Egg
(Open face)
Bacon & Egg
(Open face)
Baked Sugar Cured Ham
Side of French Fries
1/2 lb. Pure Beef Burger
1/2 lb. Cheese Burger
Turkey Burger
1/2 lb. Perdue turkey served on a hole wheat bun w/ tomato & lettuce
Royal Burger
1/2 lb. Pure beef broiled w/ fresh mushrooms, green peppers, & onions
Patty Melt
1/2 lb. of pure beef covered on both sides w/ melted old english cheddar & grilled onions. Served on grilled rye bread
Chicken Breast Sandwich
Fresh breast of chicken marinated & char-broiled. Served on a bun
Chicken a La Louie
Marinated & char-broiled breast of chicken topped w/ ripe avocado, crispy bacon & melted swiss cheese
BBQ Beef
Roast beef covered in barbecue sauce & served on a toasted bun
Corned beef, sauerkraut & melted Swiss cheese served on a grilled rye bread
Turkey Reuben
Greek Chicken
1/2 fresh chicken that's quartered & broiled w/ fresh lemon & oregano. Allow 30 min. cooking time
Chicken Livers Dinner
Sauteed in fresh mushrooms & onions
Chicken Kebab Plate
Marinated chicken‏ cooked to perfection on a skewer w/ fresh green peppers, mushrooms, onions, & tomato. Served w/ rice pilaf
New York Strip Steak
New York strip sirloin char-broiled to your liking & served w/ French fries
Chopped Sirloin
Char-broiled & served w/ sauteed onions & mushrooms
Mediterranean Skirt Steak
Char-broiled w/ fresh lemon & oregano
Pork Chop Dinner
Center Cut Pork Chips char-broiled & served on golden toast & a side of applesauce
Golden French Fried Shrimp
Served on toast w/ cocktail & tartar sauce
Fresh Whitefish
Broiled &‏ covered in a lemon-butter sauce
Seafood Platter
Sea scallops, filet of perch & shrimp. Served w/ cocktail sauce & tartar sauce
Deep Sea Scallops
Fried golden brown & served w/ tartar sauce
Orange Roughy
Filet of Perch
Fried golden brown & served w/ tartar sauce
24 hour family Diner in heart of Gold Coast, specializing in breakfast and great coffee. Breakfast served all day and night. We accept All credit cards!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Diner, American, Cafe
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews brunch pancakes homemade marmalade french toast potatoes ham corned beef hash sandwiches fries salad huge portions great breakfast place the gold coast squeezed orange juice at reasonable prices fast service the magnificent mile
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The menu has rare items: 5-egg omelettes. The omelettes come in a big frying pan, and they are not really any more expensive than 3-egg omlettes, which makes them great value for money. The cafe is not located very far from downtown, and should be...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here to enjoy good food and weather. The outdoor seating was great. They offered some wonderful gluten free options: Toast Pancakes Waffles French Toast I had gluten free waffles and they were delicious! Their gluten free toast was really nice too. I enjoyed...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank glutenfreetraveler1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here today with another couple and loved it. Arrived about 11:30, it’s Saturday. We had to wait about 20 minutes, shorter than those who arrived later, but worth it. The service is fast and friendly, and the food was excellent. I had the Ruben...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Paulguay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One bit of advice before ordering a “skillet” at Tempo Cafe. Make sure you see a skillet delivered from the kitchen to a diner as you won’t believe the volume of food contained therein. The first thing you notice on the menu are the 5...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 13, 2019 via mobile

A great little cafe with prompt service. They do a speciality 5-egg omelette which I can wholeheartedly say was delicious and filled me up for the day. Well worth a visit if you’re hungry and want a break from the chain restaurants.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Allen S
Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

This is my 2nd visit here for breakfast, my first was towards the end of last year - it is great to see the seating outside the restaurant! They make their own marmalade, which comes automatically with a wedge of orange & a prune. They...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank DizzyDoris34
Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

Very convenient location with overwhelming choices. Great service and reasonable prices. Just off Michigan ave near most attractions

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Michael K
Reviewed April 14, 2019

This is an absolute destination for us whenever we are in Chicago. Best Breakfast/Brunch Ever! The Veggie Poor Man's Skillet is breakfast heaven, and my husband and son just loved the regular Poor Man's Skillet. It's nice that you can now get on the wait...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

My wife and I have lived in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years and everyone we know claims Tempo Cafe is a good place to go for an inexpensive but very satisfying lunch or dinner. But, everyone agrees, it is the best breakfast destination on...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed April 10, 2019

This is not a large restaurant but they are extremely accommodating with groups above 4. Everything is well prepared and served hot to your table. We typically go there for breakfast because of the food and great value but their lunch and dinner is just...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Mike W
October 26, 2018|
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Response from Hani S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. I live in another city, but I liked the place enough to go there twice while there!
January 14, 2017|
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Response from eliza-ja | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you would. It is busy but there wasn't a queue. There is seating inside and out. Enjoy!
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