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Bongo Room: "South Loop-Decadent breakfast/brunch" Top 5 Page for this destination Bongo Room Tip by Dabs

Bongo Room, Chicago: 8 reviews and 17 photos

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Last visit September 2012 to the South Loop location

I go to the Bongo Room a couple of times a year, I love breakfast food and I REALLY love decadent breakfast food. If you go on a weekend, expect a fairly long wait, the hostess usually quotes a time longer than the actual wait time but it can be 20-40 minutes depending on when you get there. Since it is breakfast, tables do open up more quickly than for lunch or dinner and your meal comes very fast! It's not hard getting a table on the weekdays but the menu is more limited than the weekends.

My 1st visit was to the original location on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, since then I've been going to the South Loop location which is a little more spacious and closer for me to get to, that is also true for most visitors. On the weekends expect a high noise level and don't plan on dawdling over your food as I'm sure they like to turnover the tables for the long line of people who got there after you. Service is friendly and fast. Expect to spend about $15 person with tax & tip, breakfast selections were about $10-14.

Favorite Dish: The Bongo Room specializes in dessert masquerading as breakfast but there are also plenty of savory items on the menu, eggs benedict, eggs, omelettes, a breakfast burrito and croissant sandwiches. Judging by my last visit, the savory items are becoming more popular than the sweet.

On several visits I've had the Chocolate Tower French toast (only served on the weekends), three pieces of bittersweet chocolate chunk bread stuffed with maple mascarpone, banana creme brulee sauce, bananas and shaved chocolate. I've also had the Smore banana pancakes, banana nestle crunch pancakes, banana oreo pancakes and red velvet pancakes with a vanilla creme sauce, all positively decadent and not even possible that I could finish them, like having dessert for breakfast, I usually stop when I start getting a sugar buzz. The menu changes every time I go but there are always several tantalizing choices.

If you're not starving, think about getting a 1/2 order, 2 pancakes instead of 3 at about 2/3 of the price, it was still more than I could finish. You can also get 1 pancake of 2 different kinds if you can't decide. Neither option is listed on the menu but they are very flexible on the menu.

Address: 1152 S. Wabash/1470 N. Milwaukee Ave
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: South Loop/Wabash-red or green line el to Roosevelt stop, CTA bus-12 Roosevelt, 29 State.

Wicker Park/Milwaukee-Damen stop on the Blue Line el is just a couple of blocks away, CTA bus- 50 Damen or 56 Milwaukee. Street parking available at both

Phone: (773)489-0690
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Breakfast

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2012
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