Best Breakfast Spots in the Chicago Suburbs
If it’s early and you plan to run errands in Chicago’s suburbs, a hearty breakfast is necessary. A loaded omelet with hash browns and a cup of coffee will provide you with the energy you need for your day. The same is true for pancakes, waffles, brunch spreads, etc.
Chicago is a massive place with many sprawling suburbs.
If you don’t already know a five-star spot to get breakfast, it could be lunchtime until you find a place to sit and eat.
That’s why we’re providing our top picks for the best breakfast spots in Chicago’s suburbs. Whether in Naperville or Arlington Heights, this list covers the entire spectrum. Read on to discover the best breakfast restaurant near you.
#4: Egg Harbor Cafe
Scattered across Chicagoland Suburbs is Egg Harbor Cafe. You can find over a dozen locations in the burbs including Elmhurst, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Oak Brook, Wheaton, and more. But you must come early because all operate during breakfast hours. They open at 7-am and close at 2-pm, 7 days a week.
One of my favorite locations in Naperville. If you're making an early visit to Naperville, you can stop for a delicious breakfast at Egg Harbor Cafe. It's at the corner of Jackson and Webster St, just across the street from the Dandelion Fountain and steps away from the Naperville riverwalk.
The Egg Harbor Cafe has a modest exterior and a quaint interior. It's a lively and inviting place perfect for starting your day. The restaurant is known for its seasonal specials, such as their Pumpkin Pancakes that debut each year in November.
The staff is friendly, and the cooking staff excels at presentation. Every dish that comes out of the kitchen looked staged for a professional photo.
You'll enjoy stunning views of downtown Naperville when dining at the Egg Harbor Cafe. It's an excellent choice for an early breakfast, brunch, or an early lunch followed by a stroll down the Naperville river walk.
Here's a peek at what you can order at the Egg Harbor Cafe:
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast
- Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
- The San Antonio
- Habanero Hash and Eggs
- Eggs Benedict
- Smoked Salmon Benedict
- Americano Coffee
I adore black coffee, so I had to try theirs as soon as I sat down. It was fresh, hot, and filled with rich bean flavor. The service is excellent, and I'm able to get sat immediately. I order the Ultimate Skillet, a loaded breakfast with potatoes, ham, peppers, cheese, etc. The presentation was stellar, as it looked like something out of a movie. Luckily, it tasted as good as it looked (if not better.)
A fantastic breakfast awaits you up the street if you're starting your day near Kawanis Park in La Grange. That's where you'll find Prasino, a sophisticated breakfast spot known for keeping things organic. It's an ideal spot for vegetarians and the health-conscious, but there's something for everyone.
They offer everything from crab cake benedict to vegan tacos and more. Also, don't forget to look at their delicious options for crepes, pancakes, and french toast. You can request gluten-free, buttermilk, whole-grain, or vegan batter for the pancakes.
The interiors are pretty ritzy, and the hardwood floors are impeccably shiny. Despite the busy rush, everything was clean and organized during my visit - and the food presented well and looked incredibly appetizing.
Here's a brief glimpse at what you can order at Prasino:
- Goat Toast
- Paris Benedict
- Tacos Rancheros
- Bananas Foster Crepes
- Chipotle Tofu Scramble
- Pretzel Croissant French Toast
- Carrot Cake Pancakes
I took plenty of time to look over their menu, as so many items looked good it was hard to choose. I decided to try the Chicken Chilaquiles as I love tortilla chips with my eggs. I had the eggs scrambled, and it came with charred salsa, avocado, sour cream, and heavenly cotija cheese. I couldn't resist their unique pancake offerings, so I also had an order of buttermilk Blueberry Graham Cracker Pancakes. The pancakes were fluffy and hot, and the graham cracker added a pleasing crunch to the mix. This is definitely an excellent spot to visit if you're in La Grange early in the morning.
#2: Eggcited Pancake House
Should you find yourself in the heart of Naperville on the west side, Eggcited is the spot to visit. You can get breakfast, brunch, pancakes, waffles, etc. They have a near-flawless reputation, and it's a great spot to get breakfast in Naperville.
Reviews online give much praise to Eggcited's food, fair prices, and exceptional service.
Do you require vegan or gluten-free breakfast offerings? If so, Eggcited has you covered in that regard. Their menu includes ample amounts of GF and vegan options.
The interiors are clean, pleasing, and professional. Not only that, but their food boasts impeccable presentation.
Here's a sampling of Eggcited's extensive breakfast menu:
- California Omelette
- Country Fried Steak and Eggs
- Rib Eye and Eggs
- Two Eggs Any Style
- Banana-Nut Bread Loaf
- Country Skillet
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Potato Pancakes
I visited Eggcited on a slow day - Tuesday at 9:00 AM. There was still a decent-sized crowd, but I was able to get seated quickly. My server was very kind and recommended that I try the Country Fried Steak and Eggs. I took them up on it, and it was a winning decision. The breading on the steak was sensational, and the eggs (over-easy) were cooked perfectly.
#1: Blueberry Hill Breakfast Cafe
Blueberry Hill isn't far away if your stomach is rumbling early in the morning in Oakbrook. It's a breakfast cafe with rave reviews online and unique menu offerings. Inside, it's an old-school cafe that has an authentic vibe. You'll love this restaurant if you want to start your day in a quiet, peaceful place with friendly people. They also have locations in Aurora, Darien, Homer Glen, Homewood, La Grange, Plainfield and Tinley Park.
They offer breakfast, brunch, and lunch and have plenty of vegan and GF options. Nearly everything on the menu is mouthwatering, and they're notorious for serving large portions. It's a great spot to visit to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
Here's a glimpse at the menu offerings at Blueberry Hill:
- Luck of the Irish Skillet
- Eggs Benedict
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Pigs in a Blanket
- Blueberry Pancakes
- Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- Red Velvet Pancake
- Blueberry Crepes
- Nutella Crepes
During my visit, I was in the mood for something different. I decided to try the Nutella Crepes and the Eggs Benedict. The crepes were sweet and delicious, and the Nutella was an excellent choice for a topping. The Eggs Benedict was also stunning, as there was a perfect balance of hollandaise sauce.
By now, you should have an idea of where to go for breakfast all across Chicago. There are plenty of fantastic breakfast spots in Chicago from the north to the south. Any of the restaurants on this list will satisfy your morning cravings. Also, don't forget to check out our list of the Best Coffee in the Chicago Suburbs!
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