Chicago Gold Coast Restaurant Reviews

BTR Chicago: Elly’s Pancake House Brunch – Gold Coast

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Elly’s Pancake House has everything you would want out of a diner. This adorable Chicago establishment serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours of the day, but it’s best known for its morning grub, as the name implies.

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I devoured the Stuffed French Toast ($8), which was filled with homemade cottage cheese and ricotta and topped with my choice of fruit. I chose strawberries and Nutella (I have officially declared the latter a fruit).

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Elly’s Pancake House’s Stuffed French Toast

Is that picture not enough to make you drool? Yes, the meal tasted as good as it looked. My boyfriend pointed out, “that’s not breakfast; that’s dessert.” Indeed, this was quite a decadent meal to have first thing in the morning. The stuffed French toast was a sweet sandwich consisting of two slices of toast filled with a delicious custard and topped with Nutella, fresh strawberries and powdered sugar. The French toast itself and the filling weren’t overwhelmingly sweet, but halfway through the dish, I was about as stuffed as the toast!

The Nutella and strawberries were the perfect topping, but I would’ve like the fresh strawberries to have been warmed up or cooked a little because their firm texture was a bit discordant with the gooey-ness of the rest of the dish.

I think next time I would get a savory dish and share this as a dessert, because it’s really a lot to handle!

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I needed caffeine that morning, so I ordered some Earl Grey tea. The tea wasn’t anything special, but I was really happy with the presentation. I liked getting my own teapot (enough for two cups) and the honey and lemon were a nice touch!

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Olé Omelette

The Olé Omelette, which my boyfriend got, consisted of chorizo sausage, jalapenos, onions and cheddar. He said it was “amazing,” while dousing it in Tabasco sauce.

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The restaurant’s decor is eclectic and retro, consisting of a quirky plate mosaic, light bulbs hanging from the ceilings as standalone chandeliers and mismatched chairs at every table. The chairs look like they came from a ’70s classroom. Despite their arbitrary placement, each of the chairs had a pair, if not a whole family, scattered around the restaurant. I don’t know why I felt so attached to these chairs, but I’m glad they weren’t alone!

ellys pancake house chicago brunch review decorNext time I’m in the Windy City, I will definitely come back to Elly’s, preferably at some crazy hour of the night, just because it’s open!!


Elly’s Pancake House

101 W. North Ave (Gold Coast/Lincoln Park)
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 643-2300

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