“a Chicago Institution since 1923”
Lou Mitchell's, also known as Lou Mitchell's Restaurant, is a Chicago diner located at 565 W. Jackson Boulevard. It is a popular restaurant for commuters, as it is located near Union Station. It is also located near the start of U.S. Route 66 and was frequented by many people on the start of their journey along the road, earning it the nickname "the first stop on the Mother Road." Founded in 1923, Lou Mitchell's is known for handing out fresh donut holes to people waiting in line, boxes of Milk Duds to children, an orange slice and prune for breakfast, and a small cup of ice cream with each meal. Their egg dishes are made using double yolk eggs, which they claim makes the eggs larger and fluffier. Lou Mitchell's is currently owned by Heleen Thanas. She appeared as the guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge of Episode 11 of Top Chef (season 4), which involved working at "the hull", or egg station, at the restaurant for twenty minutes.
This place is definitely the definition of a classic American diner. They serve you these fresh doughnut holes with powdered sugar while you wait for a table (and you will be waiting if its a weekend). The food is great, their scrambled eggs have this weirdly awesome fluffy texture to them. It is pretty pricey for greasy spoon diner fair and there are some better breakfast places in the nearby Greek town where you can get better food for about the same price.
Good diner food. Began my Route 66 trip in Chicago so this was a must to give me a proper Route 66 send off.
This is the classic place fuel up on a big breakfast before heading out down Route 66!
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Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
- Mon - Fri: 5:30 am - 3:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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