The Bongo Room
The Bongo Room has been on my Chicago food bucket list for several years now so Mike and I decided that it was time to finally check it off. We woke up early on a Sunday morning and headed to their Wicker Park location. They also have locations in Andersonville and the South Loop (no alcoholic beverages in the South Loop) and all locations open at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. We arrived around 8:45am and there was already a line forming out front. By the time the doors opened the line was down the block and by 9:10am every seat in the restaurant was full. Moral of the story – get there early or be prepared for a long wait!
Before I arrived I already knew one of my must-orders, the White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Pancakes. These aren’t on the menu but they’re one of The Bongo Room‘s most popular items, and now I know why. These giant, plate-sized pancakes are completely drenched in the white chocolate and caramel topping and all I can say is Wow. I don’t even like white chocolate, but these pancakes were ridiculously good. They offer a half order so you can have just one pancake if you want to try a few different things, but my guess is you’ll be wishing you had the whole stack – I know I did. I’ve also heard that the Red Velvet pancakes, another off-menu item, are pretty fantastic as well.
Mike and I shared the pancakes and also ordered a couple of the savory menu items. Mike went for the Chorizo Potato Avocado Omelette and I tried the Deconstructed Lobster Roll Benedict. Like the pancakes, both were huge portions and very good. If you’re a fan of avocado and chorizo, this omelet is totally stuffed with both. The Eggs Benedict was topped with a green goddess hollandaise that was a really delicious twist on one of my favorites. The buttery buns beneath the eggs could have been a bit more fresh, but I was still happy with my choice. Both of these dishes came with a side of The Bongo Room’s House Potatoes that were really great as well.
My recommendation – don’t miss the sweeter side of things at The Bongo Room. Red velvet pancakes, chocolate French toast, white chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes…they’re all winners and they’re what makes The Bongo Room extra special. I’m usually more of a savory breakfast girl myself but this is where I will make the exception. Order yourself a side of bacon for the perfect salty/sweet combo and thank me afterwards.
The Bongo Room has 3 locations in Chicago: 1470 N. Milwaukee Ave, 5022 N. Clark St, and 1152 S. Wabash