bongo room, brilliant brunch

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Last Saturday before my trunk show, I scheduled date “night” at the Bongo Room. Last week my friend Amy mentioned the restaurant made pretzel pancakes covered in white chocolate and caramel. Needless to say, with my three favorite ingredients in the title, it got my attention. I dreamed about that dish all week long.

The Bongo Room on 50 S. Roosevelt St. (within walking distance of Museum Campus) was not easy to find. But they also have one on Milwaukee Ave. in Bucktown as well. It took Erwin and I about twenty minutes to find it due to road construction right outside the front door.

Check out their helpful sign during the road work.


Once we finally got inside and seated, I began to get anxious. The menu is one of those where I want to try just about every item. The burrito and croissant sandwiches really had me second guessing my pancake obsession, er decision. Check out the descriptions. I wouldn’t normally post a menu, but this one is worth it.



The most innovative brunch menu I’ve seen since Orange.

Erwin got the Eggs Benedict. It was pretty tasty and those potatoes were awesome.


And not to disappoint, here is the pancake dish that stole my heart. I enjoyed every bit of two of the three pancakes. But I recommend splitting one sweet and one savory meal meal with someone else.


So for those who live in Chicago, I definitely suggest visiting the Bongo Room as a fresh alternative to the popular Ann Sathers, Orange, or Stella’s. And to those visiting the Windy City, try this place out if you are planning on visiting the Field Museum or Shedd Aquarium. It’s just a walk or short taxi ride away from them both.

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  1. Katie

    thanks for the recommendation…that food looks delicious! ūüėČ

  2. Laura B

    I went there on my most recent trip to Chicago and the food was amazing! And I agree with you on the sharing. You have to try a little of both!

  3. Jill

    Oh wow! I’ll have to put this on the MUST VISIT next time we are in town!

  4. Jess

    @ all: Glad you want to try Bongo Room, so worth it.

    @ Laura: I know, I wish E would have split with me, but he’s not too much of a sweet breakfast person.

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