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Restaurant Rave: Nookie's

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 9/12/2013 | Category: Restaurant Raves

Looking for the perfect breakfast spot? We're raving about Nookie's in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.

Nookie's Edgewater

Nookie’s, $$, Edgewater
1100 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 516-4188
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki

I love breakfast. All the delicious choices and variety of savory and sweet. My love for breakfast has made me very picky about where I choose to dine in the a.m. hours. Thank goodness I found Nookies in Edgewater. Now here is a place that knows how to do breakfast and brunch right.

Outdoor sidewalk seating, complete with blooming flower boxes and shady umbrellas are perfect for the warmer months. Enter through the revolving door and you are welcomed to a very upscale, beautiful restaurant complete with dark wood tables, airy spaces, unique artwork and a sleek full service bar. The bustle of diners can be heard right away, but don’t worry, while the restaurant may be packed during the peak breakfast and brunch hours, wait times are always short and the display of Nookies memorabilia up front is sure to help pass the time.

Nookie's EdgewaterThe food is delicious. I have only gone for breakfast and brunch but have always been completely satisfied, not to mention absolutely stuffed for the remainder of the day.The menu is huge and includes options for all dining needs including vegan selections. Their creative takes on your standard breakfast and brunch fare is right on.

Be sure not to miss their seasonal specials. From the berry themed spring and summer dishes to the holiday themed trio featuring pumpkin pancakes, carrot cake french toast and plum pudding pancakes, you can’t go wrong.

Nookie's Edgewater SpecialsFor those looking for something sweet, I highly recommend the Combo Crepes, filled with sweet creamy mascarpone cheese filling and topped with fresh strawberries or blueberries. I had to fight off the others at the table with my fork just to keep this amazing breakfast creation to myself.

Prefer a savory meal? The omelettes are a great choice. Probably the largest omelettes I have ever seen, you can choose from a wide variety of iterations, from vegetarian to a smokehouse version filled with smoked gouda, bacon, mushrooms and caramelized onions.

The staff is amazing, from the friendly hostess to the skilled servers, cooks and management. Combined with quick service, it’s easy to see that the staff at Nookies really has their act together.

Street parking can be sparse on a busy weekend morning, but Nookie’s location just a block off the red line’s Bryn Mawr stop make it easy to reach via public transportation. And it’s location in the heart of Edgewater’s historic district makes it the perfect starting point to a day in the city.

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