- Name: Cafe Vienna
- Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
- Address: 2523 N. Clark Street
- Website: cafeviennachicago.com
- Nearby: Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
- Price: $ AKA, “I spent way too much money on drinks last night, but still need to eat.”
- Great for: The following morning after a night out, people watching, a late lunch/early dinner
- Recommended dishes: Continental Breakfast, Fruity French Toast, Fresh and Fluffy Waffle, Käsespätzke
Welcome to the first of many posts on some of my favorite spots to eat and drink in Chicago. As this is the inaugural post, I feel it’s only right to share a restaurant that is very near and dear to my heart. I present to you Cafe Vienna, or The Austrian Bakery as my friends and family call it.
After a night out, this is my friends and my number one spot for brunch. Maybe it’s the freshly squeezed orange juice, the incredibly friendly wait staff, homemade bread, or the homey atmosphere, but this place continues to exceed expectations. I also have a soft spot for their french toast and waffles.
The bar seating along the window and the summer outdoor seating lend themselves to be the perfect place to people watch as you sip your morning coffee and quietly judge the people coming from the Starbucks next door. Speaking of which, if you choose Starbucks over Cafe Vienna then shame on you. Skip the line next door and come here for coffee. It tastes so much better and their freshly made strudel and other pastries put Starbucks’ “pastries” to shame.
While I normally end up here during the breakfast hours, I have occasionally come in for lunch and dinner. One of my favorite non-breakfast dishes is the Käsespätzke (don’t ask me how to pronounce this) which is essentially the Austrian version of macaroni and cheese.
One warning; While this place used to be a little-known secret in the neighborhood, word has spread online via yelp reviews so during peak eating hours this place can get packed. Make sure to come early if you don’t want to wait for a table, unless of course you’re doing takeout.