Here's one of the best breakfast spots in Chicago. We arrived after 9 a.m. on a weekday and the always-open Tempo was still bustling with what appeared to be mostly local diners (see the Roadfood.com review). That's a zucchini and tomato omelette above and, like most of the egg dishes here, the mammoth serving comes atop potatoes, in a gleaming skillet. Below is the Poor Man's Skillet, which is great hash browns mixed with ham, green peppers, and onions, topped with cheddar, mozzarella, American, and Swiss cheeses, and three eggs:
Orange juice is squeezed here,
light-bodied Greek toast comes with made-here marmalade,
and meals begin with that only-in-Chicago ritual, a prune and wedge of orange.
Where did the prune/orange tradition begin? It's very odd but you'll encounter it before breakfasts all around The Windy City.