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Tempo Café

6 East Chestnut St., Chicago, IL - (312) 943-4373
Posted By Gabrielle Lynch on 12/21/2006 1:41:00 PM
I just visited Chicago for the first time and was recommended Tempo Cafe by the doorman at my condo. Very glad he did.

By the time I walked to the restaurant there was a small crowd outside. Inside was full and there were about 20 people waiting for tables. While the tables were being emptied quickly, two chairs opened at the four chair counter and my Mom and I grabbed those.

We were presented with the prune and orange slice and glasses of water. Our waitress was quickly there and we placed our order - ham and cheese omelette for me and eggs and bacon for my Mom. Our order was at our table in six minutes!

Along with the wonderful toast and fabulous orange marmalade, I also ordered a small OJ. Had I known it was going to be freshly squeezed, I would have ordered a larger glass. Literally fresh, you order a glass and they put the oranges in to juice - it was like I was back in Southern California enjoying the OJ from the tree in our backyard when I was growin up. Thought I'm not a coffee drinker, my Mom is, and she thoroughly enjoyed their coffee (3 cups!)

You just have to stare at the skillet when it arrives to take it all in; you try to fathom how you're going to eat it. Full of ham (and not tiny tidbits either) it was fantastic. And the hash browns underneath were another surprise.

I cannot wait to go back and enjoy some more meals at Tempo Cafe.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Breakfast at Tempo Cafe begins with a little dish that holds a single pitted prune and a wedge of orange.
"Breakfast at Tempo Cafe begins with a little dish that holds a single pitted prune and a wedge of orange."
Michael Stern





There's something especially appealing about receiving one's whole meal (other than toast) in a single hot skillet. You can't see all the potatoes down below, but once I started forking into the eggs, the yolks seeped into the spuds and made some grand forkfuls. It wasn't a pretty picture, but it sure did taste fine.
"There's something especially appealing about receiving one's whole meal (other than toast) in a single hot skillet. You can't see all the potatoes down below, but once I started forking into the eggs, the yolks seeped into the spuds and made some grand forkfuls. It wasn't a pretty picture, but it sure did taste fine."
Michael Stern


The perfect way to start your breakfast at Tempo Cafe is with a Casablanca, a delicious combination of cantaloupe, strawberry, and orange juice.
"The perfect way to start your breakfast at Tempo Cafe is with a Casablanca, a delicious combination of cantaloupe, strawberry, and orange juice."
Cliff Strutz


My personal favorite of Tempo Cafe's long list of available skillet omelets is the Florentine, with spinach, ham, and Swiss cheese.  Along with a hefty portion of home fries, this meal will fuel you for the whole day.
"My personal favorite of Tempo Cafe's long list of available skillet omelets is the Florentine, with spinach, ham, and Swiss cheese. Along with a hefty portion of home fries, this meal will fuel you for the whole day."
Cliff Strutz


The Michigan omelet: diced apples and cheddar cheese, served in a skillet atop a thick layer of crusty fried potatoes.
"The Michigan omelet: diced apples and cheddar cheese, served in a skillet atop a thick layer of crusty fried potatoes."
Michael Stern


With every breakfast you get a globe of butter and a dish of fine-cut marmalade.
"With every breakfast you get a globe of butter and a dish of fine-cut marmalade."
Michael Stern


Because it's open twenty-four hours a day, Tempo Cafe is a favorite place for cops to gather for early morning breakfast or end-of-shift coffee.
"Because it's open twenty-four hours a day, Tempo Cafe is a favorite place for cops to gather for early morning breakfast or end-of-shift coffee."
Michael Stern


Tempo Cafe's patio gives you a good view of the comings and goings on Chestnut Street. This picture was taken just at dawn. By later in the breakfast hour, you'll wait for a table.
"Tempo Cafe's patio gives you a good view of the comings and goings on Chestnut Street. This picture was taken just at dawn. By later in the breakfast hour, you'll wait for a table."
Michael Stern


A short walk from the high-tone hotels and shopping emporia of Michigan Avenue, Tempo Cafe is a low-cost, high-quality urban eatery.
"A short walk from the high-tone hotels and shopping emporia of Michigan Avenue, Tempo Cafe is a low-cost, high-quality urban eatery."
Michael Stern



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