5236 N. Clark St.
Chicago Illinois 60640United States
The menu is dedicated to Swedish favorites, including Svea's famous pancakes.
Andersonville, Chicago's historically Swedish neighborhood, is the home of Svea Restaurant, which makes what many believe are the best Swedish pancakes in town. The light, crispy cakes come with perfectly tart lingonberry jam, and they truly are divine. It's no wonder that this little place has a loyal (nearly fanatical) following. It can be crowded on weekend mornings, but service is friendly and efficient. For those among the breakfast crowd who are extra-hungry, Svea's offers the Viking Breakfast: two eggs, three pancakes, toast, potatoes, and sausage or bacon. The lunch menu brings out open-faced sandwiches, hearty entrees and specials such as the Three Crown, a trio of Swedish meatballs, salt pork and Swedish brown beans. During the holiday season, watch the menu for traditional lutefisk (lye-preserved fish with a white cream sauce). The interior is simple and homey, with folk art and many blue-and-yellow accents throughout. Diners can sit at tables or at stools along the counter. Note that Svea only accepts cash, but prices are reasonable, with most main dishes around $10.