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Eleven City Diner

1112 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago  Illinois  60605
United States
(312) 212-1112
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Midwest Living Review

Kendra L. Williams
Jewish deli faves and old-fashioned soda fountain staples meld to create a solid dining experience any time of day in the South Loop.

We first visited here when the business was fairly new in 2005; a revisit in 2011 revealed a gentrifying neighborhood and a just-as-good-as-we-remember-it response to the menu, which has changed little in those six years. The diner serves breakfast all day, including its locally famous tropical challah French toast topped with sliced strawberries, sliced bananas and flaked coconut ($11.95). But since we'd tried that before, our party this time opted for the matzo ball soup, a turkey burger, patty melt and hand-dipped chocolate shakes ($6.99). The soup was a salty treat that smelled and tasted like it came from a grandma's kitchen. The turkey burger was surprisingly packed with flavor and juice, and the grilled onions and fresh buttered and toasted seeded rye bread offered a tangy complement to the melty American cheese inside. Topped with crowns of real whipped cream and old-fashioned wafer cookies, the shakes looked pretty but tasted like a tepid version of chocolate milk. While the hostess was bright and friendly, our server was abrupt and distinterested, which we're guessing was just her own lackluster attempt at work that day, as opposed to Chicago diners like Ed Debevic's, where the servers are rude for laughs. Still, we'd go back again, and hope we don't have to wait another six years to do it.

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