City Dough: Cheap Eats

Closed. Enjoy the memories…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fortunately, it’s also one of most affordable dining-out options in the city. City Dough, located at the Wellington Brown Line stop, is an upscale American diner that puts its own twist on this all-important meal.

They bake all of their own pastas, breads, and desserts on-site at City Dough, including their signature breakfast item, doughnuts. I tried two — a cake doughnut and a neon-colored raspberry doughnut. While good, I don’t expect to hear City Dough mentioned as part of the red-hot doughnut scene. They need fancier, gourmet confections.

The Eggs Benedict were a better bet — a text-book preparation with a generous serving of country-style potatoes and Canadian bacon. Too often the eggs are over-done, but City Dough gets it right. Kudos. If you like sweet for breakfast, I recommend the Stuffed Pancakes. I’m not certain what they were stuffed with, but the honey-lemon cream that came on top required no syrup. Delicious.

City Dough defies the grungy diner stereotype by incorporating bright subway tile in the main dining space with warm wooden floors and posts. No vinyl booths in sight! There’s also a full bar in the back that’s a great place to enjoy a craft beer and/or mimosa while you wait for brunch stragglers to join you for a mid-morning start. The easy hop from the Brown Line station at Wellington is nice, too.

The breakfast and lunch menu both ring in at about $15 per person. If you visit for dinner, the price goes up to about $20-$25 per person.

City Dough
2955 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Closed on Monday.

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