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Tempo Café

6 East Chestnut St., Chicago, IL - (312) 943-4373
Tempo is a 24/7 cafe best known for mighty omelets served in silver skillets on wooden trivets. The eggs are the top stratum in the skillet; below them is a thick layer of crunchy, crusty potato disks worthy of a good steak house. On the side comes a plate of Greek toast; and to dress it, you get a globe of sweet butter and a ramekin of house-made, fine-cut marmalade.
100% Approval Rating (8 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
skillet omelets
French toast
Jelly
Ham & Eggs

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"On an unlikely corner of Chicago’s Gold Coast, just blocks from the swankiest shops and hotels in town, Tempo Café is a 24/7/365 coffee shop that serves working class food at affordable prices. Cops especially seem to make camp in the capacious booths, to which ..."   [Read More]
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Gabrielle Lynch
December 21, 2006
"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 ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

6 East Chestnut St., Chicago, IL
(312) 943-4373

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tempo-Cafe/115864055109650

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
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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