LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are in Chicago to play the Bulls tonight, and for breakfast, the team’s caterer ordered 25 portions of French toast, 30 breakfast tortas, and one veggie tofu scramble from a North Side restaurant. Much to the surprise of its owner, an employee at Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning posted the Lakers’ breakfast order to Facebook.
The order was made last week by Top Notch Aircraft Catering which picked up the order on Monday. Top Flight provides inflight meals. Bryn Mawr owner Manny Mejia said he arrived early Tuesday morning to find the invoice, complete with the Lakers’s logo, posted to the restaurant’s Facebook account. Mejia was nervous about the post which was deleted after he talked to Eater Chicago this morning.
“I don’t even have a Facebook,” Mejia said. “I don’t have time for that. I just make the food.”
His neighborhood restaurant near North Park is popular among locals. After a January fire forced a temporary closure, Mejia hopes for warmer temperatures soon so he can unleash his restaurant’s patio. He’s got a liquor license so his restaurant can serve drinks.
The order included 25 portions of summer peach French toast, 25 portions of blueberry multigrain hotcakes, and 15 orders each of skirt steak skillets and French omelets. 36 pans of roasted potato hash, 20 pans of bacon, and 40 pans of chicken sausage were also on the Lakers’s eating itinerary.
As far as celebrities, Mejia said Bryn Mawr has served local officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel. For large orders like the Lakers’s, it’s important to note special requests. Mejia said it doesn’t appear any players, coaches, or staff made any unique requests. The Lakers are currently out of the NBA playoffs picture after signing James this season. James has a history with Chicago restaurants. He’s a part owner of Blaze Pizza and he posed with staff at the Streeterville location in 2016. That same year, he ate at Stax Cafe in Little Italy and the restaurant posted a photo.
Mejia is a Bulls fan from the ‘90s glory days. He wouldn’t chime in on if James was better than Michael Jordan.
“I don’t want to get involved in that,” he said.