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Where to Find Outstanding Egg Sandwiches in Chicago

Where to find breakfast sammies, tortas, and more

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An egg sandwich can provide late risers with a golden reason to wake up early. The perfect ratio of runny egg, between bread, and supplemented with melted cheese provides a wonderful foundation for the rest of the day. Or, if it’s a weekend, it’s a no-frills choice for those who went to bed in the a.m. The egg sandwiches listed below are more than up to the task, with options for breakfast traditionalists and outside-the-box eaters.

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New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation

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Located in a low-key suburban strip mall, New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation has helped keep Midwest-based bagel enthusiasts sane with its freshly baked wares since 1965. Mornings call for the “New York Breakfast,” or sausage, egg, and cheese on a bagel or bialy. There’s also a location in suburban Skokie.

Smack Dab Chicago

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Friendly Rogers Park spot Smack Dab is known for its “life changing” breakfast sandwiches, all made with one egg scrambled in butter. There are seven to choose from, including “the Bestest Seller” (eggs, pork sausage, shredded cheese, bacon jam, chive mayo, cheesy herb biscuit).

m.henry

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Andersonville breakfast and brunch destination M.Henry has long featured one of the city’s best breakfast sammies, “Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich” (sourdough, two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, plum tomatoes, gorgonzola, fresh thyme).

Steingold's of Chicago

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Modern Jewish deli Steingold’s has a tight selection of simple breakfast egg sandwiches available on a bagel, challah, or rye. Any morning — or afternoon, for that matter — is vastly improved by an “Egg on a Roll” (fried egg, pastrami, provolone, challah roll) in particular. d

Kanela Breakfast Club

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This local mini-chain features a satisfying Pork & Jam Sandwich breakfast sandwich with pork sausage, cheddar, spicy pepper jam, crisp arugula, and an egg. It’s served on an English muffin.

Loaf Lounge

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This bread-centric cafe from wife-and-husband team Sarah Mispagel and Ben Lustbader became a near-instant hit when it launched in August 2022. The glow of small-screen stardom helps — Mispagel, a baker, was a consultant for Hulu hit The Bear and created the show’s now-famous chocolate cake. But the real magic comes with biting into the cafe’s egg sandwiches, available with sausage, capicola (“gabagool” to Tony Soprano), or braised kale.

An English muffin sandwich with a fried egg topped with melted American cheese.
A perfect fried egg is hidden beneath that layer of cheese.
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Superkhana International

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Superkhana International is a modern Indian restaurant in Logan Square from two chefs who are working with the owner of neighborhood icon, Lula Cafe. Their weekend brunch offerings include the Bun Omelete, a sandwich with thick griddled bread stuffed with a South Indian-style fluffy egg with onions, green peppers, and chiles.

Known for wood-fired vegan bagels and breads made in-house, all-day spot Reno has kept its popular “Cowboy Killer” on the menu for years. It’s made with maple-fennel sausage, a fried egg, bacon, American bechamel, and rajas on a trinity bun.

The Goddess and Grocer

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Adored local chain Goddess and Grocer’s maple bacon sandwich puts a gourmet spin on the concept with a fried egg, slow-roasted tomato jam, gruyere cheese, and lemon rosemary aioli on a toasted brioche roll.

Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

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Humboldt Park’s vintage bakery and cafe, known for drawing long lines on the weekend for stunning slices of pie and Bastian Blessing soda fountain, takes care of savory breakfast fans with a sandwich of scrambled egg and sharp white cheddar on a buttered English muffin. Patrons can guild the lily with additional bacon or sausage, or put the whole thing on a buttermilk or blue cheese biscuit.

Eggholic Chicago

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This upstart River West spot builds a menu around Indian egg dishes. Try the Anda Masala, or egg curry, layered with veggies between slices of bread. There’s also a suburban Schaumburg location, along with outposts in Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, and Canada.

Split-Rail

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Tempting brunch options abound at chef Zoe Schor’s neighborhood staple Split-Rail, including a classic egg sandwich (over-medium or scrambled) with American cheese, Nueske’s bacon, and an English muffin made on-site.

Edie’s All Day Cafe & Bar

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New River North venture Edie’s All Day Cafe and Bar cuts to the chase with its “Breakie Sammie”: cheddar, bacon, and a three-minute egg, all on a poppyseed bun. Why mess with a classic?

The Breakfast Club and Grill

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West Town stalwart the Breakfast Club and Grill offers a popular patio and plenty of morning fare, including egg sandwiches. The sausage, egg, and cheese on brioche (chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, swiss, spinach, caramelized onions, pesto mayonnaise) is among the standout options.

Palace Grill Restaurant

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Pepper-and-egg sandwiches are typically associated with the Lenten season, fans needn’t wait — they can get one now at the famed Palace Grill. It comes on the diner’s signature French bread.

Moon's Sandwich Shop

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It’s hard to go wrong at Moon’s Sandwich Shop, which has served Chicago since 1933. Start the day off right with an egg sandwich with added cheese, or kick the whole thing up a notch with ham, bacon, or sausage. Open-minded customers can just add an egg to any sandwich for an extra 65 cents, from a grilled ham and cheese to fried salami.

Dr. Murphy's Food Hall

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All-day breakfast stall Brekkie & Bake Shop, located inside Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall on the Near West Side, features five egg sandwiches to choose from. Breakfast sandwich aficionados will find everything there is to love about savory morning fare.

Eméché Cakery & Cafe

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Bronzeville is lucky to have this bakery that specializes in cupcakes and breakfast. Emeche opened in 2019 and the croissant sandwiches, which come with a special jam, cheddar, and turkey bacon, are delicious.

Carver 47 Food and Wellness Market

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Named for celebrated Black inventor George Washington Carver, this cafe and market adjacent to event space and gallery Little Black Pearl offers plenty of morning and midday dishes. These include a plump biscuit sandwich with egg, meat, cheddar, and smoked paprika aioli.

Valois Restaurant

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This famed Hyde Park cafeteria — a known favorite of President Barack Obama — features sausage-and-egg and bacon-and-egg sandwiches. Pair ‘em up with a side of hash browns, grits, or biscuits made in-house.

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New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation

Located in a low-key suburban strip mall, New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation has helped keep Midwest-based bagel enthusiasts sane with its freshly baked wares since 1965. Mornings call for the “New York Breakfast,” or sausage, egg, and cheese on a bagel or bialy. There’s also a location in suburban Skokie.

Smack Dab Chicago

Friendly Rogers Park spot Smack Dab is known for its “life changing” breakfast sandwiches, all made with one egg scrambled in butter. There are seven to choose from, including “the Bestest Seller” (eggs, pork sausage, shredded cheese, bacon jam, chive mayo, cheesy herb biscuit).

m.henry

Andersonville breakfast and brunch destination M.Henry has long featured one of the city’s best breakfast sammies, “Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich” (sourdough, two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, plum tomatoes, gorgonzola, fresh thyme).

Steingold's of Chicago

Modern Jewish deli Steingold’s has a tight selection of simple breakfast egg sandwiches available on a bagel, challah, or rye. Any morning — or afternoon, for that matter — is vastly improved by an “Egg on a Roll” (fried egg, pastrami, provolone, challah roll) in particular. d

Kanela Breakfast Club

This local mini-chain features a satisfying Pork & Jam Sandwich breakfast sandwich with pork sausage, cheddar, spicy pepper jam, crisp arugula, and an egg. It’s served on an English muffin.

Loaf Lounge

An English muffin sandwich with a fried egg topped with melted American cheese.
A perfect fried egg is hidden beneath that layer of cheese.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

This bread-centric cafe from wife-and-husband team Sarah Mispagel and Ben Lustbader became a near-instant hit when it launched in August 2022. The glow of small-screen stardom helps — Mispagel, a baker, was a consultant for Hulu hit The Bear and created the show’s now-famous chocolate cake. But the real magic comes with biting into the cafe’s egg sandwiches, available with sausage, capicola (“gabagool” to Tony Soprano), or braised kale.

An English muffin sandwich with a fried egg topped with melted American cheese.
A perfect fried egg is hidden beneath that layer of cheese.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Superkhana International

Superkhana International is a modern Indian restaurant in Logan Square from two chefs who are working with the owner of neighborhood icon, Lula Cafe. Their weekend brunch offerings include the Bun Omelete, a sandwich with thick griddled bread stuffed with a South Indian-style fluffy egg with onions, green peppers, and chiles.

Reno

Known for wood-fired vegan bagels and breads made in-house, all-day spot Reno has kept its popular “Cowboy Killer” on the menu for years. It’s made with maple-fennel sausage, a fried egg, bacon, American bechamel, and rajas on a trinity bun.

The Goddess and Grocer

Adored local chain Goddess and Grocer’s maple bacon sandwich puts a gourmet spin on the concept with a fried egg, slow-roasted tomato jam, gruyere cheese, and lemon rosemary aioli on a toasted brioche roll.

Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

Humboldt Park’s vintage bakery and cafe, known for drawing long lines on the weekend for stunning slices of pie and Bastian Blessing soda fountain, takes care of savory breakfast fans with a sandwich of scrambled egg and sharp white cheddar on a buttered English muffin. Patrons can guild the lily with additional bacon or sausage, or put the whole thing on a buttermilk or blue cheese biscuit.

Eggholic Chicago

This upstart River West spot builds a menu around Indian egg dishes. Try the Anda Masala, or egg curry, layered with veggies between slices of bread. There’s also a suburban Schaumburg location, along with outposts in Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, and Canada.

Split-Rail

Tempting brunch options abound at chef Zoe Schor’s neighborhood staple Split-Rail, including a classic egg sandwich (over-medium or scrambled) with American cheese, Nueske’s bacon, and an English muffin made on-site.

Edie’s All Day Cafe & Bar

New River North venture Edie’s All Day Cafe and Bar cuts to the chase with its “Breakie Sammie”: cheddar, bacon, and a three-minute egg, all on a poppyseed bun. Why mess with a classic?

The Breakfast Club and Grill

West Town stalwart the Breakfast Club and Grill offers a popular patio and plenty of morning fare, including egg sandwiches. The sausage, egg, and cheese on brioche (chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, swiss, spinach, caramelized onions, pesto mayonnaise) is among the standout options.

Palace Grill Restaurant

Pepper-and-egg sandwiches are typically associated with the Lenten season, fans needn’t wait — they can get one now at the famed Palace Grill. It comes on the diner’s signature French bread.

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Moon's Sandwich Shop

It’s hard to go wrong at Moon’s Sandwich Shop, which has served Chicago since 1933. Start the day off right with an egg sandwich with added cheese, or kick the whole thing up a notch with ham, bacon, or sausage. Open-minded customers can just add an egg to any sandwich for an extra 65 cents, from a grilled ham and cheese to fried salami.

Dr. Murphy's Food Hall

All-day breakfast stall Brekkie & Bake Shop, located inside Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall on the Near West Side, features five egg sandwiches to choose from. Breakfast sandwich aficionados will find everything there is to love about savory morning fare.

Eméché Cakery & Cafe

Bronzeville is lucky to have this bakery that specializes in cupcakes and breakfast. Emeche opened in 2019 and the croissant sandwiches, which come with a special jam, cheddar, and turkey bacon, are delicious.

Carver 47 Food and Wellness Market

Named for celebrated Black inventor George Washington Carver, this cafe and market adjacent to event space and gallery Little Black Pearl offers plenty of morning and midday dishes. These include a plump biscuit sandwich with egg, meat, cheddar, and smoked paprika aioli.

Valois Restaurant

This famed Hyde Park cafeteria — a known favorite of President Barack Obama — features sausage-and-egg and bacon-and-egg sandwiches. Pair ‘em up with a side of hash browns, grits, or biscuits made in-house.

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