Address: 747 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Menu Link: http://eatyolk.com/menu/yolk_menu.pdf (courtesy of eatyolk.com)
When: June 2015
Hungry and jet-lagged at the wee hours of 7am, my friend and I went in search for breakfast near our hotel in downtown Chicago. Yolk was one of the recommended spots near our area on ‘Yelp.com’, and also known for its generous portions and an extensive menu, we decided to try it. Right away, we were greeted by young energetic staff (in their 20s) and quickly got sat down at a table. I was quite impressed to have seen staff that awake at 7am! The waiter quickly explained that eggs can be cooked any way you like, and asked if we wanted coffee with unlimited re-fills (extra US$1 on top of US$1.75).
The menu offered different styles of eggs and breakfast choices cooked in egg, such as the pancakes and french toasts. Most of the egg dishes came with fruit and a pancake or toast, which was definitely enough for 2 people! I guarantee you the breakfasts here can last you till dinner if not the whole day. In the end, it was so good that we went back for breakfast the next day. Here were the dishes we tried;
1) Ironman omelette (US$ 12.49): 5 egg whites with mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, onions and green peppers.
Perfect for protein dieters and slightly soft on the inside, as well as jam packed with ingredients. The fruits were ok and the pancakes, very fluffy and not too sweet, made to slather jam or pour maple syrup on top.
2) Grilled Salmon & Eggs (US$ 17.99): Exactly what it says on the menu, a piece of salmon and some eggs, served with diced red potatoes and a bed of spinach. Spinach was still green but needed to be drained of the juice; the juice made the potatoes slightly soft. The salmon was well-cooked, but a very big portion for breakfast.
3) Countryside skillet (US$ 12.99) : eggs the way you like, diced red potatoes, bacon, ham, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers, with a side of sausage gravy.
Crammed with flavour from all the ingredients, the egg yolk and egg white becomes the binding element for all that is in the skillet. The whites add a great texture and the yolk, creaminess and richness. The sausage gravy was not good; tasted and felt like glue.
This was a great breakfast that had very generous portions for fair prices. Service was great; the servers responded quickly and were polite. We also saw many customers come in for takeaways, where food was prepared in less than 10 minutes. Pancakes were a bit inconsistent; pancakes from our first trip a bit dry and second visit more moist and fluffy. The coffee was standard american style coffee, which I was never a really big fan of and can be substituted with juice.
Ultimately, a great diner for breakfast, brunch and even dinner if you crave breakfast foods. Highly recommend and would come back for more on my next trip!