Chicago >Food & Dining > Tempo Cafe
6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.898348 -87.627978
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
A favorite for late-late night breakfasts. Nothing is especially gourmet, but the omelets are fluffy and portions are generous. Great people-watching too!
I have spent many-a late night at Tempo Cafe (mostly when I was a young thing) and their burgers, eggs or hash browns taste amazing, especially when paired with the 4am people watching.
Best Breakfast – Tempo is awesome! The food isn't fine dinning or anything, but well worth the buck. The service though is second to none. Certainly the best service you will ever get at any diner, which what Tempo is. I would stay away during the weekend breakfast and lunch rush. The weekdays are so much more relaxing
Good service. Good breakfast! – The food was well deserving of the recommendation we received. Knowing Tempo is open 24 hours made it easy to set a time to go. We got there and was sat in about 30 minutes. We ordered the Omelettes. My wife enjoyed the Turkey Omelette with swiss and added cheddar. I enjoyed the Cream Creese Omelette. We both substituted Turkey sausage. That did the trick. Freshly squeezed orange juice and a quick to fix staff make it easy for us to know where to come for a bite the next time we're in Chicago.
It's a matter of dedication – I moved into the neighborhood. On the day of the move, my wife went down for lunch and she brought me roast beef sandwich, which I discovered after the fact. The "roast beef sandwich" was completely covered with mashed potato. It's not even a small scoop of mashed potato, the sandwich was swimming in mashed potato. I will not touch any food prepared by someone who is so uncaring and undedicated to his/her work that the food is prepared in such a manner. My wife thought the food was pretty awful, too. Pathetic.
No credit cards, Ok ... bad food, NOT OK – PROS: open late; large variety of food. CONS: tasteless food; doesn't take credit cards; This place is a diner, which means it has a wide selection of food & is open late; these are pretty much the only positives. The food unfortunately is NOT good. I had French Toast which was no more than bread coated in a fried egg; check the food network recipe by Alton Brown for a true French Toast recipe. My wife had a veggie burger which has no seasoning just tastes like mashed up lima beans. The service is OK, but not horrible like some of the other reviews state. Just keep in mind that this place is used to serving drunk college kids after a night of clubbing so they don't always treat customers as you would want to be treated. Ambiance is like a typical diner. I will NOT be going back here ever again. ALTERNATE breakfast/brunch RECOMMENDATIONS: Yolk; The Bongo Room
Tax Compliance Problem – Food and service all right but watch your bill. I was charged 15% sales tax and everyone at my table of 8 (individual checks" was overcharged in varying amounts -- no undercharging though. I think the City of Chicago needs to pay a visit to find out where the extra money is going. Check your bill the going rate for tax is 11.5% -- don't pay more.
yummy!! – one of the best breakfasts i have ever had! i want to fly back to chicago just to have their omelets and hash browns. they have great atmosphere, and on a cold winters day, nothing beats their food. highly recommend it!
becoming a regular – To complain about not being able to use a credit card is a personal issue. The food at Tempo is so terrific that I can't wait for morning to come when I am in Chicago so that I can go there. The skillets are super and the homemade marmalade is delicious. Go there! You will be so happy!
BY FAR THE BEST BREAKFAST IN THE TOWN!!! – Anyone who can put one star on this Cafe has some issues they should work out on their own blogs. Came into Chicago for a two day stay at The Drake who highly recommended the breakfast. GREAT SERVICE, GREAT FOOD and worth two breakfast visits in a city where food options are not limited; so that should tell you in a nutshell how good it was.
Cash only but that makes it a high paced service environment were no problems arise and your in & out with a great meal for reasonable prices.
Highly recommend the homemade orange marmalade and the the great MORNING GLORY French Toast. All ingredients are fresh and prepared as served. Can't wait to get back... :-)
No Credit Cards! – I went there for breakfast this morning, and when I sat down to look at the menu, I saw on the back of the menu that credit cards are not accepted. They did have an ATM, but machines charge usage fees, and banks charge penalties for not using their ATMs. Therefore, I ended up leaving. It was truly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen. They are located just north of the downtown area of a world-class city, it was a very busy area, it was a sit-down restaurant, and the average menu item was priced $8. Above all, this is 21st Century USA. A reasonable person (especially those like me, who dislike carrying large amounts of money) would expected them to accept credit cards. Seriously, do they want the business or not?
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