Chicago >Food & Dining > Eleven City Diner
1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060541.868696 -87.626071
Mon - Thurs 8:00 - 9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Loop
Go for the matzoh ball soup and stay for the matzoh ball soup.
The south loop's most ridiculously awesome breakfast menu. If you're in the mood for your Jewish grandma's food (even if you don't have a Jewish grandma) head to Eleven City. Beware of long lines on weekends.
If you haven't tried the hopple popple you should - eggs scrambled with Eisenberg's thick-cut salami, crunchy green peppers and onion. Side order of egg bagel and cream cheese with super fresh nova lox please. And a mug of super strong LavAzza coffee.
eleven city diner – The absolute worst restaurant in the WORLD! As a former Flight Attendant I have traveled quite a bit. I have never encountered such rude service. Apparently the owner is quite a pill, and his staff follows his lead. Please, Please stay away.
Not a family friendly place! – My husband and I brought our two small children to this diner and were approached by owner, Brad, saying that we would be "required" to place our 4 month old baby in a "child apparatus"...that I could not hold my child while we ate. He said that this was due to a recent litigation at his diner. After I refused to not hold my baby, he did back down and said they'd "make note" of my refusal. Crazy and just plain stupid. After we ate, I did attempt to approach Brad, wanting to recommend he approach the situation a little differently in the future, but he was too busy being rude and condescending to listen. Definitely left a bitter taste in our mouths.
Not real deal – After we sat down 3 different servers approached us and never returned. Finally the 4th one took our order. They were much disorganized. It was after lunch time and not that busy.
I ordered chicken noodle soup and 1/2 sandwich. The soup had hardly any noodles. I expected more meat on the sandwich for the price and being a deli. They don’t put the standard Jewish deli bread basket like bialys and rolls. Instead they charged us 95 cents for bread (holly). I asked the manager about charging for bread and he said theirs was fresher than the other delis. bigger issue is no bread basket than 95 cents, just seemed cheap on their part. The background music was very loud for any restaurant let alone a deli.
This place doesn't compare to places like Max's and Max and Benny's in the north suburbs or Manny's on the west side. It wouldn't last there in my. It seems like one of the few places to dine in that area on the south loop.
Eleven City is one of my favorites – I’ve been going to Eleven for about three years. The old school Jewish Delicatessen feel is certainly a plus, but it’s the food that brings me back. The owner is quite a personality who adds to the experience and cares about the product his kitchen and waitstaff are producing. I’ve never had anything that wasn’t incredible—the corned beef is as good or better than Manny’s, but everything from the homemade soups, the Schwartzie and breakfast goodies are equipped with generous portions and tasty flavors.
JUNIORS! – SO I discovered this place on a whim one day. Walking around the South Loop- which has become such a nice neighborhood btw- and I saw these big neon lights. Juniors Cheesecake. I have loved Juniors for a long time and couldn't believe I found a place in the city that serves it. I wasn't even hungry but I needed a piece of cheesecake.
It made me think of home and was such a comfortable place. It was really casual and laid back. And I don't mean slow paced and boring when I say laid back I mean the servers are wearing jeans and t-shirts. It was really face paced with great show tunes and theme-appropriate genres playing on the radio. I was in and out really fast. I'm sure you can linger if you want but I got just the taste I needed.
I went out that night with some friends from out of town and came back for breakfast the next day. SERIOUSLY. Twice in 24 hours. So worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I don't live in the South Loop but the commute is great. The ambiance and the food was exactly what I needed.
Great food. Great service. – This place is great! I love the atmosphere, the food's even better! Definitely worth the wait. My favorite dish for breakfast/brunch would be the basil pesto omelette and a side of the chicken sausage (any of the three will do). I even wake up craving the eggs. For din din, i like to start with the a diet doc brown's black cherry soda with the bowl of matzo ball soup followed by the sam levy's sandwich. That comeback sauce is to die for. For desert go with the carrot cake or the chocolate cake or wait the authentic cheese cake is great too. There is so much to choose from its hard to pick settle on one item. Every time I go I attempt to try something new and have never been disappointed. I don't wanna forget the family oriented service is awesome. The owner and his parents actually serve the food and make me feel like I am part of their family. enjoy!
Find Me Better Corned Beef in Chicago! – So you walk in and immediately you are speaking to this amazingly beautiful hostess. Next thing you know you are following someone to a great table or booth where you will dine. Perhaps you are solo and can sit at the bar, yes the bar!
Next, you peruse the menu full of tons of options. First conundrum, breakfast or lunch? Should I get the french toast or the Woody Allen? Maybe the Schwartzy? No but the Blank Blank Special looks so good. Wait, maybe I want scrambled eggs or an omelette. Fear not fellow food lovers, you can't go wrong with any of the choices and you can always come back and try what you do not get that time. I suggest you do.
If you like corned beef, there is no better place in the city to get it, Jewish deli style. I love the thinly sliced goodness. Everyone I have taken here has also expressed their love for the corned beef as well. These sandwiches are much better than Perry's Deli, Goodwin's, Manny's and NYC Bagel, hands down!
Once you make your decision, you are not waiting long, especially if you are like me and get a bloody mary with the salami and swiss garnish. Delicious! The time just flies by. Fresh squeezed OJ is also a staple for breakfast. The milkshakes rock the house y'all.
The service is great no matter who is waiting on you. The waitstaff seem to really care about the customers. The owner seems to run a tight ship, but in a friendly way. He always wants to know how you are enjoying your experience.
This is an overall classy style Jewish deli that makes you feel relaxed in a diner setting. Fun for the whole family!
Best Deli in Chicago! – I LOVE Eleven City Diner!
As soon as you walk in the door you know you're in a real special place. The Rabbi paintings and other Jewish kitsch is super hip and fun. It's sort of an Urban Outfitter's version of a Jewish Delicatessen. I love the style of this place, it's gorgeous.
If you want a real life changing meal this is the place. I went with my family for lunch and we had an amazing time. The owner is a real mench. He came over to our table and charmed us with meat samples and chopped liver. He is fantastic!
We had the 11 City French Toast which is to die for, lox box platters, a corned beef sandwich and the life changing Schwartzy sandwich. Seriously. This sandwich is absolutely life changing and I thought the corned beef was better than what I've had at Katz's in New York.
This is Chicago's answer to those famous delis in NYC. I'd argue that it's even better. Please get to ECD. It will change your life...probably for the better.
Great Diner – I have always enjoyed venturing out into the city and going places I
haven’t gone before. On a recommendation from a friend a group of us went
to Eleven City Diner. What a find! Great food, great atmosphere, and great
This spot more than the typical diner.
It is a blend of a soda fountain, Jewish deli, and diner all wrapped up in
look straight from the 40’s. It timeless. But it was more than just the
décor that made this a treat. The food was delicious. I am a huge fan of
deli sandwiches and melts, this place did not disappoint. I ordered the
Reuben because it is my personal
favorite, and it was amazing. My friend who is loves to have breakfast
for every meal of the day and ordered the French toast which she loved.
The other friend ordered a burger. We all left full and happy.
You must eat here! – This is my second time gong to Eleven City Diner. I took my parents there for lunch on Saturday
when they were visiting. I knew they would love this place. It was really busy when we went, but we were seated very quickly.
The manager greeted us warmly and chatted with my parents for a bit while we waited to be seated. He was very warm (thanks). When we were seated the server got our drinks right away and was very helpful when my parents asked for suggestions. We were seated in the downstairs, which is great because the feeling of the restaurant is so energetic and fun! (You can even see them prepare the food!) My mom had the Rubin’s Reuben and my dad and I had the Woody Allen, which is a pastrami and corned beef sandwich. The food was excellent! When we were done eating we wanted to go sit at the bar and have a few drinks, so the server went over and got us seats right away! I couldn’t have been happier with the whole experience, which is why it is my favorite place for lunch!
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