With four locations around Chicago, all of them with a significant if in some cases fanatic gay and lesbian following, Ann Sather restaurants and cafes
(pictured here is the 3411 N. Broadway
locale, 773-305-0024) serves exceptionally tasty Swedish-American fare in the diner-luncheonette style. Breakfast is arguably the most popular meal - note the humongus cinnamon rolls. Other morning dishes of note include crab cake Benedicts, Swedish pancakes swimming in lingonberry syrup, pecan French toast with hazelnut cream, and eggs with Swedish potato sausage. At lunch, try the chicken-avocado club sandwich, A big reason for the success of these restaurants is the cheerful, proficient service. In operation for more than 60 years, the restaurant is owned by local, openly gay politician Tom Tunney. The cafe is a fixture on North Broadway, near several other cheap and simple spots, such as Melrose Restaurant
and Joy's Noodles
The other Ann Sather locations are 909 W. Belmont Ave., 773-348-2378; 3416 N. Southport Ave., 773-404-4475; and - in Andersonville - 5207 N. Clark St., 773-271-6677.