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, Eatt is a classic diner with a River North twist. The huge corner space — which features red leather booths, dark wood floors and a decorative tile ceiling — is somehow comforting and classy at the same time, a sensibility that also shines through on the large, eclectic menu.
For breakfast, served as early as 6 a.m., diners can choose from familiar comfort foods like omelets, corned beef hash and eggs benedict. Or choose from fancier fare like a lox platter and Dutch apple pancakes, which take 30 minutes to prepare and are oven-baked with Granny Smith apples, a special batter and cinnamon sugar butter. It should be noted that breakfast is only served until 11 a.m., so those who consider 2 p.m. a suitable time for brunch may be disappointed. (However, a three-egg omelet with fries is on the lunch and dinner menu for $12.)
Consistent with Eatt's "fancy yet familiar" theme, the rest of the menu features burgers, escargot and everything in between. For appetizers, standouts include the Half & Half — crispy zucchini fries and shoestring potatoes with peppercorn ranch for dipping — and a foot-long Kobe beef hot dog, wrapped in a puff pastry and served with whole grain mustard and caramelized onions for $16. More than a dozen salads, 10 sandwiches (like blackened grouper and an ahi tuna BLT), five burgers (don't miss the side of Parmesan truffle tater tots), five steaks, and other hearty entrees like baby-back ribs and fish & chips round out the something-for-everyone menu. While the prime New York strip with frites tops out at $28, most entrees ring in at less than $20.
Unlike most diners, Eatt also features a full bar, including a long list of specialty champagne cocktails for around $10.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Erica Walkup