Janik’s Cafe Menu

  • Popular Items
  • Eggs Eggs and More
  • Signature Entrees
  • Sides
  • Kid Corner
  • Eggs Benedict
  • 3 Egg Omelets
  • South of the Border
  • Pancake French Toast and Waffle
  • Breakfast Sides
  • Appetizers
  • Gourmet Salads
  • Pasta Bowls
  • Signature Sandwiches
  • Beverages

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  • Popular Items
  • Eggs Eggs and More
  • Signature Entrees
  • Sides
  • Kid Corner
  • Eggs Benedict
  • 3 Egg Omelets
  • South of the Border
  • Pancake French Toast and Waffle
  • Breakfast Sides
  • Appetizers
  • Gourmet Salads
  • Pasta Bowls
  • Signature Sandwiches
  • Beverages

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  • Michael Y.

    Broad basic breakfast/lunch menu. Food is always very fresh. Vegetarian friendly. Prices are real fair, especially if you take advantage of their merchant card. Bike rack right in front. Outdoor seating. Staff has always been spot on, quick and friendly. Sooooper cheap beer deals. I just wish they were open later.

    (5)
  • Chan K.

    Janik's is a clean, spacious and bright spot. It offers several soups, good sandwiches and daily specials (the fried chicken is highly recommended) at very affordable prices. You can even have beer and bloody mary's with your food, but people rarely drink here for some reason.

    (4)
  • Vanessa K.

    Janiks saved the day!.. I was ridiculously hungover. We had planned on getting brunch and drinks at Boundary. Too crowded. We stumbled over to Janiks.. Great bloody mary, great food, but really the kicker is the staff here. The woman working was incredibly sweet and took great care of us. Even if the food was not amazing and they didn't serve beer and mixed drinks, I think I would still come back here just for the fantastic service.

    (5)
  • Nina W.

    At first glance, you would expect Janik's Subs to be a grab-it-and-go type of cafe, but it's not. It's a quaint, little spot. They actually serve hot breakfast here and the owners are total sweethearts making sure that you have everything you need. I spent under $10.00 with tax for my breakfast sandwich and potato wedges and I recommend that you try Janik's Subs Inc. for yourself.

    (4)
  • Patrick H.

    I had their french toast, served with creme anglaise, and was very satisfied. Their prices were reasonable as well.

    (4)
  • Irina M.

    Janik's is my favorite breakfast/ lunch place in the neighborhood, and maybe in the city. When Wicker Park fills up with stroller pushing moms and dbags on Sunday mornings, Janik's is the perfect place to get brunch without a wait. The menu has everything you could ever want, the bloody marys are delicious. Why wait to eat at an overpriced "brunch" place when you can eat at Janik's? Love it.

    (5)
  • Sara B.

    Been here a couple a times for brunch. The food is always really good. A good mix of food offerings too. The chilaquiles are really good here. The price is reasonable and the food comes out pretty fast.

    (4)
  • Tiff B.

    This place will deliver a good, hot breakfast to your house. Breakfast with a soy latte with an extra shot. On weekends. In the snow. In 30 minutes. Enough said. No other breakfast joints in the area are doing that.

    (5)
  • Bahi K.

    Loved the open, bright ambiance, the great service, and the tasty food -- all at very reasonable prices and without a long wait! Definitely recommend Janik's. I had a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice ($2.50) and a delicious Mexican chicken sandwich (w/o cheddar, but with avocados, tomatoes and hot giardiniera) ... simply delicious! Hot sauce readily available. :)

    (4)
  • Edward B.

    Hit up Janik's for breakfast on a Saturday. French Toast breakfast combo was enjoyable alas the coffee was awful. You don't have a waiter, just order at the counter and they bring it out to you. The line at 11:30am wasn't bad but by noon it was ten people deep at the register. Service was fine. If the coffee improves I'll go back.

    (3)
  • Lois A.

    Cheap food, cheap beer, cheap coffee. Janik's knows the way to my heart. This diner/coffee shop is perfect for a quick lunch. They also have some cool art in here which makes it even better. The cuban sandwich is great and the BLT is pretty standard but tasty. Yummy pickles come with the sandwiches. I love that the coffee is served in mugs the way it should be. If this place was open later I would be here a lot but the hours make it a place I can only visit on weekends. They have a really big beer selection for a place like this and beers that would cost 6-7 at other places are only 3-4 here. That really rules!

    (4)
  • Noura K.

    I saw this cafe when i was walking to my yoga class and thought it would be a nice place for a quick meal, and I was right. everything served is fresh and tasty. my boyf ordered the steak and eggs and it was delicious. I ordered a ceasar salad with steak and it was yummi. we also ordered a side of spinach and mozarella bread that looked and tasted so fresh and warm. the owner was serving us the food and made sure that we enjoyed our meal. she is was sweet and friendly.. we like this place :)

    (4)
  • Majel K.

    We order from here EVERY DAY. I'm serious. I killed the cobb salad by eating it every day for a couple months, but I still go back to it from time to time. Yesterday for lunch I think the salon ordered two cobb salads, a veggie sandwich (non-iceburg lettuce, tomato, avocado, hummus!) and a small mac and cheese, which I eventually ate at the bar later. I only wish they would deliver to my house. I've never actually been inside, so I can't say anything about dining in, but they're always insanely nice on the phone. The menu is seriously varied too, which is why we haven't completely worn ourselves out on it yet.

    (5)
  • chris c.

    Great food. AWESOME french toast!!! cozy atmosphere.

    (4)
  • Erin C.

    The veggie sandwich here is great (a nice alternative to Subway, Jimmy John's, or Quizno's). The list of sandwiches is extensive so it looks like there is something for everyone. They also have a lot of breakfast options which look awesome, but I've never come in here for breakfast. My only complaint about Janik's is the hours: they close early (6pm) and are not open on Sundays.

    (4)
  • Matt D.

    loved it! this reminds me of the many amazing little mom and pop food shops that are big in new england...great food, super friendly service at a good price...can't beat it... plus, they bring the deliciousness to it after ordering up front...and they have a giant chess board... me likey the janik

    (5)
  • caroline r.

    great spot-- big menu & plenty of choices to choose from. food tastes fresh and employees are always super nice. it seems like they've got a good system worked out too--you order at the counter, pay then & there and they deliver the food to your table. it's quick & easy. and... most importantly: when all of the other places on division are packed and you just want to get something to drink & sit down because you may or may not be really hung over and don't want to spend $50 on brunch, this place is quiet and has a table for you. janik's might become my new saturday morning go-to...

    (4)
  • Chow H.

    This is a place to get very tasty food at a good price. I love that I can get breakfast anytime of day. The best chicken lime soup ever. The owners are soooo nice.

    (4)
  • Brad C.

    I have been on a crazy reuben kick lately so I grabbed a couple sandwiches togo from Janik's Cafe on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The order was ready really quick. I pretty much called and placed the order and walked right out the door. I only live about 5 minutes away and when I got there the two sandwiches were waiting. The reuben was good, not the best one I have had but decent. If I ever get off this reuben kick I might try something else from Janik's Cafe.

    (4)
  • Katie R.

    The Greek omelette was delicious, lots of feta and fresh spinach. Loved the outside sitting area and the fact they're open before 10am.

    (4)
  • Kate D.

    I went here for breakfast/brunch on sunday and it was awesome. The staff was really great, and we had no trouble getting seats. The food was delicious! I had the french toast combo and loved that I could pour the butter. I can't wait to go back!

    (5)
  • Kirstie S.

    I really like the owners and the sandwiches here. It's a little cheaper than Jerry's with less selection but with still some viable options for both beer and sandwiches. There's some great outdoor seating and it's never crowded. Also look for the mini ice cream parlor in back..I'd recommend the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches with chocolate ice cream!

    (4)
  • B K.

    I must have gotten the wrong thing here, because my experience was just so different from the others I'm reading about this place. I got a pasta with garlic and olive oil, and while it was edible, it was nothing I couldn't made a lot better on my own. The pasta was overcooked and it was DRENCHED in olive oil, instead of just being flavored with it. They seem really nice, and I would give this place another try, though I wouldn't ever order a pasta here again. But then again, maybe I wouldn't give them another try- there are a lot of other restaurants in this neighborhood that I already know are guaranteed to be good.

    (2)
  • Megan W.

    Two stars because I've been here a few times over the past few years and have had decent experiences. Decent enough that I suggested this place for a group brunch. We had terrible service. It took a good 20 minutes to get menus and place an order. Everything came out sporadically, and none of the food came out at the same time. The server was completely clueless. There are only two high chairs in the restaurant, so it's a risky place to bring kids. Too bad, because the food was pretty good (although I agree with other Yelpers that it's overpriced).

    (2)
  • Andrea H.

    this is a five-star review for the only item i eat on their menu, the mixed berry pancakes. and... that's it. five stars. mixed berry pancakes. tasty, full of berries, less bland in summer than in winter, but worth it all year round. excellent to eat in, excellent for delivery. highly, highly recommended.

    (5)
  • Cassie B.

    mmm good! i have only been here once but i will definitely go back. Very cute spot and friendly, diverse crowd. Went around 1:15 but still had to wait for a table - I can imagine it gets really, really crowded here. I got the Cuban sub, buddy got the breakfast special - for only $6.00 two pieces french toast, two eggs, bacon and sausage. good deal. they also have good coffee. oh i think it's BYOB too. the best part? with the french toast they serve this sauce which is almost thinned-out eggnog or frosting ... hard to describe but it was SO GOOD for dipping. i will have to try and re-create it at home. omg want some now ...

    (4)
  • Cristina G.

    This place is pretty good. Their fresh squeezed orange juice is yummy. I've gotten chilaquiles there and I think a breakfast burrito. I love sitting outside while having brunch.

    (4)
  • Kunal K.

    Mexican Chicken Sandwich. End of. First time I went here, I was just hanging out with some friends who wanted lunch and cheap beers. Dollar beers and cheap and delicious food. Check and Check. Their smoothies are really good too. I will be back. And often.

    (4)
  • Resha B.

    This is my second day in a row inhaling a cobb salad from them... I work just down the street, so I'm able to walk over, or order in delivery when I'm too busy to leave, and I am SO happy to say the delivery is fast, and the walk-in is just as enjoyable because I get a chance to chat with the enjoyable staff.

    (5)
  • Jenny B.

    Pretty good. My boyfriend and I go to this place for breakfast once in awhile. The food is pretty good, the only issue i've ever had is that one morning when the bathrooms were closed. It's hard to have breakfast and coffee and not have to use the washroom (at least for me). Other than that the service has been good and so has the food.

    (4)
  • Marc R.

    I had a great Greek chicken salad here last week. It was one of the best I have had because it was different (hummus in the center) than what I am used to. I had one of the grapefruit juices and it was mind blowing. I swear they must add sparkling water to the mix. It was yummy. My friend had the tilapia sandwich (sort of a Mexican fish taco on a bun) and she loved it. The staff were friendly and helpful.

    (4)
  • kevin t.

    A wonderful find! Whether breakfast , lunch or early dinner, you'll be hard pressed to find a better selection of reasonably-priced sandwiches and breakfast specials than the home-cooked food at Janik's in Wicker Park. Haven't tried the pulled pork or pasta yet, but the Latino and Italian influence on the menu is more than window dressing - it's authentic and delicious. PS For office-bound professionals, skip Panera and try Janik's. Delivery in the area or downtown is free.

    (5)
  • brendan b.

    good sandwiches, good prices and fast delivery. will order from again.

    (4)
  • Frank D.

    Really nice little place. its got an extended menu but feels like a coffeeshop. the egg sandwich w/ sausage was perfect. good coffee.

    (4)
  • Mary E.

    Janik's is a fantastic, down to earth option on Division. Super fresh sandwiches. My favs being the turkey ruben, grilled cheese, and their salads. They also have a variety of coffee drinks and beers. I've never had the breakfast but based on what I've seen their breakfasts look delicious. Service is fast and very friendly. I think it's a family owned joint and it has that very casual feel about it. It's totally non-pretentious and they even have a chess table. Woohoo!!! I've never been in a deli like Janik's before and I don't think there are many like it in the city. It's a shame. Cause places like this really make me appreciate the pickles that come with my sandwiches.

    (5)
  • Bill J.

    Had the Mexican Chicken wrap, it came with spicy chicken, lettuce, cheddar, avocado, tomato, and I added onion. It was pretty good but did not come with a lot of meat. I'll give this place another shot, perhaps try the Cuban. Hopefully I don't get stiffed on the meat again.

    (2)
  • Jessica D.

    Janiks has some of the best food for the money. I would totally recommend their Tuna Melt. Everyone there is super helpful and it makes dining in Chicago a little easier on the wallet. I highly recommend it!

    (5)
  • Beth A.

    This place is terrific. The food is fresh and tasty - the service is polite and efficient. The seating is spaced out nicely -- and its family owned. It's beginning to get more crowded - but it turns over nicely and i have never had to wait for a table. Great artwork on the walls. This is truly a neighborhood gem -- and that's saying a lot in this neighborhood.

    (4)
  • Joscelyn M.

    I really need to try this place again because I really don't get the hype. It's eggs, people. Nuthin' fancy either. That said, the price is right and I will definitely go back to see if I can change my first impression.

    (3)
  • Pete L.

    As a regular visitor to Yelp but non reviewer, I thought now was as good a time as any to throw my hat in the ring of yelpers. What better place to start then Janik's for my first review. While you won't see a review for this place in the pages of Gourmet Magazine or Bon Appetit, it is solid and safe. Everything that I have tried here has been great, cheap and fast. Try a tuna melt or the egg white veggie omelet and you will not be disappointed. It's nice to see a neighborhood place like this do well and continue to keep themselves priced fairly. The staff is also as nice as can be.

    (4)
  • Amanda M.

    Subs are great BUT how do you forget to put meat on a italian sub? Oh well - people forget, subs are still good, cookies are satisfying.

    (3)
  • RJ D.

    This place has a really friendly staff, but considering the food, I'm not sure how it earned the 4 Star average. I've only eaten here three times, which is basically my limit when trying out an eatery. Of the two sandwiches I tried, I didn't finish either, and the omelet I tried was worse than what I make at home. It is cheap - but I don't see any reason to go here, while Milk and Honey, Crust, Jam, Jerry's and even Small Bar are serving food. But if you're the type of person who is looking for no frills, basic and simple food -- you may like it. Or maybe I just tried all the wrong dishes?

    (2)
  • Erin D.

    This cafe has a large selection of breakfast foods as well as sandwiches. It's cheap, and it's a friendly, family owned business with impeccable service. The fresh juices hit the spot, the homemade granola is delicious and you can get a pretty mean Americana here as well. I stop in regularly.

    (5)
  • Noah B.

    The owner is super nice and the food is always good. I'm never blown away by the menu, but Janik's is great for a good breakfast.

    (4)
  • Becca H.

    Janik's Cafe is a perfect lunch/brunch spot if you don't want to wait in line anywhere, and you want a quick and cheap food. You really get bang for your buck there! Very large portions with very, very reasonable prices. They have all kinds of breakfasts foods as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads. The food is good, nothing outstanding, but it cures my hunger on a Saturday or Sunday late morning/ early afternoon. They also have a pretty impressive beer and drink selection. The service is good and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.

    (4)
  • Bryan H.

    We were down here during the Do-Division Festival. The food was very tasty, and a steal compared to the overpriced, overcooked food at the festival. We had a nacho and egg plate and a salad. Both were fresh and tasty. My wife enjoyed her cold chai tea as well. Best part of the experience was the quick service and friendliness of the staff and owners.

    (5)
  • Marc M.

    Years ago I used to live at the corner of Damen and Division and Janik's was like a second home for me. I have since gotten married and bought a house in Portage Park. One of the things I miss most about Wicker Park was having such a great family run sandwich shop right across the street. They have one of the best meatball subs in the city. Great food, friendly owners, and very affordable.

    (5)
  • heather s.

    There's nothing spectacular about Janik's food, in my opinion--it's slightly classier diner fare, and sometimes that exactly what you want. The staff is super nice, and it's rarely so crowded that you can't find a table or hang out and read for a while. They also serve nice beers for $2-3 dollars that most bars would charge $5-6 for.

    (4)
  • Israel W.

    Really good food. Really nice staff.

    (5)
  • Chris R.

    One of the better breakfast spots I've been to. Nice selection on menu.

    (4)
  • Kira B.

    Janik's is a consistently good breakfast place. It is good for a low-key, fast, and tasty meal. I would highly recommend the chilaquiles. They also offer breakfast cocktails for $5, which is much less than what you can typically find in that area. Weekdays are generally slow, but come weekend, hungover hipsters keep the place packed. The staff is friendly. It is a decent neighborhood spot.

    (4)
  • Cherie E.

    My fiance & I were just walking by Janik's & decided to stop in for a quick brunch. The food was OK, but not memorable (I had a veggie omelet & he had a breakfast burrito). The portion sizes were large, and the service was quick & friendly. Would I return? Possibly for lunch (their sandwiches looked good & menu seemed diverse) but I think there are more interesting places in the area for brunch.

    (3)
  • Amy M.

    my boyfriend and I LOVE this place! We go there for breakfast on the weekends and its just fabulous! The owner is super sweet, the walnut & banana pancakes are stellar!!!!

    (5)
  • claire l.

    its a little odd, but i'm pretty sure that's why i like it so much. the child-like (or actual child-rendered) artwork and brightly colored yellow walls are awkwardly charming. the lady owner is always super jovial and friendly. the food is fast, relatively inexpensive and it tastes good. they also deliver now, too. i have been eating at janiks for about three years and ever since the first time, have been endeared to the place.

    (5)
  • PG M.

    Good sandwiches, good but not bottomless coffee, variety of breakfast options, desserts, free wi-fi. Janik's is a fine place to study or read if you can deal with a little noise and aren't productive after its 3 pm closing time. I can't give it four or five stars because nothing about it is really superb.

    (3)
  • Chris R.

    I imagine this is what it was like when my grandparents would go to the same place, all the time, for breakfast. I love this little place. Great food, inexpensive, and a welcoming environment.

    (5)
  • Brian T.

    I was looking for something new than my usual go to places. Found this spot and actually ate here a while back. Needed the delivery service since I was at work. The prices are very reasonable. You get a bag of chips with your sandwich order and I like their lime chicken soup. The sanwiches are not amazing by any means but are pretty damn good. I would rather order here than some of the more known sandwich places who charge 10 bucks a sandwich anyday.

    (4)
  • Diana L.

    solid brunch/diner food at very good prices. so glad i discovered this place that is not too far from home. good deals on brunch cocktails on the weekends!

    (4)
  • Jeremy O.

    This was a great little find. In a search for a neighborhood coffee shop to get some work done on a Saturday morning, yelp led me here and I was not disappointed! I was a bit hungery, so when I saw a guy being served the eggs benedict, I had to try it myself (success). I didn't get a chance to look over the menu much, but there seemed to be a wide variety of breakfast options and they do serve alcohol, I ended up having a beer (hair of the dog) and I saw many others with bloody marys. Over all a great place to grab breakfast in the neighborhood on a lazy sat or sun.

    (3)
  • Matt Z.

    Everything about Janik's is amazing...from their reubens (turkey and corned beef) to the hot samwich choices to the breakfast burrito to the chicken ceasar salad. Small outdoor seating is available and inside is small but reminds you of a deli. Beer (bottles and cans), fresh juices and a wide variety of other drinks avail.

    (5)
  • Gina P.

    dude! i love janik's! even though i kind of hate the phrase 'hidden gem', i think it applies... very friendly staff and you can play chess while you eat if you know how... the only weird thing is, there is some kind of strange place next door where i always see scantily clad women walking in or out the door. a brothel? an escort service? not sure, but it ups the entertainment quotient while you have your lunch (especially if you don't play chess).

    (4)
  • Kimberly K.

    I almost want to give a bad review so this place stays relatively undiscovered. This is a WONDERFUL alternative to the over-crowded, over-trendy, brunch places in Chicago. We were there at prime brunch time (around 11:30 or 12:00) and we found street parking and got a coveted outdoor seat. You order at a counter and they bring you your food. Simple and great! My party of four had the Belgian Waffle special, Crab Cakes Benedict, Sausage Omelet, and Lox Platter. I LOVED the Benedict. The waffle had a great chewy texture, ad the side of potatoes were seasoned to perfection. Looking around at others' plates, I'd like to try the thick french toast and Chilaquiles next time. They also had a long menu of sandwiches and specials. They serve alcohol at an ok price. $5 bloody marys, mimosas, and screwdrivers, as well as a beer selection. I will definitely be going back!

    (5)
  • Tiffany L.

    3 2/3's stars. because i can. i want to like Janik's more because of it's central location to me, and not having to cross a major street to get there (i was hit by a car and have a slight fear of crossing the street), however, every time i've been there something's been lacking. Either my service has been less than attentive, or my shots will be bad, or my egg sandwich being in dire need of some seasoning. In general i like to support local businesses, but if you're going to make espresso drinks, here's how to make good shots ladies. 17-23 second pour is ideal, and if the shot isn't mixed in 10 seconds or so, it goes bad, very bitter. the crema dissipates. basically, improve your game and i'll stop going across the street for my espresso, and risking my life. haha. Ending on a positive note, you they have a killer breakfast menu and wonderful prices for how much food you get. Good art, relaxed atmosphere.

    (3)
  • Hanna A.

    I really like their vegetable omlette, very tasty and have fresh ingredients! Also they have a delicious(but huge) pulled pork sandwich for lunch that seems old school with a bag of chips and drink. Not a fan of the egg sandwich though, you can make one at home that tastes just as good, but their omlettes are good! And I love their rye toast! Staff is pretty quiet but friendly. I have had one bad experience here but other than that it has been great. Fun to go with a couple of people for breakfast or brunch. Very simple and relaxing!

    (4)
  • curtis c.

    Awesome. Just awesome. Nothing like French toast with a fat tire! This place has it all! Good and fairly inexpensive. Awesome place for the family/kids. Great breakfast selection. Love it!

    (5)
  • Tyler B.

    Nice little sunny shop. might try this again. They even have beer. Come on. I ordered a Turkey Sandwich to go. So i sat down waited a few minutes as they prepared my sub. Then she said my tuna sandwich was ready.... and I wasn't quite sure what she said, so I asked her "Did you say Tuna or Turkey?" (Oh yeah I hate TUNA! I hate the smell, the taste) She says: "I said Turkey" So I took her word for it and left. Got to work and sure enough its fucking TUNA.

    (2)
  • Max M.

    great breakfast or Lunch. One of my favorite stops in the neighborhood

    (5)
  • Jourdan S.

    Nothing to write home about. If you are in the mood for a sandwich there are better choices around.

    (3)
  • Andrew K.

    With the tremendous rating that Janik's has gathered on Yelp, I have withheld my review until I notched a few visits in my belt...Quick review: Is Janik's good...yes...is it great...no. The food is cheap, quick and varied...everything I have had from the salads to the chilaquiles was above average, just nothing wowed me into saying this is a great meal. The setup of the place is great, and I always try to take advantage of the outside seating. There is also never a wait, and more importantly the owners/people working are extremely friendly. I do like that they have extended their hours, but would think that maybe they could do well if they opened later a few nights as they are a very cheap option in a more expensive location...also they serve cheap beer, which is always a plus.

    (4)
  • Megan S.

    This is my go to place when I'm with a group of people 4 or more and am looking for a nice brunch spot where we don't have to wait for an hour. Both times I have been to Janik's on a Sunday around 12:30. We always get seated right away. The coffee is delicious and so is the food. The portions are a good size, the menu is full of options, and the price is pretty cheap. Great spot for a great brunch.

    (5)
  • Sonia L.

    This place is cute. If you are looking for a reasonable sandwich place, that is nicer than Jimmy Johns, unique, and not really sit down, this is a great option. Janik's has a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and of course, beer. It's great for a Saturday afternoon after moving - it satisfies your hunger AND your urge to have that lazy one beer feeling. Also, the vegetarian sandwich is pretty damn good, if you are into that sort of thing. Cheers to Janik's!

    (4)
  • Melissa G.

    I adore this place! I have only been there for breakfast and a random afternoon here and there to grab a smoothie, but the breakfast food is great (the egg sandwich fills me up until dinner!) and the service is probably the best part. I want to say that its family owned? Whether it is or not, it's a really really friendly staff and its the type of neighborhood spot where you can sit and hang out for hours if you want to! I highly recommend checking it out...

    (4)
  • Sam S.

    Food is always generally good. What I will never understand is why places are REALLY CHEAP about cheap stuff. If I am doing to order potatoes and pay for them as a side order - the least you can do is fill up the small size cup! The first time I thought they ran out - the second time - I asked for a large order and they still did not fill the same small size cup! Potatoes are pennies... If you order take out - remember you have to ask for every condiment - salsa for your burrito, ketchup etc. I am all for saving the planet but at least offer me the basics.

    (3)
  • Jessica C.

    I love this place for brunch. They have a killer omlette- and also super good huevos rancheros. Fast service, and good food. Can't go wrong for brunch. Can't vouch for anything else.

    (4)
  • Irene O.

    Great Chicago sandwich shop.. I'll go by myself or with friends. There's always something to try out

    (4)
  • Nick J.

    Great Mexican chicken sandwich, but messy!

    (4)
  • Leang E.

    Maybe it wasn't the wisest choice, but I was trying to curb my appetite by doing a mini-liquid snack. I thought that a healthy option would be a smoothie. I must be retarded because when I think of a fruit smoothie it just doesn't usually have ice cream in it. I think of that as a shake, like a milkshake but ice cream instead. It could be that I just get used to the quality of Joy Yee's bubble teas where I have higher expectations. In any case, it was a terrible mistake. I think the fruit was overly rippened, and so it wasn't as fresh and it made the drink taste weird. Needless to say, I drank a third of it and tossed it out. I suppose I should have tried a sandwich since it's kind of what the place is known for - so I'm going to have to say pass up on the Smoothies. I'll try to come back and try a sandwich the next time. Prices are average and the staff should be a bit more cognisant of when more customers come in. There got to be quite a line while I was waiting.

    (2)
  • Robert S.

    Janik's is home to the wonderfully brilliant culinary creation known as the Cuban Sandwich. Seriously, if it had a fancier name, it could be in a gourmet restaurant. This Cuban sandwich is filled with wonderfully smoked beef brisket topped with a tasty dressing, cucumbery pickles, lettuce, red onions, mustard, and lettuce. There are probably some secret ingredients hiding in there somewhere. I also had some chili, which was so thick and rich that it could have been just as tasty with a cup of water added to it. And the people are so nice!

    (5)
  • Ryan H.

    I eat sandwiches everyday for lunch and I can honestly say that this is the best sandwich shop in the Wick Park/Bucktown area! I personally recommend the Turkey Reuben, Italian, or Mexican along with the tortilla soup. Come hungry, leave satisfied and happy!

    (5)
  • Chris O.

    They are changing their hours to be later! I hear they will be open later a few weekdays, and can confirm they are open both weekend days now. Yes, their food is awesome. Yes, the service is better than you might expect from a breakfast/lunch place. Yes, you can get a beer here. I order from here a few times a week. It makes me happy when I say to my co-workers, "I'm going to Janik's."

    (5)
  • Lisa D.

    What?! I'm genuinely surprised. I needed a quick and tasty lunch so I ran out on my lunchbreak and ordered a Mexican Chicken sandwich, based on a few good reviews of the sandwich and across the board good reviews for Janik's. Less than 10 minutes later I was back and my desk and unwrapping a sandwich that was.... the only word I can use is "soggy." Like a sopping wet sponge. I couldn't tell if the ingredients were fresh, good or otherwise. It was just a big, wet mess. Disgusting. I would like a sandwich shop alternative to Jimmy John's in the neighborhood, but I'm not sure I'm willing to give Janik's another shot.

    (1)
  • Edward R.

    Mom & Pop family owned joints like this are the fabric of real America. They serve it up fresh and unpretentious. It is what it is and they doing very well. We need more small restaurants like Janik's and less Chili's and Applebee's. Candice G., thank you. This place is terrific.

    (5)
  • Tara H.

    if it weren't for janik's, i'd be skinny. monday-friday, i eat here at least once a day. since i'm too lazy to cook myself dinner and i no longer have the skills to purchase any groceries that could prepare a decent meal, i usually admit defeat after slamming my refridgerator's door, curl up in a fetal position and wait for morning until i can order breakfast from janik's...that's when i eat there twice a day...breakfast & lunch. i'm a creature of habit and truthfully get pissed if i'm super hungry and my meal is sub-par so i can only recommend a couple of items. janik's makes breakfast burritos...i don't do the burritos...but i do-do quesadillas, which isn't on the menu, but mrs. janik is so nice, she humors me and flattens by shit out. i also enjoy the veggie omelet for breaky...but if i'm feeling way to healthy and looking to ingest cholesterol at an exponential rate, i go for the breaky sandwich with 2 over-med eggs and cheese on a croissant with a side of turkey snauw-sage. currently, i'm addicted to the caesar salad with two scoops of tuna on top, but it was once the grilled vegetable sandwich with hummus and the cuban. when i want to spice things up, i go for the baja chicken lime soup, and when i wish to regress to my 8yr old self, i get a side of the mac n' cheese.

    (5)
  • Ingrid G.

    This place is great. The sevice is awesome and there is a sandwich to cure any craving. The outdoor seating is a plus for people watching in nice weather too!

    (5)
  • Jane M.

    LOVE Janik's! No frills, no pretense, no atmosphere (so if that's important to you, then this is NOT your place), but wide selection of quality and delicious food (including breakfast all day). Staff is unfailingly friendly and polite. A great place to hang, grab a bite, and plot your next move.

    (5)
  • Charlie G.

    This is a much better brunch place than Milk and Honey down the street. The food is just as good, probably better, and it is less crowded with yuppies and baby strollers. My only criticism is that it is closed on Sundays. What kind of brunch place is closed on Sundays?

    (4)
  • matt w.

    great breakfast and lunch spot, nice beer selection for a little lunch spot and pretty cheap still ( used to be even cheaper beer! ). been going here for 5 years and it is very consistant.. nice staff.

    (4)
  • J C.

    Janik's is a simple, reliable place to get good food at reasonable prices, served up by as nice a staff as you'll find anywhere. I think most of the staff is the family that owns it (Janik, maybe?). Good for breakfast and lunch; I've never tried dinner there. It's never empty, but never completely full, so you can more of less count on seating, especially in the warmer months when they have outside seating. And one of the very few places on Division where you won't feel sticker shock. A true Wicker Park gem.

    (5)
  • Erin R.

    This place is a great stop for lunch or that after-work take home meal when you don't feel like cooking. Their portions are plentiful which I love since I like to get all the bang I can for my buck! Everything is fresh and their daily specials are to die for! I highly recommend the Chicken Baha soup which is usually served during the cold weather months. Also since I'm such a big fan of crab cakes done right, their crab cake salad and crab cake sandwich also come highly recommended. So does the chicken caesar salad, mexican chicken sandwich, albacore tuna sandwich...I could go on and on! The decor is pretty much deli/cafe traditional and is cozy enough that you can eat inside and don't feel like everyone is staring at you. Word to the wise: If you order something to carry out, try to phone ahead as parking is awful (meters are usually full on busy Division St.) And the cops don't mind writing you a ticket while their partner is inside picking up food!! If you're not fortunate enough to be able to call in you'll wait about 10-15 mins for your food but once you open the container and begin to eat...you'll forget all about your worries and begin to drift into food bliss...

    (5)
  • Benjamin B.

    Hipster breakfast mecca. Felt out of place without a beard/gray t-shirt, and being over the seemingly 145lb male weight limit, but then felt comforted by the amazingly delicious and quick food, and solid service. Was in town visiting a friend and found the place on Yelp, and found the (positive) reviews to be spot on.

    (5)
  • andrea m.

    I agree with Edward. Janik's is a small business that I'm happy to support. I've only been in a few times when I'm in the area, but every time has been memorable. From the good service to the yummy food, Janik's makes me happy (and full). I wish I lived closer :(

    (5)
  • Joanna B.

    I have zero complaints about my lunch here the other day. The staff was friendly and helpful. I had a bacon, tomato grilled cheese. My mom had a vanilla latte and the polish platter (eggs, toast, sauerkraut, polish sausage and potatoes). The polish sausage was awesome!! The menu was extensive enough so that everyone could find something they want to eat without being too overwhelming.

    (5)
  • Dane K.

    Went here looking for a quick "to go" breakfast ... The pickings were a little slim as far as breakfast sandwiches go, only one big 8" sub-sized sandwich to pick from.. 15 minutes later I and walked out with a sub with eggs and ham and cheese on it and a chai. The Chai tea was good. The sandwich was OK, but for breakfast I prefer something about half it's size and not of the $6 variety for a single breakfast sandwich. I'd go back, but probably not for breakfast.

    (3)
  • Erin W.

    Pretty good, standard food (I had breakfast). Not a huge menu, but they manage to have a good amount of different kinds of food. They weren't very quick, though, and it's kind of weird if you go in with friends and they bring the meals out one at a time. Seems more family-oriented than a lot of other restaurants in the area, with a more 'cute' decor. Take that however you want. I thought this place was alright.

    (3)
  • Derek S.

    i'm giving janik's five stars just because it is great at what it is. the whole experience seemed so EASY. walk in, check out long menu with 10+ salads and tons of sandwiches, plus plenty of added bonuses - soups, snacks, a bunch of drink options, beer and wine, sides, and more. this is just a great sandwich shop. order, and your food's at your table lightning fast. inside is kind of a cozy coffee shop feel, and there's outside seating as well. here's what i like most about the place: i'm a very un-picky eater, but i know that this place will make many of the more figgity eaters happy on the lunch hour, which is a nice option to have for someone who reallys like their friends and family to enjoy their meals.

    (5)
  • Mike D.

    great spot witha breakfast menu that is not just about eggs, bacon coffee . They havew some very tasty items. Subs and other sandwiches are very nice . Atmosphere is laid back and you can relax and enjoy Wicker Park

    (5)
  • Zach H.

    Saturday morning I woke up on someones couch in Wicker Park, INCREDIBLY hungover, and after a long leisurely walk around Myopic and the Craft Fair I met a friend (also hungover) at Janik's for some recovery brunch. Despite the name we got some breakfast food (omelettes, french toast) and it was pretty damn good. All pretty cheap too - two full meals for under $13. I will prolly return sometime soon.

    (3)
  • Carol Ann W.

    Simply put, fast, good and Cheap. OH and they don't screw you with a delivery charge.

    (5)
  • division o.

    It's true, Janik's closes early and that we are a business in the area, so we are able to enjoy them often, which we do. Janik's has great service even when they're busy. They take time to remember names and the food is so much better than how much they charge you for it. When we're off work, we often wish that we can order from them. We're always lost on Sundays when we want to order lunch. We understand they need a day off - it's a very family business, after all.

    (5)
  • Leigh K.

    Janik's is my favorite neighboorhood place for sandwiches and ice cream. The sandwiches are made with fresh Gonella bread, and your choice of meat/cheese/fillings. I love getting a veggie sub with fresh mozarella and avocados. I used to live right around the corner so I went there all the time, but now when I do go it's more of a treat because it's not so frequent. The owners are extremely hospitable and the enviroment is good for both 20-somethings as welll as families with kids and dogs (there is water outside for dogs). The prices here are extremely reasonable for the quality of the food served. Definitely 10 times better than you'd get at Subway or other chain sub shops.

    (5)
  • Roy T.

    Favorite place for breakfast around. Family owned, friendly people, great food, sunny, free internet, good coffee, what else do you want?

    (5)
  • David G.

    I have had the veggie omelet here some 6 or 7 times, but haven't tried anything else. It's always been solid, along with pretty good potatoes and toast. I like this place. And you can get breakfast any time of day.

    (4)
  • Timothy Y.

    Love it. I had a wonderful breakfast of Loxs Benedict. Staff is very friendly and the place felt like it should be in MIchigan's Upper Peninsula on some rural secondary highway. There was nothing "city" or pretentious about the place. I actually picked up a jar of my own Food For Thought Strawberry Basil preserves at a shop nearby and bypassed the Smuckers.

    (4)
  • Kohl F.

    I feel like my food is made with love when I order deliver from here. 20 mins later I typically get a knock on my door from my favorite delivery guy. Great hummus platter, breakfast is unmatched and deliveries arrive fast!

    (5)
  • Mike L.

    MI PIACE MOLTO JANIK'S CAFE!! E Felipa e la OTTIMA PROPRIETARIA NEL MONDO!!! i cibi sono BUONISSIMI!!! TUTTO FRESCI! Ed anche lei parla l'ITALIANOOOOOOOOO - Grazie mille FELIPA! Il tuo amico MICHELE! The food is excellent and the service is the BEST!!! You will NOT go wrong at Janik's! Their specials are ALWAYS excellent and their breakfast are DA BEST! Great atmosphere and always busy! Righfully so!

    (5)
  • Rene N.

    Just got back from a quickie lunch. I had the Mexican chicken sandwich and my bf had the chicken caesar. The Mexichick was pretty good, basically left over shredded chicken parts thrown together in a semi-spicy sauce with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado. Asado de pollo in a sandwich. i found a bone in it but was smart enough to take it out before taking a bite, I realize some have issues with finding bones in their shredded chicken, I however am realistic and understand that sometimes you can't catch every bone in a shredded chicken mess. The chicken caesar was pretty, pretty, pretty good. Food came fast, in and out in under forty five. To sum it: You could probably make this at home but why not pay some one else to do it? They also deliver. I usually litter my posts with F-words but my last review got deleted so I have to learn to be funny without swearing, sad face.

    (4)
  • Brent W.

    This place continues to put out some of the best and freshest food out there. I picked up 12 salads for a luncheon recently and nearly every person commented on how fantastic they were and kept asking "where did you get this from ?!!". And yea, we're talking *salad* here, not some glammed up fancy schmancy entree. The Southwest, Greek, and Spinach salads were all great and came w. a ton of fresh veggies on each, ranging from olives, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, peppercini's, bacon, avocado, etc, etc. All included fresh pita bread and choice of dressing. This place is also much much more than just a soup, salad and sandwich shop...they always put out some interesting and unique specials you'd never find at a typical sub shop such as a pork carnita quesadilla, country fried steak, fish and chips, roasted chicken, et al. Today they had fish tacos that looked great. Every thing they do has a unique touch to it and is definitely a cut above. Stop in, order take out or do their FREE delivery, just make sure you go and feel good about supporting your local restaurant proprietors!!

    (4)
  • Darlene L.

    Absolutely wonderful food at this moderately priced breakfast place. Coffee is rich and full bodied. French toast is light and sweet. Omelets are spot on delicious; loved the ham and cheese.I like thin pancakes. These were more of a medium consistency but pretty good. Servers are friendly, kind, and eager to please, and the owner is a hoot. All in all, this is a terrific choice for a leisure breakfast. Nice outdoor patio appeals on a warm day.

    (5)
  • Sachin B.

    Janik's is my go to place for breakfast delivery on the weekend. I only order their omelettes and pancakes and they are always delivered warm and fresh. I love the denver omelette and chocolate chip pancakes. Prices are reasonable as well.

    (4)
  • David G.

    Janik's is a great place to get a standard, quick & greasy diner meal. I've only ever had the breakfast here and it is consistently tasty. Although, on the day I decided to review the place the food was unfortunately somewhat cold. Today I had the 2 egg combo, with potatoes and bacon. I asked to substitute a pancake for toast, and was prepared to pay for a second one, but they offered it for free, yay!! The pancakes were super fluffy, bacon had great crunch, and eggs were the standard sweaty plastic diner type. OJ tastes great, not that sour airplane crap at some diners. Overall friendly atmosphere and consistently good food. $22 for (2) two egg breakfasts.

    (3)
  • Tabitha G.

    I attempted to get some breakfast from this place. They quoted me the typical 1 hour to make some eggs and deliver them down the street. I gave up 1.5 hours later. The best part is they didn't even call or email to apologize for being so terrible.

    (1)
  • Ruben A.

    Great service, much better than Milk and Honey up the street. We were visiting Chicago from San Diego and wanted a good breakfast with decent service. What we got here was a great breakfast with excellent service. The owner is so nice and personable. Unlike other spots, (ahem, milk an honey) everything on the menu is available for order. This is a must-do for breakfast or lunch.

    (4)
  • Ingrid B.

    The food is great, the price is good, the service is exactly what you would want in a cafe: friendly, helpful, courteous. I like it.

    (5)
  • Lesley A.

    Janik's, what a delightful little surprise you were! I came to Janik's on sheer accident after my plans to study at the Alliance Bakery fell through, and it started to rain. Next thing I knew, I ran to the doorway of Janik's, the only cafe that had open tables on a Saturday morning. Janik's was my home for at least six hours as I studied, and it didn't really disappoint as a study spot. It had a steady stream of customers to create some background noise, but wasn't overcrowded. I also adore the art you can find here: paintings on plexiglass, for sale by a local artist, as you can see in one of the photos. I didn't like the Chai for it was too sweet, but I was tempted by their array of food: breakfast, lunch sandwiches, Mexican, etc. They also have daily food specials, a row of Stash teas to choose from and some alcoholic beverages. After five hours, I finally gave in and bought myself their Belgian waffle special that came with some eggs and bacon. The Belgian waffle was a nice flower, coated with powdered sugar, that hit the spot...for only ~$6. Not bad! The waffle ended up being a lifesaver since my dinner that night in the area was horrible! If it hadn't been for Janik's, I would have gone hungry that day. I don't 'do' hungry. Thanks Janik's!

    (3)
  • Andrea D.

    Have only eaten here for brunch, but good enough to have returned several times. Breakfast items are pretty standard - nothing creative here I have to say, but solid food. Huevos rancheros are good and so are the pancakes. I have to say that I am VERY annoyed with the cans only soda offerings. But that is probably a reflection of my extreme annoyance that the nation's 3rd largest city does not recycle. Still SHOCKED by that. Knowing this, I am just extra annoyed when restaurants don't do the easiest things to help reduce waste. Will go back, but will order coffee instead of diet coke. :)

    (3)
  • Brandon B.

    Update 2/08: Been back a few times now, always entranced by the freshly made sandwiches at cheap prices. They now have expanded hours and are open Sundays....hopefully get there more! Very nice people, like a family business. I went here once for lunch on a day off....and it was very good food for VERY cheap prices. My big problem is....why do they close so early? By the time I get home from work it is shut down. I guess its just not for me to go there often....poor fate. And I saw that they serve beer? Why have a liqour liscence if you close at 4pm??? I would go here often if they had better hours.

    (4)
  • Jacob D.

    Came for brunch, my friend had the Lox Benedict and I had the Breakfast bowl. Super happy/ good food. Busy, but not so busy that we had to wait more than 5-10 minutes for a table. The bloody mary was good, but I wished that there was more stuff in it beside a celery stick, you know like some pickles, olives, whatever. Overall very happy, good and friendly service.

    (4)
  • stevie k.

    I love you Janik's. You make a good ass sandwich.

    (5)
  • Michael P.

    Caveat: this is a Pitchfork-style review with anecdotal evidence. I had a lot of time to think about this review while riding the bus today. GOD, I HATE WICKER PARK!!! When I first moved to Chicago, all my friends that live or have lived in the city told me that Wicker Park would fit my creative personality. Now, I have to sorta take that as an insult (not really, but still, Wicker Park is as much of an artist's community as Six Flags). I wanted to make a web comic that encapsulates the Wicker Park experience. Each edition would be the same premise (inspired by, ya know, places like Earwax): Customer walks in to order a sandwich... Cust: Hi, could I get the California Club and a cup of soup please? Server: *with obvious suggestion of severe ennui* uuuuuuuuugggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaah, I guess Cust: Oh, um, gee, sorry to put you out. Can I pay today with my debit card? Server: *even stronger boredom* uuuuuuuuugggggggghhhhhhhhh.... naaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, did you, uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, read, uhhhhhhhhhhhh, the sign? Uhhh, sooo boooored! I've never seen people so painfully bored in my life. I've also never really experienced the inability to get good, no frills or surprises, food. I'm from the south, and we like food that keeps it simple, uses fresh ingredients, and is priced accordingly. I'm sorry, I 'm just not into experimental, artisan-crafted, fusion dishes that are fun-sized and more satisfying to look at than eat (I'm looking at YOU, Las Palmas Restaurant, and your Mexican-French-Intergalactic Fusion Clusterf**k... just make me a quesadilla... Steely Dan Christ!). I enjoy fine food every now and again, but Jeebus, if I want art, I'll take the blue line to Monroe and visit the Art Institute. If I want a sandwich, I want bread, some stuff, cheese, and a satisfying side. Janik's Cafe takes everything I hate about Wicker Park cuisine and inverses it... giving me a profound sense of hope again! I've eaten there twice this week! Good, tasty food that's simple: timeless sandwiches, hearty salads, chunky soups, and even Mexican dishes and breakfast food (served all day). I had a warm Chicken Cesar sandwich today for $4.75 that is still keeping me fat and happy at this very moment. You get an awesome, eclectic, but unpretentious meal, and when you throw down a 10 spot, you get change. Plus, everybody employed there is more than happy to see you because they seem to care about their food and business and appreciate you spending your money there and enjoying the food. I'm a former server, so I know how to provide good service and also what to expect. And Janik's delivers. It isn't hard - good, uncomplicated, wholesome food that's filling with a choice of different side dishes at a very fair price, coupled with smiles and an inviting atmosphere. I don't know why this concept is lost on the rest of Wicker Park and some of the surrounding area, but since Janik's is a rock in a sea of lameness, I will continue to make a special trip to Damen & Division for my favorite lunch in Chicago.

    (5)
  • Nick S.

    You know I like my share of upscale dining but I always have to go back to my roots and indulge in some good wholesome homestyle cooking. Janik's does the trick for me. I've eaten here several times and each time I was pleased. I always get the pastas. Great portions, good selections. I like the set up of the restaurant too, it's cute, it's homey, I just have no actual issues... other than the fact that it's all the way in WP and I live in Lakeview...

    (4)
  • Brodi C.

    I live for the chilaquiles at Janik's! It's a family-owned restaurant that serves really good home cooking. They also have tremendous eggs benedict, omelettes, pasta and salads. This is the place I take friends and family to eat for good food and good conversation when they are in town, especially on weekends. And they are now open Sundays and into early evenings Thursday-Sunday, too, so I can grab dinner when I don't feel like cooking at the end of the week. They even have a limited but interesting beer selection and pretty good drink specials if you're looking to start early on a weekend day.

    (5)
  • emily h.

    Janki's used to be one of my favorite places in the neighborhood. They were reliable, affordable and tasty! However, last week they really disappointed me! I went in with my husband and son for breakfast and they only had 2 highchairs! I asked the owner if there were anymore and she said no and was not apologetic at all. I was frustrated because I thought Janik's seemed like a family friendly place. My husband and I vowed never to return again. I will miss their french toast but would rather give my business to some of the other restaurants in the neighborhood that are much more accommodating to families.

    (2)
  • Maria R.

    The owners are always so friendly and welcoming. They take time and even recognize repeat customers. I used to go there for a quiet lunch when I worked nearby, but now I still call for pickup. Food is always flavorful and tastes so fresh!! Their steak salad and cuban sandwich is THE BEST.

    (5)
  • Patrick F.

    Janik's is a pretty decent sandwich shop. Their subs aren't anything to write home about, but they get the job done. The most major detraction is that their service is s-l-o-w. If there's a line when you go in and you're in a hurry, you best move along.

    (3)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :7:00 am - 3:3

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : No
    Delivery : Yes
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Good For : Brunch
    Parking : Street
    Bike Parking : Yes
    Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : Full Bar
    Outdoor Seating : Yes
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Caters : Yes

Janik’s Cafe

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