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Cute spot but disappointing. Got the eggs benedict (that has pork belly and brussel sprouts). The brussel sprouts were unseasoned and too much. Actually, the entire dish had no flavor. Just all trendy ingrediants thrown into a trendy dish. We also got a kanela roll (cinnamon roll) and the greek doughnuts. The kanela roll was utterly dry. Not how a good cinnamon roll shoudl be. The greek doughnuts had a fluffy texture, but the syrup (honey and lemon) was wayy too sweety. And they doughnuts were swimming in a pool of it. Small, crowded, not great food. Not coming back.
I never really wake up in time for the brunch rush- and since I actually work at a brunch place, I try to avoid that crowd at all costs.... which is why this review is for Kanela between the hours of 1pm-close. My boyfriend wanted to come here because he said he saw the line out the door one morning as he was driving by, so he wanted to try it after that rush, and honestly it's worth waiting till the crowds die down. We usually go during the week and (aside from our other Logan Square brunch spot) this is the go-to place. Usually he just has to say the name and I'm in. Service is always great everyone is always super sweet and attentive. The fresh squeezed OJ, and the salmon benedict are both great. (The last time they didn't have the benedict on the menu... which was upsetting) Either way this place has my heart- and my tummy.
Not terrible but both of our plates had 1 over cooked egg and one runny.. Which is odd. Kanela roll is just a cinnamon roll. Chorizo and eggs had too much chorizo. Crab cakes were mushy. It was pretty good but nothing you couldn't get at a diner
We went there for brunch Saturday didn't have to wait. Service was good food was delivered quickly. Steak sandwich was awesome all eggs Benedict dishes were too.
I went here for my best friend's private birthday party. They rented out the venue to hold the event from 7 to 10 PM. I've been to few breakfast/brunch style restaurants in the city, and they are all pretty similar in layout. They are skinny buildings that are usually wood paneled with a patio open in the back during the summer. Kanela is no exception to this. I had 2 appetizers of watermelon and feta. Both were very fresh. The menu for regular business hours looks enticing, but I cannot review that since I did not have a chance to sample anything off of it. For now, Kanela is a solid place to hold a private event. Not sure what the cost was, but there were about 30-40 people comfortably tucked in the main room, which also held the bar.
Every time I come to Kanela I instantly feel at home. Not only is the staff/ service impeccable, but they sincerely love what they do and that energy is contagious. They get me so excited about the delectable dishes I usually order two. I personally found myself craving the 'Spicy Feta Omelette' daily after having tried it for the first time. The tyrokafteri (spicy whipped feta) is sensational, I've never had anything quite like it. If you're in the mood for something to tame that sweet tooth of yours, I highly recommend the 'Red Velvet French Toast'. It comes out hot & oh so moist, draped in cream cheese frosting, creme anglaise, and fresh cut strawberries. Trust me this will do the job, morning, noon and night it's simply to die for! -Cameron
When we arrived we had a ten minute wait which is ALWAYS a great problem even for the customer at an establishment that has been around for more than 6 months. This lets me know a couple of items as a customer. First when it is busy others appreciate the food and service they receive here. Second the food is fresh, because it is being rotated and no one wants to eat food that has the potential of being used past their shelf life. Third an establishment that is busy is making money and can afford to pay for extra help. This locations shows they do that because the restrooms are nice and clean. If the restrooms are clean then most likely the rest of the establishment is clean. I built my own egg white omelette with green pepper and feta cheese. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and sometimes scares me to eat out, so it is not ruined. It was a great feeling when receiving my food and seeing it was made correctly. The food tasted great which is nice because it is not misleading. That is all I had there for my first time but will return and try some other items next time. Service was great as well. They had a host there that had the establishment under control and was very good at communicating with guests and team members. The manager Peter was working the floor better than I have seen at other locations. He was helping the host and making sure to get guests down faster by busing tables and seating guests. When he wasn't doing that, he was running food and checking with his staff to make sure his staff was happy. You don' t normally see this from a manager checking to see if the staff is happy and in good spirits, even though they are running around taking care of their guest. With all of that Peter did a great job touching tables and thanking guests for coming in and promoting his staff and establishment. Overall when you find a location that makes you feel like home, you want to return and try it again. I will be returning to this location as soon as Thanksgiving since I know they are open for breakfast.
Nice menu, but... Weak coffee Numerous mistakes from the kitchen., runny whites undercooked potatoes. Expensive too!
Ate here yesterday for first time. The place was hopping! Waited about half hour for table. They used Yelp SeatMe to communicate via text when table was ready. This made it possible to carouse the neighborhood a bit while waiting, plus it kept a line from jamming up the entrance. There really was no place to wait inside the restaurant which was jam packed and loud. Well worth the wait. The food was top notch and service was excellent. The hostess, server, and manager were each attentive to our needs. Can't wait to go back!
We just ate here this morning, the food was unreal. Honestly for the price this was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had. I got biscuits and gravy and they were incredible.
This is the perfect place to eat! Id you want excellent service, great food and great atmosphere! I absolutely will give Kanela breakfast club a 5 star rating from the service to the food. This was my first time eating here and it will not be my last! The servers/waiters make their job look fun, and they communicate with their customers very well. I sat at the bar where my server/bartender (Rain) waited on me. I told him this is my first time coming here and he suggested some food items I should try. And I tried the spicy feta cheese omelet with potatoes. One word Delicious! I cant wait to go back! Thanks Rian!
The food was delicious. Amazing potatoes served with the salmon egg Benedict. The rest of the menu also sounded very Yummy, would love to come back and try some more items off the menu. The coffee was nice and strong and the Bellini was nicely balanced. Service was friendly and really enjoyed the atmosphere
This rating is based on a delivery, so make no judgments about the quality of the dine in food based on it. I ordered the raspberry cheesecake French toast and the mixed berry waffle. After tax and delivery charges the total came out to 31 dollars. When the food was delivered, almost an hour and a half later, it was cold and soggy. We had to reheat the food ourselves to regain some semblance of crispiness. Also, the delivery driver was not friendly, and seemed annoyed that people were actually having their food delivered (when it seems like running the deliveries is his main job). Also lacking were the portion sizes. At most restaurants, a 10 dollar portion should be enough to leave you full. Not so here. The waffle was not much larger than an eggo, and yes I did mean waffle, singular. The French toast portion was better, but still not close to justifying the price, considering it came with no sides. I feel like the food might have been better if it had been eaten in the restaurant fresh out if the kitchen, but please don't order delivery and expect anything better than the week old leftovers you probably already have sitting in your fridge.
I walked in on a Saturday morning and was promptly seated. Unfortunately, that was the only positive bit of customer service I got. I sat for at least five minutes before anyone came over, and only then as I became visibly annoyed with people who came in after me being waited on first. I started with the loukoumades, which was good, and held me over as I then waited over 20 minutes for my meal. By the time my plate arrived, the group that came after me had already eaten and were waiting for their check. The duck confit hash isn't hash at all, just some pulled, dry duck meat covered by two eggs with a side of roasted potatoes. It was very bland and disappointing. The waiter brought the check and said "I'll take this whenever you're ready", to which I immediately responded "I'm ready", but he ignored me and walked away. In fact every single time he came over it was like he couldn't get away fast enough. I got the distinct impression that the wait staff saw a single diner and all said "not it!", preferring to aim for bigger tips at other tables. They desperately need a stopper on their entrance door, as it slams violently and I ended up hearing it about 50 times. One of the busboys spilled milk on the floor and it sat for a few minutes before being cleaned up even after he saw it. The noise level is almost deafening. Nothing would ever get me to set foot in this place again. Batter & Berries treated me right, I'll go back to them.
Ordered online for pick up. Didn't realize if you hit cash you need to pay for cash for a pick up order. So your $10.00 goes to $13.00, no big deal. Little irritating, except when you are just running in to get something. Well the meter expires because you expect to take 5-7 minutes to get your order, pay, and jump back in your car and head on your merry way. Well, when said cash was handed, took 6 minutes to get money from the back plus you had to wait to use an atm that you didn't expect. How do you have a cash drawer with no money in it? So now instead of paying just $10.00 for a quick meal, it's turned into $10.00 for a meal, $3.00 for atm fee and now $150.00 for a parking ticket that shouldn't have happened. New total of $163.00 for 2 eggs, bacon and potatoes. Not to mention that the customer service in the small amount of time there was not friendly at all and it felt like they were deer in headlights. It's a shame since the food is so good, but for me, not worth the hassle. Been here 3 times and 1 out of 3 for good service isn't bad right?
Wonderful! Delicious! S. and I visited today for early, pre-crowd Sunday brunch and Kanela won our tongues, stomachs and hearts. We began with the Kanela Roll, a delightfully egg rich, light, layered cinnamon roll that was not at all gloppy as we all know is nearly standard. Dynamite Julius Meinl coffee, always our favourite. S. enjoyed her two gigantic scrambled eggs and wheat toast, we split an order of thick Peppered Bacon (mmmyummy!) and I had the Lorraine Scramble: peppered bacon + gruyÃ¨re cheese + caramelized onions + buttered multi-grain toast = an exemplary balance of flavours and textures. Potatoes were typical pan fried cubes, really slightly bland and not the meal's standout though served in large quantities. Hey, how about crumbled bacon and cheese added to the potatoes? Why not! Why. the Hell. not! Also, many meretricious mimosas made for much mirth and merriment. A nearly full bar (NO JAMESON!) Our server, Emily A,, could not have been more clever, kind, thoughtful and generous. Seek her out. From now on, we will do just that. An absolute winner to visit again and again. ~New recipe Peter O. and S.: Now with more nitrates and nitrites!
I like Kanela as a place to go during the week. It's easier to get in and the food is pretty good. I'm especially happy that they accommodated some requests the other day for additions to my omelet. What I appreciated the most that day was the friendliness of the server - very kind and helpful. This is on my go to list of places to brunch in Lakeview.
This place looks so nice and the service was great, that's the only reason I give it 2 and not 1 starts. The food was terrible. We got the Kanala cake which was so dry. The crab cake Benedict was a joke. I wonder if they use frozen crab cake patties. So simply gross. The scrambled eggs were dry and over done. Almost chocked again. Place looks nice, maybe they just had a bad day. But bad enough for me not to come back.
I went to brunch with two friends, and as expected we had quite a long wait. It was a Sunday, so we had around an hour wait. The food though, was totally worth the wait. I got the chai and the spicy feta omelette, and I loved it. Our server was really nice and he knew the menu well and made some good recommendations as well.
The food here was delicious!!! We came for a bridal shower for a group of 25. The service was stellar all things considered. Adam was really on top of everything and was very attentive to the host and the bride which is truly what matters. I would love to come back with a smaller group and the "regular" dining experience. It's a little out of my way but I think it will be a great place to go to when we have visitors since it is in a different part of town.
Food was sooo good!! We had the duck confit hash and the stuffed raspberry cheesecake French toast. Minus a star for the time it took to get the food. almost an hour, on top of already waiting an hour to get seated. The server came by and told us the kitchen was backed up a couple times. Oh well, food was worth the wait.
My two best friends and i decided to go to Kanela (Saturday, Oct 25) after our manicures across the street in preperation for my wedding the next day. We were all in a good mood in light of my wedding festivities. We sat at the bar since we couldn't afford to wait for a table. After a while of waiting (about 45 minutes) for our food, talking and just being plain giddy and excited about getting married the next day, we realized we had been waiting a really long time. We didn't have all day because of the other things I had going on that day for the wedding. We asked many times about how much longer it would be and we just kept getting vague answers. We were very nice and explained we really needed to get going but this made no difference. Our waiter seemed flustered and stressed but not at all apologetic about how long we had been waiting. Finally, literally, after more than an hour and a half of waiting we said we could not wait any longer and really needed our food. Our waiter gave us a look like "do what you got to do". We waited some more and finally told him we had to go. I think he said something like "sorry about that". So we left without EVER getting our food. I felt like they were relieved we were leaving because it was one less party to make food for. We were given NO incentives to come back and again, they did not feel bad at all about how long we had waited. It was terrible. We ended up going across the street to the falafel place where we scarfed down our food before heading downtown to where my wedding festivities were taking place later on. I have never left a restaurant without getting my food. An awful experience. Whoever is running this place needs a wake up call.
I didn't know I hadn't falling head over heals until I tried Kanela's waffles with crispy, chocolate entrenched bacon. I would recommend going with a couple friends, so you can share and still have their innovative renditions on the classic eggs benedict-with crabcake!
So, for some reason I can't put my finger on, I feel like I shouldn't be able to give this place 5 stars, but based on my visit I can't find a reason not to. We started with coffee and an Americano, both of which were very good (they came in Julius Meinl cups and I have no reason to believe the coffee was not from Julius Meinl). Next, we ordered the Chorizo and Eggs and the Wild Mushroom and Arugula Benedict. Both were excellent. The chorizo was not at all greasy, the salsa verde was good (could have used a little more kick, but that's personal preference), the cheese, the eggs, the hash browns, all excellent (hash browns could have been a little more browned, but again, personal preference). Partway through the meal, I orderred an orange and grapefuit juice blend. Very good with ZERO pulp. I hate pulp I frickin' hate it. I don't trust people who like it. And who in the hell are the derelicts who buy juice not just with pulp, but with EXTRA pulp?!?! Nutjobs, all of them. Anyways, the Benedict was excellent as well. Eggs done perfectly, sriracha hollandaise tasty, great breakfast. And, to top it all off, the portion size can be described as abundant. Re: the service, I obviously cannot speak to the problems others have experienced, but our server was attentive, got the order correct, and had our food out to us in a very reasonable amount of time, especially considering the place was packed. Again, I don't know why I feel like I shouldn't be able to give this place 5 stars, but in all fairness I can't find a reason not to. I will be back.
What a fabulous brunch spot. I love the variety and quality of not only the dishes but the speciality drinks as well. I had the black and bleu salad with bleu cheese dressing. I always order this at every restaurant if it is available. It was the best black and bleu I have had.. Not to mention the dressing ( all dressing is made in house). Trendy ambiance and friendly waitstaff. Bring your friends, business partners or even a first new romantic interest for a great brunch experience!
Eat here. Soon. I've been to Kanela (both the Clark st. and Old Town location) countless times, and they are ON POINT every single time. Things to get: --Fresh squeezed juice. It's expensive, but worth it. Check out that funky looking machine, too. --Monkey Bread. I don't care if it's for monkeys; it's still delicious. --Fried Egg Sandwich. My personal favorite. The bagel is authentic, and the flavors are just wonderful. --Banana Split Crepes. Life-changing. My girlfriend makes all kinds of noises when she eats these. They are good noises. Give this place a shot. If you have to wait to be seated, do it. It'll be worth it, and they usually move through the wait times quickly.
Don't even know what the food taste like. The photos look good but calling in to order was a disorganized nightmare. Horrible customer service. After being place on hold several times they would not take an order on the phone. The alternative - ordering on line takes as long as dining in and with all that time I could go to the grocery store and buy the food and cook it myself. No food taste that good. It's just not worth it. Bad customer service to make the customer work that hard to give you money support your business. No thanks, Philip the manager.
Came here to check out their breakfast on a random Thursday before the weekend masses. The waitstaff was really nice, the menu was interesting. I ended up getting the daily skillet - ham, peppers, swiss & pesto. I think I just made the wrong choice, the pesto made this exceptionally oily, paired w/ the swiss, I ended up w/ a heavy feeling. I'll be back to give this another try and hopefully a better review.
Not sure what the mediocre reviews are for, but this place has some pretty good brunch food. I always make it a point to take visiting guests here. The only downfall is their service is terribly slow and not the best.
This breakfast is amazing. We started with the Kanela roll, the most delicious and decadent cinnamon roll I've ever eaten. The coffee was perfect. My iced tea was home brewed. I got the BLT, better than average, with spicy mayo and real chunks of turkey. The real showstopper, though, was the dish my boyfriend ordered - chorizo and eggs. It was creamy, spicy, eggy and just heavenly. The only problem is that they're very full on the weekend - make sure you've got some time to spend. They will take down your phone number and text you when your table is ready, so that alleviated a lot of the normal waiting for a table issues. We got to go walk around while we waited. All around a great experience and breakfast. Go here!
Based on the other Yelp reviews, I was expecting an average experience, but I was definitely mistaken. I went to brunch with 2 friends. I was the first one there, and usually restaurants make you wait to be seated until the whole party is there, but not here, which I loved. The mimosas and bloody's were delicious and reasonably priced, but we did go only a week after they stopped with the bottomless option, which was sad to hear, since that's how it was still advertised. Everything we ordered was delicious, especially the red velvet french toast, but it's rich, so I would suggest sharing it. It's a very cute breakfast place. All the staff had a great attitude and our waiter was so nice and very accommodating.
This place is amazing! Great service and food and the parking is free! The strawberry orange juice is really good and the prices are great.
Lovely! Went here for a Friday morning breakfast meeting with a co-worker. Called ahead regarding some food restrictions and they were able to easily get me the information i needed and accommodate my eating needs. Chad was a phenomenal and charismatic server and made sure everything came just the way we ordered it!! Food was delicious, coffee was even better. Overall a nice experience :)
We randomly walked past this location heading back from the Chicago Half Marathon. Coming from Portland and eating not-so-fantastic food since our plane landed - this was a fantastic surprise! I had the cheddar broccoli soup and side of potatoes. Yum! My friend ordered the Kaneli French Toast and it was perfect. Thanks for a great morning!
I don't understand brunch. Why not just eat lunch? It's clearly the superior meal. Kanela singlehandedly makes me doubt that statement. The key thing about Kanela is that they just execute perfectly. The menu may look like every other brunch menu, but I guarantee you Kanela makes the dish better. Case in point? Breakfast potatoes. While breakfast potatoes can be good, I'm not sure anyone has ever thought they were revelatory. The first time I tried the breakfast potatoes at Kanela I put down my fork and literally had to wait a minute before I was ready to eat more since I could not handle how potatoes could be so good. You will have many experiences like that here. On the sweet side I recommend the Red Velvet French Toast or Banana Split Crepes. Somehow both dishes manage to be light and refreshing rather than heavy. If they have the French Toast Flight special (sample sizes of four different french toasts) drop everything and order it. For savory, if the place was burning down and I could only save two recipes, they would be the Lorraine Scramble and Pork Belly Benedict. The benedict is just this amazing combination of flavors and textures where no ingredient overpowers another. The scramble, which has bacon, gruyere, and carmelized onions comes together perfectly. Again, it's about the execution of common ingredients. The one (1) weakness of the menu is starters. The baked goods (Monkey Bread, Kanela Roll) are hit and miss. Sometimes they're soft and wonderful, others they are very dry. Other appetizers just don't rise to the level of the rest of the menu. They used to carry an amazing Bougatsa, but it seems to have disappeared. That one downside is completely overshadowed by the great location (with easy parking for a surbanite like me) and very nice staff. No matter how busy it seems, they always take time to chat and the food still comes quickly. Ultimately this is the Platonic ideal of breakfast. He wasn't seeing a circle on that cave wall; it was a Kanela pancake.
Fantastic food! I honestly think you could order anything here and it will be better than expected. Coming from a non-Chicago resident though...
Sad to see Orange disappear, so Kanela's had big shoes to fill. + They accomodate our large group the week of + Unlimited mimosas with delicious juice - Boody Mary is oversized without oversized vodka serving. It ended up being too acidic and impossible to finish which is a shame + Service was great, and very accommodating of our unlimited mimosa requests :) Food was overall quite tasty. Duck Confit Hash came heavily recommended. Duck was tasty and eggs were perfectly cooked. I would come back to try more!
Get there early or there will be a long wait. Kanela is the best brunch I've had so far in Chicago. Amazing choice of pancakes, creative Benedict plates, dark chocolate bacon, and spicy Bloody Marys, this is a go to place. I have been there more than once and often when I crave breakfast (or brunch, who doesn't) I immediately think of Kanela. Every time it have gone I've had great service, even on one occasion when it was extremely busy, the server gave me a complimentary muffin because I was still waiting for my food. Kanela cares for the people they serve and what goes in their tummies. If you don't ever try their food, I'm judging you.
I am so sad to be updating my previously 5 star review. I have been a loyal Kanela customer for years! But within the last year it's really taken a turn for the worst. It started when they delivered my food and as the waiter put the plate on the table, the food slid off and into my purse that was next to me on the bench. Still charged me for my food even though I ate two slices of the flat bread I ordered. But I said I'd continued to go back because I loved their food. Went back shortly after and the food was just ok and the service slow. Thought that was a fluke. Then a short time later, I met a friend there and the service was horrible. But we were both servers and totally understand that you get busy and they seemed very under staffed, so we let it go. The food was ok. Not amazing like it usually is. Again, thought it was a fluke. Then went back again last Saturday. It was pretty early still so it wasn't busy yet. We walked in and was told to sit wherever. There were three of us and there were several tables to choose from. We sat and waited and waited.... 15 minutes before we were offered menus. Then another 10 before he came back for a drink order. Other tables that sat after us had already gotten food before we were given our 3 waters and 2 coffees. We finally ordered and again.... Waited. It wasn't until I was able catch the waiter and ask for a refill and ask about the food that he came back. He went to check on our order and it came out a few minutes after. At this point we had been there over an hour. Once it came it was very underwhelming. My friend and I ordered the same thing, California Benedict, and hers showed up with no avocado. And all of our potatoes were way undercooked and hard. At this point we were just wanting to hurry and go since we didn't plan on a quick bite taking 1 1/2 hours. The waiter didn't come back until he brought us the check. Normally I am very forgiving with slow service. I've been there and know that things can get crazy. But that's the thing. It wasn't a busy day. There were multiple open tables. And multiple tables had come and gone and resat all before getting our food. It was honestly the worst service I've had at a restaurant in a long time. Unfortunately I think we are going to take Kanela off our list of go to brunch places. It's been my favorite in the area for years but there has been too many times lately that I have left unhappy with the food or service.
I've been here a few times and I don't understand why they don't have better reviews. The service is great, really friendly staff and very accommodating. Nice crowd and atmosphere, AND they play Queen. You can add flavors in their coffee, I got the pumpkin, duh. Yummy. I order the Lorraine scramble every time I come here because it's just the bomb. I add avocado and substitute a salad for the potatoes because it's so fresh. The salmon wrap is also delicious! The pickled onions give it a great flavor and who doesn't love cream cheese? There's a bit of a wait when you come, but it's definitely worth it.
I came across Kanela when I was looking for a brunch spot over Memorial Day Weekend. One of the news stations had recommended it, and since I was running out of brunch places I haven't tried, this one seemed like a good one. Plus, there's free parking (except during Cubs home games). My friends and I started off with some drinks (I had the strawberry mimosa, Friend #1 had the pineapple mojito, and Friend #2 ordered the peanut butter and banana smoothie). Both of the alcoholic drinks were tasty (they squeeze their own juices), but the smoothie looked (and I guess, tasted) disgusting. The peanut butter looked a bit too watery, and wasn't mixing well with the watery banana. It got shoved to the side of the table. BUT the food was great. I ordered the duck confit hash with poached eggs, Friend #1 got the Lorraine scramble (included some scrumptious caramelized onions), and Friend #2 got a western omelet. I was happy with my dish, but though the duck could've been more flavorful. It was a unique hash, and the eggs were poached perfectly. I'm really glad we got to check this place out!
Visited Kanela at around 11AM this Sunday for brunch. We were seated immediately at a great table for a family and given a high chair right away. Our server introduced himself shortly thereafter, offered coffee and greeted our 7 month old with enthusiasm. I was interested in both the Chorizo and the Eggs Benedict (mainly for the pork belly). I told the server I was between those two, but would also prefer not to have the english muffin with the eggs benedict because I'm gluten free. He quickly offered to use the chorizo below the poached eggs instead. Yes, this is a perfect idea! My wife had the duck confit hash and liked it very much. My meal was phenomenal, spicy chorizo, perfectly poached eggs and excellent pork belly. Their potatoes are good as well. It was a great environment and even though the restaurant was full, there was adequate space between tables and even a spot to park our stroller. We will be returning to Kanela Breakfast Club!
Like most Lincoln Parkers I've had Kanela come to my rescue for a hangover delivery once or twice during the winter, but had never been in there... Just a great brunch spot with nothing to complain about. Service was friendly and attentive and the food was all delicious. I had the Portobello Benedict and fruit, it was terrific. They also have a wide variety of fresh squeezed homemade juices and smoothies; definite must gets. I had the wheat grass+blueberry+ strawberry+ honey smoothie. I didn't think I'd love it cause of the wheatgrass, but it made my meal and my morning. If you're nearby, do yourself a favor, and just do Kanela for brunch. There's a million places in the area, but you can't go wrong with this one. Ciao.
My husband and I went there for the 1st time and we fell in love! Everything was great! The service, the location (with free parking @lakeview location) and the food! The red velvet french toast dish was delicious as well as the lorraine and duck dish! The potatoes that were served with the lorraine and duck were so perfectly cooked I literally could order a side of those and be full and happy! The portions were also perfect! Not too much but not too little! Will definitely go back!
I'd been meaning to go to brunch here for years and finally got the chance a couple of months ago. It was worth the wait. Including the wait to even get in. But luckily my friend was running late so the timing was good! When we got inside, the service, despite the place being packed and busy, was great. I ordered the duck confit hash. I usually go for something sweet at brunch but I love hash and duck. And was in the mood for a little savory that morning. The serving size was perfect and it turned out to be delicious. My friend ordered one of the omelettes, which was also great. The staff let us stay at our seats as long as we wanted and we enjoyed some coffee while we caught up. I'd love to go back and try some of the french toast there! They all looked delicious.
I live on the same street and this is an absolute go to! Food is great and the service is even better. if you get lucky you'll get Rob who is probably the best/coolest waiter in Chicago. Fantastic food and a wonderful atmosphere. My go to's are the Monkey Bread and the California Benedict. Quality all around!
Cute little brunch spot just down the road from my place. I went with the Lorraine scramble which was pretty good but the potatoes on the side were just awful. Way overcooked that it wasn't even edible. I was only able to pick out a few from the plate that I was able to eat without breaking my jaw. If it wasn't for that, then I'd have no complaints. The drinks were good, the staff was friendly. But come on, this is a breakfast place that serves potatoes on almost all of their dishes. Get your potatoes on point!!
We stumbled into Kanela this afternoon and were pleasantly surprised. Its advertised as a breakfast place, but we had the Chicken Avacado Sandwich (yummers) and the Cobb Salad...... both were great. Can't wait to go back and try some of their breakfast selections.
love love love love this place! The Bacon infused waffles are to die for! Will be going back soon!
One of the better breakfast joints in the area- what exactly makes for a perfect review anyway? It was a fab meal and I'll stop by again to further my evaluation. It's great- stop by and give them a try.
Waiting 50 minutes for our food... and it was nothing special. Had to ask multiple times for table standards (more jam, ketchup, etc), and I was asked to have my plate taken away twice before I was finished. I know it's busy on a Sunday at noon, but then get the food out faster. Wouldn't go back, there are better places to go for brunch. If the food had been out of this world, maybe I would feel more neutral about it, but it was really nothing out of the ordinary.
Kanela has a great menu, but just doesn't execute on the quality of the food. I've been here a few times and my scrambled eggs are always overcooked by at least 3 minutes! the staff is slow. don't let the attractive menu jade your decision in going here, its not worth it.
Greasy and sour is what sticks out in memory. Came for brunch with a friend around noon. Service was friendly and charming, and while we were both excited about the menu options, I was heavily disappointed when I tasted the food. For mains, we got the Duck Confit Hash and Pork Belly Benedict. As dessert, we wanted to try the loukoumades, but since they were out, we got the bougatsa. It didn't take too long for food to come out, but I'd rather it did because it came out lukewarm. I know duck is a fatty meat, I grew up eating it, but this just didn't have the amount of flavor I'm used to, and there was just too much grease. Sourness from the Worcestershire sauce was the most prominent taste. The slice of pork belly was simply sautÃ©ed, but tough to bite through, which made it awkward to eat with the rest of the benedict. I ended up taking it out and taking a bite each time I bit the rest. The flavors here were also lacking and it was another grease experience for me. If you've read other reviews, then I'll confirm that yes, the potatoes are overcooked hard little bits. The meal ended with the bougatsa. With soggy phyllo, we had trouble finishing it off. Did we come on a bad day? Looking at other photos, the potatoes look so much better than the ones we received. The coffee and espresso were fine, but that not what we came for. Check, please.
The place was relatively empty when I arrived on a weekday morning and was excited to try the eggs benedict. The dish came with the English muffin covered in brussel sprout leaves and a small smear of hollandaise. The pork belly was an interesting twist over ham but made the dish more difficult to eat as you have to remove the layers of fat. Finally there were no dried cranberries to be found anywhere. I asked the waiter for some extra hollandaise and started digging in. It was good but not great. The brussel sprout leaves kind of overpowered the other tastes and in the end I had to push them off to the side. And the novelty of the of the pork belly wore off when I had to spend my time separating the fatty layers and pushing them to the side. It just doesn't seem to be a well thought out dish. I would come back to try some other dishes..
love their california benedict and spicy bloodys!
We went during the week around 10 am. Not only did we score VIP street parking without trying, there was no wait and it was very low-key. The hubby got the Western omelette. Only question, "how did they get it so perfect?" It was a flawless bundle of pepper, onion, ham and cheddar. Overall it was okay, nothing that made me want another sample bite off his plate. I had the bacon waffles, waffles topped with chocolate covered bacon and drizzled in caramel and more chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. Despite all the sweetness, I was in love with only the first 4 bites...after that I was having trouble focusing on the task of eating it. Super rich and sugary...perhaps it's best shared?
Just had breakfast here today and it was amazing. I ordered the Spicy Feta Omelette with a side of fruit. My girlfriend had the California Benedict. We split each dish so we could try both. Absolutely delicious!! Our server was Rob and he provided excellent service. Was quick and attentive, it was a great experience. Also, I got their hot coco. Wow!!
M has this opinion that the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago has a deficiency of good restaurants. A lot of them are just normal, nothing-to-write-home-about sort of deals. I knew to pay attention when M was excited about introducing me to Kanela - especially when she raved about their Bloody Mary's. We checked in with the hostess where she entered M's name and cell phone number into an iPad. She told us it would be a fifteen minute wait (around 11:15 Saturday morning) and that she would text us when our table was ready. We thought that was pretty cool because it gave us time to peruse nearby stores while we waited. There is no waiting room in Kanela. Later (after we'd been seated), we observed a couple post themselves awkwardly in the small space between the door and the hostess stand and crowding the nearby table. That was poor taste IMHO and I recommend that readers of this review busy themselves outside of the restaurant while waiting for their table. ANYWAY... our server was friendly and attentive despite being jostled about in a crowded restaurant. The pervasive feeling of the restaurant was jovial but not so loud that it infringed upon our easy table conversation. M was right about the Bloody Mary's. Mine was huge and delicious and laden with all kinds of garnishes. They did not stop at just a lime wedge. No. There was lime and lemon, a spear of olives, a stick of celery, and a pickled bean. I loved it because even sans garnishes the Kanela Bloody Mary was had fabulous flavor! M's morning libation consisted of two mimosas (because they were so delicious that she couldn't stop at one). We got a monkey bread appetizer that was good but did not meet M's standard. She claimed that the monkey bread that I make at home is superior but I thought that Kanela did a fine job of it. I don't remember what M got for her brunch entree. It involved eggs and she liked it but only ate half. She liked it better than what she got during her previous Kanela visit. I got the bacon waffle and a side of bacon. The bacon waffle was a disappointment. I could taste the bacon flavor in the waffle bread but only in the first couple of bites. The bacon flavor all but disappeared once I poured the bourbon syrup and spread the whipped cream over it all. There were also slices of chocolate covered bacon over the top. The whole concoction was far too sweet for my taste and the saccharine additions served to drown the natural bacon wonderful-ness. It was an absolute crime that the dish was not better balanced - especially considering that the shining star was supposed to be the bacon. C'est le vie. Kanela was good and we will probably choose that spot when in Boystown. I'm pretty sure that we'll get other dishes than the ones that we tried at Kanela on Saturday.
I'm a repeat guest here, but this was by far the worst experience ever!!!! Our food was dry and old. Looked like it sat under a heat lamp for a while. Tasted horrible. When we mentioned all of this to our server she said she would mention it to the manager where they took off $7. Our bill was $57 so after came out to $50. Only good things were the Bloody Mary's. Very disappointed and I will never come back. To let a guest leave with a bad experience and not even try to remake anything or at least comp the food that we obviously only took a bite of is very bad business. Epic fail.
This was my first experience at this restaurant. Service was amazing, my cappuccino was made just as I asked and breakfast for all three of us was fresh and delicious. We ordered skillet of the day which was filled with fresh veggies. I even ordered another breakfast to go for my mom!
Finally made it to Kanela after my roommate had raved about it for over a year. I ordered the french toast flight, which was complete with Red Velvet, Orange, Lemon Poppyseed (w blueberries), and Banana Walnut french toast pieces. The FTF was alright, but I think I expected a very different type of french toast for what I received. Our waitress warned me that they're a bit "cake-y" vs. regular french toast though, so I suppose I should have expected that. I loved the Banana Walnut and the orange and lemon poppyseed were just fine, but the red velvet was where I expected a bit more. Maybe I'm just a snob about french toast, or red velvet, but I wasn't thrilled with that one. Sad! Our waitress, though she took a bit of time waiting on us, was so sweet to accommodate our pitcher of mimosa request. For $35, you get a pitcher of mimosa to share for the table. Great deal, since that gets everyone about 4 - 5 glasses, depending on how quickly everyone else is drinking ;) My favorite was my friends hash brown potatoes that I kept stealing off her plate. SO GOOD!
Had the chicken avocado sandwich and salad. Food was delicious and service excellent, thanks, Rob!!!!
The food was great and our server was awesome but it was hard to have a nice relaxing breakfast with the music from the radio in the kitchen louder than the music in the dining room. Maybe turn it down just a bit.
It was my first time in Chicago so I wanted something that would wow my tastebuds...I was looking for a breakfast spot that would accommodate a party of 6 on a Saturday morning, and this spot was able to seat us immediately. Their whole menu had lots of options and all of them looked tasty, and i loved that they constantly refill your coffee cup. My boyfriend ordered the eggs benedict, which was decent. I ordered the crunchy french toast but didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I was. The berries were sour and the french toast is rolled in corn flakes. I didn't think it would be that difficult to chew, but it was surprisingly a little hard for french toast. I should've tried the almond joy latte and monkey bread...
Hit this for brunch on Saturday. Decent size crowd but as we were two we were seated fairly quickly. There was some delay in getting waited on but the waitress for very apologetic and set us up with a cinnamon bun with lemon custard and blueberries. Service after that was great and the treat was very tasty. Breakfast was great, had the duck confit hash which was very tasty and delivered very quickly. The atmosphere is nice, the food is solid, Julius Mienl coffee is solid. Overall a great little place close by to me which I will make a regular stop for breakfast. Several other items on the menu that look pretty darn good. Funny as I recall over 25 years ago this place was called Cafe Voltaire which was owned by a hippy couple. Open mic night, espresso shots were a quarter, espresso drinks were .75 before there was a Starbucks anyone heard of. Dumpy little place we frequented to get our under age caffeine buz on before going over to Medusa's. Now 25 years later I brunch at this place with a buddy on a Saturday afternoon. Ahhh your 40's..... Chicago certainly has changed but I feel the same (sans the salt and pepper) I shall return for breakfast.... and we will see what is in store for this location in 25 more years ;)
I can absolutely understand why people would wait an obscene amount of time to get some breakfast here. Normally, I really don't get why certain breakfast foods taste different-- it's all the same to me. But Kanela really does a great job of elevating the breakfast experience. Duck confit with some runny eggs? Yes please. Could there have been a little more duck? Sure... but, no biggie. I also added a side of pork belly. DELICIOUS! I mean, you can get way better samgyeopsal at Korean bbq, but for breakfast, this was pretty good. Inventive + great execution.
Love Kanela! We take family every time they are in the city. Fresh, quality ingredients with an interesting chalk board menu that changes.
Trendy spot with comfortable atmosphere. Service is prompt and staff is friendly. Went for breakfast today, but won't return. Food is clearly not prepared by a chef. People could probably make these dishes better at home. Breakfast potatoes were especially oily and overcooked. Steak was acceptable, but forgettable. I ordered the egg white omelette as well. While it was nice and big, it was just way too greasy and threw off the flavor of the vegetables in it. The side of oatmeal was dry and hard and tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp. Pancakes were flavorful, but so rubbery you needed to cut them with a knife. For the $50.00 we paid for breakfast for 2, I'd rather go to Ann Sather for much better prepared food at a fraction of the cost.
This is my favorite brunch place in the city. Every time I go, the customer service is excellent and the food is consistently delicious. The coffee is good and they now serve alcoholic beverages. My favorite dish is the spicy feta omelette, delicious!!
Went here for brunch on a chilly Sunday morning after a long night out and it was almost near perfect. The food is fantastic, I had the spicy feta om and my date had red velvet french toast. Both were delicious. The service was fast and friendly. The only downside was that it was really crowded and cramped and a little noisy but other than that it was great! Service: 9/10 Atmosphere: 8/10 Food: 8.5/10
This review is mostly for the third party delivery service for Kanela's. I had ordered delivery for breakfast the other morning and I was very unhappy with my order. The box looked so shaken that my breakfast didn't even look edible. I was very disappointed. After contacting the restaurant, the owners were very helpful and their high level of customer service made me very happy. However, the delivery guy that delivered my food personally texted me a day later and complained that he was getting in trouble and he wanted to meet in person to talk... That was very disturbing. But Kanela's took care of me and that was all I wanted. I do hope they somehow find a new delivery company because people on bikes should not be delivering entree's unless your jimmy johns. I will continue dining with Kanela's in person, but never delivery again. Hope this helps when others want recommendations on delivery... GO IN PERSON! Its delicious and better service!
Service was OK. My spicy feta egg white omelette was four stars tasty. The husband found the duck confit hash too greasy for his taste with many large pieces of skin throughout his serving which he found most unappetizing. He won't order that again. Street parking was not difficult on a Monday at about noon. OK if you're in the neighborhood, but not worth a special trip.
The red velvet french toast was amazzzing. Everyone else wanted a bite of it! Can't wait to go again.
I did as my fellow Yelpers told me to and ordered the duck confit hash, and while it was pretty tasty, it didn't knock my socks off--not that I was wearing any in the summertime. It's a good idea to order the French toast flight so you can get a little something sweet and sample a few different kinds, but still order a savory breakfast item. My favorite was the red velvet French toast, followed closely by the banana French toast. The Bloody Mary was amazing. Service was attentive when our server was around, however, he would disappear for long periods during which we were stuck flagging other people down for things we needed. Though there were some good things about Kanela, it's not enough to bring me back.
Really wanted to like this place more, as it is very cute & cozy and I live nearby. Service was good, food was generally pretty tasty, but there were two things that really irked me: 1. We were there pretty early (8am), and it was very obvious that our hash browns were made with yesterday's potatoes. 2. My boyfriend ordered chocolate milk. The menu states "Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk", and yet I see our server pour generic white milk out of a gallon jug into a glass, add Hershey's chocolate syrup, stir it with a spoon and bring it to our table. Right on top of the bar in the middle of the restaurant! Not sure what he was thinking...am I crazy to be pissed off by this?? Quality control people!
There are so many things wrong with this place! The service was cold and the menu just had nothing interesting on it. My egg choice was dry and the potatoes were probably cooked very early on the morning and were dry as well and over cooked! The server never came back to check on his table and as much as i tried flagging him down to ask for what i needed, he just never looked back my way.. Stop hiring cute kids for aesthetic reasons.. Get efficient staff and get it together in the kitchen! Kanela just doesn't cut it in a city like this where there is some bad ass competition!
Kanela is hit or miss. I've had amazingly good food. I used to love their kanela chip pancakes. But when you remove the item that your restaurant is named for, it's not a smart thing. Now I'll order the blueberry pancakes, which can be amazingly fluffy and soft at one visit, and at the next very rubbery and hard to chew at the next. I'd say out of 4 visit, 2 times I couldn't eat the pancakes. I have no idea why they can be so delicious at one visit, and so bad at the next.
One of the most mediocre brunch experiences I've had. Service was awful to put it politely. Food was under seasoned and in a group of 6 there was about a 15 minute window until we actually all had our food.... And then our 'appetizer' arrived. Once we ate and were denied to split our bill, luckily there was an auto-grat of 18%. I asked our server for some sriracha and was encouraged to try the sriracha hollandaise.... Which he then forgot. All around just not good.
When going for brunch in Chicago N. Clark St. is generally a good call - M. Henry, Over Easy, Orange, Ann Sather, Big Jones...let's just say Lakeview and Andersonville aren't hurting for their eggs, pancakes, and bacon - but having already been to the big names and wanting an eclectic weekday breakfast experience this visit to Chicago would bring us to a relative newcomer - the Greek offerings of Kanela Breakfast Club. Greeted pleasantly by our server, Tara S. at the door we were asked where we'd like to sit and with a four top in the middle of the room selected we sat - two of us in sturdy wood chairs and one in the booth. With the restaurant largely modern (think exposed brick, wood, tile) yet restrained save for a couple of crystal chandeliers and a small coffee bar to the right we were next presented with menus, offered coffee, and left to make decisions while light pop music played overhead. With a strong cup from Julius Meinl with caramel notes and a satin finish brewed quickly (and refilled consistently without need for request throughout our meal) Tara would return to take our orders and to give us her opinions on what dishes she considers must haves. Inquiring as to whether two appetizers and three entrees would be too much she informed us that it would "probably be fine" as the chef focuses more on quality than quantity - but that this would be "quite a bit of food." With the restaurant largely empty it would be perhaps ten minutes before our first dishes would arrive - in this case a favorite of both my aunt and myself in the form of "monkey bread" that really wasn't much like pull-apart monkey bread at all, but rather a dense muffin loaded with smooth pureed banana, notes of cinnamon and walnuts, and a nearly soufflÃ©-like top with a slightly gooey crumb. Served warm it was excellent, but at $4 perhaps a bit overpriced for a muffin. Moving next to the dish recommended strongly by our server, my mother's favorite item of the meal was the Bougatsa. At $4 and essentially the same size/weight as the monkey bread this flat pastry featured dainty crisp phyllo encompassing what was described as "lemon-honey custard" but what instead tasted almost like meyer lemon curd given its density and subdued sweetness. Complimented with fresh strawberries and a wisp of whipped cream it truly was tasty, though getting more than a bite proved somewhat daunting as mom seemed to be guarding it with fork and knife. With appetites primed and plates cleared as coffee was refilled once again it would be a short while before our main courses would arrive and with the ladies selecting sweets I opted instead to go savory for the second morning in a row by selecting the duck confit hash with sunny side eggs, charred scallions, and a sauce described as orange truffle vinaigrette. Served not really as "duck confit hash" but rather as duck confit + hash, the fowl itself was excellent and paired nicely with the acidic yet earthy sauce while the potatoes were buttery, loaded with herbs, and slightly smoky from the inclusion of the crispy scallions. Completing the plate with two nicely prepared eggs topped with just a drizzle of olive oil all the flavors married nicely while a side of 9-grain toast with butter and strawberry jam proved quite handy for sopping up the runny egg and vinaigrette. Having already established my mother's love for lemon her selection of the Kanela French Toast with apricot and sweet lemon crÃ¨me fraiche came as no surprise and while I'm traditionally not a fan of citrus I personally thought this the best dish of the morning largely because the golden brioche with a pillowy custard center was so exquisitely done that it may rank amongst the best textured French Toasts of all time. While certainly never one to shy away from a breakfast too sweet, an additional surprise in the Kanela French Toast was the light accents of the accoutrements - the crÃ¨me only mildly kissed with lemon and the apricot compote a smear on the plate. Surely the addition of pure maple syrup didn't hurt, but it also wasn't necessary to make this dish shine. For my aunt's selection she surprisingly selected what has seemingly become Kanela's most highly acclaimed dish - the Bacon Waffle with Chocolate Bacon, Bourbon Caramel, and Bacon Dust - and like the French Toast it was quite impressive albeit a little bit heavy handed. Beginning first with the bacon riddled waffle, it was a nice balance of sweet and savory with the bacon largely serving as exclamation points of flavor in the golden dough. Topped with grated bacon and two strips of slightly chewy pork dipped in chocolate and resting above drizzles of salty caramel and bitter chocolate I actually think the dish may have been better off without the bacon dust if only to mellow the salinity - but then again, the chocolate did a nice job of creating a balance so perhaps simply drizzling a bit of chocolate on the waffle itself would have helped.
This is a nice small diner of sorts. It's located close to shopping, the Brown line, wriggleyville to its north, & the fun of boystown to its east. All & all, it is in the midst of everything. Please NOTE: IT is NOT a BYOB. ( Yeah, We were Disappointed.) After trying this place out on a hungry brunch exploration, I was not too impressed. For that day's meal, we elected to go with the stuffed French Toast and " The Fried Egg" with a side of chicken sausage. Now let's not forget, I'd like to consider myself a French Toast Connoisseur (LOL). So, YES- the stuffed French Toast was good,but, it didn't give me the tingles nor did it make me want to dance in my seat. Without these two key components, I would not want to steer you in the wrong direction. However, the food as a whole was enjoyable. The Fried Egg while different it holds its own in terms of the menu, ask them to sub the Pulled Pork & it is most definitely a returnable dish. As for the Chicken Sausage, forgo it. Best attribute would be they offer FREE parking. So, if you are feeling adventurous, why not drive over and try it out. Rating: 2 NOMS. Serving size is not for sharing. Ambiance: cute, simple & nice for brunch. Service: The Server knows the MENU. (Should've gotten 3 stars for that, ).
Great brunch spot that never disappoints in terms of food. Even their yogurt parfait is so simple but so delicious. The wait can be long on the weekends - but well worth it. The patio in the back is fantastic too!
I swear I'm not letting my internal struggle over my intense debate of pork belly askew my review. Do I like it...? Is it a little too fatty...? What's that smell...? Why is it so chewy...? Should I love it because everyone else does...? Woah, am I a follower...? Obviously I ordered the eggs benedict with pork belly. PB aside, the benedict was pretty great with brussel sprouts and dried cranberries. Daring, but works well. The entire menu sort of unfolds with each item more obscure than the next. I have only had the benedict a fork-full of a few of the sweets, which the future in-laws seemed to enjoy, but what I did try was pretty tasty. Unfortunately our zany and kind waiter couldn't quite get the "service" portion of his job criteria down just right, because we often went without water glasses refilled and coffee mugs going dry. And seeing as how it was a beautiful day out we decided to sit on their patio, which is nicely nestled next to the giant kitchen exhaust fan, complete with with constant wind tunnel reeking of pancake and pork, and sports horribly rickety, uncomfortable chairs, but the in-laws chose this over the cacophony of noise going on inside the restaurant. I'd love to try another brunch dish, but it will be when it's a bit more quiet, and when it's raining so I don't have to sit on junkyard chairs that permanently smell of egg.
Two friends and I tried this place on a weekday and were seated immediately. We started out with the monkey bread as an appetizer. It was not like traditional monkey bread but it was good, it's worth noting that while it was good it definitely was not great. Not sure if I'd order it again. I ordered the chorizo for my meal and my friends ordered the spicy feta omelette and the duck confit hash. All of the food was good and everyone cleaned their plates. I will say again though that mine was good not great. Kanela was fine but I'm not sure if I would try it again. I think it's a little pricey and that you could get a better breakfast elsewhere for an equal or less price.
My boyfriend and I came here for breakfast at 7:30am on a Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the staff picked this day to show up 30 minutes late. We had to wait in our car until someone unlocked the front door at 8:00am. Strike one. I hoped the service and food would make up for the morning but it didn't. Why? First off, the restaurant was dirty and they had JUST opened. There were crumbs on the seats (from the night before?) and our utensils weren't fully washed and had dried food stuck to them. Strike two. The service here was also very disappointing. There were only two other couples in the restaurant so we assumed we would get fast service. This was definitely not the case. It took way too long for the waiter to take our food order, for our food to arrive, and even for us to receive our check! All of the staff seemed slow and confused and when my boyfriend asked about the bad service we received, our waiter admitted that it was because everyone was late that morning. Strike three. Sadly, the food did not make up for the experience either. The red velvet french toast did not taste like red velvet and the duck confit hash was dry and overcooked. I'm not sure why everyone raves about these dishes. Do yourself a favor: avoid this place!
Got a certificate on restaurant.com . Came here with my husband. Not guilt-free food, but worth it. I had the red velvet French toast and it was basically like eating cake for breakfast. Don't know why I hadn't thought of that before! Thought it was delicious, but I only ate half of it, because I'm sure if I ate the whole thing I would end up like my husband who got the bacon chocolate waffles, ate them all, and felt defeated the next few hours. Kind of pricey, but there was almost no waiting for our food (I think we went on a weekday). Will definitely come back!
I have never had hollandaise sauce before yesterday! The salmon Benedict OMG delicious! This place is pricey and the service is kinda slow but the freshly squeezed juice/juice blends and Benedict options make up for it.
Delicious brunch food! My friend and I have a regular brunch outings here -- we wouldn't consider going anywhere else! I've never had a bad meal; everything on the menu is fantastic. The service is great too -- we always request to be in Tony's section! He's awesome, and always remembers us and treats us like old friends.
Cozy spot with a great atmosphere! Came in around 10:30 on a Saturday morning and was thrilled to have no wait. This is definitely a family establishment so be prepared for children in high chairs, but what else is new for Lakeview/Wrigley/LP brunch spots? My boyfriend was lured by the pulled pork scramble special, but ended up being disappointed. I think he was anticipating more flavor in the pork, and it really wasn't there. He was also full of jealousy staring at my plate...the portion size of his was nowhere near the size of mine. I ordered the chorizo with eggs over easy on top. The dish also included avocado, chihuahua cheese, salsa, jalapeno, plus a few other items. It was so spicy (which I love) and full of flavor. There was just a lot going on in general. Didn't even come close to finishing this monster of a breakfast, but I would definitely recommend it. Love that Kanela has Julius Meinl coffee! Our waiter was incredibly friendly and couldn't have been more attentive. Contrary to previous reviews, I think he asked if he could "top us off" over four times during the meal. Glad I came by Kanela!
Word to my good friends that invited me here for brunch last weekend. They heard good things about the place and were very interested in trying it. Its funny because this place has actually been there awhile and I had no knowledge of it... When we arrived @ 1PM we were welcomed to a full house and was told that it was a 30-35 minute wait. Not bad as I wasn't dying of starvation yet and actually our wait wound up being only 15-20 mins...sweet! We got a great seat for three by the wall which was cool and comfy. Our server was a really cool guy that never heard of a beermosa (which I was in dire need of). It wasn't on the menu and I didn't want them experimenting so I went with a bloody mary (or two) which was pretty good and mildly spicy. I was feeling eggy so I went with the spicy feta omelet which includes spicy whipped feta cheese (of course..lol), tomato, red onions and fresno pepper. It was really good and had great flavor as the feta was placed on top of the omelet. The omelet comes with toast as well. Service-wise our server was pretty good. They seemed to be backed up in the kitchen so it took awhile for our for to come out so we got semi full from the bloody marys. I wanted a beer at one point so I ordered an Amstel Light and that even took awhile to come out and once it came it was almost room temperature. I didn't even have the energy to make the server take it back, but I was a little annoyed. The place itself is pretty cool as I love places with exposed brick walls and chalkboard menus. Check it out as the menu looks pretty good...By the way, they open for dinner on some nights
Being new to Chicago and a self proclaimed food snob, I've struggled to find a good brunch spot that really wows. Kanela's is AMAZING! The menu offers a perfect balance of sweet and savory items. They even have fun starters (monkey bread!!). I went with a group of friends-we all ordered different things and each one was mind blowing. The French toast is out of this world-and I usually don't like sweets. The chorizo eggs are to die for. And the lorraine scramble.....orgasmic. And the atmosphere is wonderful. Best of all they take reservations, be sure to call ahead and skip the wait.
Love it here!! Friendly environment and awesome food!!! I came to Chicago just to eat this again :) had the Chocolate covered Bacon Waffles and my hubby got the Western Omelette :) delish
Thoroughly enjoyed Kanela - no wait on Saturday morning at 10, for 7, since we ate on the back patio with heaters (60 degrees on December 1st is more than fine with me!). Service was a little spotty, I think because we were the only table in the back and she wasn't walking by us on a regular basis. Everyone was SO excited that there was Julius Meinl coffee, which I've never had and didn't have then but I suppose must be a good thing! My friend also raved about the orange juice (for $4 I would hope it would be good!). Food wise, no one went hungry, that's for sure. I was torn between several items on the menu, which is always a good dilemma. Ended up with the open-face smoked salmon sandwich, which was a nice break from my usual Benedict selection, but not too far of a deviation. My only complaint is that not only did it not come with capers, they didn't even have any! Smoked salmon without capers is practically a sin. Luckily the sandwich was good enough on its own, and the breakfast potatoes filled any leftover gaps. All in all, left an impression that makes me want to visit again, and for about $15 per person, seemed incredibly reasonable.
average at best... it's rare that i eat out for breakfast because i'm not a huge fan of the breakfast sweets and the breakfast savories (i.e. eggs), i'm comfortable making at home for a fraction of the price. now that we have a dining partner that awakes at 630 AM, we find ourselves frequenting the brunch circuit a bit more. that said, i'm always hopeful for a adventurous yet delicious dining experience as i would a date night dinner. unfortunately, kanela did not step up to the plate. i don't consider myself the best cook...heck, i don't consider myself a cook, period. with every bite of my breakfast at kanela, all i could mumble was "i can do better". i make some mean chilaquiles (minus the chorizo) and yummy monkey bread in comparison to kanela, i'm shocked to report. my husband's grilled cheese with egg and tomato soup were again something that i could whip up at home with the help of a can opener. perhaps we need to go back and try some of the items listed in the other reviews?
Just. Fabulous. I went with a friend to check this place out a couple of weeks ago and we got right in. The tables are crammed together, but not so much so that you're annoyed. The decor is modern and standard. Our server was fantastic. Super attentive, offered up suggestions (not that we needed them, everything looked amazing) and paced our order very well. We split the red velvet French toast, then I ordered the smoked salmon Benedict and Aaron got the pork belly Benedict. The French toast is. To. Die. For. I don't quite understand why we'd put fresh strawberries on red velvet, but they were brush-offable. The French toast was insanely flavorful without feeling completely gluttonous. My smoked salmon Benedict (a special) was delicious - satisfying, tasty, and different. Aaron's pork belly was perfectly cooked and pure fatty decadence - just as it should be. We each got a massive Bloody Mary with cucumber vodka which was a refreshing twist on the classic without being too far out there. Brunch was a little more expensive than usual, but not prohibitively so. And we got cocktails, so to be expected. All in all, great stuff. We'll be back for more soon.
Service is just embarrassing. Sat down to eat and after 15 minutes we were not acknowledged. Visibly miffed, we got up to leave and no one made an offer to stop us or inquire. Go up Halsted to the "tree" spot if you value great quick service in an unpretentious and bright environment.
Pretty damn good food there. Who would've known? We almost walked out because they were packed and there's really no place to wait without being in the way. Glad we waited. My kids and mom loved the chocolate bacon. My smoked salmon sandwich was so amazing. Prices are reasonable. Call ahead for reservations, especially on a Sunday! Four stars. Could have been five had it not been for the uncomfortable "waiting" area.
This is a tough one to review. Met up with 2 friends at Kanela's for the 45 minute wait for brunch. The three of us were were well-versed Yelp-wise to know what to expect. As we were seated we went ahead and ordered a Kanela roll and monkey bread. The roll was good, the monkeybread is a flat out FAIL. It is not what you think it is at all, but instead a dry muffin concoction that you need a glass of water to get it down. I ordered the 2 eggs breakfast and it was fine, the others ordered the chorizo (she said it was really good) and the pork belly eggs benedict (pork belly was tough as expected from the reviews). Also, our food took awhile- shocker- but our server was really nice. The one benefit I see is that there were quite a few things of interest on the menu so I'm tempted to come back and try something else, but probably not on the weekend. They also now serve dinner, but if you can't get breakfast right....
I was introduced to Kanela on my very first trip to Chicago. A few month later, a couple trips back and a final decision to move to Chicago, Kanela is now the 'Sunday Spot' among my group of brunch buds. Cute place - both indoor and out in the back. Everything is clean and quaint, and the staff are so friendly that we always look forward to seeing them again. They have a great sweet items menu, and I so appreciate their savory menu. Some small tips: - Everyone should definitely try their french toast flight, which is not on the menu but very much existent.The citrus-y sesame seed-y one is my faaaaavorite! - If you order the chocolate-bacon item, do ask them to serve the chocolate on the side as my order was far too sweet and just looked a hot mess. - Caesar Bloody Mary over the regular one. - Continue to ask them if they will ever offer unlimited mimosas - with enough pressure, they just might!
I was thwarted in my first attempt to go here by an hour wait. Hint - go on a Tuesday! They're open on weekdays so take a half day from work and skip the long lines! The place is a trendy, clean space that is not-too-big, thus the lines. All of the food sounds AMAZING on the menu, and also very rich so this is not a place for a light meal. This food is a splurge. I had the duck confit hash and it was excellent, though not nearly finishable for little me! Service was timely yet relaxed and friendly. I'd love to come back and try something else. Don't come hungover - come when you have the presence of mind to enjoy a complex, fresh breakfast made with love and great ingredients. The hash was a bit rich for me, but it was clearly a brilliant dish. Come hungry and have your breakfast horizons expanded.
Yes, I have definitely had better. Came here on a Thursday afternoon, like 11ish. Our server was a girl that looked like she hated the world. Not to mention, she wasnt good or friendly. The coffee is Julius Meinl! Yay, I like there coffee. I would have liked more attentive coffee service, but that was kind of the theme of this girl. The menu sounded pretty good. Friend had a GC so we decided to try some 'apps.' We decided on the greek yogurt and the monkey bread. The greek yogurt was delicious! It was covered with granola, honey, strawberries and blueberries. I would have liked more fruit, but overall, very good. The monkey bread was a sad cry for monkey bread. When I have had monkey bread, its like ooey-gooey, buttery, cinnamony, etc. Not here, dry, powdered sugared, gross? I needed to take a drink of coffee to get it down. This was not monkey bread. I had a hard time deciding on breakfast or lunch. Ultimately, lunch won with the roasted veggie sandwich with mixed green salad. Well, the veggies were flavorless. I think the portabello was the same that they used for the portabello benedict?? I bet they just roast them all up together, however, they really need to put some seasoning on it or marinade. Other than that, there was like spinach and goat cheese (very small amount with little flavor). Oh and a tiny smear of relish, which I couldnt taste at all...but thats what the menu said. It was served up on sourdough toast that was WAY to hard. It cut my mouth it was so crunchy??? It felt like it had been up in the window for like 25 minutes. I couldve thrown it against the wall and it wouldnt have budged. Frisbee golf anyone? The 'mixed greens salad' was far from a salad. It was literally bagged mixed greens thrown on my plate with balsamic dressing on the side. Nothing else. A whole heap of mixed greens...hardly a salad and it wasnt even tossed? According to the menu, the mixed greens salad has a lot of stuff in it...none of which was present in my sad, little side salad. Its cheap and they have booze. $18 bottomless mimosas. We didnt do, however, if you are looking to booze, this would probably be the way to go. Most of the dishes were under $11. Maybe I should have ordered breakfast? Maybe I should have killed our server with more kindness? Maybe I should have just ordered the greek yogurt, but who goes to brunch to get yogurt? Maybe I should have complained about my food? Overall, whoever says this is the best brunch place...must not have been to many places OR maybe they know a secret about what to get on the menu more than I.
The freddo coffee is delish with just the right hint of sweetness. I had the spicy feta omelette; it was cooked to perfection and served with a side of red potatoes. Pure savory goodness. I was also eyeing the French toast flight, but I'll have to try that next time. Can't wait. Also, it is a loud not necessarily crowded brunch place with a friendly staff but only after you seat yourself. I'm giving this place four stars for their food!
My husband and I came here on a whim. We came in about 9:30am and it was getting pretty busy, so we were able to jump on a couple of seats at their little breakfast bar. The service was very good and the food did come out pretty quick. Our food was okay. I had the spicy feta omelet. To me, it was just decent and not so spicy. I liked the breakfast potatoes much more. The coffee was delicious. Our coffee was put into to-go cups because they seemed to have run out of ceramic cups. So that was odd. But the best thing about this place? They deliver! There were so many orders going to delivery drivers, that it's obviously a pretty popular choice. I don't know why more breakfast places don't deliver, but it's a genius idea and I plan on using it. Soon.
We'd had our eye on this place for a while, and finally went today. I guess the rating should be about 2.5 stars... Husband and I split the lemon bougatsa, which is a phyllo pastry filled with lemon/cheese filling and the whole thing is served warm with whipped cream. It was very good. So was my iced mocha drink. Service overall was pretty good, considering how busy they were. Everything else was underwhelming. I had the bagels and lox, described as such: "sliced smoked salmon + red onion + tomato slices + capers + chive cream cheese + NYC bagel." It is listed under the "savory" column on their menu, which promises that such items are "served with herb roasted red potatoes." The bagel was soft and squishy, despite having been toasted, and had very little cream cheese on it, so my meal ended up tasting a lot like salmon on Wonder Bread might. And it didn't come with a side of potatoes. When I asked the waiter about this, he said "no, this isn't served with a side." ...Interesting that their menu states otherwise. Husband had the pork belly Benedict, which DID come with a side of potatoes, and when I tasted them, I decided I was better off without them... they were over-herbed to the point of looking like someone had dumped a bag of lawn clippings on them, and they didn't taste much better. Husband said his Benedict was "OK." And to top it all off, I asked for an iced tea about the time our appetizer plates were collected, and never received it. I know they are very busy, and clearly, someone likes this place, but I don't feel the need to revisit Kanela. There are other places to go nearby that don't require a 30-minute wait and that serve better food for about the same cost.
Very cute place with great service, good food, and nice ambiance. We stopped in here for a breakfast and had: kanela roll- freaking amazing! spicy feta omelette- light and tasty. duck confit hash- filling and delicious Overall a very good experience! I will be back!
My friend and I stopped in spur of the moment for brunch. So delicious! It was a weekday so there was no wait and the service was prompt. The server did an excellent job of offering suggestions. The lamb burger was outstanding as well as the side salad. My friend had the duck confit hash which was also scrumptious, and he's picky with his duck! My friend has been back at least one more time since we first visited. He lives closer to the restaurant than I do, otherwise I would have beat him to it.
Kanela Breakfast Club is a Breakfast Club I don't mind being stuck in all day detention with! The food is amazing, and although all the cool kids are swarming to Kanela, the atmosphere is lively and comfy. On my first visit in January, I had the Kanela French Toast with apricot fruit syrup. It was paired heavenly with their drip coffee poured in little Julius Meinl teacups. (Get bigger coffee cups, I like a big pour!). My breakfast partner had the Duck Confit Hash with poached eggs, and it was amazing. You gotta try it! You had me at the letter "K", but I wanted to visit again before reviewing. And so I did this weekend- got there around 9am on a Sunday, and the Breakfast Club was empty. But by 9:30, it filled to the brim with families and couples, sated and bleary-eyed, ready to gorge on KBC's excellent offerings. I had heard the Bacon Waffle with chocolate-covered bacon was epic. The bacon was completely unidentifiable as meat, and looked like a melted Hershey's bar in the shape of bacon! I could see that bacon being offered as a stand alone in a candy store. It was served with a side of whip cream, and maple syrup. The syrup was completely unneccesary, as the Bacon Waffle is sweet enough on its own. And yes, the Bacon Waffle= Epic! I heart Kanela Breakfast Club. I'll be back soon. Don't you forget about me!
Unfortunately I did not throw my fist in the air after leaving this Breakfast Club. I went with a friend and we both had the strawberry orange juice. It was a bit on the sweet side but it was still a yummy beverage. My friend had the Pork Belly eggs benedict. He said the pork was a little dry and that the brussel sprouts and cranberries added too much unnecessary flavor. He also asked for a side of avocado but it was a little brown and mushy :-\ I had the chorizo+ over easy eggs. I like chorizo and eggs separated so I liked my meal. Over easy egg over a bed of chorizo and avocado. Portion sizes are large so I was very fulfilled. I wasn't crazy about the potatoes though. Not the proper seasoning and most were soggy. Surprising b/c those are hard to mess up. The service was a bit inconsistent. It took a long while to get our meal, but when we did the waiter stopped by several times to check up on us. All in all it's good but I'm not likely to return any time soon.
Was here a few years ago when it took over orange. Not so memorable. Decided to give it another chance while walking past and realized that we may have to wait on a Sunday morning. No problem. Showed up w my daughter to request seats. After telling us our wait would be 20-25 minutes and taking our name the hostess said "our 2 high chairs are currently being used. " she said they would still be occupied after the 25 minute wait she quoted us. So I said "forget it". Wtf. For a place that says kid friendly... And they only a have 2 high chairs? BS.
Arriving at noon for brunch on Sunday, our party of three waited about 45 minutes to be seated. The space is small, which I think explained the wait more than the quality of the food. We started by sharing the Kanela roll and monkey bread. The Kanela roll was a cinnamon roll; not as gooey as Cinnabon and not as tasty as Zed 451. Maybe it had less calories. The monkey bread was dry like a Starbucks muffin. For my meal, I had the eggs benedict over pork belly. It was delicious but could have been just as good without the pork belly, which was overcooked and dry. The Julius Meinl iced coffee was excellent, and even better the server who was on top of refilling it. Great service! So, all in all, for breakfast in this neighborhood, it's A-OK. Don't go out of your way to eat here. And if there's a wait, I'd give the nod to Deleece right up the street.
I can't say I"m too bummed that the original Orange closed because they seem to be popping up on more street corners than Starbucks these days. In it's place I am psyched to see the Kanela Breakfast Club. I'm assuming that you'll have to wait awhile to brunch here on the weekends, but if you're lucky enough to be a woman of leisure during the week you'll have plenty of tables to choose from. While I"m not a woman of leisure, I am fortunate enough to work from home...and enjoyed a delicious lunch here today with 2 of my colleagues. Everything on the menu looked pretty incredible, but I went w/ the chorizo: eggs over easy, avocado, chihuahua cheese, salsa verde, jalapeno, cilantro, creama. Uh-mazing! My mouth was on fire eating it, although maybe I'm not very tolerant of spice because my dining partner in crime Jelena Z didn't find hers to be very spicy. As many yelpers have pointed out they also serve Julius Meinl coffee, which has never really done it for me. Our waitress was a total sweetheart though and even brought over some complimentary Loukoumades when we were just hanging out after our meal. As Colleen C mentioned to me they weren't very weightwatchers friendly (our diet of choice these days), but they were well worth the extra points.
KBC, yo! Like Andrea R, I had the chorizo dish, topped with over easy eggs, avocado, chihuahua cheese, salsa verde, jalapeno, cilantro and crema. Unlike Andrea R, I thought the dish was easy on the spice. Then again, I'm strangely unaffected by spice, heat, peppers, all of it. I'm hardcore! I ate every last bit of it, beyond the comfortably full point. Translation: It was terrific. But you know what wasn't so terrific? Noticing the lingering smell of cooking oil in my hair for hours afterward. Kanela, I'm re-naming you Canola. Let's get some ventilation up in here! I'll return for the most luscious chorizo I've had in some time, but certainly not with a fresh blow-out.
I really don't have anything bad to say about this place. We came on their first Sunday opening, got a table, had to wait awhile for food, but it was worth it. There have been several brunch places in this space and none last too long. However, I think the signage of Kanela is enough to bring in some avid brunchers if they do their research. The ambiance is modern and romantic with ample seating, a bar area, and a massive chandelier. Their menu consists of Julius Meinl coffee--yea!! and a sweet and savory collection of omelettes, french toast, pancakes, lamb burger, crepes, etc. We started with coffee. Then, the servers brought out mini donut-type "appetizer" balls. I ordered the Lorraine Scramble with black toast(rye) accompanied with whipped butter and marmalade and the beau had the Spicy feta omelette. Both were awesome and served up with home-style potatoes. Everything on the menu looked amazing and even better in person :) The prices are pretty comparable to any competition, if not a little better. I will def. give Kanela another one of my Saturday or Sunday mornings some time soon. Fo sho.
Visiting my friend from out of town and this is her favorite breakfast spot. We enjoyed a few mimosas with their fresh-squeezed strawberry orange juice while waiting for our table. We were seated on their patio which was very nice! I had their breakfast skillet special - potatoes, onions, ham, veggies, cheese topped with two eggs. SO GOOD. The potatoes were really well seasoned and ratio of cheese to veggies and ham was excellent. Friend got the eggs benedict which looked amazing with the pork belly and brussels sprouts. Definitely original and the bite I stole was great. Our server was super enthusiastic and helpful. The place isn't huge so there can be a wait, but well worth it.
Pretty negative experience overall. We just stood around the door for several minutes before anyone even approached us. We noticed that it was pretty hot in there... high 80s outside and it didn't feel much cooler indoors, like the air hadn't been turned on. We waited almost 15 minutes before water was brought and our drink orders were taken. AND the place was practically empty. There were literally two other tables with four people total in the whole place. Almost an hour went by before we got our food... not sure what took so long since the place was practically empty. The food was extraordinarily mediocre and way overpriced for what we got. The waiter seemed really uninterested in being there and wasn't very knowledgeable about anything on the menu. This was my second visit to this place... I went once when it first opened and had the same experience. I thought I'd give it another try to see if they had a better handle on things. Waste of money and I won't ever go back. There are too many other brunch spots in Chicago that are infinitely better.
I visited Kanela Breakfast Club for a New Year's brunch, and was completely pleased. Although I had to walk there for quite a while in the freezing cold, it was absolutely worth it! My boyfriend had a burger, which he said was very good, and I had the red velvet french toast. All I can say about the french toast is that it was one of the best meals I have ever had! It melted in my mouth, and although I am normally a picky eater, I could not get enough. The food is what made the walk and the wait worth it. The service is friendly, but a little slow. Upon arriving our waiter immediately fixed our table when he saw how wobbly it was. After placing our orders, though, the food took quite a while to arrive. However, there was fortunately no wait to get a table. The crowd on the day we went was definitely very young; mostly 20's and 30's. There was one family with a young child there, and they seemed a little out of place. My recommendation is to visit the Kanela Breakfast Club. You won't regret it!
I didn't know much about this place, but I saw the huge lines and Hungry Hound's smiling face on the wall, I figured it'd be pretty good. Man, Chicago loves its brunch. I'm just grateful that a place like this takes reservations. I had the eggs benedict, which they made their own with brussel sprouts. The food was elevated brunch and everyone's food looked pretty good. It's really nice that they serve Julius Meinl coffee too in Julius Meinl coffee cups. The restaurant is a little small and there's only one bathroom stall for women, but I would come back as long as I had a reservation.
Went there today for bunch. Checked in and told us it would be 20-30 minutes for a table for the three of us which we thought wasn't bad for a Saturday afternoon. After waiting 45 minutes we started getting antsy and asked the hostess how much longer. The host said 10 minutes and that we would have the next three top table that opened up. When we finally saw a three top table getting up we got so excited... just to be let down. They put a two people at the table that sat three people despite the fact that we could clearly see another table that only sat two getting up. Why would they make us wait longer when we had already been waiting the longest out of any of the parties there?? Also irritating to see another table of six people sitting with only two people there. Why are you seating incomplete parties of people when you are so busy and we have been waiting so long?? After an hour and 15 minutes of waiting and just about ready to go somewhere else we FINALLY got a table. The host did apologize and told us she was training someone so the wait time was a little off.... yeah it was 45 minutes off. At this point we were so hungry and grumpy... it was going to be hard to enjoy this experience. Checking in at 11:30am and not getting sat until 12:45pm on empty stomachs doesn't make a happy trio. My friend's coffee cup was dirty. The Rum Chata Latte was good. When we finally got our food it was kind of cold and very average if not below average food. I had the portabello benedict and side of vegetarian sausage. My friends had crepes and the skillet of the day. None of us were impressed with the food. Definitely not worth the hour and fifteen minute wait for the table plus another 20 minutes for the food to come out. The food was of course way over priced. Basically you pay to be in this hip, cool atmosphere with hipster looking staff and mediocre food. My friend complained at the end and they gave us a $15 off the next meal but really we have no intention of going back to this place. I would say do your palette and wallet a favor and go somewhere else. We probably would have been more happy going to Clarke's diner around the corner.