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  • Monique B.

    Small and quaint. I liked the homey feel of the place, but I'm glad we didn't have to wait too long for a seat. I am a huge breakfast potato lover, so the fact that you can get your breakfast potatoes with a variety of toppings and add ins made me a very happy girl. I had an omelette and it was really more like eggs wrapped around the filling options I chose, instead of cooked into the eggs. But they did give you a lot of both. The breakfast potatoes were great, and worth mentioning again. The coffee was also good. Service was good as well. The only thing I didn't like and didn't finish was the biscuit. I'm not a big fan of biscuits to begin with, but everyone in the restaurant had one, so I figured they were good and I should try them. They were just dry and doughy, stick to the toast. A good solid showing, so I'll come back sometime.

    (3)
  • Saimithra M.

    Let me start off by saying that this is nothing like the major chain breakfast places such as iHop and Denny's. The menu and the place itself are both quite small. The environment, although busy, is very cozy. The food is great, and it's definitely worth the price because of the large proportions. Their pancakes are huge and fill you up quickly! I recommend trying the chocolate chip pancakes if you have a sweet tooth. I am not such a big fan of their maple syrup, but the pancakes alone are great. The biscuits are also quite delicious! The only downside to this place is the wait time. It's always crowded, and there will be a wait time no matter when you go in. The food is worth the wait though! If you're a local, you must try Sweet Maple Cafe at least once. It's a great local place.

    (4)
  • Roli C.

    A local favorite! It's a shame to read the negativity below! The food is superb and the service is above par. Carolina and Sarah, thanks for your smile and instant connection on my visit! Major thumbs up!

    (5)
  • Andrew R.

    Sweet Maple Cafe is a great southern fusion breakfast in the heart of the UIC/Tri-Taylor neighborhood. I'm a daily patron who starts my work day with hearty dishes that includes homemade applesauce with fresh local apples. A shout out of appreciation to Karolina, Mayra & Sara for creating a pleasurable dining experience (even though I pick up) every day. You all take care of business! Thanks. Andrew Reynolds

    (5)
  • Kimberly A.

    The restaurant continues to wow me with each visit. I can say I've tried everything (almost :) delicious and prepared to perfection! Thank you to the staff and Laurene

    (5)
  • Elkin J.

    This place was awesome! Needed a table for 4 but our party did not arrive on time. Staff understood and did whatever they can to accommodate us when we were ready. Staff was extra helpful friendly and beautiful. .. definitely recommend this place for quick good cheap breakfast :D

    (5)
  • Jason B.

    Worth the wait! Delish delish delish! Out of towner came for breakfast and loved every bite. Really awesome potatoes to compliment crisp and tender bacon. French toast was just just just great. Can't wait to return.

    (5)
  • Clara S.

    The home fries are ridiculously good! I had the biscuits and gravy as well. Best I've ever had. Service was great, too!

    (5)
  • Britney R.

    Went on a Saturday at 1pm, got right in. Ordered the Dr. Glenn's scramble with home fries and a biscuit. Everything was pretty good, especially the ham...yum! Lots of food so I was stuffed. The home fires could've used a bit more seasoning and I wish they had more than Smuckers to dress the biscuits....apple butter would've been perfect. All in all, I thought it was pretty tasty.

    (4)
  • Elizabeth Q.

    Stopped by for lunch - nice little diner place. Place was packed with people. Service was quick. Portions are pretty big for 1 person. Nothing fancy - I had a grilled cheese w/ fried egg inside, fries and fresh squeezed OJ.

    (3)
  • Anne M.

    PARKING- easy metered street parking around noon on a weekday, but may be more difficult during a weekend "brunch rush." COST- Affordable if you want to spend around $12-15 per person. We ordered French Toast, a skillet, 2 coffees, a side of potatoes, 2 eggs plus cheddar cheese, and a side of cheesy grits... Grand total $32 plus tip. Not too bad for a lot of food! ATMOSPHERE- very comfortable, jazz playing quietly in the background, very nice waitress. Definitely did NOT feel like I was in Chicago. It had the feel of a small cafe you might stop at while on vacation down south. There wasn't much effort to make the place fancy- the effort was in the cooking. All of this adds up to make a great breakfast/lunch/brunch place in my opinion! YUMMY- French toast- the custard batter made for an interesting flavor, thick slices, generous portion. Butter was soft and syrup was just the right amount of sweet 2 eggs scrambled w/ cheddar- I ordered mine well done, good solid consistency without the "fluff", which I prefer Pick a pepper potatoes- great flavor, like grandma made them for you in her kitchen! Generous amounts of green peppers, red peppers, onions, and jalapeños....had jalapeño flavor without the heat. MEH- I didn't care for the cheesy grits. Sort of watery, not enough cheese....definitely had better down south. TO RETURN OR NOT RETURN? I will definitely be back to Sweet Maple!

    (5)
  • Bruce D.

    I had the special Lemon Raspberry Pancakes. They were the best I ever had. In addition, the service was amazing. I would definitely asked to be seated at any table serviced by Kiko.

    (5)
  • Talia S.

    This brunch place is good but not excellent. I don't understand why so many people rave about the food... It's your average breakfast restaurant. Service was good, and the hot chocolate was not bad, but I wouldn't wait for more than 10 min for sweet maple cafe.

    (3)
  • Luis L.

    I love this place! I would recommend to anyone who's looking for a good homey breakfast. Everything is fresh and well prepared especially the biscuits.

    (5)
  • Reda K.

    Well it's old school looking on the inside. Really small. I Ordered cheddar grits,grain toast, scramble eggs and turkey link sausages. Well I really didn't taste the cheddar in my grits and my toast was really hard. And I think the egg was a small one with no taste and the turkey link no taste,Coffee cups are small I could barely put my finger in to drink my coffee ask for a bigger cup was told they didn't have any bigger cups.. This was the second time coming here the first time was a few years ago. I must have had a experience the first that's why I went back but this time it wasn't good at all. So I will not be returning.

    (2)
  • Laneka G.

    This place is really small and you awkwardly lurk near people eating while you wait. Because of the size of this place you will hear the conversations of those sitting near you and vice versa. I ordered the pancakes you get two plate size pancakes the top one is dusted with powdered sugar they have the sweet cream butter and they provide you with a lil tub of syrup so if you like to drench your pancakes in syrup beware. I enjoyed the pancakes they were prepared well. I also had the cheesy grits they were slightly lumpy but better than a lot of restaurants. The corned beef has was ok the corned beef was diced with diced potatoes they were kinda dry. The highlight of my meal was the hot chocolate. It's a bit messy at first cause it's piled high with whipped cream and you need to stir the chocolate . Overall it was an ok experience but I don't see myself returning any time soon.

    (3)
  • Alex M.

    THE PANCAKES! THE PANCAKES! Ok, so not entirely worth the hype BUT! like 85% worth the hype! If you're looking for a totally solid Southern-style breakfast joint, this is it. I thought everything was delicious but I don't know if I'm sold on the surprisingly long wait. Clearly people love this place. If you're looking for breakfast deliciosiocity, then this corner is great. Stax and Sweet Maple have you covered.

    (4)
  • Tiffany R.

    It's alright but I wasn't bowled over. Admittedly I don't eat meat so I may not be the best judge. Plus I hear they have salmon cakes and catfish on the weekend. I think my mom would like the place though. I had the healthy plate and the spinach taste like it was sauteed without adding anything. The presentation wasn't great. The wait was very nice and friendly.

    (2)
  • Nikki C.

    I been in this area now over 10 years I had sweet maples maybe 8 x total it is OK . I've had better and I've had worst. It's right in between for those who know a true southern stick to your ribs breakfast they do OK meeting those standards. i was just now bowled over about their breakfasts or other offerings it might just be me personally no big deal or dislike toward SMC.

    (3)
  • Terrel K.

    Food is good.but coffee cups are waaayyyy too small.my fingers barely fit into the cup.

    (4)
  • Olivia G.

    Super food. Disrespectful and rude service by the management. This morning, my colleague and I met for business over breakfast. While the food was outstanding, the management hovered and continually encouraged us to move on. We were told that Sweet Maple Cafe does not encourage business meetings in their establishment. It is unfortunate that a small business doesn't encourage partnership with other similar-minded businesses. This shortsighted view is what fuels the undercurrent of hostility that permeates Chicago. Instead of building a community, this behavior undermines collaboration. #EpicFail

    (1)
  • Kimberly M.

    I really enjoy Sweet Maple! Their pancakes are definitely in my top 4 pancakes in life list. Last time I had the 18th street scramble and loved it - it has a kick. I've gone on Sunday mornings only and have never waited over 10 minutes which I thought was surprising. I I will definitely continue to return.

    (5)
  • Cindy F.

    Omg best pancakes ever hahaha luv this place ill come back next weekend for another dosis of maple pancakes with strawberries :)

    (4)
  • Adriana R.

    I was visiting Chicago for the first time and I was looking for a good brunch spot near my hotel. I came across Sweet Maple Cafe and I was not disappointed. Freshly squeezed orange juice, home fries with grilled onions and pancakes the size of an entire plate. Yum Yum Yum! The host was also so nice and welcoming.

    (5)
  • susan c.

    Rough breakfast here today.....usually pretty good, we waited 45 mins for our orders, they were brought piece by piece. Yes it was busy, I noted the long wait on the check and the waitress wanted to argue with me about it!!!!!! Someone spilled milk on the floor, soiling a diner's briefcase, staff saw it, discussed, left it for quite a while. We like the food, some is unusual, gray gravy on biscuits, dry hash, they give one tiny container of syrup for huge pancakes and charge a dollar for additional, yes it's maple syrup, prices are high already. Got some attitude asking for coffee refill too. Will go to Jut's and Stax down the street instead.

    (3)
  • Vina O.

    LOVE their corned beef hash, it's the only thing I ever get when I'm here so I can't really comment on any of their other dishes. It's probably the best corned beef hash I've had in the city. :D The place gets really busy almost every day of the week. I'm knocking off a star because our server seemed like she was in a hurry to kick us out to could accommodate the growing line even though my friend was still drinking her coffee.

    (3)
  • chazz l.

    Like going inside of someone's home for a meal. Holiday French toast, ham it up heavenly home fries

    (4)
  • Alejandro T.

    Okay this place is very sweet. The atmosphere of the establishment is quite inviting, plus the decoration gives out the feeling of sitting at your grandparents' house waiting for a hot meal to come out of the kitchen. Good vibe. The place does get packed but they have a few plastic chairs for people to wait outside if they have to. It's worth the wait though. The service is amazing, 6 out of 5 stars there. Both our host and server were very attentive and answered all our questions. Our server checked on us and although we were indecisive for a long time she always seemed enthusiastic and cheerful, so we never felt rushed. Nice feeling. The food -and this is where the bubble gets burst- was above average but not amazing in lieu of the other aspects. The first bummer was that their espresso machine is not working so we had to say good-bye to our hot chocolate daydreams. Granted, that's not their fault, but there's no brunch without the coffee or hot chocolate right? For the meal itself, I had the Holiday French Toast with a side of biscuits with their spicy sausage and gravy. Here is where it gets tricky. Making french toasts is an art, because there's more to it than what meets the eye. Sure the ingredients are all simple but it is the style and the perfect touch of the chef that makes it either perfect or a complete fiasco. There are not many places out there that I believed have mastered the french toast technique, but, Sweet Maple Cafe makes the cut. Boy their french toasts are great! Totally approve, and recommend. Now, what bothers me is that the biscuits with sausage and gravy were just okay, they weren't particularly good, which is surprising considering they are remarkably easy to get right once the french toast technique has been mastered, but this was just a disappointment. Avoid this as a side... On another bright side, I got their chocolate milk, which was delicious, and my friend ordered their blueberry pancakes which were both filling and yummy. All their portions were very reasonable. Their prices are just above average, but all and all is a place I'd like to come back to :)

    (3)
  • Frank W.

    Everything is good on the menu! Been coming here many years and I've never been disappointed.

    (5)
  • Tammy P.

    Fabulous homemade biscuits-with or without yummy sausage gravy! The chicken egg & cheeser sandwich with the homemade apple sauce is great. Menu has variation and is a nice change of pace from regular breakfast fare. It is a small place so go early or anticipate a wait.

    (4)
  • Dionna B.

    So, I really want this place to be how it used to be. But over the years the omelette and egg dishes have become smaller and the service poorer. Most recently, to my dismay, I came in for weekend brunch and waited 40 min and then told that they were out of biscuits. Really? So many entrees are "bisquit-based". How do you run out of a menu item made of flour and water and you also sell them to go to make at home? I'm sitting there looking at dozens at at home biscuit mixes. Can you open one up and make some more? I guess not. I'm gonna have to find a new go to breakfast spot. Goodbye Sweet Maple.

    (1)
  • Roshni P.

    The only reason I took off a star is because of the ridiculous lines and they had a reserved table with no one sitting there for at least half an hour. If there is a line with a wait time of about an hour, it makes more sense to sit the customers first rather than waiting for a party to come. About the food, I'm not a big expert on breakfast food but this was delicious. I got an omelet that I customized myself with 4 toppings and it was great, and this is coming from someone who does not like the taste or even smell of eggs. It was a little pricey but for good quality food and the fact that you are in Chicago, it wasn't too unreasonable. The atmosphere is very inviting, even though it doesn't look that way from the outside. I might visit again on a special occasion, but definitely not on a Sunday morning when I'm starving.

    (4)
  • reuben b.

    We received speedy, helpful, attentive service on a Monday afternoon (which apparently is a great time to go). The food was just stupid good! I had an omelet packed with sun dried tomato,chopped mushrooms,bacon, ham, and a touch of basil,mmnn. The biscuits are the real deal, I also had the seasonal raspberry lemon pancakes along with their version of hashbrowns/ homefries, cooked to a golden (crispy on the outside, tender on the inside) perfection! My wife had some of the best grits I ever had! Not runny but smooth with just enough texture. We will definitely be going back soon!!

    (5)
  • Alex P.

    Good breakfast, nice service... disgusting decor on the inside. Decor makes you feel like you are sitting in someone's kitchen from 1982 that is in the process of renovation--but it's not. Sorry, but I cannot eat next to someone and almost feel the need to share conversation with the folk's next to me--that's how close things get here. Would not ever recommend to a friend unless if it were to be expanded/redecorated.

    (2)
  • Monica C.

    Great food. I would definitely return. I am a huge fan of good brunch and this spot has some really good breakfast/brunch choices. My only complaint here would be that it is super small and everybody who knows about this place wants to get in. The banana pancakes were divine...as well as the veggie hash, and the salmon cakes. This one's a keeper!

    (4)
  • Diana J.

    OMGOSH. This immediately became my favorite breakfast place in the city!! Their biscuits and gravy is just ridiculous. The spicy chorizo is actually spicy! I can't help but smile when I'm shoveling them into my mouth. Their coffee is strong and hearty, but not bitter. The fresh peach pancakes with fresh whip cream is also amazing. I want to try everything on this menu! Just wish it was bigger so my hungry tummy doesn't have to wait so long....

    (5)
  • First L.

    Umami was originally described here. Perhaps one of the finest breakfast establishments in Chicago. Come early and hungry.

    (5)
  • Jay I.

    I think this breatkfast place is pretty decent as expected. We ordered a chorizo-based egg dish and a taco breakfast. Both of them were pretty good. I also thought their biscuit was pretty tender and tasty (it's a shame I only put on butter but not the jelly. It was too big, and i totally forgot about it). I would definitely try other stuff later. I think the price is on the higher end as a plain brunch joint, but it's not bad.

    (4)
  • Melanie C.

    Luckily, we beat the line-up and didn't have to wait for a table. I felt right at home at this adorable cafe. The waitress was sweeter than pie itself. I had the special: peaches and cream pancakes. Why haven't I thought of this? I love peaches and I love pancakes so this was a winning combination. Amazing food. Good prices. Fantastic service. 'nuff said.

    (5)
  • Melanie S.

    I've always liked this place but have frequented it less and less over the years. The food is very good, but with so many other brunch options closer to my neck o' the woods, it had fallen off my radar. This place is charming, in a "grandma" kind of way. And it's small, with only about fifteen tables, and precious little room to wait. And believe me, you will wait. I usually don't mind waiting a bit for brunch but I refuse to wait in the cold for upwards of an hour, and that is generally the case at SWC. No bacon and eggs is worth getting frostbite, amiright? Still, a weekday off (thanks, NATO) and an appointment in the vicinity got me back to Sweet Maple, this time with my mom in tow. We arrived at about 11:30 last Monday. I was foolishly hoping that the breakfast crowd would be long gone and we'd beat the lunch crowd, but we still were still quoted about a twenty minute wait upon arrival. We were plenty hungry by then and our server (who was as sweet as their sweet milk biscuits) swiftly took our order. My mom ordered some healthy concoction of black beans, sliced tomatoes, sauteed spinach, and multigrain toast. It was an odd combination but she seemed to enjoy it. I went all out and ordered a breakfast sandwich with fried egg, cheese, and ham, an order of home fries and a blueberry pancake to split with mom. My sandwich came out sans ham, but was quickly rectified, and it was delicious. It comes on a fluffy biscuit and it's the perfect size. Their home fries were perfectly crispy, seasoned well, and cooked with some sweet onions which were a great enhancement. I thought the blueberry pancake was rather devoid of blueberries, but overall tasty (kudos to them for leaving off the powdered sugar at my request). Sweet Maple is a solid option for breakfast or brunch, but steel yourself for long waits, especially at peak times. 3.5 stars.

    (4)
  • Jay B.

    This is truly a 5 star place too eat at.. There is no need for a detailed review, long story- short we came we ate we Conquered.. Thy End

    (5)
  • Liz T.

    Don't miss this charming Chicago gem! Sweet Maple consistently serves delicious food in a casual, down-homey atmosphere. There is nothing more that I could ask!

    (5)
  • Jeevan J.

    Loved the place. From outside, looks like a shack, but is a bustling place inside. :) The choco-chip pancakes are awesome- and huge :) :)

    (5)
  • Katrina H.

    Love going here in the Early Morning for Breakfast. Her prices are a bit more than a normal place but hey it's in Little Italy and maybe her Taxes for the building are Off the chain.... I Love their pancakes. and you do get a lot for your money so well worth it. The staff is typically friendly but can be aloof when the place is overly crowded. I do NOT Like waiting and having to watch other people eat while I just Stand there.. waiting for a table..Maybe there will be another method during the winter months .

    (4)
  • Brad H.

    I like this place, being somewhat nostalgic going to UIC and living on Taylor St. But, this place is definitely worth a visit. Try to go on a weekday, because on Saturdays and Sundays the line is out the door. Very cozy place, and servers have always been friendly even though its kind of a circus inside. Biscuits are the main attraction for me. Cannot be remotely healthy, but are huge and tasty. They're also very cool with just stopping by, ordering a couple biscuits to go from the counter, and heading out. Would definitely recommend.

    (4)
  • dan l.

    This is the best breakfast in the city... Perhaps ever... I love this place...

    (5)
  • Tal S.

    Best pancakes I ever had! This is our new favorite brunch place in the city. The place is cozy, the service is lovely, friendly and not imposing, and the food was just so good it made sweet maple cafe worthy of my first review on yelp.

    (5)
  • K T.

    This place is very good. The food is worth five stars for their good-sized portions, fluffy eggs, and nice strong coffee. However, for this chi-town guy, the leisurely southern service takes a star off. There's relaxed, and then there's "do you not care that more people are waiting to sit than sitting" leisureliness. Example - I asked for cream, and it took a good 7 minutes as my waitress wandered around, chatting and such. I think there's a balance between not being rushed and being simply too slow, and this place is too slow. Having said that, I give huge props to anyplace that has REAL maple syrup as the default option. I have a real pet peave about the use of darkened high fructose corn syrup in place of one of mother nature's (and Canada's) greatest gifts. (On a sidenote, if you ever have a chance, do a taste test of syrups...from light B to Dark Amber...quite a fun time). I had pumpkin spiced pancakes which were quite good, though a bit strong for the aforementioned beloved maple syrup. So, go on a week day and avoid the lines so that you can control the definition of leisurely.

    (4)
  • Bill W.

    The food is consistently good (I like the Slacker Fries), the coffee is decent, and they're fast. If only it weren't slammed pretty much all the time. They don't have much room to wait (except for hovering over the people who look like they're taking their time, which is encouraged), so you can tell what kind of day it's going to be by looking at the crowd outside.

    (4)
  • Stacey F.

    ate breakfast there today. ooooo man, it was everything i could have ever wanted and more. i got the egg and cheeser biscuit with sausage and a side of home fries. do not leave without getting the home fries, seriously the best. my boyfriend got the jalepeno home fries, they were smoothered in cheese and had ham in them, yum. only complaint would be the long wait, but it was def worth it. best breakfast i have had in awhile. def going back!

    (5)
  • Ryan H.

    Met a friend here for brunch on a Sunday morning. When we arrived, we had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. Once seated, the place seemed kind of cramped and it was way too loud to hold a conversation. I did enjoy to food and received decent service when we were seated. It's just that I think the place might be too small for the volume that they get. When I go to brunch I expect a certain atmosphere and this wasn't it.

    (2)
  • Ben S.

    Awesome biscuits, and always enough food on your plate to take some home with you. That's enough to get me to come back.

    (4)
  • A S.

    Really enjoyed the brunch here. Unassuming, unpretentious place with fabulous biscuits and cheese grits. Portions were just right...only down side is the neighborhood was a little out-of-the-way for me. Highly recommend!

    (4)
  • Lauren T.

    Food is delicious and is the perfect amount to fill you up. Lots of omelet options as well as other traditional breakfast items (thumbs up for the french toast). Not very expensive and great service. I will definitely be back!

    (5)
  • Dave P.

    I took a date to the sweet maple for a Saturday brunch, and it was perfect. There was a little bit of a wait, but that's what happens when such a tiny space comes with some great food. The food was just awesome. I love pancakes, and these were a great example that filled me up. Just plan on the wait - it sucks, but deal with it patiently.

    (4)
  • Norma C.

    One of my favorite breakfast places in the city. Fresh southern style breakfast cooking. Delicious! My only problem with Sweet Maple is the long lines and wait times. Parking is easy along the street.

    (4)
  • Lindsay B.

    If you aren't willing to wait for good food, then you probably don't really care about eating good food. When the people stop lining up down the block to get a table here, I'll probably stop coming too. I would eat this food standing up shoulder to shoulder if I had to. The home fries alone are worth it. and although I have never had a rude server here once, I would understand if they were anything less than pleasant because they have to deal with so many people, apparently a lot of whom like to waste their time complaining about things beyond their control.

    (5)
  • Anastasia Beaverhausen I.

    Now ive been a believer for about a year now. Everything ive had since going here has been delicious!...but being a creature of habit, i cant beat my eggs my style with a side of ham and sliced tomato and an endless supply of coffee. I KNOW, Boring in light of the options, but the staff help complete the experience because my server Rich, floods me with coffee the minute i sit and knows my order without question. SO when my parents, who are IMPOSSIBLE to please where in town, i ventured on the chance that perhaps S. Maples simple charm and good food might make them believers. To no surprise, their first impression was slightly taken aback at the lack of decor and the long wait, (after i explained the concept of a small ma & pa place, their nose slightly came down). Keep in mind, I've taken my parents to all sorts of places and it never fails, my mother inevitably starts getting that look on her face like she just smelled a stinky finger. So the bar is set high. As her scramble was set in front of her, i began to see the stinky finger coming around, and my father sat with his fingers interlaced over his belly as his breakfast was set before him. I was prepared for this, so i ordered the lemon raspberry pancakes in advance for the table and encouraged my mom to try them while i told my father to try his biscuit. Not before long, i saw my dad dipping his biscuit in his coffee (this was a good sign) and my mother double fisting between the pancakes and scramble. SUCCESS! When i heard my mother ask for to go boxes , i finally exhaled. Thanks S. Maple, keep up the great work.

    (5)
  • Sassy P.

    Great brunch with your beloved. I came here a few months ago by recommendation of a classmate. Expect to wait about 45 mins for a table. The great thing is you can put your name on the list and then walk around the neighborhood, since there isn't much room to wait in line. Just make sure you're back before they call you name, and if you're not, like me, just let them know and they'll give you the next available table. The decor inside feels homey. It's like an old house with the creaking floors. There aren't many tables, hence the reason it takes so long for a table. Cute place. A little expensive... The pancakes of the day are something to try. I had the pumpkin pancake and it was delicious. Eggs are average. Nothing too special... Recommended.

    (4)
  • Sharon L.

    Delicious, homestyle brunch with the best coffee in the city. Staff is wonderful. Try the Sunrise Omelet and Cheese Grits.

    (5)
  • Cameron C.

    Bias: I used to work here. I can honestly say though...I miss this food. I have wet dreams about the home fries and biscuits. Seriously, the home fries are out of this world. Space is VERY small and waits back up pretty quick. Staff does a great job of turning tables over and though it may not seem like it, employees care that there are hungry waiters. It's a tad pricey, but I would pay a boatload to be swirling my spoon in some cheddar grits right now! Best time to go is early morning (thanks caption obvious) on any day. Even the weekdays can bring in a packed house. Please try this place though, portions are hearty and packed with fat! Mmmmm. Oh, and dont forget to try the muffins at the counter, spectacular.

    (4)
  • MTML D.

    Sweet Maple Cafe, how and where do I start? My wife, stepdaughter, and I visited today on a Thursday. We got there about 9:00 am. The place was pleasantly buzzing, but we got in right away. The atmosphere was calm but lively. I first have to say to the people who think that this place is too small, I don't think so. I think that the size is perfect. It keeps Sweet Maple's charming like a little sidewalk cafe. The waitress was very good. She kept the coffee coming and her attitude was very pleasant. I read prior reviews that said the wait staff was not so nice, that is trash because these people are very accomodating and nice. NOW ON TO THE FOOD. I had the egg and cheeser which was a fried egg with your choice of cheese( I chose cheddar) and handled on both ends by their awesome biscuits. I also decided to try the pancakes because I read that they were good. I am a pancake critic to the 5th power and I have to say that these were the best pancakes that I have ever had. They do something with the batter and the vanilla in the cakes is like they went out back and scraped vanilla beans right then and came back and put it in the pancakes. The pancakes gave me the sensation that I was eating poundcake but thinner and lighter. Also I need to mention that they were huge. 2 pancakes the size of a small pizza. Needles to say I did not eat them all, my wife and stepdaughter helped. My wife does not care for pancakes and she loved these. My wife had an egg scramble with veggies and fresh salsa on the side:excellent. My stepdaughter had eggs with cheddar and two sausage patties:excellent. Last but not least, the home fries are off the bell. They are a must try when you get here. So to all the people who came here and did not like it; sorry but you either don't know good breakfast when it hits you in the face or you're just a whiner and no place is good enough for you. To all the people who have heard about this place and have not tried it; you need to get here ASAP for some good comfort food.

    (5)
  • Emily V.

    Well worth the wait (my husband and I waited 20 minutes when we arrived at 10am last Sunday), but it's important to anticipate waiting. The inside was a bit dingier than I expected, but clean. It did not affect my appetite. Plenty of water refills, and the coffee was great. We ordered buttermilk pancakes and the Sweet Maple Special (I think that's the name), which consisted of eggs, biscuit, sausage and grits. Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food, and these were awesome. Huge, buttermilky, fluffy, golden brown, and accompanied with real butter and REAL maple syrup. Real maple syrup at no extra cost is rare and wonderful. My glass of whole milk paired well with the pancakes, and I even brought home some leftovers. The grits were delicious, the biscuit was even better, and the eggs were scrambled well-done (as requested). Sausage links were nothing special, but also tasty. We paid $24 total and were extremely satisfied.

    (5)
  • Christian M.

    Best pancakes in Chicago hands down. Scrambled is awesome as well!

    (5)
  • Erwin F.

    My favorite place for breakfast in the city. Outstanding food, simple down to earth southern atmosphere. Makes me feel like I'm dining in Grandma's kitchen. And Grandma would never let you leave hungry.

    (5)
  • Naomi L.

    Good God the pancakes the coffee- perfect location when I visit UIC monthly.

    (5)
  • Eugene E.

    born + raised in "the south" - this place misses the southern beat. a few tips for ppl going which perhaps could be helpful 1) SMALL, quaint restaurant -- (which would lead one to think the food fits the atmosphere) 2) NO waiting area, waiting/seating outside on the sidewalk -- (on a crisp fall-like July Sunday this was *very welcomed*) 3) there are 15 tables inside *counted* -- (after waiting 1hr 10 minutes, which was the suggested wait-time) the host is cool/nice - the waitress was pleasant - the patrons were laid back - clearly anyone waiting 50 minutes plus has a certain knack for being particularly unbothered by time. the food - pancakes and french toast are served a la carte which can inch your bill up if you decide on eggs and/or meat/home fries. I ordered the pancakes (2 nice sized on a serving) + 2 eggs and home fries. the "buttermilk" pancakes finished with powdered sugar were just okay. not really buttery goodness, nor sweet, not a memorable taste or something I can describe back, short of being bland - just pancakes in which the cook knew when to take them off before being overdone. nothing to write "back-down south" about. I would argue anyone that likes the pancakes, enjoyed the powdered sugar more. the home fries I thought were done well... eggs - hard to mess up unless the order goes in wrong. *I heard the salmon cakes were okay and the veggie hash was whatever - and the biscuits, unfortunately another whatever overall, I would not bring my southern parents here - and not sure I would travel back to go to this place. If someone asked to go in the city, I would sigh and say okay - and eat before I meet them there. Not for the food, but for the wait so I would not pass out on the sidewalk due to hunger.

    (2)
  • Angela G.

    No wonder there is a line out the door for this place. The food is amazing. Restaurant is nothing fancy, but man the food is fantastic. Biscuits are to die for. Sausage gravy awesome, grits, what more could you ask for? Really good southern breakfast.

    (5)
  • Ryan P.

    It's good, super hillbilly inside, extremely slow service, and blah blah. It'll do if you want brunch, but you can do better.

    (3)
  • Heather L.

    This place is just so great. I love that it is a quaint place with really friendly staff and delicious food. I've had a few varieties of their pancakes and their cheddar grits - loved them all. Oh, and the hot chocolate and coffee drinks are also really good. The people who work here are just SO nice, as is the owner. I had such a good experience, that when the owner was raising money for charity through shirt sales, I scooped one right up. I would definitely where a Sweet Maple Cafe shirt because the place just totally rocks!

    (5)
  • D M.

    The food is good but rushed. They are stingy with the syrup on huge pancakes. I would be inclined to be "country" and bring my own bottle. 75 cents for a small container of extra syrup! I fell in love with the biscuits and I went back for a second time. I ordered 3 sweet milk biscuit to go. When I got home 1. They forgot the butter! 2. They gave me two corn muffin biscuits and one sweet milk. I was SO MAD! 3. All they could do for me was apologize. The corn muffin biscuits are NOT good! So for anyone ordering anything to go, be sure to check and double check your order.

    (2)
  • Tiff B.

    This is THE best place for a down home southern style breakfast. I love this place! Great grits. And let me tell you, you can't find great grits in many places in Chicago. They also have excellent pancakes and they're HUGE so you can really get by with just ordering one. The actual restaurant is very small with limited seating so there's usually a wait for a table. Which isn't so bad if you go during the summer and have the nice weather to sit out and wait in. But when it's cold outside, waiting outside for a table is the pits. The service is just so so. Never had an excellent server at Sweet Maple's. They're mostly just interested in getting your order and getting your food out quickly. Not much for pleasantries. Oh, and the coffee is good too. This is one of my favorite breakfast places.

    (5)
  • Marianne S.

    I love this place, mainly because it doesn't seem commercialized. It's homey. I've eaten here maybe three times already, and in all those instances, I noticed how the place fills up real quick. With people standing up, waiting for a table, it's actually hard to just sit, eat your breakfast at a slow pace, and enjoy. Two out of three, I felt hurried. With all that said, I would still go back. Food's really good. Service is okay. I work the night shift, and going there just always seems like a treat.

    (4)
  • Malinda J.

    The buttermilk pancakes are so so damn good! Best I've ever had actually! The biscuit was okay, a little too thick, would be much better if it was lighter and fluffier. Turkey sausage was average. The host/manager is so damn annoying, he reminds me of a wanna-be Tiger Woods. His friends were dining in that day and they were one ahead of us in the line and he just yapped until I felt like screaming, dude, go and do your job! One thing I have never seen before is a host seat a party sitting down at a table with other guests. He just gestured with his hands to the party waiting at the door and continued yapping with his friends. There's always a 1st to everything I guess. He clearly has no hosting skills AT ALL. He needs to go in the back in the kitchen somewhere and hire a sweet pretty hostess who is more attentive and knows how to do just a SIMPLE job . Next time I think I will get the pancakes to go and eat at home. Otherwise Tiger is going to hear a few words from me...

    (4)
  • Albert C.

    One of my favorite breakfast places during college and med school. Love the breakfast here, especially the omelettes and the sweet breakfast special. I'm sure the sandwiches are good too, but who wants to eat a sandwich when you can have breakfast for lunch instead?

    (4)
  • Sarah D.

    When this place first opened it was awesome. Now you have to get there as soon as it opens to eat with in an hour. The biscuits are AMAZING. Last time I was there we waited an hour and then we had the worst service, not a good way to start your day. Sometimes they are not very accommodating if you want to change something on the menu. I feel like people are always staring at you to eat faster so they can sit down

    (3)
  • Jacob K.

    A great place for breakfast.. one of my 3 favorites but its the only on in the city I go to excluding dim sum at Chinatown. The corn beef hash is wonderful as are the buttermilk pancakes. However there is usually a long wait (at least 45 minutes, its only open until 2PM and worst of all they don't use real maple syrup =X.

    (4)
  • Arlene M.

    this place is my first love for breakfast!!!! at the time i was in a relationship with someone who loved to go out and get drunk on Friday Saturday nights (who doesn't?) anyway saturday and sunday mornings he wakes up around noon. i'm an early bird so i would go to sweet maple's which is most definitely the cure to a hang over! i LOVE their pancakes and their apple sauce and the country sausage is good too. their grits MUST be eaten with Louisiana hot sauce- Tabasco? yuck! it doesnt cut it.

    (5)
  • Cali M.

    Quaint and almost hidden from the eye this small little gem is unexpecting. A little hole in the wall we got there early and the venue quickly started to fill. At first I was unimpressed with the tiny little menu but then I took a chance and ordered a few things to share with my sugarbutt Jeff L. We got a omelet (DIY!) with bone-IN ham, lots of cheese and other things. It was flavorful and done right. The french toast was some of the best fluffy delicious egg soaked toast I've had to date. The home made apple sauce is a great side. It is warm and so fresh. I was almost sad I wasn't more hungry!

    (5)
  • Joey F.

    I can't think of a 5 star breakfast place in Chicago, but this one comes close. The fried chicken on a biscuit with eggs, cheese, and homemade apple sauce really feels like the dirty south, and I love it with hot sauce. Cheese grits are excellent. Huge crowd. Be prepared for a wait or take it out and eat it in your freezing car.

    (4)
  • Cristina G.

    Ok so you may have to wait for 45 minutes for a table for two, so if you have a bigger group don't hold your breath. However, the food there is very tasty. I like their grits and their eggs.. I forget what the name of the dish was but it was latin inspired and yummy! My husband likes the french toast. Their coffee was good too and the home fries mmmmmmmm yummmmm!

    (3)
  • Tanya L.

    I recently went to Sweet Maple Cafe at the recommendation of a few friends. When we got there, we put our name on the list and were told that the wait was about 40 minutes. An hour and 15 minutes later, we were seated. Apparently they really want to make you feel at home when you go there, because our waitress waited for me to turn over our coffee cups before pouring for us. The coffee was fresh and hot, which was a plus. Since we had waited so long, we were able to put our order in right a way and didn't have to wait long for our meals. I order the corned beef hash with a biscuit and side of the spicy sausage gravy. It was good, not great and definitely not worth the wait. The same could be said for the Sweet Maple Special that my husband order. To be quiet honest, I am not sure why people wait as long as they do (apparently the more than hour wait for a table is common) when there are a number of great brunch places in the city. I'm convinced that people who praise this place have simply waited so long to eat that once they do themselves that the food is beyond common, which I would argue it isn't. One positive that should be mentioned is I did notice that the buspersons were working hard to get the tables turned over quickly.

    (2)
  • Jen C.

    This is one of my favorite breakfast places in the city! And definitely best breakfast place in the entire area! It's a cute little cafe on Taylor St. near UIC. It's always busy - line out the door! It's pretty small on the inside...and since they're so busy, sometimes they will ask you if it's okay if you sit with other people at the same table. (i.e. if you go with two people, they might sit you with two strangers at a table of 4, but only if you're okay with it). Since there's usually a line, I'd suggest getting it to go if you live nearby and just bringing it back home. I have always gotten the Sweet Maple Special breakfast - it includes eggs any style, their super delicious home fries, bacon or sausage, and toast or biscuit. I LOVE it! It's always delicious! And it's a LARGE breakfast...maybe just right for two people, and pretty hefty for one person. Every bite is delicious! Their chocolate chip pancakes are good too...and supposedly their french toast is awesome too although I have yet to try it. They also have lunch items like sandwiches, but I've also never tried any of those things b/c I love their breakfast too much to try anything else! I have gone here again and again and will continue to do so!

    (5)
  • Tony G.

    I can't believe I'm just now getting around to reviewing Sweet Maple. It's a great breakfast/brunch spot. Great food, always friendly service, pretty easy parking, and GREAT food. Worth the wait on a weekend morning.

    (5)
  • abs t.

    this place is ok, but don't understand all the hype. Yeah, there's a long wait - which is fine since I expected it - but once we were seated and received the food I was not really blown away. I had heard such great reviews about it and was really expecting some great food. Ehh.... just ok. Not bad, not great, just ok. Everything was a bit bland to me - the omelet was bland, the biscuit was a tad dry for my liking, but the pancakes were good. Not great, not anything out of the ordinary when it comes to pancakes, just good.

    (3)
  • Bridget L.

    Absolutely delicious. When you walk in, you feel like you're in Grandma's kitchen. The breakfasts have that home-cooked feel too, and the bisquits are some of the best I've ever had. We went on a weekday for brunch, and had about a 25 minute wait. I've heard the wait on the weekends can get pretty long. However, it's worth it for the delicious food and friendly service. This place is a gem.

    (4)
  • shelly p.

    Best Southern Style Breakfast in Chicago. This small cozy brunch place located near the UIC campus serves some of the best pancake and biscuit dishes in Chicago. This place is worth the 1 hour wait that you will undoubtedly have. Just make sure you come during the summer months b/c there is no space to wait inside!

    (5)
  • Erin C.

    I really like this place. It's very low-key and neighborhoody AND they have fish and eggs on fridays! The biscuits are seriously amazing and the wait is never too long (at least on the weekdays). The crowd seems to be a mix between hospital types (near UIC and rush), policemen, and aldermen types. It's very chicago and very good!

    (4)
  • amber p.

    Maybe I'm strange, but I don't like the old look of this place, even though it was done on purpose. The air conditioners they have are the ones that hang off the window and on that hot humid day that I went, it was not enough to cool the room...anyhow, the food made up for it!!! I ordered the taylor omlet which consists of sausage, cheese, and onions (i think), MMMM! To accompany that were the yummy biscuits and hash browns. It was quite obvious how fresh everything was. My friend had the chicken liver, which she loved, and my other friend had french toast with a side of biscuit and gravy. The gravy is spectacular! I'm not a gravy person but when he offered me a bite, I just wanted to scarf the whole thing ( I'll get my own next time). I went on a week day, so I did not experience the wait in line...the food and service was very prompt.

    (4)
  • Deb W.

    Have been going to Sweet Maple for a few years and it's my go to place for great breakfast and even lunch. Favorites are creative omelet with extra spinach- potatoes and a their multi grain bread with ham and cheddar. Nice service as well.

    (4)
  • Renee M.

    This restaurant is a true GEM!!! The food is spectacular the manager is GREAT!!! The owner is always friendly when she is in the restaurant. I have been frequenting this spot for a few years and they still have the same waitstaff and they are GREAT!!!! Not So Plain Pancakes, Home fries and Sweet Milk Biscuits are HEAVENLY!!!

    (5)
  • Marie G.

    I had a egg and sausage biscuit and some coffee. The biscuit was delicious and the egg and sausage were pretty good too. The portion size was big, and I was very full by the end. The side of potatoes were very good too.

    (4)
  • Tom B.

    Mmmmm biscuits....... You don't need to say anything else about this place to justify 4 or more stars. The biscuits is damn good. If you end up leaving here without having eaten a biscuit you're a fool, plain and simple. I haven't ordered a bad thing off this menu yet. Obviously, the biscuits and gravy are top notch, the french toast is heavenly, and I have not been disappointed with any of the egg scrambles either. Make sure to look back above the counter and see what the specials are. I always forget until I notice it as I'm putting on my coat to leave.

    (4)
  • Markus T.

    I have to say when I was very excited when I met with a constituent of mines there, the place is small on the outside, and bigger on the inside, but not as big as it could be, however in spite the issue of space, it makes up for it with a great menu, a wonderful staff, owner, servers, and busers. Parking across the street is a huge lot, if your there early enough you can get a great seat, the breakfast is half wonderful and half amazing, this place is definitely a diamond in the rough, because if more people knew about it, they would definitely have to expand.

    (5)
  • Janna J.

    Delicious. I've never been disappointed, even when getting my breakfast to go. Took my parents here while they were in town and they loved it also. However, if you are going on a Saturday or Sunday, be prepared to wait. They don't take reservations and there are only about 10 or so tables inside. I always make sure to get a homemade biscuit. The pancakes are pretty good, too.

    (5)
  • Jelly C.

    So I absolutely LOVE this place. It's so homey and inviting. There's usually a line when I get there but good food is worth waiting for! Sweet Maple is a no-frills breakfast place. Their biscuits are warm, buttery, and huge! The portions here are generous and everything is just delicious! Try the the corn beef hash, breakfast sandwich, omelets or everything else on the menu!

    (5)
  • Julia H.

    Yay! This place is so good! It takes forever to get a seat on the weekends but it's worth it. Try the egg and cheeser with sausage, it comes with homemade apple sauce. It's a little pricey for breakfast, but I'm poor and I think anything over 5 dollars is expensive. *While your waiting go next door to Scafuri's and get their doughnuts. 4 for a dollar!*

    (5)
  • Annie L.

    This is my fav breakfast place! The pancakes are so HEAVENLY! Corn beef hash is absolutely delisious! You can get a few sides to make your own breakfast combo. The price is reasonable for the quality and amount of food that they serve you. I have been there a few times and brought a few friends with me each time. Everyone seem to like it.

    (5)
  • M J.

    Pretty much a (clean) cute little hole in the wall with a down home feel --- the breakfast is quite tasty! But as others have said be prepared to get there early or wait in line on a weekend/Sunday especially since the dining room is so small.

    (4)
  • Julie W.

    Brunch on 11/2/08: Arrived at 9:50AM, knowing there would be a wait...OK. Clipboard-guy notes a 45 minute wait...we were seated at 11:13, clearly beyond the wait time. Food arrived promptly, but service was lacking - actually, our waitress looked hung-over, tired, and the only word she spoke was "Coffee?" We ordered blueberry pancakes with a side of crispy bacon. The pancakes lacked flavor and the bacon was curled and soggy. The corn beef hash was cubed, not "hashed" and flavorless. For a "soul food" southern inspired cafe, the pedestrian nature of the biscuits (read Pillsbury is better) was disheartening. Not even a hint of seasoning. It was the third such unfortunate experience we have had there, which is what prompted this review. We will not return again and regret the $30 spent on a breakfast for two where 2/3 of the food was left...not even worth taking to go.

    (1)
  • Kristen D.

    Not too bad for lunch. kinda pricey, but the food is decent. I've heard it's great for breakfast, but I've never been. Pretty small inside, so you may have to wait.

    (4)
  • Maxxy C.

    The food is great, worth the wait with ample serving size. This is a nice snuggly cafe and there is always a lot of people there, so you know the food is good. They are well organized and the workers are very very pleasant. You really need to try it one morning. They close early so, get there with an empty stomach!! I love their coffee!