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Pretty good. Worth a try. Tocino (pork shoulder ) good but a little over cooked and tough. Longanisa (sausage) was tasty and not as greasy as others I've had. Service was quick and attentive. Quick top offs on coffee.
Best breakfast in Chicago. And I've been everywhere. From the food, the price to the service it's number 1. There's not a close second.
Uncle Mike's is a place we go to for a quick Filipino breakfast and that is it!!! The actual location is not fancy by any means. Very old fashion look, mismatch silverware, not so clean restaurant, staff service is inconsistent and the price for the Filipino food is overpriced compared to other Filipino restaurants. Most Filipino restaurants are in the North side so this place is your only choice if you want to stay close to the loop. I am pretty sure if there were more options, people would not come here for Filipino food because of the look, cleanliness, staff service and price. The actual food on the other hand is pretty good. I love their tocino and longonisa meal. Comes with either meat or you can get a combo, eggs, garlic rice and a tomato/onion/cilantro side. The also give you a free cup of Luga before your meal (My mom's is so much better). FYI - They only service Filipino breakfast on weekends!
If you want your Filipino breakfast fix it'll do. But if you spent the 15-20 minutes to make it yourself you might have a better meal. We've been here a few times and each time has gotten less desirable. The first couple times a nice Filipino woman has come out and chatted. Once even gave us freshly cooked kare kare. On the house. Mmmmm. How hospitable. Like I was at an aunts's house who just keeps feeding me even thought I wasn't hungry anymore. But it was the customer service that won me over. The last time we went for brunch, was promptly seated and ordered. No more baby bangus so got the big one instead. Boo. The rice to fish ratio for the big one was lacking. Boo. My scrambled eggs were undercooked. Runny in the middle. Boo. Especially for a pregnant lady. The sininag mushy. Extra extra boo. It's like they cooked the rice this morning and used it in fried rice. And no champorado like they used to do. The abrupt waiter (the one with the unnaturally brown hair) was not nice. Didn't offer coffee or tea like he did the next table. It was incredibly hot in the restaurant. Uncomfortable. And today the patis-tomato-onion mix did not taste fresh with its soft tomatoes and was super duper saltier than usual. The 'blond' waiter brought over the bill without even checking up on us once and didn't ask if we wanted anything else. We had to get the bangus wrapped and ordered more sininag (hoping it was just the first batch that was mushy. Nope) to be eaten with it later and of course he had to reluctantly adjust the bill. Well, if you didn't jump the gun then maybe you wouldn't have wasted the 4 inches of extra receipt paper. Customer service is key as reflected in my other reviews. So bring back the Tita to redeem yourselves. And mushy rice? That's taboo to Asians. C'mon!!
I went with the steak Philipino ( i may have spelled that wrong..sorry :/ ) breakfast. It came with eggs, garlic rice, soup, a tomato salsa thing, and the steak. I enjoyed the steak it was extremely tender and had a terriyaki flavor (if you don't like terriyaki don't order it) I went with my brother and he hated it!! He doesn't like terriyaki at all I think they should state that next to the meal for first time customers who know nothing about the place. I'd def go back and try other dishes too.
Tocino + Spam = breakfast of champions. At least that's what I thought when I was growing up as a young Filipino. This place makes me feel at home. I'd definitely recommend trying the Filipino breakfasts. It's the only thing I order when I'm there. I love the service here because they'll often throw in some extras like champorado or fresh fruit. They are polite and quick in checking for refills in coffee. They even have spicy spam! Parking is easy. It's not in a crowded area. The interior won't wow you. It feels like an old school diner. It's a great spot to take friends on a weekend over coffee and brunch. Do yourself a favor a give Uncle Mike's a try!
Really good Filipino breakfast. Service is quick. The longaniza was delicious. The flavor mixed with the garlic rice and the pico de galo was awesome. That brown thing that comes along with your food (seems like re-fried beans, but it's not) might be an acquired taste, but it was interesting to try. good portion size, good prices, good coffee. The reason I'm giving this place four stars is only because of the space itself. I found it a little crowded, but it is a dinner and I believe this is just my personal preference. I have an eye for aesthetics, and I thought they could improve the layout of the place a little. Clearly they broke some wall to have access to the back room , and the reform is still unfinished, but there were people eating at the back room anyways. But you know what they say - as long as the food is good, why look at the small stuff? Btw I don't know if anyone says that. I just made it up.
I tried this place based on the reviews I read here on Yelp. And, honestly, I wasn't impressed. I went on Saturday (4/20) at around 2:30. The place was busy, but not packed. I talked with the waitress (who was very nice) and decided to order an omlette. When the omlette arrived, it was over-cooked, flat and very dry. The ingredients were also over-cooked and my hashbrowns were burnt to a crisp. My first thought was maybe this is just the way they do things here. But, as I looked around the restaurant and everyone else's hash browns looked like they were cooked to perfection. Now, normally I wouldn't have written a review knowing that was likely an uncommon thing ... but for three things: 1. My hash browns were so over cooked compared to every other order that was served, there was no way the waitress (as nice as she was) could have thought what she was serving to me was right. 2. At no point, during my meal, or when I paid did anyone ask me how my meal was. 3. They have no contact on their website. No way for me to give them feedback. But maybe I'm wrong. I guess we'll see if they do anything to try and make this right.
This place was just featured on Chicago's Best as one of the best steak joints in town. After disappointing me with their selection of Papa Cache's, I was leary of their opinion. Still, I went in search of this place to see whether the hype was worth it...It's good shit!
There's regular breakfast, and then there's Filipino breakfast. Uncle Mike's Place serves both! This was just a quick walk from where we were staying, so before we began our exploring on Sunday, we decided to check it out. A quick glance at the menu for the Filipino breakfast, and I knew that was the menu I would be ordering from. Ryan ordered the Pork Chop plate. I ordered the Tocino [cured pork shoulder] and Longanisa [sweet sausage] plate. Needless to say, it was a LOT of food. We love to share, so the plates were passed across the table several times. Since we were on the road, it was exactly what we needed to get our day started right - hearty breakfasts!
Uncle Mike's Place is a delightful culinary adventure! The Filipino breakfasts here are the bomb. Forget the classic American stuff - order straight from the middle of the menu. If you are a first-timer, try the skirt steak breakfast. Their skirt steak is perfectly cooked, seeping with juices and tender as a baby's bottom. It comes with eggs, fried rice, and a bowl of amazing lugao - a simple but amazing congee with shallots and green onions. I would go just to get a big bowl of the lugao, it is that good. They're also known for their sweet chorizo - or "longanisa" - and pork shoulder breakfasts. Because Uncle Mike himself is always tinkering with the recipes, no two meals are exactly the same. The last time I went, I had some amazing sweet potato pancakes with blueberries, and my skirt steak was paired with an interesting tasty homemade steak sauce. Delicious!
Skirt steak. So tender and tasty. Eggs cooked just as requested. Friendly staff. And do try the longanisa sausages. Soooo yummy.
This place was great! I wanted to come here to try food from the Filipino cuisine. It is good to have a friend that is willing to try new foods also! I ordered the Tocino and my friend ordered the corned beef hash! She and I liked the food! We received complimentary chicken noodle soup and chicken legs with rice. The chicken legs were tender and well seasoned. Also the complimentary dessert item was rice and mango; it was good not too sweet. The portions are large; we had to get containers to go. The Tocino was good for breakfast the next morning. I highly recommend this place!
Love this place for a nice hearty brunch/lunch. It doesn't get any better than when a laughably huge platter of food is set before you and you get to chow down on your meat of choice, eggs cooked to your preference, and delicious garlic rice. I love the rice porridge that comes before the main entree too.. sometimes I wish I could order just that! Uncle Mike himself is a really nice guy and is known to just give out free food for you to sample.. he seems to truly just love food and wants to share that with others who will appreciate it. I took off a star because the service is inconsistent and they seem to have quite a few oversights/mistakes when things get busy (which is pretty much every weekend during lunch).
Absolutely amazing. We just had breakfast at Uncle Mike's and were so impressed with the food. I love the combination of food that comes with the Filipino breakfast dishes. I had the pork shoulder and my boyfriend had the hanger steak breakfast, which he loved. The pork shoulder breakfast comes with garlic fried rice, eggs, an amazing salsa with a delicious vinegar-y flavor (which compliments the other flavors nicely) and a chocolate-y rice pudding-like dessert. The pork shoulder was INCREDIBLE. So tender and moist but crispy on the outside. It is kind of sweet and tangy and a little buttery. When combined with the rice and an egg over medium, the flavors and textures are to-die-for. The service was great, good coffee...wow, just wow. Can't wait to go back.
I came here one morning with no expectations (I had no idea it was Filipino fare), and I was so pleasantly surprised. I've never had a breakfast like this before. Mine was perfect. I ordered the pork shoulder with garlic rice. Incredible. My favorite thing was actually the pico de gallo (or something like it) that came with the meal. It wasn't traditional...it had vinegar or something in it that for some reason hit the spot when I poured it over the rice. My friend ordered the steak, which he also loved. We were surprised when they served us a bowl of what appeared to be chocolate rice pudding, although we both agreed it was just...meh. The service could have been a little friendlier (we kinda felt like we were bothering them), but overall worth it fo sho.
I love this place. It's hard to find the words to even describe the food, you have to just go try it. We have been there a few times and have tried a couple different options, all of which have been amazing. I am addicted to the Longanisa, I swear I could eat pounds of the stuff. The Tocino and Pork Chops are also delicious, and I can't wait to try their marinated steak next time as I've heard it's great. In addition to the eggs and meat options that come with their brunch options, they have garlic rice and also serve this delicious sort of pico de gallo that mixes wonderfully with everything else. They also serve this interesting sort of chocolate rice, which serves as a nice sweet dessert when you're done with everything. Oh and I even forgot about the soup! I forget what it is called but before you get your food they give you this rice-based soup with lemon, it is something that I wouldn't think I would like but you can't pass on it - my wife asked them for another whole bowl of it. And they didn't even charge us for it! Great service, amazing food, and truly something you don't find everywhere in Chicago. This place needs to be on your list of go-to brunch spots!
Saw this place on chicago's best had to come try it very very good my steak was made perfect
Filipinos are known for their, at times, "voracious" eating habits. I'm just as bad as everyone else. What I miss the most from my childhood was my mom's hearty breakfast dishes. For my parents and generations before them, a solid breakfast was needed for a hard day of work, be it in the fields or whatever industry they were a part of. Now, why do I eat such large-scale breakfasts? No reason, it's just good. My family is from the province of Pampanga, which Anthony Bourdain called "the culinary capital of the Philippines". Needless to say, I've been spoiled like a Hilton heiress when it comes to breakfast. Uncle Mike and the crew do it very well here. I expected the Filipino staples (longanisa, tocino, steak), but was pleasantly surprised at the other options. Bangus (milkfish)? Seriously? And in two sizes - baby, and bigatin, which seeing that word on the menu made me chuckle. I ordered the Hot N' Spicy Spam plate. Never imagined I would ever order spam at a restaurant, but for some reason that dish called to me. Garlic fried rice, eggs, lugao, it's all here! Wow, they offer something Filipinos call "sausauan" which is tomato, onion, and other veggies with fish sauce. Everything was very tasty and impressive. Uncle Mike, thank you for the reminder of what my basement would smell like every weekend morning when I was young. Of course, it'll never replace my wonderful mom's homemade breakfast, but it's pretty damn close.
A couple of years later and I'm still LOVING this place for Filipino breakfast. The options have expanded to include bangus (Bahng-OOSZ), a marinated deep fried fish, a skirt steak, and pork chop. I know that the fish sounds weird to have first thing in the morning, but it sure is tasty! When it comes to Filipino breakfast, I am a creature of habit. I stuck with the tocino (sweet cured pork) and longanisa (Filipino-style chorizo) combo. It hit the spot as usual. My friend M jokingly mentioned that it was our friend T's birthday. Thinking that no one heard this, we were shocked when the staff came out with chocolate chip pancakes covered in whipped cream and a lit candle, singing Happy Birthday! Uncle Mike's satisfies my craving for Filipino breakfast when I don't have time to drive out to the 'burbs to see my folks. You know I'll be back!
Hands down the best filipino breakfast I've had that my family didn't cook. It beats all the NY joints--Krystals, Ihawan, Perlas, Renes, etc etc. The staff is quick, but friendly and the food is plentiful and delish. Your order comes with a side of champorado, and sometimes, lugaw if you're lucky. Today, they were out of lugaw by 2pm--apparently, it's a hit! Mark B. and I got a side of mashed camote and a small soup that tastes like nilaga, on the house because we showed interest in the food (and I'm sure I looked like I hadn't been fed in days). The camote was a big serving for a side. It was not too sweet and cinammon-y, which I treated as a nice dessert. The soup was a modified nilaga, with more veggies, and the serving was very small--it was only for us to try! I'm sure the hit is the tocino and longanisa combo.. and i was so torn between that and the bangus! Luckily, the staff was sympathetic and allowed me to have a bangus and tocino combo. This combo comes with garlic fried rice, eggs cooked the way you want it, a bit of champorado and unlimited sawsawan! I suggest getting the eggs sunnyside up so you can break it down on the rice. The sawsawan was simply a hodge podge of tomato, onion, cilantro, patis and vinegar.... but ughhhh I could eat just that that over rice any day--SO GOOD!! Will definitely come back!
Blink and you miss it or you might think it's closed by looking in from the outside but trust you it is far from it. I should call this place Tito Mike's instead. This place serves up some damn good Filipino Breakfast! They have a regular menu but we came for the Filipino goods. Growing up I rarely got to actually eat this kind of food for bfast and probably for a good reason since it would make me a very obese adult. I chose the Tocino/Longanisa platter served with eggs and garlic rice. They also bring out a bowl of arrozcaldo to start things off with. The longanisa although tasty was just a bit too greasy even for my tastes, but the tocino was def the way to go here. The portions are huge and I ended up giving them to my friend who took me. Service friendly, on-point. I am so jealous of you UK Village dwellers that get to eat this deliciousness all the time! If you never had Filipino breakfast before don't waste any more time and get your ass down to Tito Mike's.
Let me start off by saying this review is strictly from a Filipino breakfast standpoint. Honestly, if I ever have a tocinolog or bangus craving, I only have one place in mind: Uncle Mike's. The prices are about $12 a plate which is a little more than I am used to for breakfast but the portion size fits the bill. Also, I always go for the combo where you can select from two of the following: tocino, longonisa and/or hot and spicy Spam. To round off the entree it comes with a side of garlic rice and diced tomatoes and onions in vinegar. They even throw in a small bowl of lugao. It is somewhat bland without any of the fixings so don't be afraid to ask for Patis, Realemon or vinegar; they have it. Add in a small or large bangus to share with friends and you are back in Mom's kitchen. I kept one star off because the service can be shotty at times especially if you are in a big group. Regardless this is my go to Filipino breakfast spot for me and out of town guests. (Now if they start offering Champurrado than maybe I'll consider upping to 5 stars.)
Had their Filipino breakfast. Love how they give arroz caldo (or lugaw, rice soup, whatever you want to call it) and fruit salad with your meal. The tocino and the longanisa were good. Edible. The rice was the sh*t. The salsa thing was good too. It's OKAY Filipino food. Longanisa and tocino aren't really a hard thing to find and make in these parts and I think I'd rather make it at home over running over here to eat. The prices were also over the top. I was really amazed at how much the prices were. They were kind of expensive. It's a good place to try. I'm glad I tried it.
I think I tried everything on the Filipino breakfast menu. My favorites are the longaniza(sweet anise flavored sausage), tocino, spam. I would pass on these in favor of the favorites mentioned above: -The fish is a cruncy and salty fried dish. Decent. -Skirt steak - decent, but nothing special -Pork chops - dry and nothing special
I wanted to write this review while I was still here eating here. I mean technically I could have done it since I had my trusty dusty laptop in the car. I guess I know of this place because a bunch of my friends told me about the Filipino breakfast, but don't get it twisted this place is a full scale diner. I looked at the menu and they got errrythang...from omelette's, to Monte Cristo's to skirt steaks. I plan on coming here often enough that I will have tried out the majority of the menu by this Summer. The prices are fairly cheap considering the quality of the food you get. The place itself is bigger than it seems once you are inside. The Filipino breakfast can be described in one word...LEGENDSOME. That is "legendary" and "awesome" squished together. I had the Tocino breakfast or what we call "tocilog." The other is the Longanisa breakfast which is called "longsilog." I don't have time to explain so please Google it if you desire an explanation. They also have Spam, which is really more of a Hawaiian breakfast staple. They offer Skirt Steak, and Pork Chops under Filipino Breakfast as well. OK, back to my Tocino breakfast...*buuuuuuurrrp* looks like I'm done. Tocino is cured pork, and it was the cure for my man-size hunger. The breakfast comes with eggs, garlic fried rice, toast, a side of tomato, onion, vinegar dip, and a small chocolate rice porridge or "champurrado." I enjoyed every bite of my meal, and I'm already plotting my return trip. In case you are wondering, Uncle Mike is NOT Filipino...he is a Polish guy who married a Filipina lady and was exposed to our awesome breakfast traditions. Thanks Uncle Mike, I feel like part of the family already.
They open super early. 5am. CRAZY! And they're open until 3 so that gives you an opportunity to go for first breakfast, second breakfast and then first lunch. Maybe second lunch if you're quick enough. $11.95 gets you a large plate full of amazing. You heard me. Tocino + Longaniza + Rice + Egg = WHAT?!!?!? YEAAAAHH!!! OKAAAAAYY!!! Lil' Jon knows what's up.
Someone tell Lisa Loeb waitress (the one with the dark rim glasses) to message me on twitter iluuluu
I came here for the Filipino breakfast and liked a lot of what I tried. My favorite was actually the "lugao" (rice oatmeal/porridge or congee) - served only on the weekends - which also happens to be free! It is so extremely flavorful because they put garlic, ginger, and fresh lemon juice in it, and when you spoon some fish sauce on top of it and mix it all in, it is the bomb! Other tasty Filipino treats was the "bangus" (grilled dried whole milkfish - beware of bones) and the combination breakfast of "tocino" (similar to Chinese cha-siu, aka sweet bbq pork) and "longanisa" (Filipino sausages). Oh, and they also make a mean spicy Spam that's red! Do they soak it in hot sauce or something? If you haven't noticed, these aren't for you if you're on a diet. These breakfasts range from $9-15 and comes with eggs (your way), garlic fried rice, and something similar to coconut rice pudding. What I didn't like was that it took a while for us to get our food, and the "best marinated skirt steak" might have actually been the worst. First, it was overcooked, and second, did you say it was marinated? Cuz I didn't notice. Since the lugao was the only thing I loved, I probably won't come back because I would rather learn to make it on my own. Lastly, it's not at all pretty in here. Street parking is pretty easy in this area.
So why is it "Filipino" anything when it comes from the Philippines? What the hell is up with the PH-to-F phenomenon? Or is it "fenomenon"? So a while back I got tired of hearing people tell me, whether they even attempted to be nice about it, or more likely- were just very blunt about saying (in a whiny voice) "your reviews suck because they are too long and you must like hearing your own voice and you are full of yourself and you like to write about stuff that has no relevance to the place you are reviewing," and on and on and on... Simple, and quick is the new mantra- so let's just see how long I can keep my streak of this style going. You come here for one of two things (though I hear the skirt steak is pretty amazing too): tocino and longanisa. Both are breakfast items for around $8 and Filipino. Both are porky. Both include rice and a nice tomato and onion based salsa (with fish sauce). Both have a couple of eggs any style you ask for. Tocino is basically the same cut as what we would know as a really thick cut of bacon, but is marinated and turned pink and tastes amazing. Longanisa is a small, yet thick sausage that has an incredible flavor and really is worth driving from anywhere in the metropolitan Chicago area for trying. That's it- just go for those things and you won't feel disappointed. Sorry- won't pheel disappointed.
I came here about 6 years ago and back then it was just classic American food. And actually I was just looking at their online menu and it looks like it hasn't been updated as it's just that--classic American. (they need to change their yelp category too!) Well apparently the owner, Mike, married a Filipina and now they serve Filipino style food (mixed in with classic American). And wow. I was so impressed! They started us off with this garlic grits with sliced lemon and chopped spring onions. So simple but so delicious! We decided to order family style and got the marinated Milkfish. It came with a pico de gallo-like (whatever they call it in the Philipines) side, a brown tapioca like pudding of some sort (confusing as it looks like refried beans!), rice, and two eggs. The portion was huge and we ordered the baby size too! We finished the plate clean. The milkfish was so good! We also ordered the pumpkin pancakes and a side of hashbrowns. I love the way their hashbrowns are very chunky. The pancakes were average but the Milkfish platter stole the show. I will definitely be back here. It's such a hidden gem!
breakfastrules.blogspot.â€¦ Uncle Mike's Place is an understated little ethnic restaurant that serves up good breakfasts with a Filipino flare yet maintains a common Midwestern ethos for anyone scared off by unusual places or dishes. For instance, Brent ordered pancakes and bacon and thought it was pretty good. Breakfast Scout Frank regarded it as one of the "strangest breakfasts we've done" but enjoyed the novelty of having a marinated skirt steak with eggs for breakfast. I'm a Spam fiend, so I loved this place. My Spam breakfast was the bomb and I'm definitely coming back for some other dish from the Filipino breakfast menu. The service was good. The plates, for some reason, were huge. But they made sure to fill the plates with enough breakfast to not make it look ridiculous. The service was good. We're still trying to figure out why we got a basket full of silverware and giant steak knives. Maybe it's a Filipino thing we don't understand. Who knows. It's all good. All in all, Uncle Mike's Place in gets a pretty darn good breakfast rating of 3.5 Brent faces.
Returned twice during these past two weeks because I love the champorado and Filipino breakfast...forget the American menu, I don't even open it up. The Filipino food is where it's at! Huge servings.....the kind of meat you choose (longanisa, tocino, hot and spicy spam, skirt steak, or pork chop) is accompanied by a huge heap of garlic fried rice, 2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast and a small bowl of sasawan, which is a chopped tomato/onion/vinegar mixture that's like a condiment. The sasawan was excellent! Oh yeah, and if you're there on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you're served a bowl of chicken lugaw, which is a rice porridge. After your meal, you get some delicious champorado, which is a chunky chocolate rice porridge. I love the champorado, it's like crack to me. I think the reason why I love coming to Uncle Mike's Place is the champorado followed by the Filipino food. Overall, The Filipino breakfast is great and you get a lot for your money!
Long Live Filipino Breakfast!!! I have never tasted their main menu only the dishes on the Filipino Breakfast, because it's just so #$)%&@) goood!!! The dish comes with garlic fried rice, two eggs, toast, and choice of sausage, pork shoulder, spam, skirt steak, or pork chop. I had the first three but not the later two (one being that I don't eat beef). The pork shoulder and sausage are truly truly the best Asian flavored meat I have had in Chi town. I am sorry to BBQ King and all these other restaurants in Chinatown and Argyle, but it's just soo much better. The meats are marinated to the perfect amount and the sausage reminded me of my childhood in Taipei and Bangkok. The spam was good as well but spam is and always have been on the salty side for me. So imagine two sunny side up eggs' (my personal preference) broken yolk flowing over the garlic fried rice with either pork shoulder or sausage dipped in the yolk, and did I mentioned the homemade sauce? ( a mixture of fish sauce, vinegar, and more) all mixed into one into your mouth with all the different flavors dancing accordingly energizing different parts of your pallet.... please tell me you are drooling now because I am!!! You think that's it right? just a big plate of rice and meat..... NOPE!!! they have homemade Lugaw, which is Filipino for porridge or congee. Sorry to hate on Chinatown again..... but that bowl of congee reminded me of the streets of Asoke in Bangkok where I used to grab my breakfast during summer vacation... On top of that Uncle Mike is such a genuine man. We contemplated his dishes and the next thing you know he was explaining to us how to make it. Additionally once Uncle Mike learned that we are from Thailand he began to talk about his adventure with sticky rice, and the proper way to make the sticky rice for mango with sticky rice. Fantastic place and I am such a fan that I even wrote to DDD on Food Channel begging them to come!
After only being here a few times, I fell for this place! Don't let looks deceive you! The building has been around for a while so it has a more old-fashioned setting and a smaller eating area in the diner. The weekends can get a little crowded but the wait is well worth it! They serve American breakfast and lunch dishes, but then there's a little secret. It's not so much a secret anymore because there is a chalkboard listing the Filipino dishes that they serve and they serve a BIG portion! Which is good because I love Filipino breakfast food! The staff is so friendly and courteous!
Two Words: Filipino Breakfast!!!!! I may be a bit biased writing this review since I am Filipino, and my taste buds are aligned to crave and want Filipino breakfast everyday. I was recently in town visiting my sister and she took us to brunch at Uncle Mike's Place. When I first learned they have a Filipino breakfast menu I was stoked.... especially since I do not get to eat that kind of breakfast very often anymore. When we first pulled up to it... it's really not much to look at, but all of the bang for your buck is packed into the food. We sat in what seems to be an extension since the decor was very different from the main diner part. Our party was a group of 5 so there was a large table in the back. I had the longanisa, eggs, rice, and it was heaven on earth. Even tried their lugaw, which was very good especially on a cold day. My uncle ordered the fried bangus, which was awesome as well. It was like being transported :) The servers were very friendly, but seemed like they were short and in turn caused a little bit of a slow service. We were on vacation so I didn't really notice it as much, but if you are in a rush I could see you getting a little frustrated if you wanted to be in and out.
It's a hole in the wall but the food will keep bring you back. So much food in a plate thats bigger than an infant. I wish they were open after 3 pm but you can't have it all :)
Mediocre service. I didn't mind--the food was worth it.
Tocino is my favorite, but really... It's all about the garlic fried rice. I get take out regularly there and am never disappointed.
I knew it was a perfect Chicago diner scene the moment we walked in and saw a full counter, four cops having breakfast by the wall, and a priest and his friends by the window talking low in Italian. So what was not so typical for a Chicago diner was Tita Ruby who greeted us at the door (she was having noodle soup at the counter) and took us to our table and took care of us like we were her own kids, coming back home for the weekend for some good homemade cooking. "Do you want extra rice?" "Do you like suka (vinegar) with your bangus?" The only answer? Yes, Tita Ruby! Thanks, TIta Ruby! The food was excellent, and included all the accoutrement of a proper homemade Filipino breakfast meal-- a lugaw starter (ginger and chicken congee), tomato salad made with vinegar and fish sauce, and a side of biko (kind of a coconut rice dessert flavored with brown sugar). Our table was greedy and ordered the tocino, longanisa AND the fried boneless bangus. For Filipino food newbies, you can't go wrong with the longanisa. For those Pinoys craving the tastes of home, get the bangus-- the only other place I've gotten it before is Unimart on the northside, and I often don't want to fry fish in my little apartment, so it was a real treat. The place was packed by the time we left. Business seems to be bustling since the Chicago Tribune article talking about the owner Mike, and it's not just Filipinos! It was a diverse and happy crowd, exactly where you want to be to start your day. Service (other than Tita Ruby) was also attentive-- my coffee cup was never empty. 5 stars!
You got to show your Filipino pride. Uncle Mike's is awesome! One of favorite meals as a Filipino is breakfast, and ask any Filipino, we know how to do breakfast right! After a friend mentioned Uncle Mike's, my roommate and I decided to head down to get some traditional mouthwatering Filipino breakfast. WOW! The food made me feel like I was back at my Lola and Lolo's house waking up and enjoying rice, egg, tocino, and longanisa with the rest of my family. I love this place so much!
Great Filipino style breakfast, spicy spam with eggs, very nice find. Easy parking but can get busy.
So I came to Chicago for a weekend to visit a friend. Throughout the weekend he took us to all sorts of popular restaurants and fancy restaurants. Turns out, the best food I had all trip, and really, since I can remember, was Uncle Mike's on my last day. My god it was amazing. The places are HUGE and the food is just so freaking amazing.
I'm happy to of found my new favorite breakfast spot. The location is great for street parking on Grand. When we first got inside there was a bit of a line, but they got us seated quickly. Our server was super nice and went over the difference from the American and Filipino menus. On this trip I tried the Combo (marinated pork and sausages) and it was delicious. The plate was huge, so big they we all had to make room on the tables for the extra large size plates. I'm happy that I did not order the side of Pumpkin Pancakes (next time), I would've never made it to my car. Back to the combo plate, the eggs were super bright yellow; the rice was perfectly made, and the meats all had amazing flavors. I cant wait until next week to try the American menu. Nice staff, great food, and fun environment.
My Filipina friend from out of town suggested this restaurant because she had read the reviews here on yelp. I had passed by it a few times but didn't realize they served filipino breakfast. Was all for it as I had never had it before. My friend recommended the Longanica and thought it was delicious. The garlic fried rice was my favorite. We were seated promptly and the food came out rather quickly. I will definitely come back.
Filipino breakfast! I have never had a breakfast like this before - lugao (chicken and rice soup) to start, garlic rice, sweet chorizo, pork shoulder, eggs (over-easy is a must), toast, rice pudding... I think there was more but I can't think of the rest. The rice and meats totally stole the show for me. The sweet chorizo was my favorite and therefore there were no leftovers... womp womp. I decided that the pork shoulder would be great to save to use the leftovers for a fried rice, so I did and it was! To sum it all up: Super casual, perfect type of place to just roll in no matter where you've been or what you look like. Great price for the ENORMOUS amount of food you get. Leftovers! Garlic.
I'm hooked. It's to the point that the fella and I are trying to figure out how to marry into the family so that we can go to their holiday dinners. We've decided that cheating on each other for the food is totally acceptable. This place had been on my to do list for a long time. I finally made it there a few months ago, and I've been back as often as humanly possible. Each time I've gone, I get the Filipino breakfast. In fact, I think it's my favorite breakfast in the entire city, now that Ramova is closed *sad face*. Breakfast starts with a bowl of lugaw. It's a garlicky rice porridge with chicken and lemon. I want to eat this every day in the winter, and whenever I'm under the weather. Next comes the main event. Both the tocino (anise cured, thick cut bacon) and the longonisa (anise cured sausage, similar to chorizo) are a sure bet. Besides your choice of meat, breakfast is served with garlicky rice, topped with two eggs your way. I recommend fried so that you can break the yolk and mix it in the rice. Mouthgasm. It also comes with a side of red beans that are almost chocolaty. I know it sounds weird, but it's delicious. There's also a small side of something similar to a pico de gallo, that I steer clear of because they put devil lettuce (cilantro) in it. Add some Intellegentsia coffee and great service to the mix, and you've got a winner in my book. The fella has branched out further through the menu, and everything that he's ordered has also been phenom. Fruit plate is huge, fresh, and cheap. Blueberry pancakes are to die for. He got a spinach, tomato, feta omelet on the last visit that was great. They even treated us to a small dish of their oatmeal which was super thick and creamy, not too sweet, and flavored with cinnamon and real fruit. Perfect cold morning breakfast, for sure. AND IT'S CHEAP! My only problem with Uncle Mike's is how terrible I feel when I leave. Pants unbuttoned, asleep on the couch for at least an hour. It just HURTS SO GOOD!
The service is friendly if not super fast, but the food is great, fast but not too fast and the diner atmosphere is quaint. If you've never had Tocino or Lugau, you must go!
Breakfast so good, it makes you want to punch the dude that invented IHOP right in the dick. My first foray into Filipino breakfast was satisfying as hell. I've always been more of a Steak and Eggs rather than pancake/waffle/french toast type of breakfast guy (read: I require cooked flesh of beast in the morning), so the combo breakfast of pork and more pork (Tocino and Longaniza) was right up my alley. Both are deliciously cured, just the right sweetness. Combine that with the vinegar-y pico de gallo and breath destroying garlic rice, and you have a breakfast of the gods. Only rating 4 stars because the eggs weren't really up to the level of the rest (maybe my fault for getting scrambled), and because the space is a bit cramped inside. And because this place is only open until 3pm. Seriously, if this place was open for late night eats, I would wake up smelling like garlic way, way more
OMG!!! One of my all time favorite place to eat!! Yes there is an uncle mike. I don't think you can go wrong with any of their selection of longanisa, tocino, or spam!
If you're looking for authentic Filipino food with the option of an American breakfast joint, this is the place to go.
Uncle Mike's is hands down, one of the best breakfast/diner experiences I've had. The food is good AND doesn't make me feel sick later. The servers are friendly and the coffee man is ATTENTIVE. :) I'd personally recommend you ask to have your hash browns well done, cuz the default is pretty soft. Also, their sausage patties are better than their links. Finally, if you order toast (AND they have raisin toast by the way - a personal indication of a great b-fast place), you have to ask them to put butter on it, if you want butter on it. Otherwise, they bring you dry toast and it's cooled off by then, to the point that the "cold" butter packets on the table don't melt into it. Also, if you're adventurous they have Filipino breakfast specials - which can be a fun change. ALSO also - if you come for lunch, anyone ordering a lunch in house, gets a free soup - and they make their soup there! I've only been there for lunch once (-it's a breakfast haunt for me), and didn't know about the soup thing - and they gave me a chicken noodle and I was like, "meh - chicken noodle is boring" - but my mom made me try it and it was actually one of the most delicious chicken soups I've ever had. YUM.
So wonderful! So glad I gave this a try! I loved the garlic rice and the breakfast was amazing! Such an ecclectic, enjoyable place. Fast and polite service - everyone was so friendly! I am not experienced with Filipino cuisine, but will definitely be returning to try out the other options on the menu!
If you're looking for the real deal on Filipino food, this is it. With every Philippine breakfast, you get a side of lugaw, which is a great starter. My favorites are the Bangus and the Tocino platters. I also like the fact that they are actually open when breakfast should be served. Go around the city and you will not find anything open early. Yay for Uncle Mike's!
Having just moved into the neighborhood I was super excited to find Uncle Mike's right up the block. After going in to pick up breakfast to go - I was already a regular the next day - greeted by name nonetheless by Ruby who is a doll and handles most of the takeout orders. So far I've stuck to American options for breakfast and lunch - the omelettes and chicken sandwiches are awesome, made to order, fresh and hot! I definitely need to try the Philippine food and I think Ruby is starting to think I'm giving her the business by saying I will try it. 7 days in the neighborhood and I've been here 4 times already...
Love The Manilla Omelette. It comes with garlic rice and a teriyaki sauce. Yummmmm. Side of tocino always delicious. Watch out for the young man waiter....he's not very friendly :/ ...at all.
First, I'll premise this with : I had been out REALLY late the night before. I actually went to this place wearing the same clothes I wore to the outing the night before. It started off innocently enough. I was invited by two dear friends to have a "glass of wine"...which turned into a bottle of wine by myself, with no dinner on my stomach. I ended up konking out at said friends house. Wake up in the morning to a brisk walk with his dog, and coffee at some cute little coffee shop served by a very devoted coffee shop owner. Then the suggestion of breakfast at Uncle Mike's place. I would have driven right past it, its kind of tucked away on Grand. The interior looks like the place had seen its hay day years and years ago - wood paneled walls, and a little serving counter. Then I had to pee, and realized the place extended back really far. I would have loved to see this hidden gem hopping with business. There were about 15 other people inside, besides us. I had the spinach and swiss omlette. Super yum! It was perfect, and so was the bottomless cup of coffee. They kept offering refills on it, as well as the ice water. It was nice to be taken care of. It came with toast and a side of hashbrowns, which were actually pretty good. One of my friends asked for hot sauce, and they actually had a selection for him to choose from. Bonus points! The bill came, and it wasn't that expensive for 3 people. I enjoyed the atmosphere, and the conversation I had while there. It wasn't loud - we left through the front entrance, which I didn't even notice when we arrived, as we came in a side door (as did most people). I'd suggest Uncle Mike's for the perfect hang over breakfast. Not that I had a hangover. Being a virgin and all, I know when I've had enough to drink.
I used to go there when it first opened up many years ago. My last visit was in 10/2012. Ordered breakfast and was very disappointed. Yes, you're given alot, but what's the point if the potatoes remind me of the mess I get from some of these 24hr greasy spoons? If that's what I wanted, I would've gone there and not pay the high end price for the breakfast I just ordered. And another thing, sunny side eggs mean "Sunny Side" or over easy means just that. I don't want a have fried egg if I didn't order it. The wait staff is good and I noticied that Filipino meals are offered. But if I want a more traditional American classic type breakfast, then please give me what I ordered. I'm not playing the ethnic card here because I'm American-Mexican born in Texas.
YUM! i love this place. uncle mike's is the one and only place i recommend for filipino breakfast. it's a casual, laid-back diner, so don't expect fireworks for decor. our meal started off with lugao, a rice porridge, which was fantastic. my family and i all had the combo - loganisa and tocino, with eggs & garlic fried rice. it was amazing. and their cut of meat isn't as fatty as it normally is, which is good - still tasty - but you feel less guilty after. my niece had the spam, which was great, too. yeah, i like spam, WHAT. i also love that it's just right down the street from my 'hood! the best!!!!
I've been wanting to go to this place since I am filipino, but haven't had a filipino breakfast in a while. We went in and immediately seated at a comfortably large table for two near the window. THE LAYOUT: The decor had some filipino stuff that looked like they grabbed it out of my grandma's kitchen. The tables were large enough to seat several people, and I didn't feel like it was too crowded even though the place seemed quite busy. THE SERVICE: Service was prompt and efficient, but not as friendly as I would've expected. I may be used to my family saying "ka-in ka-in!" (english translation = eat! eat!) I've been to other filipino restaurants before also that seemed a lot more welcoming, but maybe they were overwhelmed on a busy Sunday. But... SOMETHING WEIRD. So, I came there with a caucasian friend, and I looked at the menu, which seemed lacking to me since I was expecting some filipino food to be on there. He joked, saying "they probably gave us the White menu". I looked around at the other tables with filipino people sitting around, and I was flabbergasted. I asked the waiter "Excuse me, but can I see... the other menu". He seemed reluctant to provide it for us, and handed us the Filipino menu. Then, when my caucasian company ordered his filipino breakfast, the waiter asked, "... with the garlic rice?" in a way that made us feel... different. Maybe they just didn't want to give us culture shock from garlic rice. I also noticed we were given small bowls of lugao with our meal, but everyone else had way bigger bowls. Aside from this, the experience was pleasant. Moving onto THE FOOD. The food was great. Tocino, longanisa, garlic rice, lugao... all good stuff. I do wish the garlic rice had more garlic involved, but it was pretty good. Their champorrado was tasty. That is the brown-colored sweet rice that is usually served for breakfast or as a dessert. A bit pricey for a breakfast for two, but on a lazy Sunday, it's worth the trip. Overall, I like the place, but my tita Aida still cooks the best filipino food.
Great service!!! This is a place I will be back too.....
Yum! excellent place for breakfast - it's in a quieter neighborhood in West Town and relatively easy street parking - No lines - high quality yet simple food. What else can I say? I wish I ordered the filipino breakfast but I didn't see it on the menu and only noticed it was written on the chalkboard as our waitress walked away. Oh well, I guess I'm coming back for that real soon! Instead I ordered the steak and eggs as recommended by my lovely Yelp friends and it didn't disappoint! It was a well seasoned, well trimmed skirt steak with a huge portion of garlicky fried rice (which tasted bland, but was very well scented from the garlic - this is a good thing as I don't like rice that is over powered in flavor) and pan fried eggs. Hubby had the corned beef hash and commented on how good it was (and he can be a tough one to please!). A little expensive, but probably because I ordered steak and eggs which was $13 or $14 buck alone. Everything else was about $10 or less.
To me comfort food is breakfast food. Better yet is Filipino breakfast food. Now, there isn't many Filipino place near downtown so its good to see one in the westside of town! The gal pal got the tocino and longanisa combo and I got the skirt steak. The tocino did not disappoint - and I'm not really a fan of tocino in general. The longanisa was good, not the best I've had, but pretty damn good. My skirt steak was done to perfection and tasted even better! The portions were pretty big and by the end of it all I was stuffed and satisfied. To be honest, breakfast is something that is hard to mess up for me. This meal is something to harks back to the childhood days waking up to some sunny-side up eggs, Oscar's Foods longanisa, and some rice before heading out to school. So kudos to Uncle Mike's for bringing me back to those days.
About 4.5 stars and a solid and different Filipino breakfast spot. You get a lot of value here - I had the tocino (pork shoulder) and longaniza (sweet chorizo sausage) combo breakfast for $10.95, and it included lugao (Filipino congee), two eggs over garlic rice, and a nice cold dessert of a chocolate-coconut flavored tapioca pudding. It was a delicious and filling breakfast with the tocino tasting like a sweet, fatty version of Chinese char-siu. The lugao was light and delicate, and served with a side of fish sauce added as you like. Wife had the pork chop breakfast but it was a bit dry and disappointing. We also unbeknowingly met Mike and wife Lucie - a friendly couple. As a few of us were waiting at the door for rest of our party, Lucie proactively queried if we needed any help in getting set up, as she was sitting up front eating her own breakfast. I asked her who she was, as I thought I was bothering her, and she seemed like an assertive type customer, but that's when she said she was the owner! Expect a leisurely breakfast, as it was a little slow on the food, and the pace was only thing I thought that kept it from being a 5 star outing, for my breakfast anyway. Others in the party tried the boneless milkfish (bangus), spicy spam, and skirt steak, and all were pretty pleased. The front dining area is small and a bit packed, but there is more room in the rear dining area. They been there for 10 years. Street parking is plentiful and easy in the area also.
If you're craving a Filipino breakfast come to this spot ... Loganiza, tocino, they have it all. If you want more vinegar with garlic, they'll bring it out. The owner made us a special fish dish completely off the menu with your typical Filipino side that you eat the fish with. It has tomatoes, onions and mango... and of course fish sauce!! I generally dislike Filipino food cooked anywhere except my own kitchen or my mom's kitchen, but Uncle Mike's does it right. go here, eat, you'll love it
Uncle Mikes has over 370 reviews so it is a challenge to add a unique spin. I was visiting Chicago and wanted to try out a local breakfast place. Found Uncle Mike's which has a Filipino flavor. Sounds interesting. At 5:30am I am at the door. What a find! As the other reviews state, huge portions, but the flavors of his Filipino inspired dishes are incredible. Do yourself a favor and get a combo dish. My favorite meat is the Tocino. It is pork which has been marinated then finished on grill. The skirt steak is great. Excellent coffee and service. If you love breakfast places this is one of the best. Mike is a great guy too. Say Hi!
For a $35 breakfast this place is not worth it. Went here to try a Filipino style meal, and to support a family-owned local restaurant. The good: - Our waitress was very attentive, she was the best part of the whole experience honestly. - Received complimentary lugao and a pulled pork dish at the start of our meal which was a nice gesture. - Grits were pretty good. The bad: - French toast was completely cold, bacon was awful and cold, bread was cold - One of the guys serving us had a runny bloody nose he kept wiping. Kind of gross when that's the guy bringing you your silverware (with no hand cleaning in between). I understand this isn't his fault, but why is management making him work while sick? - Same server also dropped a fork with food on it on my girlfriend's lap, getting food on her shirt. Once again, I don't blame him, looked like he was sick/worn out and should not have been working. - And to top it all off, the manager (John?) didn't seem to care at all about these issues when brought to his attention, just muttered a quiet apology as he took my money. I wanted to like this place and have a good homestyle Filipino meal, but there's just so many better options in Chicago for a delicious (warm) breakfast.
This is the only place I know of for Filipino breakfast in the city. Really good in that comfort food kind of way. The breakfast dishes have all the flavors - sweet, salty, spicy, sour. It's just also a really good deal. You know what was weirdly good? That chocolate coconut condensed milk rice pudding they serve with your breakfast (it's not beans you guys, imagine my surprise). Strangely addicting.
we came on a sunday morning and waited about 1/2 hour. We ordered longaniza - juicy & sweet! tocino - yum! skirt steak - done just right! really enjoyed the breakfast but not sure it's worth the wait.
i hear a lot of my friends come here for breakfast and they all say its very good.. so one day my friend wanted this and took me here.. i had the tocino, garlic rice, eggs and added a side of Longanisa.. it was pretty good.. very flavorful and ofcourse oily lol.. everything was cooked just right.. decent size portion with decent pricing! would come back if i can make time to come this way before their closing time
"Hey young man, have you seen Uncle Mike?" "Well, do I know him?" "You sure do...he's in your neighborhood." "What? Who is he? What does he do?" Uncle Mike's Place is at the corner of Paulina and Grand (accessible via #65 Grand bus), in Ukrainian Village. You can start knocking on his door at 0500 hour on a weekday, or at 0600 hour on a weekend. However, we came in at approximately noon time. Please be aware: always visit Uncle Mike's with a super healthy appetite, because this meal could potentially last you the entire day! The service was swift and friendly. Coffee with unlimited refills, water, and Lugao (Filipino congee) were brought to our table immediately. Some of the popular menu items were the skirt steak, spam, and bangus (milkfish). There was a slight increase on anything featuring steak, but it really wasn't a deal breaker. I, on the other hand, went with the "Tocino," which were wine-cured pork shoulders. The taste resembled with the Chinese cha siu, except it was savory. This reminded me of my childhood home in Taiwan, where lots of street vendors in the night markets sold Taiwanese-style sausages. Daddy J. certainly was fond of his skirt steak. By the way, our entrees were presented using an XL circular plate, with various side dishes (pico de gallo, coconut sweet bean jelly, and garlic rice with eggs of any style). Thus, Uncle Mike's knew how to feed his children! I personally don't think Uncle Mike's is the "cheapest" option in the city: $32 and some change with two (2) breakfast entrees and two (2) large bottomless coffee. Yet you will probably be full until dinner time if you're a normal-appetite individual like myself.
This place is a gem! Haven't had Filipino food in so long, Uncle Mike's brought back memories. Had the steak with tocino. The portions were so big and fulfilling. It came with garlic rice and eggs which were amazing. I definitely want to come back and grub some more. The only issue I had was the service. Our waiter rarely checked up on us and we needed assistance! I wanted to order things to go and get our check and she dragged on checking up on us. So as soon as I saw her, I had to wave to get her attention or else she wouldn't have came by. Other than that, the food here is just amazing!
Yunmy breakfast joint and where you are going to get a traditional Filipino breakfast. Wonderful little place that is something different than your run of the mill brunch spot. Get ready to try something different that your taste buds will thank you for later. There aee savory and sweet breakfast options. If you are lucky enough to spot Uncle Mike it is quite a treat!
Craving Filipino eats at 5am? Want some longsilog, tocilog, or bangsilog? Off the main path is this joint serving huge(!) plates of Filipino breakfast and they do it right with the sinaag, suka, camatis/toyo (depending on what you order), and champorrado. A bowl of lugao comes with each Filipino breakfast, served while you wait. (Ano ba?!). I was taken aback at first bc every other pin@y restaurant is usually a turo-turo. But this is actually a sitdown, place-your-order, made-to-order cafe. Pop country music seems to be a fav pick of the regulars, whatever keeps this place rolling out the goods is ok with me. Non-pretentious, straightforward, down-home, get your eat on kind of atmosphere. They also have traditional American breakfast, pretty yummy looking as well. I went aswang postal on the bangsilog, I'm not ashamed. Definitely coming back, Terminator style!
Note: while I recognize that Uncle Mike's Place does the Filipino breakfast thing as their calling card, today I wanted a traditional American breakfast, so I stuck to the basics. The short stack of buttermilk pancakes and the sausage patty and egg sandwich on a french roll were pretty good; the pancakes were perfectly cooked. The egg sandwich was good, and big, but I'm not sure it stands out in a crowd. The roll was fine and the sausage was also just fine. Solid, but not spectacular. The space is small but very kid-friendly and kitchen speed is very fast, which was much appreciated with a baby-on-the-verge this morning when I walked in (that would be my baby, aged 14 months). My tablemates tried more traditional Filipino offerings and came away with a look that said "average", but I want to try that side of the menu for myself before passing judgment. Also--all plates that I saw brought out from the kitchen were freakin' huge, so try to split meals or prepare to bring a big doggy bag home with you...so much on one plate here!!
Another very disappointing visit. This time I got the tried and true and always amazing steak and egg. I asked for the egg to be over medium and the steak to be medium. Not sure if the steak was undercooked or just a bad piece of meat but I couldn't cut it let alone chew it. The egg was so runny and sunny side up at best. B/f had pork chop....it looked so dry - I tried it and yep looks don't lie. The free soup was the only good thing ...oh and the coffee. The service was actually very good to which is an improvement but for a $40 breakfast that I couldn't even eat....there are other places to go. Sad to say because I've had some very great breakfasts here but it will be a long time before I come back if ever.
Don't have other Filipino breakfast spots to compare to but this place was really good. I got the Tocino (marinated pork shoulder) and Bangus (fish) combo platter. It came with lugao (congee or porridge), 2 sunny side up eggs, garlic fried rice and some chocolate oatmeal dessert. Unbelievable! With the generous portion size, it was all for I think $12. Definitely recommend and will definitely come back. Prepare to eat some heavy breakfast/brunch! Friend had the spam & steak combo with the longanisa?(a sweet sausage) on the side. I had the chance to try all of them but still decided that the bangus and tocino were my favorite! What made my platter 10x better is when I mixed my sunny side up eggs with the garlic rice and added sriracha. DROOL!-- try it!
This is the first time I've had Philippine food, so we thought we would try it out. I got a combo meal of sausage and steak skirt. It was a lot of food, but some of it was over cooked and under seasoned. I would recommend the Philippine sausage and pork shoulder
So Carol K...as she usually does....never provides a dull moment in the culinary adventures we have in the Windy city. After a night of great food and music....as well as friendship, we head to this little place for brunch on Sunday. To start.....no, they don't serve alcohol, so keep that in mind if you are trying to nurse a hangover...which we didn't have at this time *wink*. We arrived around 10:30am and the place was....well packed....with folks even waiting outside. Thankfully we had friends that arrived early and already had a table so in we went and sat down. As I pursued the menu...which reminds me of the Waffle House menus in the South, I caught out of the corner of my eye a large rack full of Spam......yes Spam....at least 4 varieties. Having never had a Filipino breakfast before I was very excited to try out a traditional "Spam Breakfast" as I think I've only had it like once in my life. The order were made and after some time waiting for our food to arrive the plates came which were twice the size of normal plates....for a moment I thought Carol K was Alice in Wonderland and I was along for the ride....slowly shrinking as my plate grew in size...... Seriously, the eggs and meats....in fact the entire meal was very good. A little spicy here and there and everything good to my liking....and there was garlic...lots of it. All and all a great experience....even if it is to only have it once....it will expand your understanding of how folks in other parts of the world eat........or at the very least.....eat Spam ;^)
Stopped into Uncle Mike's for my 3rd visit and the quality of food, level of service and overall experience has been superbly consistent each time. During this visit, ordered the Filipino Breakfast - medium rare skirt steak, sunny side eggs and garlic rice. Grits or hash browns are the other two side item options, but the rice compliments the dish to my liking. The steak is super tender with great flavors. Mike uses a simple yet effective marinade, consisting of soy sauce and 7-UP and various other spices. The meat is juicy and thankfully avoids being over-chewy, a pitfall of many other skirt steak options at all-too-many breakfast diners around the city. The eggs were cooked perfectly and when mixed into the rice, provide a nice textural contrast to the dish. A touch of black pepper and sriracha hot sauce add a level of heat that only adds to the dish's multi-layers of flavor: savory, salty & sweet. While the portion may be a bit on the larger size (always a good problem), the leftover meat can be reheated and turned into a tasty steak sandwich for lunch or dinner. In terms of service, this place makes you feel like you're actually visiting family, as its name suggests. During each visit, Mike made the rounds to check on food quality and to socialize with regulars and or first time customers. Don't be surprised to get more food than you order, particularly in the form of a complimentary bowl of Lugao, made fresh daily. Or possibly a taste of an off-the-menu item the cooks are working on in the kitchen. In addition to Mike's charm and generous approach, the servers are knowledgable, attentive and round out the overall dining experience. In a world of cut-throat business, minuscule food margins and the turn and burn nature of many food establishments, Uncle Mike's Place is a nice change of pace, that serves phenomenal food. I highly recommend to drop by for a great breakfast/lunch and stick around for the conversation.
5 stars for the garlic rice, 0 stars for the milkfish. The atmosphere is wonderful, with tiled walls featuring flowers and a super friendly staff. Behind the register you'll notice multiple flavors of SPAM in a can, sitting patiently waiting for consumption. The portions of food are HUGE and the quality is high for the price. My friend loved his omelette and my other friend loved her breakfast sandwich, though she was seriously weirded out by the pickles. As for my dish? I think I ordered wrong, and I'll try again. I absolutely LOVED my gigantic portion of garlic rice. It was silky, oily, super garlicky and just delicious. The two over easy eggs soaked beautifully in and honestly that would have been a perfect meal on it's own. The Longanisa and Bangus I ordered with it? I'll pass next time. The sausages were weird and kind of sweet and tangy. Not satisfying at all. And the Bangus... aka milkfish? It was gross. The menu described the fish as "boneless marinated milkfish." The word "marinated" implied something moist, but no it was crazy dry... bordering on leathery and just tasted way way too fishy in the worst way possible. The rice sat with us all for hours. Super rich and dense, we weren't hungry until it was way too late to eat dinner. We'll be back, but there is no question I will never touch the fish or sausages again.
Ate at uncle mikes this morning with my wife we just moved in the area Best pumpkin pancakes ever great staff great service .....Be back tomorrow....john d....
I really don't think the Yelp photos do this place justice because when I checked the website before coming in I thought the portion sizes were going to be completely different. I HAD NO IDEA PLATES WOULD BE WIDER THAN MY BODY. It was amazing. I truly felt like I was in a Filipino restaurant after that. The food is so good and the filipino breakfast tastes just like my mom's cooking. The bangus and longanisa combo breakfast was something I swore by until I had the godly being that was their marinated skirt steak. Perfection. PERFECTION! It is truly heaven on earth. The staff is so friendly and the atmosphere is very cozy. I went 6 times in two weeks. It's my new religion. Also, we shot a film there not too long ago and Uncle Mike was the coolest dude ever! So unbelievably thankful for everything that man and his establishment have done for us. It's incredible. I swear by this restaurant as my go to hangover cure/favorite brunch spot.
I'm sure you've heard about the amazing Filipino breakfast from here. Make sure you try their skirt steak definitely one of the best on the city.
I have finally eaten at Uncle Mike's Place!!! I've been trying to get here for a few months!!.. The parking is a challenge. I had the Skirt Steak & Eggs.. The steak was as I expected it to be very tender...tasted good!! The wait staff was attentive. My waitress was kind and polite, and prompt!! My food came to me as soon as it was done I had hash browns with onions with my steak & eggs. The ONLY complaint I'd have is "PARKING"!!!... That's what took me so long to get into the restaurant the first times I tried to visit. Otherwise, it was VERY good. It gets 3 stars because of the parking...did I say there is none?? Good luck finding a parking space..
We wanted to try something new this weekend, and hot damn, am I glad we made the trek for Uncle Mike's. Both of us are Filipino food n00bs, so the experience was definitely a good primer. We ended up with the longanisa combo breakfast with a side of potato pancakes. WOW. First, the pancakes: totally crunchy on the outside, lovely and soft on the inside. Killer with sour cream and apple sauce. Huge plate! Enough for 4 people, at least. The combo: incredible skirt steak with a side of steak sauce, and two fried eggs with rice. We also got champorado (not really worth the calories, though, the chocolate tasted like powder) and lugao (lovely rice/ginger/chicken porridge soup, although a little on the diluted side). We also got some sausage with the combo, and honestly, it was hard to stop eating! The portions are big and satisfying, and the food really is tasty. All in all, the food combo was killer, but we really came there for the atmosphere. Our server (the guy with the tattoos and lovely smile!) was SO nice, attentive, and made us feel right at home. The place is busy, with big families coming in looking for lots of seats. We loved the "diner" feel: free refills on coffee, people bustling around with big trays of food, satisfied little kids and their parents talking happily. A good option if you're looking for a low-key place to enjoy stellar Filipino (and American!) food. Uncle Mike's is a new favorite.
Super friendly staff, we were given souvenir keychains too! Super delicious food with super portions and decent prices! Our food came with a small portion of yummy champorado for dessert (chocolate rice pudding). I honestly don't remember the last time I had champorado, this was so good! Highly recommended!
You can never go wrong with the filipino breakfast. Don't bother with the spam as they only give two pieces. Always go with either tocino, longaniza or both!
I went to Uncle Mike's Place yesterday for brunch with some friends who have been raving about it for months. I had heard only good things via Yelp as well, so I was pretty pumped. When we arrived, it was about 1pm, and our friends were seated all the way in the back. The first thing they said was that they had never sat back there. It literally felt like we were sitting in the kitchen because it was right next to the dishwasher. I've worked in restaurants before and was pretty grossed out by the smell. Not a good way to start off our visit. I ordered the baby bangus with overeasy eggs served with garlic rice. Our meals came out pretty quickly and were served on gigantic plates. The only thing about those plates was that our entrees weren't that large. They took up the whole table unnecessarily. Maybe I'm being a little too nit-picky. Anyway, the food look ok, so I dug in. The eggs and rice were pretty ordinary. I'm not sure I like to eat fish for breakfast, but it was probably the best part about my meal, but was definitely a "baby" sized portion. All in all, I was very disappointed with Uncle Mike's and definitely won't be back.
Want some garlic with your breakfast? Well look no further than Uncle Mike's place which is a Filipino breakfast spot where everything comes with garlic, from the creamy rice soup at the start to the fried garlic rice served with most of the traditional Filipino breakfasts. We arrived at 10:30 on a very busy Sunday. Know that this place, since being featured on a local food show, is packed all the time so you will probably have to wait. Now that the weather is turning colder, they are encouraging you to use their side door (facing Grand) as what used to be the main entrance opens directly to the dining area making it freezing in there for the patrons. Lucky for us- our friends had gotten there at 10, secured a table and we were seated immediately. The menu has a mix of Filipino breakfast favorites (including a SPAM breakfast) as well as American classics such as pancakes, omlettes, etc. We ordered a range of foods from the pumpkin pancakes to a custom omelette to a couple of those crazy Filipino breakfasts. When the plates came- the portion sizes were huge! But we must have all been hungry as we cleaned our plates by the end. Service had a few timing issues with our food coming up at different times, we had to repeatedly ask for coffee and the darn door kept opening to let in the cold air which made for a chilly breakfast. But that aside, I think once this business gets back to normal after it's "recent celebrity status" it will be the place that it once was. . . . A great neighborhood place to meet up with friends for some tasty Filipino food served by servers who care.
I can make diner food at home, so your average diner isn't that appealing. But when I saw they had Filipino style breakfast I was in! From the outside you'd probably just walk by it. Nothing special, nothing that says "we have awesome Filipino food!". Luckily we knew better. They do have a menu with standard diner offerings. But the Filipino food is what I'm after. Lugao, tocino, and longanisa combo? Yes yes and yes. Garlic rice, beans. Give me more. The food was awesome. The service, very friendly. I was stuffed, I didn't eat lunch until 3pm and I wasn't even that hungry. The price, I felt for the amount of food I got it was fair, if not cheap. Looking for awesome breakfast on the west side? Look no further.
Steak and Egg Extraordinaire! BIG portions & BIG flavor all served on a BIGGER plate! Pay attention to the menu here because Uncle Mike strongly suggests what to order with BIG pictures. "I like BIG pictures...You like Big Pictures". There is a reason why everything else on the menu is in very, very "small" print!
You will truly appreciate this place if you have ever had a Filipino parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle make breakfast for you? You get huge portions for the price paid, humble service with a smile, and a warm comfortable atmosphere. I recommend trying one of the traditional Filipino combos but don't worry if you're feeling a little shy. The menu is loaded with delicious American breakfast items if you just want blueberry pancakes made with fresh blueberries. What more could you ask for? Enjoy!
I am frequently mistaken as Filipino; Uncle Mike's makes part of me wish I actually was. This is one of my favorite brunch places in Chicago because of the food and its fantastic value. Portions are very sizeable and excellent for the price. But I have only had the combos, thus I have no opinion on the rest of the fairly large menu (sandwiches, omelettes, etc) because I'm always too busy stuffing my face with the meats, egg, rice, and lugao. The complementary lugao (rice porridge) bowls vary in quality, some days they seem a little more watery than others, but overall are excellent. The fried garlic bits, green onions, occasional chicken pieces, and rice in a chicken broth garnished with a lemon is really the best way to start any meal on a weekend morning. The garlic rice is also very good. Light and when topped with a couple over-easy (or however you prefer) eggs, is perfect with the various meats. The pork shoulder is excellent. Sweet and savory with a bit of crispy fat. So good. The skirt steak is also quite good, well marinated and flavored. Both the half and full sizes are satisfying/filling and come with A1 sauce. The sausages are also delicious as sausages should be; definitely of the sweet Asian variety though. Don't be expecting the heavy salty punch of European encased meat mash. The combos also come with a small dish of diced tomato and onions that go nicely with everything else on the big plates. The milkfish is a little more disappointing. I've only had it once and it was fairly dry and the flavor non-descript. Service is pretty good. Once, near the end of our meal, we got extra cabbage-borscht-like soup on the house for no discernable reason. I don't think they knew that I am a big fan of soup...but maybe they somehow did. Sometimes the kitchen seems to get pretty busy and the food takes a little longer to come out but I would never call the service here slow. We are usually seated within 15 minutes, even on a busy late Saturday morning. Parking is easy, or the 65 bus drops you off right in front of the restaurant. Place is easy to find. Bar seating and bigger tables in the back are available. Atmosphere is bustling and feels very much like a comfortable hole-in-the-wall I would find in Asia or Los Angeles. 4 stars for great food and even better value.
Service sucked except for the water boy. Just to place our order took 10 min. Food took 20 min to come out. Our waiter was so slow. We had to go find her to ask for our check. So the Bangus was full of bones and the garlic rice was mushy. They didn't give us the free soup either. The eggs weren't cooked well either. How hard is it to cook eggs? On the menu the price of a full skirt steak breakfast was $15.50 but we were charged $16.95. Never going there again.
The best skirt steak in town! Nuff said.
I am pretty sure this is the one of the only Filipino restaurants in Chicago. You can get Longanisa and Bangus along with American food. They only serve breakfast. The portion is huge!!! (Updated: I gave it 5 stars after talking to the owners. Very nice owners who are generous. Consumer service is great here),
Filipino breakfast at its finest!! In Chicago a must have!! Yummy! And we're from Vegas!! A come back for sure! :)
This is the first time I had Filipino breakfast so I was beyond excited to try this place. The atmosphere is so nice and relaxing. I'm sure it helped that it was bright and sunny morning and we got a window seat - got some tanning done at the same time. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful. They'll offer you arroz caldo to start off with - take it. My boyfriend was a little confused on what it was but it's basically congee. One thing - YOU MUST GET THE TOCINO...and/or the Longaniza...or both. Actually....get both. Even if you're by yourself. They will not disappoint. I do have to admit, this is much heavier than what I'm use to for breakfast food, but surprisingly I didn't feel weighed down at the end of my feast...or even after throughout the day. That's probably what I loved the most! It was not super greased up in oil. If it was, it definitely did not show on the plate.
Delicious food with really big servings, and pretty affordable given the portion. It can get a little crowded, but that's because they have fans. They have a lovely variety of asian and american on their brunch menu. I really like the lugao (congee) that pretty much comes with every meal. The service is pretty much always courteous and on point. We probably come here two times every 3 months or so, or whenever the craving hits.
Awesome place! First time eating Filipino breakfast. Uncle's Mike is so friendly and so chill! Talking to us about traveling and gave us a lot of food! The steak is a must-try!
Uncle Mikes...I've heard so much about it and couldn't wait to finally try the hype. I had the tocino and spam combo and it was good. I always love garlic rice and you can't go wrong with spam. I had lugow (sp?) for the first time and that was REALLY good...it was complimentary w/ our meal! I wasn't really wowed by anything though. It seemed pretty ordinary to me. Would I go back? Sure, if other people I was with wanted to go. Would I crave anything there? Probably not. I think there are other authentic Filipino restaurants that satisfy my palette a bit more. The service was good though. The gal serving us was friendly.
as a filipino, i was pleasantly surprised about this find. i've lived in the chicago area for 22 years and i never heard of this place until this past weekend. the langonesa (filipino pork sausage) tasted just like how mom used to make! served with a garlic fried rice and two sunny-side up eggs, the servings are big, so you're getting your money's worth for sure. it's true what one person said here - you won't leave hungry!
Filipino breakfast (aka tapsilog) is what they do best! You get free rice porridge (lugao) before your meals and it is ahhmazinggg! Tastes like my grandma's cooking! For breakfast I ordered the longanisa plate which included garlic fried rice, tomato/onion salsa, egg prepared any way, and champorrado. It's truly a lot of food but I wanted to try their cornbeef hash also...hehe. At the end, I got to meet Uncle Mike himself and rolled myself out with siopao in my hand.
a filipino walks into a filipino restaurant... and orders the veggie omelette with hashbrowns :) it was actually pretty good - not crazy buttery like at other diners (i don't use butter when i fry eggs and i don't think anyone should - blech!) all fresh, not canned veggies and it came out fast. i think i confused our server that i refused sinangag and lugaw as my husband and kid ordered and ate up their longanisa and tocino. my kid really loved the lugaw! as you probably guessed, i'm an a-typical fil-am but i was disappointed that jufran wasn't offered! super fast service but get there super early. expect intimate dining - and by that i mean 20 hungry people hovering over your table as they make funny faces at your kid, comment on your food and scream across the restaurant to their manangs in the kitchen with their stomachs grumbling. ah...just like home ;)
Was visiting from St. Louis and a friend took us for breakfast. Definitely hit the spot! Never really had a Filipino breakfast before, but my mother is Japanese so there were a lot of similarities (like the Spam ) Staff was friendly, atmosphere was cool, and it was just plain satisfying!! Wish we had one in St. Louis...They'd make a killing here.
The service here is great. The food tastes homemade and if you are lucky, you will get chicken on the house. Make sure you ask for the Banana ketchup if you are eating a Filipino breakfast! I ordered the Bangus (large fried milk fish) and Tocino. It was awesome and fulfilled my Filipino breakfast cravings!
Yum. This place is down-home perfection. I had the tocino/longuisa combination with the garlic fried rice and eggs, chocolate rice pudding, and porridge. My boyfriend had the large fried fish with the same sides I loved (almost)every single morsel. Both the pork products that I had were exceptional (kind of sweet, but not unpleasantly so), as was the garlic fried rice and small dish of pico de gallo type salad that comes with it. I thought he porridge had an awesome taste but something about the look and texture was somewhat off putting to me. I did not like the chocolate rice pudding at all (my boyfriend commented "this is JELLO pudding" and I think he was right). The seating also looked like it was a part of someone's basement (not exactly sleek), but it did add to the effect of feeling like you were having a home cooked meal. I highly recommend trying. I really cannot wait to go back.
Best Filipino breakfast ever. Skirt steak, garlic rice, lugao. Worth the drive from the NW suburbs. Can't wait to go back.
Great somewhat traditional Filipino style restaurant. Portions are good and the food was better. The decor was homie and kitchie which I enjoyed.
Thank you Uncle Mike's!!!! We always come here craving for the good old Filipino breakfast (garlic rice, served with a variety of meats and fried fish that also comes with fried egg, cooked just the way you like it. Be ready because Filipino breakfast (and their big serving) is so heavy in the tummy which makes you skip lunch. On an early Sunday morning, it's nice that Uncle Mike's is open early so right after church, we can satisfy our cravings. Uncle Mike was there together with only 2 servers. It was busy but the servers were quick. Uncle Mike also helped out a bit. He even gave us hot tea and lugaw (hot, rice chicken congee/soup) while waiting for our meal. Food is always good here no matter what!!!! This is the ONLY Filipino breakfast place that has survived for so many years in downtown Chicago, that's why we continue to patronize it and even bring friends here. So expect it to be a busy place especially on weekends, that's why we always go there earlier (like around after 8am). My favorite here is the tocino (sweet meat) and bangus (fried milk fish) and their pancakes too are so good, it makes me remember the pancakes (which we use to call hotcakes) I've had in the Philippines growing up. Uncle Mike's Filipino dishes mixed with Continental/American breakfast is truly great match! We Filipinos are grateful and appreciate that Uncle Mike's is continuing to serve the community by introducing Filipino breakfast to other people of various ethnicity who would like to try something different. Thank you for welcoming us to your restaurant and for opening up your doors as early as 6am so we can satisfy our cravings which makes us miss our motherland (Philippines) more.
I've only had Filipino food a couple of times before this, but I would definitely come back to try the other breakfast options. I got the spam breakfast and it hit the spot. Plentiful street parking which of course is a MAJOR plus.
SO. GOOD. The Filipino breakfast is amazing - three of us shared the tocino and longanisa breakfasts. Everyone got a bowl of lugao and a side of champurrado; awesome service!!! This is the way breakfast should be done :)
I don't think there's anything I can say about Uncle Mike's Place that hasn't already been said by any other filipino on here. I only go here for filipino breakfast and here's my take. I try and avoid the longganisa because you only get 3 links and I feel like that's not enough compared to some of the other choices, though it is delicious. I've also gotten the skirt steak and tocino. Both are good and you get a lot more bang for your buck. A few times I've had bad service here, there's like extra people not in uniform that help out but sometimes just hang out, not really sure what they're doing. A few times I ended up just sitting there for a n extra 10-15 minutes just waiting for a waiter to come back. Though this last time, they were pretty good with the water refills. Separate people, including 2 different waiters and the bus boy, filled my water throughout my meal so good job there.
Even when it's packed there's great service. Friendly and attentive even while busy Uncle Mike's brings back a piece of the Philippines with it's hearty (and cheap!) dishes. They have American dishes too for those not in the mood for lugaw alongside other traditional fare. I had a longanisa and spam combo that was definitely more than enough to sate a raging appetite. Filipino meals come with lugaw, two eggs and rice and I'm not sure if it's exclusive to combos but it also comes with this nostalgia filled chocolate lugaw too. Definitely stole my heart, I plan to be back often!
Yummy tocino! Finally had a chance to try uncle mike's. We ordered tocino and bangus combo & bangus and skirt steak combo and added extra garlic rice because the rice was not enough. I liked their garlic rice and everything that was on my big plate. The service was good even though we got there at 2 pm. The place was still packed. I just hope that our server told us there's some free (lugaw & tea) with our orders.. Still will come back and try their other breakfast choices
Filipino breakfast is the way I fly. It's like a 3 course meal. Yeah! For breakfast. You first get this lugao or something like that, it really a chicken with rice thick soup with a piece of lemon. Then your main course eggs, rice, whatever meat or fish you wanted and it comes with a tomato onion type relish with a salty slightly sour flavor that seams to just go perfect with all the meats and fish. The steak is super seasoned which I thought would be overwhelming for breakfast but it's not, and it comes in 2 different sizes. The spicy spam, yes spam, it's great!!!!! Then when you finish that, they show up with a cup or small bowl of Champorado, a choco oatmeal type desert that is not too sweet, but just sweet enough. You have to try this at least once and you be the judge. Since my wife is Filipino, have been to the Philippines a couple of times, and let me tell you, this is way better, but don't tell my mother in law.
Food good. It's a diner. I want to come here all the time. However, every time I come they don't have at least one thing that is on the menu. It's annoying. Today, no bananas for the fruit plate. It's Monday. It's breakfast, already out of bananas? Last week, no potato salad, the previous week, ordered an Avocado salad and they brought it out without avocado. This is an issue.
My friend took me here years ago and I have been loving this place ever since. Parking is always really easy to find around here and they even have a parking lot in the back. I mainly come on Sundays and I usually get seated right away. I always get the Longansia and Skirt Steak Combo, which comes with garlic rice and two fried eggs. It also comes with lugao, which is like congee or a rice cereal thing. Unfortunately this is the only thing I get here, but it has always been amazing. The service here is good for the most part.
I just got takeout from Uncle Mike's Place, and I'm so glad I did. I'm half Filipino and since I moved to Chicago from California 3 years ago, I haven't been eating nearly enough Filipino food. (because I'm so lame and don't want to travel to the north side to get it) I've been missing my grandma's home cooking (she never taught me the how to cook!) Today I found myself craving tocino like crazy so I called them up. I had seen their sign outside the restaurant that said they serve Filipino breakfast, so I ordered the tocino breakfast, rode my bike over to pick it up and tore into it as soon as I got back to the office. IT TASTES JUST LIKE GRANDMA'S! The tocino was exactly what I wanted, cooked very well, just like home... and the lugao~ perfection. I am in LOVE. I can't wait to try the longanisa and the bangus! I don't want to eat anywhere else. Hella ono!
Sooooo much food! As a fellow filipina, I can say this place did things right. Nothing else to say really, aside from delicious and it's traditional food that reminds me of home. When you order, you may end up getting some sort of extra dish that the cook sends out. the couple times I've been here we have had soup (tinola?), and chicken. It was a nice added surprise :) If you're a first timer, you must have the Tocino, if you like fish try the bangus. You won't leave hungry :)
Some of my friends had recommended Uncle Mike's for breakfast, so I decided to stop by this morning for some Filipino food. At 9am they were already pretty busy, but we were seated in their diner-style restaurant immediately. The service was friendly and not too bad of a wait. Before our meal, they brought out a hot cup of lugao that was perfect for the cool weather outside. My longaniza plate included some really tasty chorizo and with the rice, salsa and eggs, I was truly satisfied for most of the day. I was so happy to have checked out this place and would definitely recommend it if you're in the area!
Simply awesome! Huge portions, great prices and truly authentic Filipino breakfasts. One of the best in town.
A great spot for Filipino food for lunch for a good price and a ton of food! The Longaniza and skirt steak combo with garlic fried rice was my favorite
If was my first time checking the place out, and my family and I got there for brunch (party of 6). Right after we walked in, we were greeted rudely by one of the people who manage the place (layer found out his name was John). We were already upset how we were greeted at the restaurant, but what killed our mood was when they tried to squeeze the 6 of us in a small table that can barely accommodate 3-4 people. The servers were working really hard, and instead of John either entertaining the customers or refilling coffee cups, or taking some parts away, he was just standing there most of the time. The customer service was horrible, but thank god we had the sweetest server (Diana). The food is decent, but I didn'thave the authenticity my mom and I were expecting. Food- 3-4 stars Customer service- 2.5 stars
We have visited this restaurant probably over a dozen times and we love it! The food prepared to order. The service is prompt and friends- and they remember our names. Did I mention the food is wonderful? And you van actually meet Uncle Mike...how fun is that! Great food = great experience!
Oh, I'm sorry...what? NO WAIT?! Talk about a Sunday miracle. Ok, so, let's talk about the breakfast. I was torn between the spam, bangus and the longanisa, but ultimately ended up with the longanisa. (Don't knock spam until you've tried it!) I always get the eggs over medium as it blends well with the garlic fried rice. The longanisa and garlic fried rice were perfect. It's also served with this vinegar dipping sauce (perfect to dip the meat in!) and champorado (this delish chocolate rice porridge). Comfort food-esque frealz. All for $10? Nothing makes for a better Sunday than this. They serve up a soup beforehand (arroz caldo, no?) which I devoured. I love that stuff. We were also treated to some longanisa sliders (aka pieces of longanisa on a pretzel bun). If you're not feelin' the Filipino breakfast options, they also have your typical American breakfast stuffs (eggs, bacon, omelets, pancakes) and lunch stuffs (burgers, steak sandwiches, soups). Very diverse menu and very reasonable prices! You can also order things a la carte (like, an egg and a piece of spam. I saw this happen.) if you feel like trying some items, but aren't sure how you'll feel about it. Yum!
Coming from LA. The experience at Uncle Mike was exquisitely great! I met uncle mike. Very humble guy and very generous. Staff was awesome as well, nice and friendly. Best experience ever and food was amazing. If you're visiting Chicago. Uncle Mike Place is a must!
This place was really great. Its open early with fresh coffee. I ordered a traditional american breakfast and for the price, it was so much food. Best grits I've ever had. Service was great, I didn't have to ask for any refills, my cup of coffee was always full.
Been trying to get here for some time. After a long night of drinking and dancing. We went here for breakfast. The dining room was very Filipino. Only thing missing was a giant spoon and fork on the wall. The food was good I practically inhaled it. Skirt steak was tasty and tender. The soup could of used a little more ginger. And the portion size for the price is definitely a bargain. We will be brining back the kids.
I love this place. I frequently go with my friend Saturdays for lunch. The food is absolutely delicous, portions are quite large and the service is fast and friendly. I usually get the milk fish which is so so good!
Don't be scared. No, seriously, stop that. You have to try Uncle Mike's. I'd never had Filipino cuisine before, and they have both that and standard American fare. This is definitely the place to eat outside of your comfort zone if you're new to Filipino food! The lugao (soup with chicken, rice and garlic) is made fresh daily and it's delicious! Tastes like Greek avgolemono soup, but with yummy fried garlic bits on top! Comes with all eat-in meals. Be warned about the Longanisa & Tocino breakfast--it's HUGE! Anise Wine-Cured Sweet Chorizo (not spicy) & Pork Shoulder (similar to Chinese spareribs) with eggs, garlic fried rice and salsa-like mixture with fish sauce and vinegar, and a cocoa sticky rice pudding. (The pudding wasn't standard accompaniment, just a bonus amuse (inter)bouche, and not super sweet.) It was all terrific! For the less adventuresome, the Monte Cristo sandwich was great--griddled to perfection and delightfully melty. The thick-cut slab bacon was tasty and not crazily salty, as bacon goes. (I mean, it's bacon, so it's salty, but the thickness makes it meaty and tasty!) and perfectly cooked--crispy, but not burned. Service was terrific--we never had to ask for coffee or water refills, and at the end of the meal they came around with another amuse (post)bouche of a hot oatmeal/cinnamon/banana/apple dessert! A great time was had by all with what was, for us, quite a culinary adventure!
Ate here today w the wife and daughter after watching the Ringling Brothers at the UC. The food was amazing and definitely feeds the crave of a legit Filipino cuisine. Uncle Mike is just awesome. Had the Bangus (milk fish- Fried) and skirt steak combo and I still cant stop thinking about it. Im heading back downtown to the Bears game tomorrow and I think I might just stop by for round 2. Everything about this place was great but meeting Uncle Mike and seeing how authentic his kindness is to his customers set the bar another level. My daughter blessed his hand and was given $5 treating her as though we were apart of their family. ( part of the Filipino Culture especially as we get closer to Christmas) Even though these guys are a bit of a hike for us, I will make sure to frequent this place and make sure that I give him my business. Truly a Gem as everyone has described them. Glad to finally be able to stop by. Salamat po Uncle Mike!
As expected, excellent Filipino breakfast. The tocino was tender and salty sweet, perfect over easy eggs, and a generous mound of garlic fried rice. Ang sarap!
Sorry to crash the party. I found this place on yelp ( like I do every restaurant before I decide on dining there) and wanted to try something different. I LOVE Filipino food but never really had Filipino breakfast so I was excited to try it. When I fist arrived I thought OMG gross It looks dirty and cluttered. One of the waitresses were so filthy, sweaty and sloppy it looked like she was just finishing a 72 hour weekend shift. We sat down anyway and thought, OK its a diner atmosphere, lets wait for the food. The free soup was Ok at first but slimy texture turned me off after my 3rd spoon. My husband I both ordered the special steak. We both like it medium rare and they both came out SUPER OVER COOKED. On top of that the flavors were not great especially with flies around your table. Would not reccomend at all
Been craving a home cooked Filipino breakfast for months! I'm originally from California and moved to NYC a year ago. Home cooking Is missing from my life. So as a birthday gift my guy takes me here to Chicago for the weekend. And my first instinct was- gotta find Filipino food! So found Tito mikes on yelp. To a 8 dollar cab ride here and it was downhill. My guy has never had Filipino breakfast so I was excited to introduce this to him. We get there & sit at the diner stools. Place is sorta packed. So I order the bangus and tocino combo and he gets the skirt steak and tocino combo. Garlic fried rice, egg, tomatoes, vinegar, and champorrado! Wow can we say hella food! Tocino was great. Bangus was fried really well with a lot of flavor. My guys said his skirt steak was a little overdone but the tocino was awesome. The kicker was the Lugao also. It came with the breakfast and with a little lemon and fish saw it was on point. Needless to say this place is awesome. Piece of advice. Get there early or expect to wait for a little. Cheers!
Omg this is the best place in Chicago!! The food is soooo good! Im so impressed with uncle mikes! 10 stars for everything!
So any hard Sunday workout or anytime I want my filipino breakfast fix, I go here! They are the best and a part of a great routine. The servers are all great and sometimes you can catch me speaking Tagalog too. It takes me back to home cooking and fast meals I would get when I was living in the Philippines. I love the family atmosphere too. From the start, you get the arroz con caldo and I ask for patis on the side. I always go with a combination platter with Tocino as the base. You can get the eggs any way you want including egg white. If you aren't into filipino food, come for the atmosphere and they have great breakfast and lunch items. My fiancÃ© got a great looking egg white omelet. Once you get your food it's in a huge plate and you get champorado for dessert. If you haven't tried it, you should. Definitely worth the drive, bike or walk.
If you come on Saturday morning, expect a wait. I think we waited a reasonable 15-20 minutes. As far as the food - the portions are large and the longanisa and tocino was really good. Not having tasted Filipino breakfast cuisine, I was a little apprehensive with the never before tried "red" meats, but I was really surprised at how tasty everything was. The soup was really good and had a nice hint of lime. Every different dish was good and had some surprising flavors that weren't expected. Note the garlic rice is really quite garlicky. It will take some work to freshen that breath afterwards. Overall, I would come back for the food and skip the garlic rice. The service was very friendly, but really quite slow. Painfully slow at times. We were off way in the back corner and were somewhat out of our servers view, but we had to wait quite a bit to order and get the check. The ambiance was a bit dirty and dingy. Again we were off in the back off to the side by the fridge and the kitchen, which really gave this place a pretty low brow cafe feel. Which is ok, but overall it was a little run down. All in all, the food is good, the service is friendly, but you will have to put up with a slower meal, and the ambiance being rough around the edges.
Here on a Tuesday for an early (6:30am) breakfast. The host/waiter has the personality of a butter knife. Got coffee & the skirt steak & eggs (what they are known for!). If you are expecting quick refills on your empty cup-o-coffee, then this is NOT the place for you. It is safe to assume that maybe if the waiter stayed off of his phone, and paid attention to the fully packed restaurant (just kidding, it was only me inside by myself), I might not have to ask for a refill??!?!? The skirt steak was delicious as expected, kinda priced on the high side. So based on this experience, I will not be visiting again. There are other places close by that might care more about their customers.
Great breakfast place ! So many choices... try the fish breakfast, it was very good. So much food for a great price: soup, 3 eggs, garlic rice, veggies & rice pudding for 9 bucks "
Filipino breakfast! My people's food! :P Absolutely loved it. It feels like home to me! Granted I can make something similar myself, but frankly I'm too lazy to cook and get all the ingredients since the nearest Filipino grocery store is 15 miles away from me. Uncle Mike's is 3 miles away and I definitely don't mind spending around $10 for some home cookin'! For $10-$15, you start off with a nice, comforting plate of lugao (savory Filipino rice soup). You then receive a plate of garlic rice, two eggs your way, diced tomatoes & herbs in vinegar, and your choice of spam, longanisa (sweet Filipino sausage), tocino (sweet Filipino cured pork), spam, Filipino style steak, or milkfish. I personally like tocino and spam. It's perfect, it's heaven in your mouth! They finish the meal off with yummy champarado (sweet chocolate rice). If you're new to Filipino food and are timid in trying new foods, try out Filipino breakfast at Uncle Mike's first! Then work your way up to the more adventurous stuff later. :P
LOVE IT! Its Sunday noon; you are somewhere in the west loop/river north/heck anywhere. Had a late Sat night of fantastic clubbing; Need the energy but don't want to feel bogged down by heavy continue on with the superb sunny afternoon to surf Chicago. What do you do? This is what you do: Get a Divvy bike, and bike it to this fabulously homely filipino breakfast place, located within 2 blocks of two convenient divvy stations! You can seat yourself wherever you like (there's a breakfast bar too). Next, get the lugao into your veins because that is the best breakfast starter you'll ever have experienced. I'm still yummying from today morning!! This was my first filipino breakfast experience, and what was a simple looking place from outside blew my mind and fired my taste buds much effectively than most sophisticated restaurants on Randolph nearby. Order the tocino (wine-cured pork shoulder) If its a bit too sweet for you, there is some hot sauce on the side which goes so darn perfectly with it that you cannot stop eating; 15 minutes later you are full and ready to run a mile, just out of happiness :). Go with some company or without, the food is going to occupy your attention well enough. I'm going there soon enough. The sight of the beautiful and smiling serving staff (one in particular) is so much in contrast to many other breakfast places; if not for the food, I'm going there for that :D.
Hubby and I go here only for the Filipino breakfast - so I can't really comment on their other menu offerings. I love how the Filipino items aren't even on the printed or online menus: they are just listed on a chalkboard on the wall. Between the two of us and the friend's we've brought here over the years, we've sampled all of them. We recently had breakfast