Yellow Rose Cafe Menu

  • Breakfast
  • Omelets
  • Specials
  • Breakfast Specialties
  • Breakfast Sandwiches
  • Skillets
  • Pancakes & French Toast
  • "South Of The Border" Breakfast Specials
  • Side Orders
  • Beverages
  • Burger Shop
  • The Rose Specials
  • The Sandwich Shop
  • Skillets
  • The Clubs
  • Dinners
  • Hot Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Sides

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  • Breakfast
  • Omelets
  • Specials
  • Breakfast Specialties
  • Breakfast Sandwiches
  • Skillets
  • Pancakes & French Toast
  • "South Of The Border" Breakfast Specials
  • Side Orders
  • Beverages
  • Burger Shop
  • The Rose Specials
  • The Sandwich Shop
  • Skillets
  • The Clubs
  • Dinners
  • Hot Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Sides

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  • Lorenzo L.

    It doesn't get much more Chicago N'west side than Yellow Rose Cafe (How's about dem Bears...huh?) Its a bonafide neighborhood diner where the waitress knows most of the customers by their first name, and how they like their eggs. Yelper comments about the friendly service was spot on. I learned about YRC on WGN Chicago's Best, and then read the Yelp reviews . The highly touted corned beef hash had ample hunks of shredded corned beef, however the potatoes had disintegrated into a mashed potato consistency. My portion literally had one small fleck of sweet red pepper in it, and if there were onions in it, the taste was not discernible. Overall, the hash needed seasoning. The waitress offered me bottled hot sauce ( with no mention of homemade) and my toast came with the ubiquitous Smucker's Grape Jelly (once again, no mention of homemade jam stated by numerous Yelpers). Four stars for the hospitable , friendly service . Three stars for the food.

    (3)
  • George K.

    Another example of owners working the room. One cooks the other serves and the hospitality is terrific. Packed full of regulars a few weeks back on my first visit but I was made comfortable immediately. Now after 6/7 visits I'm one of them. Coffee - oatmeal and a side of the best corned beef hash ever.

    (5)
  • Rosa J.

    When thinking of a "yellow rose," I recalled my second Christmas prom in high school. Hubby (boyfriend at that time) presented yellow roses and asked me if I would be interested in going with him. Apparently, a yellow rose symbolizes "friendship" in western culture. Coincidentally, that will be exactly what you feel dining at the Yellow Rose Cafe, across from the CTA Forest Glen garage, in Jefferson Park. Everyone who works there knows their regulars! Although it was our first time coming to YRC, we were immediately invited to the party. We came at approximately 0900 hour on a Friday, and the entire venue was filling up quickly with working men and women, families with young children, and CTA employees and a police officer. Rosa J. and Daddy J. went with the "All-American" choices. I had the "3-3-3," which translated to "three (3) over-easy large eggs, three (3) strips of bacons, hash browns, and two (2) pieces of wheat toast with butter and homemade jelly." Just FYI, the bacons can be substituted with sausages; three (3) pieces of pancakes can take place with the hash browns. Daddy J. had the upgraded version of what I had, except all components came with the number "4." Everything was cooked like how your favorite grandma would have prepared in the morning. YRC is really a solid breakfast spot, in a close proximity to that annoying Driver Services Facility on Elston. If you've realized that you will never get your thing done over there, people at YRC will keep you company. We had two (2) breakfast entrees with two (2) servings of bottomless morning coffee. Everything came to $21 and some change. I would rather hand my cash to the lovely people at YRC instead of the tax-heavy Driver Services to get my out-of-state ID changed.

    (4)
  • S R.

    Updated: This was sent to me by a yellow rose patron. Appears that bad food leads to hostility and poor grammar. " John G. has sent you a message on Yelp: Yellow Rose "If I catch you talking shit about yellow rose again I will shit on your front doorstep. stop on hatin' beotch"" Real classy. Just like the crappy restaurant. Original review: Diner food Burnt eggs Cash only Probably a decent local spot, but not with making an effort to get there. Nuff said.

    (1)
  • Bill L.

    Mywife and I live in the Sauganash area and wanted to try out this cafe. I did not find this place to be very friendly, actually quite average and Basic. You will find it much easier to drop by Starbucks for a great cup Of coffee, certainly not the watered down Continental coffee is kind of Gross with the unfiltered water. You are better off going to Mariano's Down the street, spend 20.00 on eggs, bacon, and a fresh bagel and Make it yourself. Don't waste your time unless your desperately Hungry and just do not want to cook at home.I

    (2)
  • Pamela P.

    Cash only, no frills but quality, decent food with super nice people. The bottom line: Never disappointing.

    (4)
  • Kevin O.

    I walk into The Yellow Rose, and for me it was a little tight with the seating six booths, a long counter eating and a few tables, but as for me, I was in a time warp. I felt as if I had just walked into the set of "Mel's Diner" from the seventies television show "Alice". I found the service so personal to be warm and friendly (just like the show). And their food was just what I had expected, their was plenty of good food at a great price. I think I may have found a perfect breakfast hide away. It is hidden in plane site. just two blocks east of Centeral on Elston Ave. I give The Yellow Rose a huge thumbs up.

    (5)
  • Holly S.

    You might hear people making obscene sounds when you're there because the hash browns are perfectly crispy and the corned beef out of this world. The cooks and waitresses at this classic diner do it right. The coffee flows like water and Candy the waitress has worked there for 38 years for a reason. "It's my home!" she says. The waitresses brought me a complimentary treat too.

    (4)
  • Melissa M.

    I really like this little place. It's the perfect place to go when you're in the mood for a diner breakfast. It's soooo gooood. The ladies that work there are so nice. It's tiny inside, but I haven't had to wait for a seat yet. During our last visit, we sat at the counter. I think the last time I did that I must've been a little girl with my mom at Woolworth. Heads up: This place is Cash Only! So be prepared before feasting on a delectably greasy yummy breakfast.

    (4)
  • Rosa J.

    When thinking of a "yellow rose," I recalled my second Christmas prom in high school. Hubby (boyfriend at that time) presented yellow roses and asked me if I would be interested in going with him. Apparently, a yellow rose symbolizes "friendship" in western culture. Coincidentally, that will be exactly what you feel dining at the Yellow Rose Cafe, across from the CTA Forest Glen garage, in Jefferson Park. Everyone who works there knows their regulars! Although it was our first time coming to YRC, we were immediately invited to the party. We came at approximately 0900 hour on a Friday, and the entire venue was filling up quickly with working men and women, families with young children, and CTA employees and a police officer. Rosa J. and Daddy J. went with the "All-American" choices. I had the "3-3-3," which translated to "three (3) over-easy large eggs, three (3) strips of bacons, hash browns, and two (2) pieces of wheat toast with butter and homemade jelly." Just FYI, the bacons can be substituted with sausages; three (3) pieces of pancakes can take place with the hash browns. Daddy J. had the upgraded version of what I had, except all components came with the number "4." Everything was cooked like how your favorite grandma would have prepared in the morning. YRC is really a solid breakfast spot, in a close proximity to that annoying Driver Services Facility on Elston. If you've realized that you will never get your thing done over there, people at YRC will keep you company. We had two (2) breakfast entrees with two (2) servings of bottomless morning coffee. Everything came to $21 and some change. I would rather hand my cash to the lovely people at YRC instead of the tax-heavy Driver Services to get my out-of-state ID changed.

    (4)
  • Lorenzo L.

    It doesn't get much more Chicago N'west side than Yellow Rose Cafe (How's about dem Bears...huh?) Its a bonafide neighborhood diner where the waitress knows most of the customers by their first name, and how they like their eggs. Yelper comments about the friendly service was spot on. I learned about YRC on WGN Chicago's Best, and then read the Yelp reviews . The highly touted corned beef hash had ample hunks of shredded corned beef, however the potatoes had disintegrated into a mashed potato consistency. My portion literally had one small fleck of sweet red pepper in it, and if there were onions in it, the taste was not discernible. Overall, the hash needed seasoning. The waitress offered me bottled hot sauce ( with no mention of homemade) and my toast came with the ubiquitous Smucker's Grape Jelly (once again, no mention of homemade jam stated by numerous Yelpers). Four stars for the hospitable , friendly service . Three stars for the food.

    (3)
  • Ben R.

    Not fancy at all, but the perfect diner and everything I had was made exactly as I'd hoped. Over medium, no runny white eggs? Check. Biscuits and gravy...good flavor...some crunch to the biscuits. Bacon. Crispy. The homemade hot sauce looks the color of Mustard, has great flavor and will kick your a$$ I think, if not prepared. Highly recommend.

    (5)
  • tomas a.

    Small little no frills dive just reslly good grill food burgers or even breakfast its all good soups are delicious and the price cant be beat

    (5)
  • Sean L.

    This place is a hidden gem. If you're in the area stop by for excellent breakfast or lunch with good portions. The waitstaff is attentive, nice and I have never been without a refill. I am a huge fan of this place I just wish they were open late!

    (5)
  • Karen C.

    Want an absolutely charming place. My first morning in my new apartment was quite chilly. The gas company screwed up and didn't switch the account so I had spent the night buried under blankets. On waking up at 6am and realizing the technician wasn't going to be around until after 8am, I decided on breakfast. I found this place on The Yelps and decided to give it a shot. I am so happy I did. I wandered in to an almost empty cafe. There was a waitress and one other diner (a regular) so I plopped myself down at the counter and got aquainted. What a wonderfully friendly and charming bunch. I hate to admit that I've forgotten the waitresses name, but she was just as sweet as can be. And the other diner was a hoot as well. After ordering the Chicago breakfast (lots of sides of meat) we all settled in for a wonderful chat. Then another woman wanders in and is friends with the waitress. She joins us at the counter and joins us in our banter. Then the food arrived. Holy Jebus in Heaven. Fantastic. Fresh preserves for the toast!?! Homemade turkey sausage - and if they hadn't told me it was turkey I would have no idea!?! All washed down with the finest diner coffee a gal could hope for. I will definitely be stopping back in to try more tasty treats - oh, and some good conversation.

    (5)
  • M C.

    Four of five on the greasy spoon diner scale. This is where you stop to get your standard Midwest breakfast. I've been to better, but this place ia relatively cheap and its close. Ely's (just down the street) blows this place out of the water as far as quantity and quality, out it's about $5 more per person. This place beats any chain breakfast restaurant and the Golden Apple etc. Wouldn't drive across town to go here but I'm happy it's down the street!

    (4)
  • Dwain M.

    This little restaurant is amazing. Stopped here for breakfast last month as a what the hey whim. 8.25 got me a feast. 4 eggs 4 bacon 4 pancakes. It's directly across from the cta garage and best of all has it's own parking on back! We sat down and ordered and within a few minutes had our food. The kitchen was right there and you can see them cooking which is a huge plus for me. My now favourite breakfast stop.

    (5)
  • A. T. T.

    Good, fresh food, at a good price! The food came fast, they were willing to make changes based on my taste and specific preferences, recommend this place for a good, hearty, fast, and fresh breakfast-plu the staff are very nice, too!

    (3)
  • Jamie B.

    Pretty good food. Small place with the real diner feel including the counter with stools for solo diners. Cash only.

    (3)
  • Caroline D.

    This place is cozy, cute as hell, and totally reminiscent of the small town diners where I grew up. The customers clearly know the folks who run it and vice versa, and customers were chatting with each other either as friends or as friendly strangers. Also, the food was great! And the service was prompt and with a smile. AND parking was so simple it seemed like a trap. Sheesh! I pretty much love it.

    (5)
  • Lauren D.

    CASH ONLY. You don't have to eat at a 5-star Michelin awarded restaurant to receive 5-star customer service and high quality, fresh food. The Yellow Rose is known for their made-from-scratch corned beef hash. Crap, that's a mouthful -- isn't it! If you try nothing else here this is a must try. You would be an idiot to NOT try the CBH. We enjoyed it very much. It was not overly salty which we also appreciated. Melt-in-your mouth tender morsels, seasoned with tiny specks of onions and green peppers. Flavorful perfection! If you order something that doesn't bring this item you can order a "side" dish of the CBH for only $3.25 (plenty for two people to share). We tried their stuffed French Toast with fresh strawberries and cream cheese. The amalgamation of the sweet and savory was awesomeness. We shared this dish and thought it was definitely 4-star worthy. For $8 and change one of my other friends ordered the 3-3-3 (three large eggs cooked any style, your choice of three bacon strips or sausage -- your choice of three pancakes or hash brown. In addition, it came with your choice of toast. They don't charge you extra for the toast. My other friend ordered the 2-2-2 (2 eggs any style, hashed brown, your choice of toast and CBH). This place has been compared to the show "Cheers" because.....it is very friendly and "everybody knows your name." They provided great philoxenia making you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. It is polyphloisboisterous with chattering of conversation, clanking coffee mugs and silverware. You hear greetings of "Good Morning" or "Hi, how are you today" or a simple smile. We perused the menu and noticed that this is a place where the "regulars" come and are known by name. BTW, if you are a Vegetarian you will definitely find something on the menu (my friend is a Vegetarian and she said she was "surprised" how many items they have listed on the menu). We saw this restaurant reviewed on an evening "foodie" show (with Brittany Payton). We've lived in Chicago for decades, but had never heard of this joint before. The restaurant itself is a throw-back to the mid-1970's with tacky decor of a dark burgundy faux plastic brick back splash where the cooking takes place to the Formica counter top at the bar and rusty brownish-red faux leather swivel stools. It is definitely very dated. It's not really a "Dive" diner, but some may refer to it as a "hole in the wall." In fact, I am a preterist, so I absolutely loved this about the restaurant. It is very compact. The service is exceptional and somewhat effusive. The restaurant is on the west side of Elston Ave. We left fully satisfied, and our check was under $20 (excluding tip). Take your check and walk up to the register and pay. Remember the theme song from "CHEERS"?? Well, they knew our names by the time we left here..... "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows your name Be glad, there's one place in the world Where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came You want to go where people know, people are all the same You want to go where everybody knows your name" Yeah, this song pretty much sums up what the Yellow Rose is all about. My 4-star rating is due to the fact that this joint is CASH ONLY and their parking lot is the size of a postage stamp! We would return again if we are ever in this area. The Owners have warm hearts who truly care for their customers. They use quality ingredients (fresh, not frozen) and serve up delectable food. Request their home-made jam or jelly for your toast. Skip the prepackaged Smucker's jelly. They treat every customer with R-E-S-P-E-C-T which was evident from the moment we entered to the moment we paid and left. Service alone receives 5-stars!

    (4)
  • Jeka M.

    We wanted a diner... and THIS is the diner experience! :) I feel like neither the restaurant nor the clientele have changed, and they don't need to. Friendly, quick service, great food, traditional diner menu, easy parking on the street. A few of the regular started chatting with us at the counter where we sat, and my corned beef hash was perfect. Lots of food, good prices. :)

    (5)
  • Desiree J.

    Great neighborhood place! It's small and busy on weekends, but thats a good sign right?? They do have a parking lot which is a plus. The food was good, solid, breakfast fare- homemade strawberry jelly for your toast (yum!), a big 2 egg breakfast special for under 6 bucks, and a Minnie Mouse pancake for my 3 year old :) We just moved to the Forest Glen neighborhood and I see many more breakfasts here in our future.

    (4)
  • M P.

    Love this place. Was first taken here a few years ago and enjoy going occasionally. It's a small family run business. The husband is one of the cooks and the wife is greeter. The waitress has been there forever and they treat you like family after you go a few times. The food is fresh and good. It's a small place with a small lot or you can park on Elston. It's worth stopping in as you feel like you're back in some small town diner.

    (5)
  • Maryana S.

    Bring cash! Nice little cozy breakfast place. Few tables available and parking lot is always full. Food was good, everything was cooked well and fresh.

    (4)
  • Jerry S.

    I've eaten corned beef hash in dozens of places around the country and this is, hands-down, the best. Plus the people are friendly.

    (5)
  • Chuck U.

    The reviews don't lie, clean, bright, fresh hot food, great people watching and nice staff. Real corned beef hash, not canned!

    (5)
  • Beth R.

    I really hate the expression "hidden gem", but that absolutely applies to the Yellow Rose Cafe. The breakfast here is fantastic. The daily special- 2 eggs, hash browns, toast, 2 sausage and coffee for less than $6? Shut the front door. And their hash browns are awesome. Wait staff is so extremely nice and friendly. My husband also loves their biscuits and gravy and the pancakes are good, too. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I haven't tried their lunch menu. It's cash only so be prepared, but you will be stuffed with goodness for less than $10.

    (4)
  • Arletta C.

    It's a cash only cafe. But the food is very affordable and yummy! The service was great and I will definitely be returning. It's easy to miss on Elston but totally worth stopping in. The inside is very retro and old school. There was a ton of menu options and I decided to have the Spartan Omelet which was delicious!

    (4)
  • Richard M.

    This place reminds me of Cheers. Like in the TV show. Everyone knows your name. The staff are very friendly and so are the patrons. The food is delivered hot and FAST. I heard the waitress this morning jokingly tell the customer next to me at the counter she was sorry it took so long. I swear the cooks are listening to you order as she is writing it on her check. By the time she turns around and tells them what you want they are probably have finished cooking it. The owner is the chef and his wife is the cashier. Some of the staff have been there from even before the current owners took over. The prices are great. My wife ordered something just today and the waitress suggested she order from the sidewalk board because it was cheaper than the ala cart way she was ordering. Got the same thing with the meat she didn't want and she gave me the sausages she didn't want and it was still cheaper. What a deal. Many days they post on Facebook a photo of the daily specials hanging in front of the kitchen. You can't go wrong in here.

    (4)
  • C B.

    My car was running on gas fumes in a huge traffic jam on the highway when I decided to cross three lines of traffic to a random exit. I gassed up, and decided to get some breakfast, hoping the traffic would thin out while I ate. My daughter grabbed her iPhone and asked 'Siri' for some good breakfast places, and 'Yellow Rose Cafe' came up. So, off we went. We found street parking right in front, and headed inside. I'm nearing 60, so I can spot the difference between authentic 1960's cafes and stylized 'retro' places. This was the real deal, including some of the best waitresses ever! They actually reminded me of 'Lavern and Shirley.' Our food came super fast, and when we acted pleasantly surprised, our waitress said, 'I told our guy that the ladies were hungry!' There was a large family next to us, and when stacks of pancakes were delivered to the children, the waitress said, 'Move over. I'm going to share with you.' I left the place smiling, and the food was good, cheap and plentiful too.

    (5)
  • Joanne K.

    Cute place with solid breakfast food. It's nearby and has great selection. It's small and seems to fill up quickly so might need to wait.

    (4)
  • Natalie S.

    I've driven by this place a million times and never noticed it. But now we live in the area and my dude was Yelping new breakfast spots. When this came up, we decided to give it a go. We walked in and everyone was SO FRIENDLY. Not only the staff but the patrons as well. The first time we were in, I had the meat skillet. It was good, better than average. This last time we went though, we asked them if they could make a skillet with the much Yelped about corned beef hash. They were happy to oblige. It was AMAZING! As previous reviews said, it's real corned beef hash, not that canned stuff. As we were leaving on New Year's Eve, one of the staff members asked us what our son's birthday was because they were going to play it in the lottery. We were in a week later and they sadly informed us that his birthday did *not* win them the millions. Boo. Probably our new go-to breakfast place in our area! I can't wait until next weekend when I shall be eating that dreamy hash again...

    (4)
  • Jenny P.

    its like a "cheers" type of ambiance where everybody knows your name. I always order their corned beef hash. bring cash and ask for roulas special homemade jam! They will bring some out if you ask. And if you love hot sauce ask to try their homemade hot sauce too! Its a Jefferson Park secret place for breakfast. Simple mom and pop place making awesome dishes for years!

    (5)
  • lois c.

    Avoid this Dump! The pancakes were burnt, and the rest of the breakfast was a standard helping of hashbrowns, bacon, and toast. Waitress forgot my order of orange juice and never bothered to ask me if I needed anything. I understand why they close early in the day,they have spent enough time poisoning people. They have regulars--obviously, these people don't mind lousy food and lousy service. There are better diners in Chicago that offer good food and service--go and patronize these diners not this one.

    (1)
  • Deirdre L.

    Last Saturday I meandered over to this place for a little breakfast by myself. Not used to dining alone, I snuck in to a corner spot at the counter and settled in for the mini adventure. First of all, the little kitchen in this place is just grinding it out. It is busy! The waitress was friendly and seemed to know many of the people there. She was efficient, but not overly fast so that made for a nice pace. The couple next to me, despite some friendly banter about how I ordered a 1-egg breakfast meal and they hadn't seen that happen ever before, were very chatty and nice. The food was solid, fresh diner fare. The coffee was the same. Several patrons also seemed to know each other and be very jovial. Solid food, nice people, and affordable (but Cash Only). I'll totally be back.

    (4)
  • Ana C.

    CASH ONLY! Good eggs...no kids menu :-(

    (3)
  • Kate W.

    This is a small, friendly diner with counter and booth service. The waitresses are very sweet and accommodating. There is nothing fancy about Yellow Rose Cafe, but if you are looking for diner food with that home-cooking touch, they deliver at a great price. If you blink when driving, you will pass this place. It is midway between Central Ave and Bryn Mawr on Elston, across from the Forest Glen CTA bus garage. Cash only! Accessible by CTA 85, 85A and Pace 225/226 buses.

    (3)
  • Jillian B.

    There is a reason why this place is always packed! Everything is fresh and you can tell. It is a great family owned restaurant. The staff is super friendly. My husband and I go at least twice a month. My 5 year old daughter loves Yellow Rose. Everything is reasonably priced. They post their specials on their Facebook Page. Their Eggs Benedict is by far the best! They do not have it all the time, so when they do I make sure to go.

    (5)
  • Terry T.

    What a great little place. Plenty of good reviews. I'd like to add mine to the list. The food is very good. I've had both breakfast, and lunch items. Have not been disappointed in any of my meals here. Good food, good service, and fair prices. What more could you ask for? They even have creamy garlic dressing! You can't find it in stores anymore. They were kind enough to fix me up with a to go portion so I could enjoy it at home.

    (5)
  • Ryan T.

    Yellow Rose Cafe reminds me of being home... That's pretty much how I will sum this up for you. Run by a very friendly husband and wife team, and staffed by great people as well - with excellent home made food to boot! It is a small, local/homestyle diner featuring food made by the owner (Who you will see cooking with his staff every day) that leaves me happy every time I go there. I basically always have breakfast there, so I can only speak to the quality of those types of items, but I will say that the breakfast food is excellent! Honest, good, homestyle cooking that hits the spot! Daily specials are on the board as you walk in, and the regular menu is just big enough to cover the options you might want - with a nice variety of items ranging from classic American breakfasts, to tasty "South of the border" items. Of particular note in the breakfast items is the *Home made* corned beef hash. Excellent!! Made in-house, this hash has got to be one of the tastier things I have had for breakfast for a long time. I definitely highly recommend it - you will not be disappointed. If you are disappointed by it, you might want to have your tongue checked ;) Go... Eat at Yellow Rose Cafe! You won't regret it.

    (4)
  • Pam D.

    We were toodeling around the neighborhood and ended up stopping here. We both ordered breakfast food. Mine was a literal break fast, because I had been fasting for a blood draw at the hospital. Needless to say I was hungry!!! I had the chorizo omelet. It was good and surprisingly spicy, but it was a tad dry like it needed more cheese or something. Not at all bad though. Christopher had the country breakfast ... scrambled eggs, three patties of sausage and a side of pancakes. It was all good, though the patties seemed a tad overcooked. The eggs and patties came on a rather large plate with no garnish, so it looked kind of skimpy and not very exciting, but the total meal was filling and tasty. The service was very warm and the ladies who seemed to run the place were very nice. We enjoyed it and will probably be back one of these days.

    (3)
  • Anna M.

    Great experience! Food was excellent, hash browns to die for!! Staff was super friendly and extremely enjoyable to be around!

    (5)
  • Mary Rita S.

    If you're looking for a wonderful place to have breakfast and lunch...this is your spot! Great food at reasonable prices. The Yellow Rose is owned by Angelo and Rula who are the best! Of course, Angelo is a great chef assisted by Gus. Somehow Candy always comes up with a suggestion that is exactly what you need. The coffee is the best, the food is freshly prepared and for some specials, you better get there early before it's off the board. If you need anything, Roger will help you out. You won't be disappointed with your choice. The first time you walk in the door, you may be surprised by the welcome you receive but you will be pleased for the warm atmosphere and new friends. My friend Jan and I were welcomed and have now become regulars. I love dining at Yellow Rose for so many reasons, the food, friends, atmosphere and because no matter if you're with a friend or by yourself, you will enjoy your experience. I only wish we found this hidden gem sooner! Be sure to check out the Yellow Rose's Facebook page to find out the specials. Laurie is always updating the page to keep life interesting!

    (5)
  • George A.

    4 stars for homemade corned beef hash

    (4)
  • Keith Y.

    if you live within a mile or two this place is a life saver, cheap average diner food. emphasis on average. super affordable and palatable, which is good enough for me, but if you dont live nearby its probably not worth the bother as you'll manage to pass 5 similar places on the way here and if youre looking for somewhere to take a bunch of people this place is kind of small.

    (4)
  • Sean Q.

    Stopped here for breakfast yesterday and it was great! No frills little place that does breakfast and lunch and does it very well. Awesome!

    (5)
  • Judy L.

    Truly a hidden gem. I've lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, and I am disappointed I didn't find Yellow Rose sooner. When you first enter, everyone behind the counter and on the floor says hello and smiles. The setting is comfortable and diner like. The food is delicious, served fresh, and comes in a generous portion. More importantly, you'll be pleasantly surprised how affordable your meal is on your wallet. They have daily specials. Check out their Facebook page so you know what the daily specials are.

    (5)
  • Dixie S.

    I'd been wanting to try this place forever and finally made it there today. We absolutely loved the place. It was very friendly, the food was excellent and we will definitely come back again. Eggs Benedict is awesome and so is the corned beef hash.

    (5)
  • Juan C.

    Nice mom/pop type place.

    (3)
  • Jan B.

    The Yellow Rose is truly one of the hidden treasures of Jefferson Park...friendly, inviting, great food...almost everyone who eats there have been regulars for a very, very long time. My friend and I have become friends with several regulars and we can't say enough good stuff about the owners; Angelo and Rula, and the staff: Candy, Gus and Roger. They are awesome people and so much fun to be with...so we are not only drawn by the food and atmosphere but the people we see there almost daily. Angelo makes some of the best soups I've ever had and he goes out of his way to make soups that are your favorites...such as his split pea; even though it may not be a favorite of others. Thanks guys for welcoming us into the Yellow Rose the very first time we went there and every day since. The daily specials are posted every day on Facebook but get there early if you see spaghetti and meat balls on the menu! And if you come for breakfast, be sure to order coffee because it's delicious!

    (5)
  • Christy S.

    After reading reviews on Yelp my husband and I went here for brunch on a Saturday. The environment was perfect. A tiny diner with a few booths, a few tables, and lots of counter seats. I loved that there were regulars that the waitstaff and cooks obviously knew. I enjoyed the atmosphere completely. Then there was the food! When it comes to brunch, I am a very general eater, I got the 2 eggs breakfast. I ended up with 3 eggs, and they were cooked perfectly. There was a side of hashbrowns that I expected to need hot sauce but I did not they were fluffy and still a little crispy. The bacon was perfect as well. We will definitely be coming back here often!

    (5)
  • Barbara P.

    My hubby and I eat breakfast here every couple of Saturday mornings if we wake up early enough to get here before they close at 1pm! (We live in Roger's Park so it's not exactly a neighborhood place for us.) This place was recommended to my hubby by a manager at his job that lives in the area, and we've been going ever since, at least the last 4 months! i get the same thing every time (a BLT w/ fries - but I get a different beverage!!) and I REALLY like the BLT! Hubby tries something different every time, but I also nibble on what he gets, and I have to say the Eggs Benedict is amazing with the hollandaise sauce!! I've never had it before but it was definitely delicious - I might even get that on our next trip vs. my BLT. The staff is VERY friendly - I love the service! The decor is a little outdated, but it's really full of character. I think if this place was open a little later I would have given it 5 stars, but sometimes we have to haul it over there just to be seated before they close. (It's really the hubby's fault because he likes his beauty rest - I'm up at 6am on Saturdays!)

    (4)
  • westy j.

    Great place for breakfast and they have a lunch menu as well. Standard Americana. I think what makes this place great is the fresh food and great atmosphere. The wait staff and patrons are all very friendly and it has a great backwoods, home town feel. Good grease for hangovers.

    (4)
  • Wik G.

    I love their corn beef hash!!!! I've always had good service, great breakfast food! I enjoy the atmosphere... I see bus drivers coming in after a night shift ordering soup for breakfast, etc. I tried to bring visiting fam. on Sunday morning...but they are closed...

    (4)
  • Jean C.

    I was just stunned to discover this place in a stretch of Elston Ave. that is otherwise pretty dead. It's tiny, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart. Everyone seems to know everyone else. The waitresses are friendly and funny, and the food is terrific. This is one of those hidden gems that I kind of hope stays hidden because it's hard enough to find a place to sit there as it is. Definitely worth a trip.

    (4)
  • Nicholle D.

    This place strangely rocks. Food is beyond awesome, prices great and it is immaculate. The entire CTA crowd eats here - it is like a movie set with friendly bus drivers & everyone knows everyone else. But you will not feel excluded by any means The waitresses will instantly be your honey and keep things a moving The ingredients are high quality, the chef is apparently running his own local seasonal food movement . Soups are homemade - and those blueberries on your pancakes are actually a fruit not some jellied food service goop. Plenty of parking - only downer is no Sunday breakfast - boo

    (5)
  • Robin W.

    The BEST homemade corned beef hash EVER. Lovely people, too!!

    (5)
  • Beebe G.

    great breakfast place! their corned beef hash is well made and home made. their staff is very friendly and so considerate. i look forward to returning and becoming a regular.

    (4)
  • Mike L.

    No reviews for the Yellow Rose Cafe? Not too surprising, I guess. It's a NW side neighborhood breakfast/lunch diner in a nondescript deceptively small building, with the parking lot in the back. The food is good, probably the best diner in the area. Not anything worthy of a long trip, but a nice place to go if you find yourself in the area. The Sox banners are offensive, though.

    (4)
  • Yvonne F.

    Yellow Rose is a favorite of mine. I'd go there every day if I could. Sad that I can't have me some Yellow Rose on Sundays, that's the only downside. The food is fantastic - I recommend their tuna salad sandwich, and the soup is always fresh and tasty. Breakfast specials are a great value and a ton of yummy dishes. The staff is warm and friendly - don't be surprised if you get a home made cookie or slice of cake with your check. The Yellow Rose - a hidden gem. I recommend it if you are anywhere near Jefferson Park.

    (5)
  • BigBoy B.

    This is a very cute little old school diner place, that is open for breakfast and lunch. Cash only. They don't make places like this anymore, with a neighborhood charm and feel to it. We come on Saturdays, and rarely wait for more than 10 minutes, even if it's crowded. After a few visits you become a regular with people saying hello and happy to see you back. Angelo and Gus are your great kitchen chefs and you get a good meal for a good price, with some waitress loving to boot !! Give Candy and Lori a good tip, they work hard for your money !! The soups are homemade and the breakfast specials are hearty. I recommend the Eggs Benedict when on special or the Yellow Rose Chopped Steak Mexican that is always on the menu. They don't do fancy cooking here, you won't find a Quiche or some trendy breakfast fad here. Just good food, for a good price and your belly will walk away full. That is the charm of the Yellow Rose Cafe on the northwest side of the city. By the way, order the Corn Beef Hash - its sooo good, all hand made.

    (5)
  • Kristin H.

    I love this place! It's a cute little neighborhood diner that seems to get a lot of regulars. The staff is very friendly, and the service is great. You should definitely try the delicious, REAL corned beef hash.

    (4)
  • George K.

    Another example of owners working the room. One cooks the other serves and the hospitality is terrific. Packed full of regulars a few weeks back on my first visit but I was made comfortable immediately. Now after 6/7 visits I'm one of them. Coffee - oatmeal and a side of the best corned beef hash ever.

    (5)
  • BigBoy B.

    This is a very cute little old school diner place, that is open for breakfast and lunch. Cash only. They don't make places like this anymore, with a neighborhood charm and feel to it. We come on Saturdays, and rarely wait for more than 10 minutes, even if it's crowded. After a few visits you become a regular with people saying hello and happy to see you back. Angelo and Gus are your great kitchen chefs and you get a good meal for a good price, with some waitress loving to boot !! Give Candy and Lori a good tip, they work hard for your money !! The soups are homemade and the breakfast specials are hearty. I recommend the Eggs Benedict when on special or the Yellow Rose Chopped Steak Mexican that is always on the menu. They don't do fancy cooking here, you won't find a Quiche or some trendy breakfast fad here. Just good food, for a good price and your belly will walk away full. That is the charm of the Yellow Rose Cafe on the northwest side of the city. By the way, order the Corn Beef Hash - its sooo good, all hand made.

    (5)
  • Kristin H.

    I love this place! It's a cute little neighborhood diner that seems to get a lot of regulars. The staff is very friendly, and the service is great. You should definitely try the delicious, REAL corned beef hash.

    (4)
  • BigBoy B.

    This is a very cute little old school diner place, that is open for breakfast and lunch. Cash only. They don't make places like this anymore, with a neighborhood charm and feel to it. We come on Saturdays, and rarely wait for more than 10 minutes, even if it's crowded. After a few visits you become a regular with people saying hello and happy to see you back. Angelo and Gus are your great kitchen chefs and you get a good meal for a good price, with some waitress loving to boot !! Give Candy and Lori a good tip, they work hard for your money !! The soups are homemade and the breakfast specials are hearty. I recommend the Eggs Benedict when on special or the Yellow Rose Chopped Steak Mexican that is always on the menu. They don't do fancy cooking here, you won't find a Quiche or some trendy breakfast fad here. Just good food, for a good price and your belly will walk away full. That is the charm of the Yellow Rose Cafe on the northwest side of the city. By the way, order the Corn Beef Hash - its sooo good, all hand made.

    (5)
  • Kristin H.

    I love this place! It's a cute little neighborhood diner that seems to get a lot of regulars. The staff is very friendly, and the service is great. You should definitely try the delicious, REAL corned beef hash.

    (4)
  • George K.

    Another example of owners working the room. One cooks the other serves and the hospitality is terrific. Packed full of regulars a few weeks back on my first visit but I was made comfortable immediately. Now after 6/7 visits I'm one of them. Coffee - oatmeal and a side of the best corned beef hash ever.

    (5)
  • Jan B.

    The Yellow Rose is truly one of the hidden treasures of Jefferson Park...friendly, inviting, great food...almost everyone who eats there have been regulars for a very, very long time. My friend and I have become friends with several regulars and we can't say enough good stuff about the owners; Angelo and Rula, and the staff: Candy, Gus and Roger. They are awesome people and so much fun to be with...so we are not only drawn by the food and atmosphere but the people we see there almost daily. Angelo makes some of the best soups I've ever had and he goes out of his way to make soups that are your favorites...such as his split pea; even though it may not be a favorite of others. Thanks guys for welcoming us into the Yellow Rose the very first time we went there and every day since. The daily specials are posted every day on Facebook but get there early if you see spaghetti and meat balls on the menu! And if you come for breakfast, be sure to order coffee because it's delicious!

    (5)
  • Christy S.

    After reading reviews on Yelp my husband and I went here for brunch on a Saturday. The environment was perfect. A tiny diner with a few booths, a few tables, and lots of counter seats. I loved that there were regulars that the waitstaff and cooks obviously knew. I enjoyed the atmosphere completely. Then there was the food! When it comes to brunch, I am a very general eater, I got the 2 eggs breakfast. I ended up with 3 eggs, and they were cooked perfectly. There was a side of hashbrowns that I expected to need hot sauce but I did not they were fluffy and still a little crispy. The bacon was perfect as well. We will definitely be coming back here often!

    (5)
  • Barbara P.

    My hubby and I eat breakfast here every couple of Saturday mornings if we wake up early enough to get here before they close at 1pm! (We live in Roger's Park so it's not exactly a neighborhood place for us.) This place was recommended to my hubby by a manager at his job that lives in the area, and we've been going ever since, at least the last 4 months! i get the same thing every time (a BLT w/ fries - but I get a different beverage!!) and I REALLY like the BLT! Hubby tries something different every time, but I also nibble on what he gets, and I have to say the Eggs Benedict is amazing with the hollandaise sauce!! I've never had it before but it was definitely delicious - I might even get that on our next trip vs. my BLT. The staff is VERY friendly - I love the service! The decor is a little outdated, but it's really full of character. I think if this place was open a little later I would have given it 5 stars, but sometimes we have to haul it over there just to be seated before they close. (It's really the hubby's fault because he likes his beauty rest - I'm up at 6am on Saturdays!)

    (4)
  • westy j.

    Great place for breakfast and they have a lunch menu as well. Standard Americana. I think what makes this place great is the fresh food and great atmosphere. The wait staff and patrons are all very friendly and it has a great backwoods, home town feel. Good grease for hangovers.

    (4)
  • Wik G.

    I love their corn beef hash!!!! I've always had good service, great breakfast food! I enjoy the atmosphere... I see bus drivers coming in after a night shift ordering soup for breakfast, etc. I tried to bring visiting fam. on Sunday morning...but they are closed...

    (4)
  • tomas a.

    Small little no frills dive just reslly good grill food burgers or even breakfast its all good soups are delicious and the price cant be beat

    (5)
  • Sean L.

    This place is a hidden gem. If you're in the area stop by for excellent breakfast or lunch with good portions. The waitstaff is attentive, nice and I have never been without a refill. I am a huge fan of this place I just wish they were open late!

    (5)
  • Rosa J.

    When thinking of a "yellow rose," I recalled my second Christmas prom in high school. Hubby (boyfriend at that time) presented yellow roses and asked me if I would be interested in going with him. Apparently, a yellow rose symbolizes "friendship" in western culture. Coincidentally, that will be exactly what you feel dining at the Yellow Rose Cafe, across from the CTA Forest Glen garage, in Jefferson Park. Everyone who works there knows their regulars! Although it was our first time coming to YRC, we were immediately invited to the party. We came at approximately 0900 hour on a Friday, and the entire venue was filling up quickly with working men and women, families with young children, and CTA employees and a police officer. Rosa J. and Daddy J. went with the "All-American" choices. I had the "3-3-3," which translated to "three (3) over-easy large eggs, three (3) strips of bacons, hash browns, and two (2) pieces of wheat toast with butter and homemade jelly." Just FYI, the bacons can be substituted with sausages; three (3) pieces of pancakes can take place with the hash browns. Daddy J. had the upgraded version of what I had, except all components came with the number "4." Everything was cooked like how your favorite grandma would have prepared in the morning. YRC is really a solid breakfast spot, in a close proximity to that annoying Driver Services Facility on Elston. If you've realized that you will never get your thing done over there, people at YRC will keep you company. We had two (2) breakfast entrees with two (2) servings of bottomless morning coffee. Everything came to $21 and some change. I would rather hand my cash to the lovely people at YRC instead of the tax-heavy Driver Services to get my out-of-state ID changed.

    (4)
  • Lorenzo L.

    It doesn't get much more Chicago N'west side than Yellow Rose Cafe (How's about dem Bears...huh?) Its a bonafide neighborhood diner where the waitress knows most of the customers by their first name, and how they like their eggs. Yelper comments about the friendly service was spot on. I learned about YRC on WGN Chicago's Best, and then read the Yelp reviews . The highly touted corned beef hash had ample hunks of shredded corned beef, however the potatoes had disintegrated into a mashed potato consistency. My portion literally had one small fleck of sweet red pepper in it, and if there were onions in it, the taste was not discernible. Overall, the hash needed seasoning. The waitress offered me bottled hot sauce ( with no mention of homemade) and my toast came with the ubiquitous Smucker's Grape Jelly (once again, no mention of homemade jam stated by numerous Yelpers). Four stars for the hospitable , friendly service . Three stars for the food.

    (3)
  • Susan M.

    I hate to burst anyone's breakfast bubble but this place isn't quite what many of the 4 and 5 star reviews claim it to be. I have been here 5, maybe 6 times, for breakfast only and it is just okay. Portion sizes are average, except for corned beef hash, which is a skimpy serving, at best, for the price. (I won't order it anymore) and they could wipe up the tables more carefully- I hate sitting in anyone else's crumbs - wait "staff" (which consists of 1 waitress) is typically inattentive. I do get the attraction of a small, folksy neighborhood diner, counter seats, the newspaper and that wonderful smell of coffee but I'd gladly trade it for better food and service.

    (2)
  • Hannah H.

    My husband and I came here for breakfast. We were served a nice cup of coffee which was a very good roast and soothing. I had the two eggs special with bacon and rye toast - a very simple dish with nicely toasted rye toast with butter; my husband had the corned beef hash with scrambled egg and hash browns. The corned beef hash was actually chunks of corned beef and onions; I think he was slightly disappointed as it wasn't the typical diner corned beef hash, but it was still okay. We also had a waffle topped with strawberries and whipped cream to share and that was pretty solid as well. Great friendly service and a very cute old-school type of a cafe. I'm glad I was able to check them out! +solid coffee +friendly staff & service +plenty of street parking

    (3)
  • Casey M.

    What's in a name, that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Not in this case Shakespeare! Yellow Rose Cafe is not your average diner or rose. The Rose here is Yellow. Does your diner make homemade hot sauce, homemade strawberry jam or homemade corned beef? No? Exactly! Yellow Rose is located on a busy stretch of north Elston Avenue tucked between two large buildings. Don't blink, you might miss it! But if you do miss it you'll miss out on awesome corned beef, did I mentioned it was homemade, great and creative skillets, pillowy pancakes, crispy hashbrowns and piping hot coffee! All the great diner classics and more done right! The waitresses here are great too. Friendly, sweet and they keep your coffee cup full! The cooks here are awesome and will even chat to you while they cook up your food. So many great things that make Yellow Rose a diamond in the rough. If you are hungry for diner food and you want it done right head over to the Yellow Rose! Try their homemade hot sauce, homemade strawberry jam or homemade corned beef. You'll love them. And try the rest of the classics and absorb the classic diner ambiance the Yellow Rose brings.

    (4)
  • Scott Z.

    Great service and great food, maybe the decor isn't ultra modern hipster vibe but half those places I think they put more thought in the look than the food. Corn beef hash is great!

    (4)
  • Todd A.

    Great food and super nice staff. Everything we ordered was tasty and quite filling. It's a no frills menu but what they do, they do well. The staff were quick to take our order and nice as pie. The only drawback is limited seating for large parties. You might be waiting awhile for one of the 4 booths to open up. But that isn't going to stop us from going back again and again.

    (5)
  • Ben R.

    Not fancy at all, but the perfect diner and everything I had was made exactly as I'd hoped. Over medium, no runny white eggs? Check. Biscuits and gravy...good flavor...some crunch to the biscuits. Bacon. Crispy. The homemade hot sauce looks the color of Mustard, has great flavor and will kick your a$$ I think, if not prepared. Highly recommend.

    (5)
  • Lauren D.

    CASH ONLY. You don't have to eat at a 5-star Michelin awarded restaurant to receive 5-star customer service and high quality, fresh food. The Yellow Rose is known for their made-from-scratch corned beef hash. Crap, that's a mouthful -- isn't it! If you try nothing else here this is a must try. You would be an idiot to NOT try the CBH. We enjoyed it very much. It was not overly salty which we also appreciated. Melt-in-your mouth tender morsels, seasoned with tiny specks of onions and green peppers. Flavorful perfection! If you order something that doesn't bring this item you can order a "side" dish of the CBH for only $3.25 (plenty for two people to share). We tried their stuffed French Toast with fresh strawberries and cream cheese. The amalgamation of the sweet and savory was awesomeness. We shared this dish and thought it was definitely 4-star worthy. For $8 and change one of my other friends ordered the 3-3-3 (three large eggs cooked any style, your choice of three bacon strips or sausage -- your choice of three pancakes or hash brown. In addition, it came with your choice of toast. They don't charge you extra for the toast. My other friend ordered the 2-2-2 (2 eggs any style, hashed brown, your choice of toast and CBH). This place has been compared to the show "Cheers" because.....it is very friendly and "everybody knows your name." They provided great philoxenia making you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. It is polyphloisboisterous with chattering of conversation, clanking coffee mugs and silverware. You hear greetings of "Good Morning" or "Hi, how are you today" or a simple smile. We perused the menu and noticed that this is a place where the "regulars" come and are known by name. BTW, if you are a Vegetarian you will definitely find something on the menu (my friend is a Vegetarian and she said she was "surprised" how many items they have listed on the menu). We saw this restaurant reviewed on an evening "foodie" show (with Brittany Payton). We've lived in Chicago for decades, but had never heard of this joint before. The restaurant itself is a throw-back to the mid-1970's with tacky decor of a dark burgundy faux plastic brick back splash where the cooking takes place to the Formica counter top at the bar and rusty brownish-red faux leather swivel stools. It is definitely very dated. It's not really a "Dive" diner, but some may refer to it as a "hole in the wall." In fact, I am a preterist, so I absolutely loved this about the restaurant. It is very compact. The service is exceptional and somewhat effusive. The restaurant is on the west side of Elston Ave. We left fully satisfied, and our check was under $20 (excluding tip). Take your check and walk up to the register and pay. Remember the theme song from "CHEERS"?? Well, they knew our names by the time we left here..... "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows your name Be glad, there's one place in the world Where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came You want to go where people know, people are all the same You want to go where everybody knows your name" Yeah, this song pretty much sums up what the Yellow Rose is all about. My 4-star rating is due to the fact that this joint is CASH ONLY and their parking lot is the size of a postage stamp! We would return again if we are ever in this area. The Owners have warm hearts who truly care for their customers. They use quality ingredients (fresh, not frozen) and serve up delectable food. Request their home-made jam or jelly for your toast. Skip the prepackaged Smucker's jelly. They treat every customer with R-E-S-P-E-C-T which was evident from the moment we entered to the moment we paid and left. Service alone receives 5-stars!

    (4)
  • Karen C.

    Want an absolutely charming place. My first morning in my new apartment was quite chilly. The gas company screwed up and didn't switch the account so I had spent the night buried under blankets. On waking up at 6am and realizing the technician wasn't going to be around until after 8am, I decided on breakfast. I found this place on The Yelps and decided to give it a shot. I am so happy I did. I wandered in to an almost empty cafe. There was a waitress and one other diner (a regular) so I plopped myself down at the counter and got aquainted. What a wonderfully friendly and charming bunch. I hate to admit that I've forgotten the waitresses name, but she was just as sweet as can be. And the other diner was a hoot as well. After ordering the Chicago breakfast (lots of sides of meat) we all settled in for a wonderful chat. Then another woman wanders in and is friends with the waitress. She joins us at the counter and joins us in our banter. Then the food arrived. Holy Jebus in Heaven. Fantastic. Fresh preserves for the toast!?! Homemade turkey sausage - and if they hadn't told me it was turkey I would have no idea!?! All washed down with the finest diner coffee a gal could hope for. I will definitely be stopping back in to try more tasty treats - oh, and some good conversation.

    (5)
  • M C.

    Four of five on the greasy spoon diner scale. This is where you stop to get your standard Midwest breakfast. I've been to better, but this place ia relatively cheap and its close. Ely's (just down the street) blows this place out of the water as far as quantity and quality, out it's about $5 more per person. This place beats any chain breakfast restaurant and the Golden Apple etc. Wouldn't drive across town to go here but I'm happy it's down the street!

    (4)
  • Dwain M.

    This little restaurant is amazing. Stopped here for breakfast last month as a what the hey whim. 8.25 got me a feast. 4 eggs 4 bacon 4 pancakes. It's directly across from the cta garage and best of all has it's own parking on back! We sat down and ordered and within a few minutes had our food. The kitchen was right there and you can see them cooking which is a huge plus for me. My now favourite breakfast stop.

    (5)
  • A. T. T.

    Good, fresh food, at a good price! The food came fast, they were willing to make changes based on my taste and specific preferences, recommend this place for a good, hearty, fast, and fresh breakfast-plu the staff are very nice, too!

    (3)
  • Jamie B.

    Pretty good food. Small place with the real diner feel including the counter with stools for solo diners. Cash only.

    (3)
  • Caroline D.

    This place is cozy, cute as hell, and totally reminiscent of the small town diners where I grew up. The customers clearly know the folks who run it and vice versa, and customers were chatting with each other either as friends or as friendly strangers. Also, the food was great! And the service was prompt and with a smile. AND parking was so simple it seemed like a trap. Sheesh! I pretty much love it.

    (5)
  • Jeka M.

    We wanted a diner... and THIS is the diner experience! :) I feel like neither the restaurant nor the clientele have changed, and they don't need to. Friendly, quick service, great food, traditional diner menu, easy parking on the street. A few of the regular started chatting with us at the counter where we sat, and my corned beef hash was perfect. Lots of food, good prices. :)

    (5)
  • Desiree J.

    Great neighborhood place! It's small and busy on weekends, but thats a good sign right?? They do have a parking lot which is a plus. The food was good, solid, breakfast fare- homemade strawberry jelly for your toast (yum!), a big 2 egg breakfast special for under 6 bucks, and a Minnie Mouse pancake for my 3 year old :) We just moved to the Forest Glen neighborhood and I see many more breakfasts here in our future.

    (4)
  • M P.

    Love this place. Was first taken here a few years ago and enjoy going occasionally. It's a small family run business. The husband is one of the cooks and the wife is greeter. The waitress has been there forever and they treat you like family after you go a few times. The food is fresh and good. It's a small place with a small lot or you can park on Elston. It's worth stopping in as you feel like you're back in some small town diner.

    (5)
  • Maryana S.

    Bring cash! Nice little cozy breakfast place. Few tables available and parking lot is always full. Food was good, everything was cooked well and fresh.

    (4)
  • Jerry S.

    I've eaten corned beef hash in dozens of places around the country and this is, hands-down, the best. Plus the people are friendly.

    (5)
  • Chuck U.

    The reviews don't lie, clean, bright, fresh hot food, great people watching and nice staff. Real corned beef hash, not canned!

    (5)
  • Beth R.

    I really hate the expression "hidden gem", but that absolutely applies to the Yellow Rose Cafe. The breakfast here is fantastic. The daily special- 2 eggs, hash browns, toast, 2 sausage and coffee for less than $6? Shut the front door. And their hash browns are awesome. Wait staff is so extremely nice and friendly. My husband also loves their biscuits and gravy and the pancakes are good, too. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I haven't tried their lunch menu. It's cash only so be prepared, but you will be stuffed with goodness for less than $10.

    (4)
  • Meka R.

    This is definitely an old school dinner everything from the booths to the waitress. It's welcoming and the food is good. When your bill comes that's when this place becomes even better. Price is right and food is great. Try it you will be glad you did.

    (4)
  • David P.

    I don't normally write too many reviews anymore (there's way too many people doing them for me) but I felt compelled, no obligated to do one for the Yellow Rose. The moment I walked in, I felt like a genuine sense of hospitality rarely seen in restaurants today. It was like going back to some better, nostalgic time when people were kind to one another. It was super refreshing to feel that way. Oh, the corn-beef hash was amazing but it almost played second fiddle to the warmth from the fine people at the café. 5 stars.

    (5)
  • Arletta C.

    It's a cash only cafe. But the food is very affordable and yummy! The service was great and I will definitely be returning. It's easy to miss on Elston but totally worth stopping in. The inside is very retro and old school. There was a ton of menu options and I decided to have the Spartan Omelet which was delicious!

    (4)
  • S R.

    Updated: This was sent to me by a yellow rose patron. Appears that bad food leads to hostility and poor grammar. " John G. has sent you a message on Yelp: Yellow Rose "If I catch you talking shit about yellow rose again I will shit on your front doorstep. stop on hatin' beotch"" Real classy. Just like the crappy restaurant. Original review: Diner food Burnt eggs Cash only Probably a decent local spot, but not with making an effort to get there. Nuff said.

    (1)
  • Bill L.

    Mywife and I live in the Sauganash area and wanted to try out this cafe. I did not find this place to be very friendly, actually quite average and Basic. You will find it much easier to drop by Starbucks for a great cup Of coffee, certainly not the watered down Continental coffee is kind of Gross with the unfiltered water. You are better off going to Mariano's Down the street, spend 20.00 on eggs, bacon, and a fresh bagel and Make it yourself. Don't waste your time unless your desperately Hungry and just do not want to cook at home.I

    (2)
  • Pamela P.

    Cash only, no frills but quality, decent food with super nice people. The bottom line: Never disappointing.

    (4)
  • Kevin O.

    I walk into The Yellow Rose, and for me it was a little tight with the seating six booths, a long counter eating and a few tables, but as for me, I was in a time warp. I felt as if I had just walked into the set of "Mel's Diner" from the seventies television show "Alice". I found the service so personal to be warm and friendly (just like the show). And their food was just what I had expected, their was plenty of good food at a great price. I think I may have found a perfect breakfast hide away. It is hidden in plane site. just two blocks east of Centeral on Elston Ave. I give The Yellow Rose a huge thumbs up.

    (5)
  • Holly S.

    You might hear people making obscene sounds when you're there because the hash browns are perfectly crispy and the corned beef out of this world. The cooks and waitresses at this classic diner do it right. The coffee flows like water and Candy the waitress has worked there for 38 years for a reason. "It's my home!" she says. The waitresses brought me a complimentary treat too.

    (4)
  • Melissa M.

    I really like this little place. It's the perfect place to go when you're in the mood for a diner breakfast. It's soooo gooood. The ladies that work there are so nice. It's tiny inside, but I haven't had to wait for a seat yet. During our last visit, we sat at the counter. I think the last time I did that I must've been a little girl with my mom at Woolworth. Heads up: This place is Cash Only! So be prepared before feasting on a delectably greasy yummy breakfast.

    (4)
  • Jenny P.

    its like a "cheers" type of ambiance where everybody knows your name. I always order their corned beef hash. bring cash and ask for roulas special homemade jam! They will bring some out if you ask. And if you love hot sauce ask to try their homemade hot sauce too! Its a Jefferson Park secret place for breakfast. Simple mom and pop place making awesome dishes for years!

    (5)
  • Richard M.

    This place reminds me of Cheers. Like in the TV show. Everyone knows your name. The staff are very friendly and so are the patrons. The food is delivered hot and FAST. I heard the waitress this morning jokingly tell the customer next to me at the counter she was sorry it took so long. I swear the cooks are listening to you order as she is writing it on her check. By the time she turns around and tells them what you want they are probably have finished cooking it. The owner is the chef and his wife is the cashier. Some of the staff have been there from even before the current owners took over. The prices are great. My wife ordered something just today and the waitress suggested she order from the sidewalk board because it was cheaper than the ala cart way she was ordering. Got the same thing with the meat she didn't want and she gave me the sausages she didn't want and it was still cheaper. What a deal. Many days they post on Facebook a photo of the daily specials hanging in front of the kitchen. You can't go wrong in here.

    (4)
  • C B.

    My car was running on gas fumes in a huge traffic jam on the highway when I decided to cross three lines of traffic to a random exit. I gassed up, and decided to get some breakfast, hoping the traffic would thin out while I ate. My daughter grabbed her iPhone and asked 'Siri' for some good breakfast places, and 'Yellow Rose Cafe' came up. So, off we went. We found street parking right in front, and headed inside. I'm nearing 60, so I can spot the difference between authentic 1960's cafes and stylized 'retro' places. This was the real deal, including some of the best waitresses ever! They actually reminded me of 'Lavern and Shirley.' Our food came super fast, and when we acted pleasantly surprised, our waitress said, 'I told our guy that the ladies were hungry!' There was a large family next to us, and when stacks of pancakes were delivered to the children, the waitress said, 'Move over. I'm going to share with you.' I left the place smiling, and the food was good, cheap and plentiful too.

    (5)
  • Joanne K.

    Cute place with solid breakfast food. It's nearby and has great selection. It's small and seems to fill up quickly so might need to wait.

    (4)
  • Natalie S.

    I've driven by this place a million times and never noticed it. But now we live in the area and my dude was Yelping new breakfast spots. When this came up, we decided to give it a go. We walked in and everyone was SO FRIENDLY. Not only the staff but the patrons as well. The first time we were in, I had the meat skillet. It was good, better than average. This last time we went though, we asked them if they could make a skillet with the much Yelped about corned beef hash. They were happy to oblige. It was AMAZING! As previous reviews said, it's real corned beef hash, not that canned stuff. As we were leaving on New Year's Eve, one of the staff members asked us what our son's birthday was because they were going to play it in the lottery. We were in a week later and they sadly informed us that his birthday did *not* win them the millions. Boo. Probably our new go-to breakfast place in our area! I can't wait until next weekend when I shall be eating that dreamy hash again...

    (4)
  • lois c.

    Avoid this Dump! The pancakes were burnt, and the rest of the breakfast was a standard helping of hashbrowns, bacon, and toast. Waitress forgot my order of orange juice and never bothered to ask me if I needed anything. I understand why they close early in the day,they have spent enough time poisoning people. They have regulars--obviously, these people don't mind lousy food and lousy service. There are better diners in Chicago that offer good food and service--go and patronize these diners not this one.

    (1)
  • Deirdre L.

    Last Saturday I meandered over to this place for a little breakfast by myself. Not used to dining alone, I snuck in to a corner spot at the counter and settled in for the mini adventure. First of all, the little kitchen in this place is just grinding it out. It is busy! The waitress was friendly and seemed to know many of the people there. She was efficient, but not overly fast so that made for a nice pace. The couple next to me, despite some friendly banter about how I ordered a 1-egg breakfast meal and they hadn't seen that happen ever before, were very chatty and nice. The food was solid, fresh diner fare. The coffee was the same. Several patrons also seemed to know each other and be very jovial. Solid food, nice people, and affordable (but Cash Only). I'll totally be back.

    (4)
  • Ana C.

    CASH ONLY! Good eggs...no kids menu :-(

    (3)
  • Kate W.

    This is a small, friendly diner with counter and booth service. The waitresses are very sweet and accommodating. There is nothing fancy about Yellow Rose Cafe, but if you are looking for diner food with that home-cooking touch, they deliver at a great price. If you blink when driving, you will pass this place. It is midway between Central Ave and Bryn Mawr on Elston, across from the Forest Glen CTA bus garage. Cash only! Accessible by CTA 85, 85A and Pace 225/226 buses.

    (3)
  • Jillian B.

    There is a reason why this place is always packed! Everything is fresh and you can tell. It is a great family owned restaurant. The staff is super friendly. My husband and I go at least twice a month. My 5 year old daughter loves Yellow Rose. Everything is reasonably priced. They post their specials on their Facebook Page. Their Eggs Benedict is by far the best! They do not have it all the time, so when they do I make sure to go.

    (5)
  • Terry T.

    What a great little place. Plenty of good reviews. I'd like to add mine to the list. The food is very good. I've had both breakfast, and lunch items. Have not been disappointed in any of my meals here. Good food, good service, and fair prices. What more could you ask for? They even have creamy garlic dressing! You can't find it in stores anymore. They were kind enough to fix me up with a to go portion so I could enjoy it at home.

    (5)
  • Sean Q.

    Stopped here for breakfast yesterday and it was great! No frills little place that does breakfast and lunch and does it very well. Awesome!

    (5)
  • Keith Y.

    if you live within a mile or two this place is a life saver, cheap average diner food. emphasis on average. super affordable and palatable, which is good enough for me, but if you dont live nearby its probably not worth the bother as you'll manage to pass 5 similar places on the way here and if youre looking for somewhere to take a bunch of people this place is kind of small.

    (4)
  • Ryan T.

    Yellow Rose Cafe reminds me of being home... That's pretty much how I will sum this up for you. Run by a very friendly husband and wife team, and staffed by great people as well - with excellent home made food to boot! It is a small, local/homestyle diner featuring food made by the owner (Who you will see cooking with his staff every day) that leaves me happy every time I go there. I basically always have breakfast there, so I can only speak to the quality of those types of items, but I will say that the breakfast food is excellent! Honest, good, homestyle cooking that hits the spot! Daily specials are on the board as you walk in, and the regular menu is just big enough to cover the options you might want - with a nice variety of items ranging from classic American breakfasts, to tasty "South of the border" items. Of particular note in the breakfast items is the *Home made* corned beef hash. Excellent!! Made in-house, this hash has got to be one of the tastier things I have had for breakfast for a long time. I definitely highly recommend it - you will not be disappointed. If you are disappointed by it, you might want to have your tongue checked ;) Go... Eat at Yellow Rose Cafe! You won't regret it.

    (4)
  • Pam D.

    We were toodeling around the neighborhood and ended up stopping here. We both ordered breakfast food. Mine was a literal break fast, because I had been fasting for a blood draw at the hospital. Needless to say I was hungry!!! I had the chorizo omelet. It was good and surprisingly spicy, but it was a tad dry like it needed more cheese or something. Not at all bad though. Christopher had the country breakfast ... scrambled eggs, three patties of sausage and a side of pancakes. It was all good, though the patties seemed a tad overcooked. The eggs and patties came on a rather large plate with no garnish, so it looked kind of skimpy and not very exciting, but the total meal was filling and tasty. The service was very warm and the ladies who seemed to run the place were very nice. We enjoyed it and will probably be back one of these days.

    (3)
  • Anna M.

    Great experience! Food was excellent, hash browns to die for!! Staff was super friendly and extremely enjoyable to be around!

    (5)
  • Mary Rita S.

    If you're looking for a wonderful place to have breakfast and lunch...this is your spot! Great food at reasonable prices. The Yellow Rose is owned by Angelo and Rula who are the best! Of course, Angelo is a great chef assisted by Gus. Somehow Candy always comes up with a suggestion that is exactly what you need. The coffee is the best, the food is freshly prepared and for some specials, you better get there early before it's off the board. If you need anything, Roger will help you out. You won't be disappointed with your choice. The first time you walk in the door, you may be surprised by the welcome you receive but you will be pleased for the warm atmosphere and new friends. My friend Jan and I were welcomed and have now become regulars. I love dining at Yellow Rose for so many reasons, the food, friends, atmosphere and because no matter if you're with a friend or by yourself, you will enjoy your experience. I only wish we found this hidden gem sooner! Be sure to check out the Yellow Rose's Facebook page to find out the specials. Laurie is always updating the page to keep life interesting!

    (5)
  • George A.

    4 stars for homemade corned beef hash

    (4)
  • Judy L.

    Truly a hidden gem. I've lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, and I am disappointed I didn't find Yellow Rose sooner. When you first enter, everyone behind the counter and on the floor says hello and smiles. The setting is comfortable and diner like. The food is delicious, served fresh, and comes in a generous portion. More importantly, you'll be pleasantly surprised how affordable your meal is on your wallet. They have daily specials. Check out their Facebook page so you know what the daily specials are.

    (5)
  • Dixie S.

    I'd been wanting to try this place forever and finally made it there today. We absolutely loved the place. It was very friendly, the food was excellent and we will definitely come back again. Eggs Benedict is awesome and so is the corned beef hash.

    (5)
  • Juan C.

    Nice mom/pop type place.

    (3)
  • Jean C.

    I was just stunned to discover this place in a stretch of Elston Ave. that is otherwise pretty dead. It's tiny, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart. Everyone seems to know everyone else. The waitresses are friendly and funny, and the food is terrific. This is one of those hidden gems that I kind of hope stays hidden because it's hard enough to find a place to sit there as it is. Definitely worth a trip.

    (4)
  • Nicholle D.

    This place strangely rocks. Food is beyond awesome, prices great and it is immaculate. The entire CTA crowd eats here - it is like a movie set with friendly bus drivers & everyone knows everyone else. But you will not feel excluded by any means The waitresses will instantly be your honey and keep things a moving The ingredients are high quality, the chef is apparently running his own local seasonal food movement . Soups are homemade - and those blueberries on your pancakes are actually a fruit not some jellied food service goop. Plenty of parking - only downer is no Sunday breakfast - boo

    (5)
  • Robin W.

    The BEST homemade corned beef hash EVER. Lovely people, too!!

    (5)
  • Beebe G.

    great breakfast place! their corned beef hash is well made and home made. their staff is very friendly and so considerate. i look forward to returning and becoming a regular.

    (4)
  • Mike L.

    No reviews for the Yellow Rose Cafe? Not too surprising, I guess. It's a NW side neighborhood breakfast/lunch diner in a nondescript deceptively small building, with the parking lot in the back. The food is good, probably the best diner in the area. Not anything worthy of a long trip, but a nice place to go if you find yourself in the area. The Sox banners are offensive, though.

    (4)
  • Yvonne F.

    Yellow Rose is a favorite of mine. I'd go there every day if I could. Sad that I can't have me some Yellow Rose on Sundays, that's the only downside. The food is fantastic - I recommend their tuna salad sandwich, and the soup is always fresh and tasty. Breakfast specials are a great value and a ton of yummy dishes. The staff is warm and friendly - don't be surprised if you get a home made cookie or slice of cake with your check. The Yellow Rose - a hidden gem. I recommend it if you are anywhere near Jefferson Park.

    (5)
  • Keith Y.

    if you live within a mile or two this place is a life saver, cheap average diner food. emphasis on average. super affordable and palatable, which is good enough for me, but if you dont live nearby its probably not worth the bother as you'll manage to pass 5 similar places on the way here and if youre looking for somewhere to take a bunch of people this place is kind of small.

    (4)
  • Sean Q.

    Stopped here for breakfast yesterday and it was great! No frills little place that does breakfast and lunch and does it very well. Awesome!

    (5)
  • Judy L.

    Truly a hidden gem. I've lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, and I am disappointed I didn't find Yellow Rose sooner. When you first enter, everyone behind the counter and on the floor says hello and smiles. The setting is comfortable and diner like. The food is delicious, served fresh, and comes in a generous portion. More importantly, you'll be pleasantly surprised how affordable your meal is on your wallet. They have daily specials. Check out their Facebook page so you know what the daily specials are.

    (5)
  • Dixie S.

    I'd been wanting to try this place forever and finally made it there today. We absolutely loved the place. It was very friendly, the food was excellent and we will definitely come back again. Eggs Benedict is awesome and so is the corned beef hash.

    (5)
  • Juan C.

    Nice mom/pop type place.

    (3)
  • Jan B.

    The Yellow Rose is truly one of the hidden treasures of Jefferson Park...friendly, inviting, great food...almost everyone who eats there have been regulars for a very, very long time. My friend and I have become friends with several regulars and we can't say enough good stuff about the owners; Angelo and Rula, and the staff: Candy, Gus and Roger. They are awesome people and so much fun to be with...so we are not only drawn by the food and atmosphere but the people we see there almost daily. Angelo makes some of the best soups I've ever had and he goes out of his way to make soups that are your favorites...such as his split pea; even though it may not be a favorite of others. Thanks guys for welcoming us into the Yellow Rose the very first time we went there and every day since. The daily specials are posted every day on Facebook but get there early if you see spaghetti and meat balls on the menu! And if you come for breakfast, be sure to order coffee because it's delicious!

    (5)
  • Deirdre L.

    Last Saturday I meandered over to this place for a little breakfast by myself. Not used to dining alone, I snuck in to a corner spot at the counter and settled in for the mini adventure. First of all, the little kitchen in this place is just grinding it out. It is busy! The waitress was friendly and seemed to know many of the people there. She was efficient, but not overly fast so that made for a nice pace. The couple next to me, despite some friendly banter about how I ordered a 1-egg breakfast meal and they hadn't seen that happen ever before, were very chatty and nice. The food was solid, fresh diner fare. The coffee was the same. Several patrons also seemed to know each other and be very jovial. Solid food, nice people, and affordable (but Cash Only). I'll totally be back.

    (4)
  • Ana C.

    CASH ONLY! Good eggs...no kids menu :-(

    (3)
  • Kate W.

    This is a small, friendly diner with counter and booth service. The waitresses are very sweet and accommodating. There is nothing fancy about Yellow Rose Cafe, but if you are looking for diner food with that home-cooking touch, they deliver at a great price. If you blink when driving, you will pass this place. It is midway between Central Ave and Bryn Mawr on Elston, across from the Forest Glen CTA bus garage. Cash only! Accessible by CTA 85, 85A and Pace 225/226 buses.

    (3)
  • Ryan T.

    Yellow Rose Cafe reminds me of being home... That's pretty much how I will sum this up for you. Run by a very friendly husband and wife team, and staffed by great people as well - with excellent home made food to boot! It is a small, local/homestyle diner featuring food made by the owner (Who you will see cooking with his staff every day) that leaves me happy every time I go there. I basically always have breakfast there, so I can only speak to the quality of those types of items, but I will say that the breakfast food is excellent! Honest, good, homestyle cooking that hits the spot! Daily specials are on the board as you walk in, and the regular menu is just big enough to cover the options you might want - with a nice variety of items ranging from classic American breakfasts, to tasty "South of the border" items. Of particular note in the breakfast items is the *Home made* corned beef hash. Excellent!! Made in-house, this hash has got to be one of the tastier things I have had for breakfast for a long time. I definitely highly recommend it - you will not be disappointed. If you are disappointed by it, you might want to have your tongue checked ;) Go... Eat at Yellow Rose Cafe! You won't regret it.

    (4)
  • Pam D.

    We were toodeling around the neighborhood and ended up stopping here. We both ordered breakfast food. Mine was a literal break fast, because I had been fasting for a blood draw at the hospital. Needless to say I was hungry!!! I had the chorizo omelet. It was good and surprisingly spicy, but it was a tad dry like it needed more cheese or something. Not at all bad though. Christopher had the country breakfast ... scrambled eggs, three patties of sausage and a side of pancakes. It was all good, though the patties seemed a tad overcooked. The eggs and patties came on a rather large plate with no garnish, so it looked kind of skimpy and not very exciting, but the total meal was filling and tasty. The service was very warm and the ladies who seemed to run the place were very nice. We enjoyed it and will probably be back one of these days.

    (3)
  • Dwain M.

    This little restaurant is amazing. Stopped here for breakfast last month as a what the hey whim. 8.25 got me a feast. 4 eggs 4 bacon 4 pancakes. It's directly across from the cta garage and best of all has it's own parking on back! We sat down and ordered and within a few minutes had our food. The kitchen was right there and you can see them cooking which is a huge plus for me. My now favourite breakfast stop.

    (5)
  • A. T. T.

    Good, fresh food, at a good price! The food came fast, they were willing to make changes based on my taste and specific preferences, recommend this place for a good, hearty, fast, and fresh breakfast-plu the staff are very nice, too!

    (3)
  • Jamie B.

    Pretty good food. Small place with the real diner feel including the counter with stools for solo diners. Cash only.

    (3)
  • Caroline D.

    This place is cozy, cute as hell, and totally reminiscent of the small town diners where I grew up. The customers clearly know the folks who run it and vice versa, and customers were chatting with each other either as friends or as friendly strangers. Also, the food was great! And the service was prompt and with a smile. AND parking was so simple it seemed like a trap. Sheesh! I pretty much love it.

    (5)
  • Jeka M.

    We wanted a diner... and THIS is the diner experience! :) I feel like neither the restaurant nor the clientele have changed, and they don't need to. Friendly, quick service, great food, traditional diner menu, easy parking on the street. A few of the regular started chatting with us at the counter where we sat, and my corned beef hash was perfect. Lots of food, good prices. :)

    (5)
  • Desiree J.

    Great neighborhood place! It's small and busy on weekends, but thats a good sign right?? They do have a parking lot which is a plus. The food was good, solid, breakfast fare- homemade strawberry jelly for your toast (yum!), a big 2 egg breakfast special for under 6 bucks, and a Minnie Mouse pancake for my 3 year old :) We just moved to the Forest Glen neighborhood and I see many more breakfasts here in our future.

    (4)
  • M P.

    Love this place. Was first taken here a few years ago and enjoy going occasionally. It's a small family run business. The husband is one of the cooks and the wife is greeter. The waitress has been there forever and they treat you like family after you go a few times. The food is fresh and good. It's a small place with a small lot or you can park on Elston. It's worth stopping in as you feel like you're back in some small town diner.

    (5)
  • Maryana S.

    Bring cash! Nice little cozy breakfast place. Few tables available and parking lot is always full. Food was good, everything was cooked well and fresh.

    (4)
  • Jerry S.

    I've eaten corned beef hash in dozens of places around the country and this is, hands-down, the best. Plus the people are friendly.

    (5)
  • Terry T.

    What a great little place. Plenty of good reviews. I'd like to add mine to the list. The food is very good. I've had both breakfast, and lunch items. Have not been disappointed in any of my meals here. Good food, good service, and fair prices. What more could you ask for? They even have creamy garlic dressing! You can't find it in stores anymore. They were kind enough to fix me up with a to go portion so I could enjoy it at home.

    (5)
  • Anna M.

    Great experience! Food was excellent, hash browns to die for!! Staff was super friendly and extremely enjoyable to be around!

    (5)
  • Mary Rita S.

    If you're looking for a wonderful place to have breakfast and lunch...this is your spot! Great food at reasonable prices. The Yellow Rose is owned by Angelo and Rula who are the best! Of course, Angelo is a great chef assisted by Gus. Somehow Candy always comes up with a suggestion that is exactly what you need. The coffee is the best, the food is freshly prepared and for some specials, you better get there early before it's off the board. If you need anything, Roger will help you out. You won't be disappointed with your choice. The first time you walk in the door, you may be surprised by the welcome you receive but you will be pleased for the warm atmosphere and new friends. My friend Jan and I were welcomed and have now become regulars. I love dining at Yellow Rose for so many reasons, the food, friends, atmosphere and because no matter if you're with a friend or by yourself, you will enjoy your experience. I only wish we found this hidden gem sooner! Be sure to check out the Yellow Rose's Facebook page to find out the specials. Laurie is always updating the page to keep life interesting!

    (5)
  • George A.

    4 stars for homemade corned beef hash

    (4)
  • Susan M.

    I hate to burst anyone's breakfast bubble but this place isn't quite what many of the 4 and 5 star reviews claim it to be. I have been here 5, maybe 6 times, for breakfast only and it is just okay. Portion sizes are average, except for corned beef hash, which is a skimpy serving, at best, for the price. (I won't order it anymore) and they could wipe up the tables more carefully- I hate sitting in anyone else's crumbs - wait "staff" (which consists of 1 waitress) is typically inattentive. I do get the attraction of a small, folksy neighborhood diner, counter seats, the newspaper and that wonderful smell of coffee but I'd gladly trade it for better food and service.

    (2)
  • Meka R.

    This is definitely an old school dinner everything from the booths to the waitress. It's welcoming and the food is good. When your bill comes that's when this place becomes even better. Price is right and food is great. Try it you will be glad you did.

    (4)
  • David P.

    I don't normally write too many reviews anymore (there's way too many people doing them for me) but I felt compelled, no obligated to do one for the Yellow Rose. The moment I walked in, I felt like a genuine sense of hospitality rarely seen in restaurants today. It was like going back to some better, nostalgic time when people were kind to one another. It was super refreshing to feel that way. Oh, the corn-beef hash was amazing but it almost played second fiddle to the warmth from the fine people at the café. 5 stars.

    (5)
  • Hannah H.

    My husband and I came here for breakfast. We were served a nice cup of coffee which was a very good roast and soothing. I had the two eggs special with bacon and rye toast - a very simple dish with nicely toasted rye toast with butter; my husband had the corned beef hash with scrambled egg and hash browns. The corned beef hash was actually chunks of corned beef and onions; I think he was slightly disappointed as it wasn't the typical diner corned beef hash, but it was still okay. We also had a waffle topped with strawberries and whipped cream to share and that was pretty solid as well. Great friendly service and a very cute old-school type of a cafe. I'm glad I was able to check them out! +solid coffee +friendly staff & service +plenty of street parking

    (3)
  • Casey M.

    What's in a name, that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Not in this case Shakespeare! Yellow Rose Cafe is not your average diner or rose. The Rose here is Yellow. Does your diner make homemade hot sauce, homemade strawberry jam or homemade corned beef? No? Exactly! Yellow Rose is located on a busy stretch of north Elston Avenue tucked between two large buildings. Don't blink, you might miss it! But if you do miss it you'll miss out on awesome corned beef, did I mentioned it was homemade, great and creative skillets, pillowy pancakes, crispy hashbrowns and piping hot coffee! All the great diner classics and more done right! The waitresses here are great too. Friendly, sweet and they keep your coffee cup full! The cooks here are awesome and will even chat to you while they cook up your food. So many great things that make Yellow Rose a diamond in the rough. If you are hungry for diner food and you want it done right head over to the Yellow Rose! Try their homemade hot sauce, homemade strawberry jam or homemade corned beef. You'll love them. And try the rest of the classics and absorb the classic diner ambiance the Yellow Rose brings.

    (4)
  • Scott Z.

    Great service and great food, maybe the decor isn't ultra modern hipster vibe but half those places I think they put more thought in the look than the food. Corn beef hash is great!

    (4)
  • Todd A.

    Great food and super nice staff. Everything we ordered was tasty and quite filling. It's a no frills menu but what they do, they do well. The staff were quick to take our order and nice as pie. The only drawback is limited seating for large parties. You might be waiting awhile for one of the 4 booths to open up. But that isn't going to stop us from going back again and again.

    (5)
  • Ben R.

    Not fancy at all, but the perfect diner and everything I had was made exactly as I'd hoped. Over medium, no runny white eggs? Check. Biscuits and gravy...good flavor...some crunch to the biscuits. Bacon. Crispy. The homemade hot sauce looks the color of Mustard, has great flavor and will kick your a$$ I think, if not prepared. Highly recommend.

    (5)
  • tomas a.

    Small little no frills dive just reslly good grill food burgers or even breakfast its all good soups are delicious and the price cant be beat

    (5)
  • Sean L.

    This place is a hidden gem. If you're in the area stop by for excellent breakfast or lunch with good portions. The waitstaff is attentive, nice and I have never been without a refill. I am a huge fan of this place I just wish they were open late!

    (5)
  • Karen C.

    Want an absolutely charming place. My first morning in my new apartment was quite chilly. The gas company screwed up and didn't switch the account so I had spent the night buried under blankets. On waking up at 6am and realizing the technician wasn't going to be around until after 8am, I decided on breakfast. I found this place on The Yelps and decided to give it a shot. I am so happy I did. I wandered in to an almost empty cafe. There was a waitress and one other diner (a regular) so I plopped myself down at the counter and got aquainted. What a wonderfully friendly and charming bunch. I hate to admit that I've forgotten the waitresses name, but she was just as sweet as can be. And the other diner was a hoot as well. After ordering the Chicago breakfast (lots of sides of meat) we all settled in for a wonderful chat. Then another woman wanders in and is friends with the waitress. She joins us at the counter and joins us in our banter. Then the food arrived. Holy Jebus in Heaven. Fantastic. Fresh preserves for the toast!?! Homemade turkey sausage - and if they hadn't told me it was turkey I would have no idea!?! All washed down with the finest diner coffee a gal could hope for. I will definitely be stopping back in to try more tasty treats - oh, and some good conversation.

    (5)
  • M C.

    Four of five on the greasy spoon diner scale. This is where you stop to get your standard Midwest breakfast. I've been to better, but this place ia relatively cheap and its close. Ely's (just down the street) blows this place out of the water as far as quantity and quality, out it's about $5 more per person. This place beats any chain breakfast restaurant and the Golden Apple etc. Wouldn't drive across town to go here but I'm happy it's down the street!

    (4)
  • Lauren D.

    CASH ONLY. You don't have to eat at a 5-star Michelin awarded restaurant to receive 5-star customer service and high quality, fresh food. The Yellow Rose is known for their made-from-scratch corned beef hash. Crap, that's a mouthful -- isn't it! If you try nothing else here this is a must try. You would be an idiot to NOT try the CBH. We enjoyed it very much. It was not overly salty which we also appreciated. Melt-in-your mouth tender morsels, seasoned with tiny specks of onions and green peppers. Flavorful perfection! If you order something that doesn't bring this item you can order a "side" dish of the CBH for only $3.25 (plenty for two people to share). We tried their stuffed French Toast with fresh strawberries and cream cheese. The amalgamation of the sweet and savory was awesomeness. We shared this dish and thought it was definitely 4-star worthy. For $8 and change one of my other friends ordered the 3-3-3 (three large eggs cooked any style, your choice of three bacon strips or sausage -- your choice of three pancakes or hash brown. In addition, it came with your choice of toast. They don't charge you extra for the toast. My other friend ordered the 2-2-2 (2 eggs any style, hashed brown, your choice of toast and CBH). This place has been compared to the show "Cheers" because.....it is very friendly and "everybody knows your name." They provided great philoxenia making you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. It is polyphloisboisterous with chattering of conversation, clanking coffee mugs and silverware. You hear greetings of "Good Morning" or "Hi, how are you today" or a simple smile. We perused the menu and noticed that this is a place where the "regulars" come and are known by name. BTW, if you are a Vegetarian you will definitely find something on the menu (my friend is a Vegetarian and she said she was "surprised" how many items they have listed on the menu). We saw this restaurant reviewed on an evening "foodie" show (with Brittany Payton). We've lived in Chicago for decades, but had never heard of this joint before. The restaurant itself is a throw-back to the mid-1970's with tacky decor of a dark burgundy faux plastic brick back splash where the cooking takes place to the Formica counter top at the bar and rusty brownish-red faux leather swivel stools. It is definitely very dated. It's not really a "Dive" diner, but some may refer to it as a "hole in the wall." In fact, I am a preterist, so I absolutely loved this about the restaurant. It is very compact. The service is exceptional and somewhat effusive. The restaurant is on the west side of Elston Ave. We left fully satisfied, and our check was under $20 (excluding tip). Take your check and walk up to the register and pay. Remember the theme song from "CHEERS"?? Well, they knew our names by the time we left here..... "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows your name Be glad, there's one place in the world Where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came You want to go where people know, people are all the same You want to go where everybody knows your name" Yeah, this song pretty much sums up what the Yellow Rose is all about. My 4-star rating is due to the fact that this joint is CASH ONLY and their parking lot is the size of a postage stamp! We would return again if we are ever in this area. The Owners have warm hearts who truly care for their customers. They use quality ingredients (fresh, not frozen) and serve up delectable food. Request their home-made jam or jelly for your toast. Skip the prepackaged Smucker's jelly. They treat every customer with R-E-S-P-E-C-T which was evident from the moment we entered to the moment we paid and left. Service alone receives 5-stars!

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  • Chuck U.

    The reviews don't lie, clean, bright, fresh hot food, great people watching and nice staff. Real corned beef hash, not canned!

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  • Beth R.

    I really hate the expression "hidden gem", but that absolutely applies to the Yellow Rose Cafe. The breakfast here is fantastic. The daily special- 2 eggs, hash browns, toast, 2 sausage and coffee for less than $6? Shut the front door. And their hash browns are awesome. Wait staff is so extremely nice and friendly. My husband also loves their biscuits and gravy and the pancakes are good, too. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I haven't tried their lunch menu. It's cash only so be prepared, but you will be stuffed with goodness for less than $10.

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  • Arletta C.

    It's a cash only cafe. But the food is very affordable and yummy! The service was great and I will definitely be returning. It's easy to miss on Elston but totally worth stopping in. The inside is very retro and old school. There was a ton of menu options and I decided to have the Spartan Omelet which was delicious!

    (4)
  • S R.

    Updated: This was sent to me by a yellow rose patron. Appears that bad food leads to hostility and poor grammar. " John G. has sent you a message on Yelp: Yellow Rose "If I catch you talking shit about yellow rose again I will shit on your front doorstep. stop on hatin' beotch"" Real classy. Just like the crappy restaurant. Original review: Diner food Burnt eggs Cash only Probably a decent local spot, but not with making an effort to get there. Nuff said.

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  • Bill L.

    Mywife and I live in the Sauganash area and wanted to try out this cafe. I did not find this place to be very friendly, actually quite average and Basic. You will find it much easier to drop by Starbucks for a great cup Of coffee, certainly not the watered down Continental coffee is kind of Gross with the unfiltered water. You are better off going to Mariano's Down the street, spend 20.00 on eggs, bacon, and a fresh bagel and Make it yourself. Don't waste your time unless your desperately Hungry and just do not want to cook at home.I

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  • Pamela P.

    Cash only, no frills but quality, decent food with super nice people. The bottom line: Never disappointing.

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  • Kevin O.

    I walk into The Yellow Rose, and for me it was a little tight with the seating six booths, a long counter eating and a few tables, but as for me, I was in a time warp. I felt as if I had just walked into the set of "Mel's Diner" from the seventies television show "Alice". I found the service so personal to be warm and friendly (just like the show). And their food was just what I had expected, their was plenty of good food at a great price. I think I may have found a perfect breakfast hide away. It is hidden in plane site. just two blocks east of Centeral on Elston Ave. I give The Yellow Rose a huge thumbs up.

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  • Holly S.

    You might hear people making obscene sounds when you're there because the hash browns are perfectly crispy and the corned beef out of this world. The cooks and waitresses at this classic diner do it right. The coffee flows like water and Candy the waitress has worked there for 38 years for a reason. "It's my home!" she says. The waitresses brought me a complimentary treat too.

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  • Melissa M.

    I really like this little place. It's the perfect place to go when you're in the mood for a diner breakfast. It's soooo gooood. The ladies that work there are so nice. It's tiny inside, but I haven't had to wait for a seat yet. During our last visit, we sat at the counter. I think the last time I did that I must've been a little girl with my mom at Woolworth. Heads up: This place is Cash Only! So be prepared before feasting on a delectably greasy yummy breakfast.

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  • Richard M.

    This place reminds me of Cheers. Like in the TV show. Everyone knows your name. The staff are very friendly and so are the patrons. The food is delivered hot and FAST. I heard the waitress this morning jokingly tell the customer next to me at the counter she was sorry it took so long. I swear the cooks are listening to you order as she is writing it on her check. By the time she turns around and tells them what you want they are probably have finished cooking it. The owner is the chef and his wife is the cashier. Some of the staff have been there from even before the current owners took over. The prices are great. My wife ordered something just today and the waitress suggested she order from the sidewalk board because it was cheaper than the ala cart way she was ordering. Got the same thing with the meat she didn't want and she gave me the sausages she didn't want and it was still cheaper. What a deal. Many days they post on Facebook a photo of the daily specials hanging in front of the kitchen. You can't go wrong in here.

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  • C B.

    My car was running on gas fumes in a huge traffic jam on the highway when I decided to cross three lines of traffic to a random exit. I gassed up, and decided to get some breakfast, hoping the traffic would thin out while I ate. My daughter grabbed her iPhone and asked 'Siri' for some good breakfast places, and 'Yellow Rose Cafe' came up. So, off we went. We found street parking right in front, and headed inside. I'm nearing 60, so I can spot the difference between authentic 1960's cafes and stylized 'retro' places. This was the real deal, including some of the best waitresses ever! They actually reminded me of 'Lavern and Shirley.' Our food came super fast, and when we acted pleasantly surprised, our waitress said, 'I told our guy that the ladies were hungry!' There was a large family next to us, and when stacks of pancakes were delivered to the children, the waitress said, 'Move over. I'm going to share with you.' I left the place smiling, and the food was good, cheap and plentiful too.

    (5)
  • Joanne K.

    Cute place with solid breakfast food. It's nearby and has great selection. It's small and seems to fill up quickly so might need to wait.

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  • Jillian B.

    There is a reason why this place is always packed! Everything is fresh and you can tell. It is a great family owned restaurant. The staff is super friendly. My husband and I go at least twice a month. My 5 year old daughter loves Yellow Rose. Everything is reasonably priced. They post their specials on their Facebook Page. Their Eggs Benedict is by far the best! They do not have it all the time, so when they do I make sure to go.

    (5)
  • Natalie S.

    I've driven by this place a million times and never noticed it. But now we live in the area and my dude was Yelping new breakfast spots. When this came up, we decided to give it a go. We walked in and everyone was SO FRIENDLY. Not only the staff but the patrons as well. The first time we were in, I had the meat skillet. It was good, better than average. This last time we went though, we asked them if they could make a skillet with the much Yelped about corned beef hash. They were happy to oblige. It was AMAZING! As previous reviews said, it's real corned beef hash, not that canned stuff. As we were leaving on New Year's Eve, one of the staff members asked us what our son's birthday was because they were going to play it in the lottery. We were in a week later and they sadly informed us that his birthday did *not* win them the millions. Boo. Probably our new go-to breakfast place in our area! I can't wait until next weekend when I shall be eating that dreamy hash again...

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  • Jenny P.

    its like a "cheers" type of ambiance where everybody knows your name. I always order their corned beef hash. bring cash and ask for roulas special homemade jam! They will bring some out if you ask. And if you love hot sauce ask to try their homemade hot sauce too! Its a Jefferson Park secret place for breakfast. Simple mom and pop place making awesome dishes for years!

    (5)
  • lois c.

    Avoid this Dump! The pancakes were burnt, and the rest of the breakfast was a standard helping of hashbrowns, bacon, and toast. Waitress forgot my order of orange juice and never bothered to ask me if I needed anything. I understand why they close early in the day,they have spent enough time poisoning people. They have regulars--obviously, these people don't mind lousy food and lousy service. There are better diners in Chicago that offer good food and service--go and patronize these diners not this one.

    (1)
  • Christy S.

    After reading reviews on Yelp my husband and I went here for brunch on a Saturday. The environment was perfect. A tiny diner with a few booths, a few tables, and lots of counter seats. I loved that there were regulars that the waitstaff and cooks obviously knew. I enjoyed the atmosphere completely. Then there was the food! When it comes to brunch, I am a very general eater, I got the 2 eggs breakfast. I ended up with 3 eggs, and they were cooked perfectly. There was a side of hashbrowns that I expected to need hot sauce but I did not they were fluffy and still a little crispy. The bacon was perfect as well. We will definitely be coming back here often!

    (5)
  • Barbara P.

    My hubby and I eat breakfast here every couple of Saturday mornings if we wake up early enough to get here before they close at 1pm! (We live in Roger's Park so it's not exactly a neighborhood place for us.) This place was recommended to my hubby by a manager at his job that lives in the area, and we've been going ever since, at least the last 4 months! i get the same thing every time (a BLT w/ fries - but I get a different beverage!!) and I REALLY like the BLT! Hubby tries something different every time, but I also nibble on what he gets, and I have to say the Eggs Benedict is amazing with the hollandaise sauce!! I've never had it before but it was definitely delicious - I might even get that on our next trip vs. my BLT. The staff is VERY friendly - I love the service! The decor is a little outdated, but it's really full of character. I think if this place was open a little later I would have given it 5 stars, but sometimes we have to haul it over there just to be seated before they close. (It's really the hubby's fault because he likes his beauty rest - I'm up at 6am on Saturdays!)

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  • westy j.

    Great place for breakfast and they have a lunch menu as well. Standard Americana. I think what makes this place great is the fresh food and great atmosphere. The wait staff and patrons are all very friendly and it has a great backwoods, home town feel. Good grease for hangovers.

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  • Wik G.

    I love their corn beef hash!!!! I've always had good service, great breakfast food! I enjoy the atmosphere... I see bus drivers coming in after a night shift ordering soup for breakfast, etc. I tried to bring visiting fam. on Sunday morning...but they are closed...

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  • Jean C.

    I was just stunned to discover this place in a stretch of Elston Ave. that is otherwise pretty dead. It's tiny, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart. Everyone seems to know everyone else. The waitresses are friendly and funny, and the food is terrific. This is one of those hidden gems that I kind of hope stays hidden because it's hard enough to find a place to sit there as it is. Definitely worth a trip.

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  • Nicholle D.

    This place strangely rocks. Food is beyond awesome, prices great and it is immaculate. The entire CTA crowd eats here - it is like a movie set with friendly bus drivers & everyone knows everyone else. But you will not feel excluded by any means The waitresses will instantly be your honey and keep things a moving The ingredients are high quality, the chef is apparently running his own local seasonal food movement . Soups are homemade - and those blueberries on your pancakes are actually a fruit not some jellied food service goop. Plenty of parking - only downer is no Sunday breakfast - boo

    (5)
  • Robin W.

    The BEST homemade corned beef hash EVER. Lovely people, too!!

    (5)
  • Beebe G.

    great breakfast place! their corned beef hash is well made and home made. their staff is very friendly and so considerate. i look forward to returning and becoming a regular.

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  • Mike L.

    No reviews for the Yellow Rose Cafe? Not too surprising, I guess. It's a NW side neighborhood breakfast/lunch diner in a nondescript deceptively small building, with the parking lot in the back. The food is good, probably the best diner in the area. Not anything worthy of a long trip, but a nice place to go if you find yourself in the area. The Sox banners are offensive, though.

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  • Yvonne F.

    Yellow Rose is a favorite of mine. I'd go there every day if I could. Sad that I can't have me some Yellow Rose on Sundays, that's the only downside. The food is fantastic - I recommend their tuna salad sandwich, and the soup is always fresh and tasty. Breakfast specials are a great value and a ton of yummy dishes. The staff is warm and friendly - don't be surprised if you get a home made cookie or slice of cake with your check. The Yellow Rose - a hidden gem. I recommend it if you are anywhere near Jefferson Park.

    (5)
  • Susan M.

    I hate to burst anyone's breakfast bubble but this place isn't quite what many of the 4 and 5 star reviews claim it to be. I have been here 5, maybe 6 times, for breakfast only and it is just okay. Portion sizes are average, except for corned beef hash, which is a skimpy serving, at best, for the price. (I won't order it anymore) and they could wipe up the tables more carefully- I hate sitting in anyone else's crumbs - wait "staff" (which consists of 1 waitress) is typically inattentive. I do get the attraction of a small, folksy neighborhood diner, counter seats, the newspaper and that wonderful smell of coffee but I'd gladly trade it for better food and service.

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  • Meka R.

    This is definitely an old school dinner everything from the booths to the waitress. It's welcoming and the food is good. When your bill comes that's when this place becomes even better. Price is right and food is great. Try it you will be glad you did.

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