As the weather starts to get chillier and chillier, I start to crave comfort food. And one of my absolute favorites? Breakfast. So this week, I decided I needed breakfast for dinner. And what better place to go than the Diner Grill? The Diner Grill is a historic diner, located at 1635 W. Irving Park Rd. It was tragically destroyed in a fire eighteen months ago, but the 24-hour spot reopened in July of this year. The diner first opened in 1937, according to a framed, black-and-white photograph that survived the fire and hangs in the restaurant. The building is completely unassuming; a simple, white brick facade with a large back-lit sign that reads “Diner Grill: Home of the Slinger”. There’s a large counter that faces into the open kitchen, with just twelve stools. We came in about 8 o’clock on a Sunday evening; perfect timing it turns out, as we were the only ones in the restaurant. The menu is sizable, but not overwhelming. It’s divided into categories: Breakfast, Breakfast Sandwiches, Pancakes and French Toast, Omelettes, Skillets, Chef’s Creations, and Sandwiches. I decided on a classic: Biscuits and Gravy. This was absolutely delicious. The biscuits were heated on the flat top first, giving them a delicious, golden brown outside. The sausage gravy was to die for; perfectly creamy, with a fantastic, rich breakfast sausage. My friend decided on the Slinger; after all, the diner is famous for it. It’s a plate piled high with hash browns, two cheeseburgers, and two overeasy eggs, all smothered in homemade chili. As if this wasn’t enough food, it also came with two slices of white bread. There’s a reason you get an award if you finish this dish— it’s huge! But man oh man, is it delicious. Every element combines perfectly to make an ooey gooey mess of delicious breakfast food. There’s absolutely no way either of us could have finished this, but we did make a good dent in it. I can’t wait to try more dishes here, this place is a gem!
The Diner Grill is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are only closed on Christmas Day. For more information, check them out on Yelp.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO