Sweet Maple Cafe

American in West Loop & Near West Side

The creaking floorboards, matronly staff and soulful home cookin’ lend the Sweet Maple Cafe the bucolic appeal of a Southern roadside diner. The signature dishes – inch-thick banana (or, seasonally, peaches and cream) pancakes, cheddar grits and fluffy biscuits that come smothered in spicy sausage gravy – earn the superlatives of locals.

The egg dishes, sturdy muffins and lunch sandwiches are done with equal aplomb.