Best of Chicago 2009 | Restaurant Review | Chicago Reader

Best of Chicago 2009 

Best Diner

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Best Diner: Patty's Diner

Best Diner: Patty's Diner

Gary Wiviott

The Reader's Choice: Patty's Diner

For me this category is a perpetual toss-up between Moon's Sandwich Shop (last year's winner) and Patty's Diner. This year the Tugboat Annie of the sacred order of grill women gets her due. Gruff with a heart of gold, she turns out bountiful breakfasts of picture-perfect eggs, heaps of home fries, plump sausages, crisp bacon, fluffy pancakes, and, best of all, griddled salty-sweet ham cut from the bone. House-made biscuits and gravy with potatoes is popular, as is the tasty corned beef hash, but if you ask me, ham hash paired with two eggs over easy takes the brass ring. Off-menu "old potatoes" are home fries given a second seasoning and deep-fried till crisp—a must-order in my book.

At lunch, juicy charred burgers handmade from house-ground meat are given a turn on an ancient grill and served on a house-baked bun. The chunky chicken salad sandwich is made with fresh-roasted chicken, and daily specials come with homemade bread and soup; I love the soul-satisfying beef barley. Meat loaf and beef stew satisfy too, but don't miss the Wednesday turkey special: roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy—old-school comfort food done right. Patty's is the diner everyone wishes was in their neighborhood.  3358 Main, Skokie, 847-675-4274. —Gary Wiviott

&Our readers' choiceGlenn's Diner

 1820 W. Montrose, 773-506-1720,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Gary Wiviott

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Oslo Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
September 10
Performing Arts
The Great Leap Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre
September 05

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories