Chances are that even if you’re not from the Chicago area, you’ve still heard of Ann Sather. With locations on Belmont, Broadway, Granville, and Clark Street, this local Swedish-themed restaurant and café chain that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner has a reputation that proceeds itself.
When you walk into Ann Sather, you feel like you're at your grandmother's house. There are no frills, no bottomless mimosas. Instead, you get homestyle comfort food that is sometimes just what you need after a hectic week.
What brings many patrons to Ann Sather for brunch (and understandably so) are the delectable cinnamon rolls. In fact, some might think that those are the headline item on the menu before they step through the doors. Instead, they are unsuspectingly listed under the “A La Carte Menu” along with the other side dishes such as fruit and sausage links.
However, don’t let the low price of $3 fool you: the two-piece order of cinnamon rolls is a generous portion and serves as a meal in itself. They are perfectly baked to a light golden brown and yet still have a soft, buttery texture. The creamy, drizzled-on vanilla frosting gives the roll that extra homemade touch. Add in a cup of bottomless coffee for $1.95 and you’ve found a perfect weekend brunch treat.
As good as the cinnamon rolls are, a secret that Chicagoans know is that Ann Sather is more than its cinnamon rolls. Additionally, their breakfast menu has six varieties of eggs benedict (a staple for any brunch goer), omelets, breakfast wraps, pancakes, and waffles. There is something for everyone, as evidenced by how bustling the café was on a Saturday morning.
So whether you’re a Chicago native or planning a trip to the Windy City, don’t pass up the chance to try out this local gem.