For those of you who have been around LTH for a number of years, you probably recall the glory days of former board favorite Edgebrook Diner (aka Edgebrook Coffee Shop)
. For those not familiar with its odyssey, at one time Edgebrook Diner was owned by the affable Dimitri & Christina Capitan and had lines out the door on weekends for biscuits & gravy and home cooked breakfasts. Dimitri & Christina sold the diner several years ago and it has passed through a succession of owners since then; each one a step down in quality...until now.Edgebrook Diner
I've started a new thread because Edgebrook Diner is entering a new era. The diner is now owned by Chris & Leslie Burrell. Chris is a veteran chef who has worked at a bunch of places around town, but has now realized every chef's dream/nightmare of opening his own place. He's got a small, but ambitious menu, in that he is preparing many items in house (and it's a pretty small house).Edgebrook Diner Interior
The interior has been spruced up, although James Dean still holds court above the pie case. For the TV averse
, there are two TVs behind the counter that have been tuned to Fox news on most of my visits, but the volume is off most of the time. Soft drinks are hand made using fountain syrup and seltzer and, of course, the old fashioned milk shake machine is still in operation.
There are daily chalkboard specials and I've been working my way through the menu on my handful of visits. I've tried their house made chicken choriso, which was actually better than it sounds & the house made breakfast sausage. I haven't yet tried the biscuits & gravy, but it's on my list for my next visit as is the house smoked pulled pork.
The thing I tried (now three different times) that got me to post is the house made corned beef. The first time I had it, it was as part of corned beef hash and eggs. The corned beef was stellar but outshone the other components of the hash. On my next visit, I tried a Reuben. The Reuben immediately went to the top of my list as the best Reuben in Chicagoland...by a factor of 10 at least.Edgebrook Diner Reuben
Normally, the Reuben is served on marbled rye, but today they only had normal rye bread, which was fine with me, though not as visual. The corned beef is nice and fatty and cooked in the smoker for 5 hours. I think it rivals the corned beef served at such stalwarts as Jake's or House of Corned Beef in Milwaukee (or just about any other corned beef haven I've ever come across). If you are a corned beef fan, get to Edgebrook Diner as soon as you can
Along with the sandwich, you get a choice of chips, slaw or fruit. Today I opted for slaw, and was rewarded with this colorful version.Edgebrook Diner Cole Slaw
I'm very excited to have Edgebrook Diner back in action. It's one of only a few decent places to eat in my immediate neighborhood. Please be aware that the hours are short. They close at 1:30 every day and are closed on Tuesday.
6322 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
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