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June 7, 2012
April 20, 2005
Inside, it’s "welcome to the U.S. of A.", as there are no signs here of the Orient. The servers are brightly dressed and of cheerful disposition and seem to understand that they need to give you a "bit of space" before you order and yet remain attentive. Coffee was first on the agenda, and at Dan Ryan’s, you pay for the first cup, but top-ups come free. The coffee was freshly ground and, for me, just the right strength, giving that necessary caffeine rush to kick-start the day.
The breakfast/brunch was fairly comprehensive, including eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, and French toast. What the menu doesn’t tell you is that the "fried breakfasts" are accompanied by a choice of toast (white, brown, or whole meal) and that eggs and bacon have a substantial accompaniment of mushrooms and potatoes. The portions are large and, I reckon, will satisfy even the largest of appetites – having said that, all of us were hungry, and so we dispatched the meal fairly rapidly without due ceremony. Two of us tucked into the fried breakfast--my wife went for the French toast (it looked and, she assured me, tasted brilliant), and my son’s fiancée had an appetising plateful of pancakes.
Cool jazz was piped into the restaurant, and I was delighted to hear some Billie Holiday alongside the other obvious ones of Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The walls were adorned with black and white photos of these melodic icons, and Chicago memorabilia (probably reproduction) was crammed into every other available space.
Dan Ryan’s certainly makes an effort to keep its younger guests entertained and had an egg-painting competition (it was Easter!) and free balloons to give away. The diner had a great feel to it, and I guess it really buzzes at night. The diner menus were not cheap, but if you "needed" to have a decent steak, my son says this restaurant is second to none. If you just fancy a drink and a catch up on the news, then this is your venue - there are free newspapers available to read on the premises.
We enjoyed our breakfast and followed the instructions of the waiter to "have a nice day!"
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November 4, 2000
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