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1195 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091-2719
+1 847-256-2099
06:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Sat 06:30 - 14:30
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Friendly and quaint breakfast place serves good breakfast fast. It's isn't a quiet locale as many people bring their children (especially on weekends) but the food is good and the service is friendly. I recommend them!

1 Thank KCallahans
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224 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful character, delicious food and reasonable prices if you can get in the place. Go early Everything is carefully prepared in this no frills restaurant. Extra large portions. Last time I was there they did not take credit cards so be warned A real gem for breakfast. Very friendly staff with excellent attitude for service Now located in the middle... More 

1 Thank MRbluegill
Wilmette, Illinois
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Even as Wilmette has enjoyed a wave of new restaurants over the past few years (some of them going as quickly as they arrived), Hotcakes, now in a new and somewhat larger space, remains not only a standby, but a go-to for quality and value. Staff turns over, sure, but they find new people who seem to know what they're... More 

2 Thank AdmiralGanteaume
Skokie, Illinois
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125 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

With the many new food options now available in downtown Wilmette, Hotcakes fills the void of a decent inexpensive restaurant. Very casual with tables outside in nice weather. Breakfast and lunch menu. There is a renewed effort to upscale the menu with Lunch choices like a a Baby Kale Salad, Salmon Burger, Turkey Burger, Toasted Spinach Sandwich, and a Chutney... More 

Thank Rhona R
Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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267 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Even though i rated Hotcakes a 3, i would like to give them a 3.5, but TA doesn't allow half points..... I rounded it down because while the atmosphere is homey and kid-friendly (saw lots of families), the food was decent, but that's about it. My Wilmette Omelette was a bit bland, though the taters were good---both were not greasy,... More 

Thank StrangeTripper
Wilmette, Illinois
Level Contributor
41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

This place has some Great breakfast choices. The service is Friendly. Great place to meet friends with no need to rush.

Thank Neil F
Chicago, Illinois
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192 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

We've been to this restaurant a bunch of times because of limited options in Wilmette for breakfast. I've had dry muffins, slow service, previous diner's food on the windowsill, etc. But the worst was our last visit when my daughter's friend was halfway through her French toast and found a long black hair in it - YUCK. With two of... More 

Thank travelgames
northeastern IL/ southeastern WI
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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

I so much wanted Hotcakes to be wonderful. The obviously inexperienced staff really cares, and the surroundings are creative and friendly. Unfortunately, the food preparation process is totally chaotic, breakfasts are at best so-so, and it's a roll of the dice when and if your meal will arrive. We sat for 55 minutes while the wait staff waited themselves for... More 

1 Thank Resab
Wilmette, Illinois
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is a standard breakfast place which has all the basics. Coffee is a bit industrial quality but drinkable. On weekends is often filled with families with young children.

Thank DLC250
Wilmette, Illinois
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

They moved locations and upped their game! Cute interior and good menu selection for breakfast. I have the Power omelette and it was filling. They only take cash so be prepared! It isn't a budget place. Good service and food so will go back.

1 Thank Katlarko

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1195 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091-2719
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Wilmette
  • Phone Number: +1 847-256-2099

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?