Slideshow: Put an Egg on It: Dishes We Love in Chicago with Eggs on Them

SPAM Loco Moco from Aloha Eats ($8.35)
SPAM Loco Moco from Aloha Eats ($8.35)
SPAM might be a mystery meat, but as far as we're aware (and yes, we know that many will disagree), it's the tastiest mystery meat out there... That being said, when we were thinking of dishes that feature a fried egg on top, the first thing that came to mind was SPAM and eggs. If you haven't had it before, eggs and slices of SPAM are fried and thrown on top of steamed rice. Once the eggs are ruptured, the yolk infiltrates the rice below. The combination of the hot rice, thick egg yolk, and salty SPAM makes for the perfect bite. You can get this classic dish at Aloha Eats, but if you feel that your blood pressure isn't high enough, get the SPAM Loco Moco (indigenous to Hawaii, Loco Moco is typically served with hamburger patties instead of SPAM), which includes a generous dollop of gravy for an even richer (read: deadlier/artery-blocking) experience.

Aloha Eats, 2534 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-935-6828; alohaeats.com

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Crispy Potato Hash with Duck Heart Gravy from Au Cheval ($9.95)
Crispy Potato Hash with Duck Heart Gravy from Au Cheval ($9.95)
Au Cheval has no shortage of dishes with eggs on them. There is, in fact, an entire section of the menu dubbed "With Eggs." But it's hard to imagine a dish as devilishly over the top and excessive as this one, which manages to walk the thin line between comfort food and pure gluttony about as well as any dish in Chicago. Special bonus points also need to be awarded for the crispy potato hash, which literally is the crispiest and crunchiest potato hash we've ever encountered.

Au Cheval, 800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 (map); 312-929-4580; http://aucheval.tumblr.com

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Bibimbap from Del Seoul ($8.50)
Bibimbap from Del Seoul ($8.50)
The bibimbap at Del Seoul is a textbook rendition of the signature Korean dish consisting of steamed rice, marinated ribeye steak, various prepared vegetables (turnip, zucchini, mushrooms, carrot, sprouts) and, you guessed it, a sunny-side up fried egg. While the components of the dish reach the table in a pristinely-segregated manner, bibimbap literally means "mixed rice," therefore diners are encouraged to jumble everything up before chowing down. On top of that, a dollop of Korean chili paste (gochujang) rounds out all the flavors together in a colorful (and equally tasty) bowl of goodness.

Del Seoul, 2568 North Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-248-4227; delseoul.com

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Confit of Beef Tongue from Telegraph ($13)
Confit of Beef Tongue from Telegraph ($13)
The tongue—crisp on the exterior, if surprisingly tender on the inside—can be deftly prepared, but it will never quite hide the fact that it is a tongue. It's funky, and if you like the stuff, then that is the way you want it. But it's also nice that the egg, along with a bright salsa verde, is there to temper some of its most extreme flavors.

Telegraph, 2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-292-9463; telegraphwinebar.com‎

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Open-Faced Breakfast Torta from Xoco ($5.00)
Open-Faced Breakfast Torta from Xoco ($5.00)
Is it considered cheating to include a breakfast dish in this egg feature? I certainly hope not because Xoco's open-faced breakfast torta is magical. As rustic as it may look, it's a dish with a plethora of textures and flavors (queso fresco, salsa, onion, cilantro, refried beans, jalapeño, and oven-toasted bolillo roll). If you're still not convinced, the poached egg adds body and an unctuousness that ties everything together. It's too bad that not all breakfasts can be as good as this.

Xoco, 449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (map); 312-334-3688; rickbayless.com

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Three Little Piggy Sandwich from The Silver Palm ($13.95)
Three Little Piggy Sandwich from The Silver Palm ($13.95)
TV hosts have swooned, odes have been penned, and yet the Three Little Piggy sandwich from The Silver Palm still feels underrated. No doubt, its success can be attributed to the strange combination of double smoked ham, fried pork tenderloin, and bacon, but its not until the egg yolk breaks and drips over the whole thing that its true genius becomes apparent.

The Silver Palm, 768 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (map); 312-666-9322; thesilverpalmrestaurant.com‎

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Frites with Organic Eggs from The Publican ($7)
Frites with Organic Eggs from The Publican ($7)
The combination of perfectly prepared and seasoned fries topped with two fried eggs at The Publican is a beautiful thing. There's not much else to say when it comes to this highly regarded two-component dish other than: "Why dip your french fries in ketchup when you can dunk them in egg yolk?" Period.

The Publican, 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (map); 312-733-9555; thepublicanrestaurant.com

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Pig's Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg at The Purple Pig ($8.00)
Pig's Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg at The Purple Pig ($8.00)
It was pretty clear from the beginning that The Purple Pig wasn't just another Magnificent Mile Italian restaurant. But if you needed further proof, this pig's ear dish dish with a lovely fried egg on top should do it.

The Purple Pig, 500 N Michigan Ave # 130, Chicago, IL 60611 (map); 312-464-1744; thepurplepigchicago.com‎

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