Gallery: 11 Egg Sandwiches We Love in Chicago

Biscuit and Egg Sandwich at Old Town Social
Biscuit and Egg Sandwich at Old Town Social

Biscuits are unforgiving partners. No matter what you decide to top them with, if the biscuits are dry, chalky, and crumbly, the sandwich will suck. But if the biscuit in the question happens to be tender and flaky—like Old Town Social's remarkable version is—then just about anything will taste good in between its buttery layers. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Open-Face Breakfast Torta from Xoco
Open-Face Breakfast Torta from Xoco

A half bolillo roll is spread with ranchero salsa, then slid into a wood-fired oven, where it remains until everything is crisp and bubbling. Queso fresco and cilantro are judiciously sprinkled on in just the right amounts. Read More Here »

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Egg Sandwich from Jam
Egg Sandwich from Jam

As you can see from the picture, this "egg sandwich" is primarily a mountain of really moist pulled pork topped with a couple of lightly cooked over-easy eggs, a nice touch that makes the sandwich appropriate for brunch. Read More Here »

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Morning Sandwich at Grandma J's Local Kitchen
Morning Sandwich at Grandma J's Local Kitchen

Two slices of very thickly cut bacon add a much needed meaty crunch to this enormous sandwich. Read More Here »

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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich at Bridgeport Coffee Company
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich at Bridgeport Coffee Company

Whatever you pick, it's likely to be one of the freshest, most tender bagels you've ever had in Chicago. An uncommon level of restraint is shown with the amount of fillings, which makes for a perfectly-sized bagel sandwich that won't weigh you down for the rest of the day. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Eggy's Breakfast Sandwich at Eggy's Diner
Eggy's Breakfast Sandwich at Eggy's Diner

This sandwich's egginess is undeniable. It shows up in the fresh sponginess of the bun and oozes out of the perfectly cooked over easy egg in the middle. Bacon is a standard ingredient in any good breakfast sandwich, but the tart red onion jam and creamy herb aioli make this sandwich memorable. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Healthy Start at Meli Cafe
Healthy Start at Meli Cafe

At brunch, I always appreciate something a little different than the usual oatmeal or yogurt, and I found a great alternative at Meli Cafe. The Healthy Start ($11.50) sandwich certainly doesn't play coy about its purpose. Part-skim mozzarella, tomato, spinach, and chunks of warm, but still crunchy, onion fill a light-as-air egg white omelet. The whole thing is placed between two slices of thin multi-grain Naan to make for a substantial brunch option that won't send you on a sugar high or make you feel even more lethargic than you did when you walked in. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Croque Vert at Birchwood Kitchen
Croque Vert at Birchwood Kitchen

I'm particularly fond of Birchwood's croque vert ($9.25), a vegetarian-friendly take on the French classic croque madame. Featured exclusively on the weekend brunch menu, this sandwich is a locavore's delight of regionally grown market vegetables and Gruyere cheese pressed between crisp, fresh-baked slices of sourdough bread. The vegetables change depending on the season and what the restaurant has in the kitchen (this same sandwich in mid-November had a mushroom medley and some greens), while a mildly spicy dijon mustard adds a little zing to each bite. And the pièce de résistance: two fresh eggs cooked sunny-side up that, when cracked, seep through the crevices of the toasted sourdough without taking away that desired crunch. Tres bien.

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

Egg & Chorizo Torta from Tortas Frontera in O'Hare International Airport
Egg & Chorizo Torta from Tortas Frontera in O'Hare International Airport

Scrambled eggs, pork chorizo, poblano rajas, Chihuahua cheese, and avocado are pressed between slices of chewy-crackly bread until the whole thing is compressed into gooey perfection. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

Commuter Special on a Croissant from The Goddess and Grocer
Commuter Special on a Croissant from The Goddess and Grocer

The Commuter Special on a Croissant ($6.25) features a croissant layered with a fried egg, cheddar, and turkey sausage before a stint between the panini press. The egg is still runny, the cheddar is melted perfectly (not past the greasy, separated, point of no return), and the turkey sausage is a lighter—but still flavorful—change of pace from pork. Read More Here »

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Egg, Pepper, and Tomato Sandwich at Johnny's Grill
Egg, Pepper, and Tomato Sandwich at Johnny's Grill

A hearty slice of toasted french bread holds the egg and veggie amalgamate together, resulting in a sandwich that's as greasy and calorie-filled as it is delicious. Add some cheese for an extra $0.45, and sing those hangover woes goodbye. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

Biscuit and Egg Sandwich at Old Town Social
Biscuit and Egg Sandwich at Old Town Social

Jared Van Camp's Old Town restaurant is most known for its exceptional charcuterie, but on the weekends it slowly morphs into a generous Southern kitchen, with grits, beignets, and cornbread all making an appearance. But don't overlook the biscuits, which are flaky, buttery, and soft. I went with the biscuit and egg sandwich ($3), a seemingly straightforward, but exceedingly tasty way to start a Saturday.

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Old Town Social, 455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (map); 312-266-2277; oldtownsocial.com