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If a visit to one of Southern Belle's restaurants feels a lot like coming home, it might have something to do with the hearty family traditions behind the kitchen's down-home breakfast and lunch dishes. “My father was in pancake houses all his life,” says owner Steve Fotos. Today, many of the same recipes used by Steve's father help populate a menu of hearty comfort foods that includes a poached-egg and sausage benedict smothered in country gravy and french toast stuffed with cinnamon apples, strawberries and pecans, or blueberries and bananas. But while the country-fried-steak or smoked-sausage skillets are tempting, the expansive menu offers options for diets of all kind, pairing fluffy egg whites with strawberries, granola, and multigrain toast and swapping out regular maple syrup for bottles that are low-calorie, sugar-free, or simply sealed shut. Photos of farms and pastoral images smile down upon diners as they dig in and gently remind them to inquire about the restaurant's seasonal specials, which range from summertime salads with sun-ripened veggies to bowls of homemade wintertime chili.

56 E Schoolhouse Rd
Yorkville,
IL
US

Inside Biscuits' cozy and casual dining room, servers drift between tables and booths carrying plates heaped with country fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and stacks of sweet turtle pancakes stuffed with chocolate and butterscotch. Burgers, quesadillas, and a variety of sandwiches served with fries or tots encourage diners to eat with their hands, helping lower the appendages’ risk of being naturally selected against. Before meals, patrons can perk up with yogurt smoothies, specialty espresso drinks, and bottomless cups of java.

1158 Douglas Rd
Oswego,
IL
US

For more than 25 years, the chefs at George?s Restaurant have satiated breakfast-goers with early-morning staples such as pancakes, french toast, and cr?pes, and quelled lunch- and dinnertime belly rumblings with half-pound burgers and a slew of sandwiches. The eatery?s party room accommodates as many as 70 people, ideal for business parties, postgame football-team celebrations, and musical-chairs tournaments.

990 N State St
Lockport,
IL
US

In the kitchens of Blueberry Hill's five suburban outposts, cooks forgo lazy morning lounging to pull together homey assortments of timeless brunch fare. Pancakes infused with fruit or sweets are made from scratch, much like hand-knitted socks or hand-painted report cards. French-toast slices get stuffed with apple and cream cheese, smothered in fruit, or rolled in Cap'n Crunch. Fresh meats and veggies take cover under eggs in savory skillets, and a selection of sandwiches quells cravings in handheld form.

14355 S Bell Rd.
Homer Glen,
IL
US

The menu at Mother’s Pancake House can sate breakfast cravings both sweet and savory. Plates such as the homemade banana-bread french toast and the banana split pancakes—topped with strawberries, bananas, and, of course, ice cream—awaken diners with an early-morning sugar rush. Meanwhile, chefs bake veggies, cheese, and breakfast meats such as ham, bacon, and sausage into hearty omelets. As time ticks into the afternoon, the staff begins serving sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and country-fried steaks.

2290 W Galena Blvd
Aurora,
IL
US

For more than 20 years, the team at Jake’s Bagels and Deli has been following a simple recipe: make more than a dozen types of bagels from scratch and steam bake them daily. Its menu also boasts 10 kinds of cream cheeses whipped up on the premises, including salsa and pineapple walnut, along with fresh cups of Green Mountain Coffee. The aroma of homemade muffins, cookies, and soups fill the space, which is made even cozier by a two-sided stone fireplace and walls strung with local artwork.

220 N Broadway
Aurora,
IL
US