Niko’s Breakfast Club – Oak Lawn, IL
Man, I’m a week behind on getting this blog posts up. I’ve learned in the last few months that babies make you tired.
Last weekend, J and I both took a few days off to spend with our families. We prefer to drive overnight when we go home, so when I got off work Thursday night, we loaded up the Ford and headed towards J’s parents in Oak Lawn, IL.
Our plan was to spend Friday and Saturday at my parents a little farther south, but J’s parents makes a good stopping point in the middle of the night.
Before heading to my parents, I told J we should go out to breakfast with her mom. Everyone seemed to like that idea.
Just recently, J’s mom found out that one of their neighbors owned a breakfast joints just a few blocks down the road. They had never been there, so we decided to go check the place out.
Niko’s Breakfast Club is in a strip mall on the corner of 111th and Pulaski in Oak Lawn (there’s also a location on Weber Road in Romeoville). With a name like Niko’s, we were expecting a little Greek diner. While the food was typical of a Greek joint, the decor was not.
The restaurant had all the hustle and bustle of a good breakfast joint, but instead of Greek flags and a Blue and White color theme, the walls were lined with rooster’s and knick knacks. It’s kind of an odd feel for a restaurant. It has more of grandma’s house feel to it…which makes it somewhat cozy.
The three of us and the baby were taken to a booth where the huge menus were laid out in front of us. The breakfast is what you expect from a greasy spoon, but with a few surprises.
I actually passed on the Steak ‘n Eggs because the steak was a NY Strip. Don’t get me wrong, I love NY Strip, but I didn’t want to pay $15 for breakfast. It was a tough decision, but one I don’t regret.
Instead, I ordered my second favorite breakfast meal, the Eggs Benedict. The three poached eggs were served over English muffins and three thick slices of grilled Canadian Bacon. The Hollandaise sauce that covered the pile of eggs and meat was creamy, delicious, and rich. The plate was served with hash browns and a melon wedge. The potatoes were actually a bit of a surprise to the meal. They were delicious and I don’t normally like potatoes. These were amazing. They were golden brown and crispy all the way through with that delicious greasy flat top flavor.
J and her mom both ordered from the French toast section. J got the Banana Split French toast which comes topped with fresh strawberries, chocolate chips, whipped cream, walnuts, and chocolate and caramel sauces. It’s hard not to like something with all of those yummy flavors and I don’t think I have to tell you how much J loved this take on French Toast.
J’s mom’s breakfast was just as interesting as J’s. She ordered the Morning Delight French Toast. This one comes topped with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and whipped cream. No surprise here either. J’s mom was a big fan. She ate half of it then boxed it up with our melon wedges to enjoy later.
Our bill was a little over $30 and most of the reviews I have read about the place are true. You won’t leave hungry. Portion size is huge. A week later, we’re still talking about our breakfast at Niko’s Breakfast Club. It’s a place that’s so close to J’s parents and they never knew about it. Now they know about it and will be returning often.