The Bridgeport neighborhood is full of strange and wonderful businesses tucked inside its aged and weathered appearance. One of the many strange and wonderful places in Bridgeport is Polo Cafe at 34th and Morgan. This is not your basic diner, and they do not serve your average breakfast. In fact, they are the #8 ranked restaurant in all of Chicago. But if you were to walk past it, you would think it’s just another quirky American diner. The decor looks like it hasn’t been updated since the 1930s. There’s a whole bunch of antiques and pictures hanging on the walls. The tables are pretty rugged, and have paper placemats which is something you would not expect out of a fine dining restaurant.
But does a quirky American diner usually have french toast like this? Polo Cafe is best-known for their creme brulee french toast with fig vodka butter syrup. Every one of their breakfast menu items are like nothing you will find anywhere else. My personal favorite is the eggs benedict, which is served with a picture of Pope Benedict at your table, a lit candle, and a random ranting from the waiter about not saying stuff you wouldn’t say in front of the pope. The eggs benedict is made with homemade bangers, homemade hollandaise sauce, an egg so fluffy it looks like whipped cream, and a piece of texas toast.
Most breakfast dishes come with an order of Bridgeport Potatoes, which are like hash browns, but with an unexplainable fine dining twist. They also have a bloody mary that tastes exactly like a shrimp cocktail, which they are also well-known for. I personally have not tried their burger yet, but many have told me they have the best burger on the south side. Polo is very unique. They maintain a classic American diner atmosphere, but take classic diner food and create the most spectacular fine dining breakfast and lunch in the city. Much like everything in and about Bridgeport, you will not find any thing like this place anywhere.