Ed Debevic's

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640 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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If you are looking for terific terrible service... Oct 12, 2013
What a fun place! My last visit had been a quarter century earlier, but I swear it hasn’t changed a speck. A fifties themed diner, Ed’s trademark is surly service, an utter delight when you expect it (knowing it is all in jest and the service is really excellent). My companions weren’t quite sure what to expect, but after our bossy waitress introduced herself by flinging paper grill chef hats at us they were soon in the groove. Of course it was somewhat embarrassing that my hat kept falling off until Eric pointed out they were adjustable (you wouldn’t think I was the veteran, but who would have thought such a cheap doo-dad could be customized?).

They constantly blare music here (at an acceptable volume), vintage 50’s through 70’s jukebox fare, and roughly every hour a few of the staff jump up on the main counter to dance. The staff is amazing; waiting tables in character and tasked to do things like carry an entire order solo to their table (we saw more than one instance where they piled at least eight servings on, quite a load!).

The menu is predictably diner fare, but generous portions and pretty darn good. I was glad to see Mike and Eric get an early start on their carbo loading (Mike savored a malted milk shake and Eric had a huge side of fries), a terrific feast. Of course I had a salad, but it was really tasty too. Need to share that lunch is probably still the primo time to hit Ed’s, because the wait was long around the dinner hour when I visited in the 80’s, and it doesn’t look like they’ve slacked off one bit in drawing crowds.
The crammed interior.
The menu smacks of a 50's themed d…
A typical serving load for the wai…
With my ill-fitting hat before Eri…
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missandrea81 says:
Neat. :)
Posted on: Nov 03, 2013
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