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Where to get breakfast at O'Hare (ORD), and are they operational?

What are the best dining spots in ORD for breakfast during a connection layover?

Helpful, of course, if they are still in business and operating in our current situation.

Posted by
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Avi, back when the people movers were still running and going through Chicago wasn't a nightmare (I won't repeat it until they get that all fixed after my Thanksgiving 2018 experience), I used to pick Chicago as my entry point for the U.S. specifically to go to Tortas Frontera. Their airport website says one of their airport locations is open for breakfast.

https://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/tortas-frontera/

Of course your absolute need for Mexican food is probably quite a bit further down the scale than mine !! But the care they take with their preparations makes me think their breakfast would be excellent, too.

Posted by
6970 posts

I think best is partly judged on closeness to your gate.

Posted by
16941 posts

Of course, Tortas Frontera is located at the International Terminal (Terminal 5). Useful if transferring to an international flight, but out of reach for domestic transfers. Likewise, a nice restaurant at Terminal 3 is useless if you are transferring at Terminal 1. It all depends on where you are transferring, so A-A's advice is most practical.

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Their site said they have locations in three terminals, and I believe it was terminal 1 that is open for breakfast (?)

Edit; yes, in three terminals, including terminal 1, but it’s in Terminal 3 that they are open for breakfast. All you have to do is click the link.

Posted by
8323 posts

Tortas Frontera is one of top chef Rick Bayless’’ restaurants. Always good. There are many other local Chicago restaurants with places to eat or get take away at ORD including Billy Goat Tavern, Berghoff Cafe.

Posted by
2002 posts

Just to close out this topic, what was supposed to be 1.5 hour layover turned into a 4 hour layover while we waited for the weather to clear in the destination airport, but I still didn't get to try the Rick Bayless spot because they insisted that we not leave the gate area. At least we didn't have to sit on the plane the whole time we were waiting -- this was an accommodation that seemed like progress, a little.