This is a special kind of hole in the wall. To me a restaurant with with that status means it is not to be forgotten when you are in a certain area. This place doesn’t look particularly special, or have a large neon sign, but once you have eaten there, you will not ever go somewhere else.
Sammy’s Kitchen is located on the outside of Midway Airport in Chicago, just east of Central Ave on the north side of 55th street. It does not stand out. But look hard for it and drive around a bit to find it. It is on the same building as a bar, and has an incredibly small parking lot. But it is worth the time finding a parking spot.
One note – BRING CASH. No credit or debit cards. No checks. If there is a wait, then wait. There are only about 30 seat in the whole restaurant. There are no white linen table cloths. Just hard working people from Midway, police officers, and firemen enjoying huge plates of food for a ridiculously low price.
The picture in the review shows a one pound (!) piece of ham steak on the plate. This breakfast special includes three eggs, hash browns, and toast or pancakes. The whole meal is $6.50. Yes, that right, $6.50!! And the food is done just perfect, is brought out quickly, and you are constantly asked about your experience and if you want more coffee. Just a fabulous little diner.
While standing in line, I watched the meatloaf platter go buy with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. With the additional cup of Navy Bean soup (and it was to die for) the whole meal was $8.50. It provided two days worth of meals! The portion was huge!
So if your by Midway Airport, do yourself a favor and go to eat at Sammy’s Kitchen if time permits, you wont ever be disappointed.
4 stars – A Hitting a Mark recommendation.