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Good Eats: The Depot American Diner, a Chicago Original



Pot Roast Sandwich, Depot American Diner, Chicago

Pot Roast Sandwich, Depot American Diner, Chicago

Want some­where new to get some­thing old? Try the Depot American Diner on the west side of Chicago. A friend sug­gested it to us on a recent day in the city, so we gave it a try. It was worth the trip, and the self induced food coma it brought on.

Our entire group of four ordered the Pot Roast Sandwich (pic­tured at right) based on all the advance rav­ing we’d heard about it. We paired it with a round of egg cream sodas. As if that weren’t enough to send our blood pres­sure into the stratos­phere, we topped it off with their sig­na­ture dessert of hot donuts, coated in cin­na­mon sugar, with a side of thick mocha sauce for dipping.

Everything we ate and drank was absolutely deli­cious! This is diner food as it was meant to be: thick, hearty, gen­er­ous por­tions of mouth water­ing goodness.

The Depot is not a “con­tem­po­rary take” on or an “upscale” ver­sion of a diner. It is the orig­i­nal thing. This isn’t a fancy place, the seat­ing is beyond lim­ited, the menu con­sists of your tra­di­tional diner fare. In today’s world of upscale ver­sions of din­ing, it is a rare gem to come across a true original.

The Depot American Diner
5840 W. Roosevelt Rd
Albany Park Neighborhood
773–261-8422

aver­age main din­ner price $8

Photo by ehfisher


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