Reposted from the Chicago Tribune, by Ruth Bohan.
Fresh strawberry pancakes, cinnamon apple pancakes, blueberry pancakes, walnut raisin pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, even plain old-fashioned pancakes and syrup. Elly’s Pancake House in Mundelein has them all.
And the list of crepes and waffles and blintzes and French toast is almost as long as the pancake selection. “Fresh fruit is our thing,” said Chris Georges, who owns Elly’s with brother John and George Grekousis. Melons, kiwis, pineapple and more can be found in toppings or on the salad plates that are also available.
But it is the wall of fresh oranges shining behind the cash register, where the customer can watch them being squeezed, that proves just how fresh the fruit really is. The juice is their specialty.
Elly’s (named after Grekousis’ mother, because the men thought it sounded good and would be easy to remember) is the sixth restaurant to reside at this location in the last 15 years, but Chris Georges believes it will continue to be successful because it fills a need in the rapidly growing area of Mundelein and nearby Vernon Hills.
Already there are regulars who stop in three or four times a week for breakfast, plus a group of retired teachers who meet on Mondays. Daily customers are not restricted to singles hurrying to work but include empty-nesters, families with lots of kids and, of course, travelers staying in nearby hotels who want to get an early morning start.
The decor has been changed completely, with tables and booths in a handsome dark wood, further enhanced with a lot of greenery.
Breakfast prices range from about $2.50 to $5.50 and lunch prices are $4 to $6. The large menu includes omelettes, cereals, soup, salads and burgers. The complete menu is available all day for patrons who might want a hamburger for breakfast or hot oatmeal for lunch.