Jack's is a large scale coffee shop/restaurant with Jewish, as opposed to Greek, sensibilities. It's the type of place where 50-year-old waitresses call 70-year-old men Dolly and serve the regulars their favorite soup without asking. Jack's did a brisk late night trade, especially in the magical fall asleep in your soup, load up on french fries, eggs, burger and chili twilight of after bar time, but now close at Midnight, slightly later on the weekends. Seems 3am drunks like to smoke cigarettes and, since Skokie banned smoking, went elsewhere.
Me, I don't go for the soup, daily specials or even to be called Dolly, I go for the bacon. Yep bacon, thick cut slab bacon, crisp, slightly chewy, flavorful, perfect for dunking in easy-over eggs or on BLT's, which I had yesterday for lunch. Jack's BLT is a great sandwich, not for the sandwich itself, though the tomato was surprisingly good yesterday, but as a vehicle for thick cut bacon.
I'm also quite partial to Jack's Chef Salad Bowl. I ask for the salad to be chopped and that they add, of course, an order of roughly chopped slab bacon. The thick, crisp, mildly salty, fatty/meaty bacon adds a dimension to the salad that is without equal, elevating a simple diner chef's salad to Olympian heights
If you really want to live dangerously, cholesterol wise, order a BLT Club, a three tiered beauty including french fries, ask for crisp, that will sate your bacon craving for a week. Jack's has daily specials, breakfast anytime, my favorite's over easy, with toasted bialy and, of course, slab bacon, and is a clean, friendly efficient place. Tables, booths and counter seating available.
5201 W Touhy Ave
2 Blocks West of the Edens