Eleven City Diner, a very good Jewish Diner. Located in what looks like an old warehouse, it has very high ceilings and cement columns. The decor is classic diner with a checkered tile floor and large half-round booths. The menu was a large wall hanging on the wall in addition to the menus that were provided to us at our table. The cuisine is classic diner fare with all-day breakfast, burgers, meatloaf, and mac and cheese. They also have a classic soda fountain (with a soda jerk), and cold deli sandwiches. On top of all of this, they also have a full bar. I came during the early afternoon and while it is perfectly acceptable at a diner to have breakfast at any time, when I saw the Reuben on the menu, I knew what I had to have. A Reuben is a classic sandwich made with Corned Beef (or pastrami here), Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and 1000 Island Dressing. They serve the sandwich here open-faced and garnished with paprika. There are still two pieces of bread, but they are on top of each other. Even if it was served in regular sandwich style though, I am pretty sure that I still would have needed a knife and fork because it was enormous. It was served with a pickle spear and spicy fries.
Eleven City Diner is a very good diner that does very good versions of classic diner fare with a Jewish twist. I really liked my visit here. The service was very friendly and the food was good. I will definitely be an option if I happen to be in the South Loop and am in the mood for diner food.