Sausagefest owner Oliver Naidas launched his first food truck in 2011, and later opened a brick-and-mortar location at Commercial Center in 2017. The Chicago native can clearly make a mean sausage—we’ve written about the longanisa banh mi, and we simply can’t get enough of the delicious all-beef hot dogs. But there’s a lesser-known reason to go to Sausagefest: breakfast.
No, you won’t find any breakfast dogs here (that would be awesome, though), but the all-day breakfast menu delivers in a differently satisfying way. Naidas has conjured up a traditional brekkie menu with the classics everyone craves, with enough imagination to make every dish unique. The house French toast ($11) comes with cinnamon and brown sugar-dipped challah bread, candied walnuts, butter and syrup—but you can make it “just peachy” with peach compote, powdered sugar and whipped cream for $2 extra. The waffles get the same treatment, and the sausage waffle ($8) reigns supreme. The large, crispy, golden-brown buttermilk waffle comes with crumbled sausage baked straight into the batter—fluffy and buttery on the inside—while the subtle spiciness from the meat and sweetness from the syrup take it to the next level.
It isn’t just about sweets. The savory green eggs and Spam ($11) is a plate so good you’ll want to re-create it at home. Naidas scrambles eggs, spinach, basil pesto and goat cheese—a delectable combo for the morning—with two slices of grilled Spam and fried potatoes. One bite and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner.
Sausagefest 953 E. Sahara Ave. #E8, 702-382-3379. Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.