Sometimes you just need that once go-to-place that helps you kick off your day right.

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For Illinois residents that place is Ray's Family Restaurant in Elgin, Illinois. Now, this place knows a thing or two about breakfast because they have been in business for over 40 years. MSN found 50 of the best hole-in-the-wall places to go in each state for breakfast and Ray's is that one place for Illinois.

While there can be a line, you’ll be treated to impeccable service and breakfast favorites like skillet combinations with everything from corn beef hash and chorizo to biscuit gravy, to golden pancakes and stuffed omelets.


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I couldn't find an actual menu online, but according to Yelp, they had all the favorites and then some. I love that this is a family restaurant and you can walk in not all dolled up for the morning and get fueled on biscuits & gravy, eggs, steak & eggs, and (what they call) the Farmer's Casserole. Sign me up for that.

Elgin is located just 35 mi northwest of Chicago, along the Fox River. So the next time you find yourself somewhat close to Elgin I would try and make a trip to this place because according to the experts, this is the only place in Illinois to get that breakfast you need.

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