Casual cafe downstairs (and down-market) from Navy Pier's pricey seafood restaurant.
Classic Chicago hot dog stand offering regional variations, burgers, and Italian beef sandwiches.
Pub serving Irish-inflected food like shepherd's pie and house-brined corned beef. There are nightly specials and a lengthy list of specialty cocktails and shots.
North-side diner that packs 'em in for pancakes and other breakfast delights.
Breakfast-and-lunch spot featuring specialty French toast, deconstructed omelets, and salads, wraps and sandwiches. BYO mimosa bar.
Top-notch sandwich shop where the words "local," "seasonal," and "sustainable" have real meaning.
Cozy, arty coffee shop in downtown Evanston.
South-side rib joint with affable service and BBQ best avoided.
House-roasted Italian beef, hand-formed burgers, Chicago hot dogs, and Polishes.
South Loop outpost with the same menu as the Wicker Park favorite for breakfast, lunch, and brunch.
Landmark ice cream parlor not for the weak of will.
A Logan Square institution.
North Woods-style supper club and nightclub in Edison Park. On Sunday there's an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar; on Wednesday nights there a blues jam.
Popular for weekend breakfasts, but then there arent many alternatives in the area.
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