City location of a suburban minichain, open 24/7 Thursday through Saturday.
Upscale BYO "urban family diner."
The 24/7 city location of a suburban minichain offering pancakes, pancakes, and more pancakes, plus egg dishes and lunch platters.
Once a month or so, I call in a lunch order at Evanston Chicken Shack. They offer fried chicken, fried fish, rib tips, and hot links, but I usually opt for five wings with salt and pepper, hot sauce on the side. After I drive it back to the office my old Hyundai smells of chicken fat and grease for a full week; crumbs have taken up permanent residence in the cracks of my hot-sauce-specked desk chair. Nestled among mounds of crinkle-cut fries, the wings are steaming hot even after a 15-minute car ride, thanks to careful packaging in a red-and-white cardboard box with the look of late 70s design. On the side is a tiny plastic container of terrible coleslaw. Apart from that my only complaint is with the hot sauce: more, more, I want more. —Seth Zurer
Hot dog stand that's a family rival to Jim's Original, both remnants of the old Maxwell Street.
New breakfast-and-lunch spot in the former Dona Lolis space.
"Farm-to-tavern" restaurant and bar with an extensive beer menu.
Breakfast-and-lunch spot from the people behind Kitsch'n, with whom it shares a space--and, confusingly, a phone number.
Upscale sports bar/lounge/restaurant that gives pub grub an upgrade.
The beloved Wicker Park coffee shop returns, in a new LEED-certified space.
Third location of Mary Ellen Diaz's cafe, which raises money to provide those in poverty with wholesome food.
Diner that, name notwithstanding, serves only chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Cash only.
CLOSED. Fresh-baked artisanal bread, goodies, sandwiches right by the Bryn Mawr el stop.
Subterranean quick-service joint known for its burgers, served on pretzel rolls, as well as its hot dogs, or "chubs."
Pilsen restaurant with an extensive menu covering Mexican, Italian, and American standards.
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