Potbelly-style BYO burger joint with late-night hours.
Home-style island food in Lincoln Park; the room is bumping at night.
DePaul cafe serving BYO dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.
Quintessentially Hyde Park, and frequented by an eclectic mix of locals, students, game watchers, and professors, Jimmy's is a dive bar with a dim, cavernous interior and a quirky soul. The beer selection's good and cheap, with Leinenkugel and Fat Tire on tap for a little more than $10 a pitcher. The bartenders are brisk and businesslike and make their martinis strong. The burgers and brats are decent, but God in heaven are the fries perfect. Live bands on Sundays with no cover. Cash only, ATM inside.
A Logan Square institution for more than 30 years, Johnny's is especially popular for its dirt-cheap all-day breakfasts--the menu may say two eggs but they always give you three.
Friendly neighborhood bar offering small plates, wine, more than 90 rotating craft beers, small-batch spirits, and craft cocktails.
Cuisine of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Spain.
Lakeview Thai restaurant specializing in homemade curries.
Standard Thai in a nicely remodeled space.
Neighborhood Jamaican restaurant with a full island menu complete with house-made rum-raisin ice cream.
Chicago outpost of this Miami restaurant famed for its Gulf of Mexico stone crab claws and second-mortgage prices.
Cozy North Shore cafe serving country-style French.
The Austrian coffee roaster's first U.S. location, specializing in coffee and Viennese pastry but also serving sandwiches and a daily soup offering.
Jack Jones's long-standing Boystown restaurant, now spiffed up and more casual, offering burgers and $6 martinis in addition to his classic comfort food.
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