The sole city location of the largely suburban family-owned chain has the feel of a neighborhood pub and is frequently packed with regulars. Hackney's, founded in 1939, is best known for retro-ish specialties, particularly the daunting french-fried onion loaf and the Hackneyburger, served on either a bun or dark rye. Other old-school offerings include a strawberry and spinach salad, chicken Waldorf salad, and tuna salad in tomato. That's not to say that Hackney's is behind the times: there's a California burger stuffed with chorizo and queso fresco, a turkey burger stuffed with spinach and feta, and several vegetarian options, among them black bean and veggie burgers and a hummus wrap with apples and carrots. Desserts here attract cult followings, with some favoring the red velvet cake, others the Snickers ice cream pie or chocolate chip sundae (allow ten minutes for baking). There's a good selection of beers on tap.
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