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A gem of an urban diner, in operation since 1933.

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Moon's grill men have skills: silky-soft eggs envelop cheese, bacon is perfectly crisp, juicy sausages burst with flavor, and eggs sunny-side up are so yellow golden you'd swear they were smiling. Add to this the best grits in Chicago, pancakes dotted with pats of butter, and endless coffee. At lunch salami or burgers get dressed with a warm bun and sweet grilled onions. Daily specials shine, particularly a dense meat loaf studded with green pepper and succulent, tender short ribs served with slightly too smooth but tasty mashed potatoes and gravy. But the real star of the show is the corned beef, whether in a hot, steaming sandwich sliced on the spot, piled high on platters as a breakfast side, or served as a small mountain with mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy. Moon's is easy to miss, its tumbledown facade hard by a pawnshop and vacant lot. But in operation since 1933, it's an urban gem, the heart-, soul-, and belly-filling anchor of a rapidly changing neighborhood. All-counter seating encourages conversation, as does the staff's spirited intramural banter.

Gary Wiviott

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