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1829 W. Chicago
Named one of America’s best new sushi restaurants by Bon Appetit, everything from the always-fresh sashimi, the uni shooters, togarashi-seared tuna, hamachi maguro ebi maki and newly expanded robata grill and tsukemono (Japanese pickles) has earned this sushi haven its well-deserved acclaim.
536 W Erie St, Chicago,
Great old-school steakhouse, amazing prime rib, chops, also offers seafood, veal and pasta.This Italian steakhouse located on the north branch of the Chicago River is a classic, clubby neighborhood eatery, with large picture windows draped in floral chintz, as well as plenty of brick, wood paneling and white tablecloths. Formerly a meat packing plant, the restaurant features a bar and fireplace (in the banquet room) crowned with a huge elk head.
Lunch: Shokolad Pastry & Café
2524 W. Chicago Ave.,
This is the place for traditional Ukrainian food and desserts.
2228 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Homey, old-world spot serving a buffet of hearty Ukrainian fare such as stuffed cabbage, borzcz & pierogi.
Bakery: Ann’s Bakery and Deli
Longtime bake shop known for European rye bread, cakes, cookies & pastries, with deli & prepared meals for takeaway.
2158 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Coffee: Alliance Bakery & Café
1736 W. Division
Your Intelligentsia coffee served alongside a near-endless selection of breakfast pastries (not to mention the cakes, cupcakes and cookies you can buy and “save for later”). Throw in some macarons – they’re a neighborhood favorite.
1920 W. Division
The low-down: The kind of brunch food you’ll crave all day – orange brioche French toast with toasted almonds and maple syrup, huevos rancheros “casserole-style,” or grilled panini with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar and tomato.
Lunch: Bite Café
1035 N. Western
The low-down: A small, bright café with a reputation for catering to hipsters, Bite is actually welcoming to all – and offers enough sweet or savory options to appeal to anyone in the group. Try the eggs Duncan (house biscuits topped with creamed spinach and peas, parmesan, fresh herbs and two poached eggs) or the pulled pork sandwich (with Dark Matter barbecue sauce, cole slaw and fries).
On the Go: Pizza Metro
1707 W. Division
The low down: Grab a slice without sacrificing the toppings. Metro serves their pizza (like potato rosemary or garbage, with seven Metro-selected toppings) by the slice or the pie, so pick one up for a great snack to go.
2109 W. Chicago
The low-down: An impressive beer list (including a featured brewery of the month) accompanied by a menu of bar favorites with a sophisticated twist. Try the “Baja” style fish tacos (with spicy aioli, marinated cabbage and pico de gallo), macaroni and cheese (with aged cheddar, gruyere, applewood smoked bacon and sautéed mushrooms) or the bison meatloaf sliders (served on pretzel rolls with chipotle orange juniper glaze) with an $8 on-tap beer flight.
Mexican: Tecalitlan Restaurant
1814 W. Chicago
The low-down: Traditional Mexican décor, relaxed atmosphere, giant burritos and delicious (read: strong) margaritas. Feel free to bring the kiddies.
Middle Eastern: Chickpea
2018 W. Chicago
The low-down: Traditional Middle Eastern fare with a casual, on-the-go vibe, Chickpea serves some of the city’s best falafel sandwiches, lentil soup, hummus and baba ghanooj. If you’re open to trying something new, you can’t go wrong: the lamb, chicken and beef tenderloin are always tender, so go for one of “Mama’s Specials.”
1924 W. Chicago
The low-down: While the taco or sausage pizza is what it’s known for, some of the best dishes at Roots are those without the hand-tossed crust: mozzerella sticks, half sausage on a stick and salads keep the locals coming back.
Seafood: Mariscos El Veneno
1024 N. Ashland
The low-down: This hole-in-the-wall dishes out some of the tastiest, spiciest seafood in the city, and everything from the fried red snapper filet to the chapuzon del mar (with shrimp, oysters and octopus) satisfies. Whatever you do, don’t miss the crabs Nayarit.
Al Fresco Dinner: Homestead on the Roof
1924 W. Chicago
The low-down: When Homestead says its farm-to-table, you better believe it. The rooftop restaurant features a 1,000-square-foot organic garden where it draws much of its inspiration (and ingredients). A super charming outdoor dining space, get there early for a special night out (it doesn’t take reservations).
Real Italian Dinner (BYOB): Briciola
937 N. Damen
The low-down: Chef Mario serves traditional Italian cuisine–fried calamari, gnocchi, risotto, pork Milanese–in his cozy, intimate restaurant. Try to sit in the sparkly side patio, but have no fear, wherever you sit, Mario will be sure to stop by and say hello.