- Arcos De Cuchilleros
3445 N. Halsted
A very quaint Tapas Restaurant with a romantic outdoor patio with trellised ivy and hanging lights. Serving amazing sangria, small plates of tantalizing grilled mushrooms, shrimp, and other wonders.
- The Bangkok Cafe
3542 N. Halsted
Fine Thai Cuisine
- Blue Mesa
1729 N. Halsted, Near the Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater.
Southwestern Flare Cuisine.
- Buca Di Beppo
2941 N. Clark St.
A nice Casual Fine Italian Dining experience.
- The Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted
Known for their vegetarian & kosher delights! Great Eggplant Parmesan.
- Chicago Pizza & Ovengrinders
2121 N. Clark Street
Highly recommended: The Mediterranean bread, The vegetarian or meat pizza "in a bowl". Remember: Cash only and no reservations!
- Cy's Crab House
3819 N. Ashland
Seafood and Mediterranean Dining. Fresh Crab Plate or Blackened Swordfish Recommended.
- DISH Restaurant
3651 N. Southport
- Ed Debevics
50's Rock 'n Roll diner! Fun - not Goth at all but they love everyone as long as you know how to have fun!
- El Tapatio Cafe
3400 N Ashland On the corner of Ashland and Roscoe.
Mexican Dining in a very quaint atmosphere with candles on the tables and outdoor sidewalk cafe. Affordable and romantic. Highly recommended: The "synchronizadas de papas" - a layered tortilla, potato, guacamole, diced tomato, lettuce, black beans and spices dish - marvelous! To wash it all down, order their large margarita - you'll thank me later!
- Emilio's Tapas
444 W. Fullerton Pkwy. (at Clark)
great food and service there no matter how I've been dressed and there's items on the menu for any budget
- Flat Top Grill
3200 N. Southport AND 1400 Belmont
Create your own stir fry! A Symphony of fresh veggies, sauces, and tofu ready to be grilled to order! And it's all you can eat vegetarian!
3724 N. Clark St.
next to Metro
- Geja's Cafe
340 W. Armitage
Famous for their fondues and wine!
- The House of Blues Restaurant
329 N. Dearborn
If you like Cajun food this is a good spot! I recommend the voodoo Shrimp appetizer to start, then to the Cajun dishes (or even the Cheeseburgers). For dessert get the key lime pie, banana pudding bread OR the beggar's purse (which is really good)! It isn't a cheap eat, but the appetizers are big enough to have as a meal so that helps when on a budget.
- Jeanny's Chinese Cuisine
1053 W. Belmont
3517 N. Clark
Beautiful Romantic Atmosphere and good gourmet vegetarian mediterranean food. Valet Parking.
- Jin Ju
5203 North Clark
Contemporary Korean Cuisine
- La Creperie
2845 N. Clark
French Cuisine in a little cafe atmosphere that magically transports you to France. Has an outdoor patio with ivy and flowers.
- Le Loup Cafe
3348 N. Sheffield
A cozy cafe nestled in the heart of the Fun Sheffield/Clark District.
- Leona's Restaurant
A Family owned Pizzaria with Italian Cuisine.
3469 N. Clark St.
Undeniably the BEST Sushi restaurant around. Authenticity is the key behind this highly recommended dining experience. Try their plum wine!
- Medieval Times
! I-90 & Roselle Rd.
Dinner & Tournament - Chicago's only Medieval Dinner-Theater Attraction!
- Nakayoshi Sushi Restaurant
919 W. Belmont.
- P S Bangkok
(1) 3345 N. Clark (2) 2521 N. Halsted
(1) 773.871.7777 (2) 773.348.0072
Original taste of Thai food.
- Pan Asia Cafe
3443 N. Sheffield
A Favorite Asian Restaurant with a relaxing authentic atmosphere.
- Penny's Noodles
3400 N. Sheffield
Highly Recommended by Gothic Chicago for The Best Thai Noodles in Chicago! Casual Dining with outdoor patio.
- Que Rico
2814 N. Southport
Mexican Dining in a gorgeous renovated villa. With tiled floors, bright fresco paintings, a stucco patio, and rustic Mexican furniture - you'll be transported to an evening in Mexico. We recommend their margaritas and sangria. Oh!, and the food is fabulous too!
- Raw Bar
Full menu of exquisite seafood, and wonderful cuts of mouth-watering steaks to chose from. For those a bit more adventurous, they also offer a wide selection of appetizers including shark, alligator, ostrich, and octopus. For the late-nighters, they serve dinner until one AM, closing at two, and are open for lunch.
The atmosphere is very comfortable and laidback, With the whole staff always making sure to do whatever they can to make your visit special.
The drinks are phenomenal. It does have a full bar, but is well known for it gigantic delectable martini menu; just try to get through a meal without sampling one along side of their endorphin rushing, pituitary gland stimulating desserts.
The prices are right on, and an average meal without drinks will run around $25. Reservations are recommended for weekends, but usually if you just walk in, you'll be seated within ten minutes, or if you like to sit at the bar, you can be served dinner right there.
Raw bar is located in Wrigley Ville at (3720 N. Clark street) 773-348-7291, approx. 2 blocks north of Addison. There is street parking, or plenty of pay lots within the vicinity that will cost you around $8-$10 to park.
5255 N. Clark St.
Persian Mediterranean Cuisine with a friendly atmosphere and floor to ceiling glass windows. The aroma alone will fill you up!
- Rudi's Wine Bar & Cafe
2424 N. Ashland Ave.
Italian Cuisine like I've never tasted before! Definitely worth every cent you pay for a special occasion. The owner, Rudi, walks around and chats with all the customers! Very friendly and cordial.
- Standard India Restaurant
Located at 917 W. Belmont, near Clark street has a delicious, reasonably priced buffet. The place smells of yummy curry, saffron and nan bread. Just the place to meet a friend for dinner.
- Star of India,
3204 N. Sheffield Ave.
very yummy, good buffet
- Thai This!
1123 1/2 W. Belmont.
Thai Cuisine and BYOB! Vegetarian
- Trader Todd's
3216 N. Sheffield
- Twisted Spoke
3365 N. Clark
Thai Cuisine and BYOB! Vegetarian
- Uncle Tannous
2626 N. Halsted
Lebanese Cuisine with elegant presentation in the exotic vegetarian plates at this friendly local favorite! Very charming and cozy interior.
- Viennese Kaffe-haus Brandt
3423 N. Southport
indoor and outdoor seating. Hearty food.
- Addis Abeba
3521 N. Clark St
Ethiopian Vegetarian Cuisine.
- Big City Tap
1010 W Belmont Ave
inexpensive bar/deli food, good service
- Big Horse
1558 N. Milwaukee
OK, this is a very small Mexican restaurant near the 6 corners in Wicker Park next to Double Door. This is not a place for vegetarians, but they have some of the BEST burritos in Chicago.
- Chicago Style Grill
2572 N. Clark by Wrightwood -
VERY greasy but can't go wrong with $2.00 for hot dog, fries and drink!
930 W. Belmont
Cheap American Diner food.
2925 N. Halsted
- Ethiopian Village
3462 N. Clark St.
Winner of the Chef 2000 Award. Specializing in dairyless vegan cuisine and receives acclaim for their buffet and affordable prices AND BYOB!(All you can eat buffet $6.95 weekdays & $7.95 weekends)including live African music. Slow and relaxed service - enjoy!
- Fiesta Aranda's
Hearty Mexican food. Quick fuel if you're on the go!
- Ginger Restaurant Inn
2585 N. Clark
Chinese food $5.95 all-you-can-eat or fill up in a carry-out box
- Golden Apple
2971 N. Lincoln Avenue
Right in the heart of Lakeview. This is a standard diner with a wide variety of dishes. Open real late and convenient!
- The Golden House Restaurant & Pancake House
4744 N. Broadway near Lawrence
Cheap eats and right next to the Riviera Music Venue. Open late
- Golden Nugget
2720 N. Clark St.
Cheap food, good diner coffee and convenient! Open late.
- Heartland Cafe
7000 Glenwood Avenue
Cool interior & outdoor cafe. Live bands & artist gift shop.
- International House of Pancakes
3760 N. Halsted
An American Tradition.
2005 W. Roscoe
Great little cafe in Roscoe Village and has a front patio.
- Kopi Cafe
5317 N. Clark.
A traveler's cafe full of worldly items for sale. A slow paced cafe to relax with friends.
2439 N. Clark AND 3324 N. Broadway
Try the vegetarian quesadillas - outstanding! AND it's BYOB! Hit or miss on the service though...hang out and relax, you're not in a hurry at this place!
- Mi Tierra
1039 W. Belmont
Mexican Restaurant. Open daily for Lunch and Dinner.
- Nervous Center
Need to boost your caffeine intake? Let me suggest Nervous Center, located on Lincoln Avenue right next to the Davis Theatre. The place is decorated in thrift shop weird and serves Coffee to wake the dead and a ginger ale to crack your teeth. There is also a thrift shop in back and lots of bizarre stuff to read. It makes a nice friendly gathering place. Closed on Mondays though.
- Nookies Too
2121 N. Halsted
Cheap Diner Food and good coffee. in Friendly Boystown.
- Oggi's Trattoria Cafe
1378 W. Grand (3 blocks East of Ashland)
Family owned Italian Cafe. Highly recommended: The Margarita Pizza 16" and their large sized fountain coca cola! Good food on a budget or not.
- Pick Me Up Cafe
3408 N. Clark St.
Open 24 hours on the weekends! Great meeting place and open until 3am nightly.
- Salt & Pepper Diner
3537 N. Clark St.
Kind of a 50's retro look to this small diner. Easy on your wallet. Packed on the weekends though but turnover is quick.
- Ann Sathers
929 W. Belmont Ave
Great cinnamon rolls and Swedish food. They are also very active in social activities, for example the Aids walk, sponsoring fight against cancer events, local street fairs, etc.
- Screenz Digital Universe
2717 N. Clark
- Twisted Spoke
501 N Ogden at Grand Avenue.
A sort of "Harley Davidson" Biker Restaurant with a tamed approach to it! Very cool place and very cool people. Larger than large portions so make sure you are HUNGRY!
3300 N Lincoln Avenue
A local Chicago favorite for their "Crunchy" French Toast, Amazing Gravy & Biscuits, and omelettes. Beware: Packed on weekends.
NOTE: some of the names, locations etc may change. be safe, call ahead before heading out!