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Restaurants

Essence of India

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Essence of India

Popular North Indian restaurant with a small dining room. Call for reservations when the patio is closed in cold months. [ratings]

The Grind Café

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Grind Café

A coffee place with a college campus vibe, Grind’s free wi-fi keeps the place full. A well-hidden back patio is a quiet respite from Lincoln Avenue traffic. Coffee from Intelligensia. [ratings]

La Bocca Della Verita

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
La Bocca Della Verita

A broad Italian menu, Bocca attracts people on their way in and out of the nex tdoor Davis Theater. [ratings]

Costello’s

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Costello’s

One of two locations with the other in Roscoe Village, this is a high quality sandwich experience. A large choice of sandwiches and side dishes. With live music played during lunch on weekdays, this is a regular choice of the stroller set. [ratings]

Chicago Brauhaus

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Chicago Brauhaus

Where you go to get a taste of Lincoln Square’s old German heritage. All German food, German beer and on weekend nights: an oompah band to wash it down. [ratings]

Garcia’s

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Garcia’s

Opened a renovated location on Lincoln Square. There is a second restaurant in Ravenswood. Your standard Mexican restaurant – but light on the Americanized touches. Good margaritas and in the new restaurant, a huge dining room. [ratings]

Beans & Bagels

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Beans & Bagels

Two shops in Lincoln Square. The Rockwell spot is a bit larger. Both are quiet stores and have free wi-fi if you ask the people at the counter for the password. Coffee from Metropolitan. [ratings]

Chubby Wieners

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Chubby Wieners

Your basic hotdog stand. Dogs, polish, grilled, steamed, all the toppings. Decent fries. A good value and filling for not a lot of money. [Rating]

Café Neo

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Café Neo

Modernist, spacious coffee place. Free wi-fi, plenty of seating. The coffee is more expensive than what you’d find at The Grind, a block down Lincoln Ave., but you shouldn’t come here to get coffee to go. It’s the place you go to meet someone or to get some work done. Coffee from Illy. [ratings]

Isla Pilipina

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Isla Pilipina

Dang, this place is great. I loved the food, the portions and the price. It’s a mom-and-pop kind of place. Not many tables and not the best service. But if you strike up a conversation with the waitstaff you’ll benefit from their knowledge and friendliness. [ratings]

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