Rockwell’s Neighborhood GrillAddress: 4632 N. Rockwell St.
Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill (4632 N. Rockwell Ave.) manages to meet a variety of dining needs while quietly humming along as a neighborhood watering hole.
Rockwell’s is a great place to take a diverse group when you are trying to appease demanding diners. It’s location off the beaten path in Lincoln Square also makes it a great date night spot, or game day hangout if you don’t want to be bothered by yahoos on a Lincoln Avenue pub crawl. I’m particularly drawn there for brunch, which seems to be available most of the day on the weekends.
The menu tends to skew southwestern (as in honey chipotle chicken tacos for $10 and breakfast burritos for $8), but the range of sandwiches and burgers offers something for everyone – including vegetarians who can substitute a Gardenburger patty in any of the creative combos. I can’t recommend the southeastern experiments (such as the Louisiana Eggrolls filled with blackened chicken and andouille sausage for $8) as highly, but I appreciate that they provide blackened and/or grilled versions of their proteins.
The transition to new ownership hasn’t been embraced by everyone, but I will always welcome a revamped craft beer list and more options for healthy choices, so you won’t hear me complaining. Try to get there while prime al fresco dining weather is still with us. Rockwell’s has one of the most pleasant, tree-lined, car-free patios where you can enjoy brunch or dinner. But watch out for the bold squirrels who are lurking nearby.