You've Got the Look
Zim, Tom's Broiled Foods is another great looker (have not been either), maybe now, after all the the sign says under new management. Here is a running list of places that have the look:
diner grill - irving park and southport
classic hopper style counter, brightly lit aganinst the dark sky
gene and jude's hot dog stand - river road near grand, elmwood park?
classic version of the chicago hot dog stand
orange garden chop suey - irving park and damen
art deco classic inside as well as facade
tom's broiled foods - harlem and garfield, forest park
the marquee resturant - roosevelt and 25th avenue (about), maywood
both have great big vegas style signs
superdawg - milwaukee and devon
a bit of southern california on the far north side
the standup bar at the beghoff
perhaps what the bar in heaven looks like?
the walnut room at marshall fields - state and washington
worth the wait and the mediocre food
jim's grill - maxwell street
the hollywood - lincoln and lawrence
dewey's grill - north clark street
everything at the old bismark hotel (like a leftover film set for the re-make of maltese falcon)
Do you know the Berghoff bar now has stools? I dont know what they were thinking (I suspect it had to do with competition from Elephant & Castlea lousy placejust down the street). The stools were intended for use at the side tables but people drag them over to the bar. Theyre chrome and green vinyl and really upset the whole look of the place.
A couple others for the list:
Ramova Grill (3510 S Halsted) is an old chili parlor that has barely changed since the 1920s. Better inside than out, its like stepping into another era. They make a distinctive, mildly seasoned bowl of chili (beans only on request) that I like more and more with each visit.
Fat Johnnies (7242 S Western) is yet another classic Chicago hot dog stand. Just a little trailer with garish signs set along a stretch of used car lots. You have to crouch down a little to peer in the window to order. Pretty good hot dogs (with a peeled cucumber strip instead of pickle).