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Dinner near Binny's Lakeview/3000 N. Clark?

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I'm attending a tasting tonight at the Binny's at 3000 N. Clark. I don't know that part of the north side, and I'll be taking the L rather than driving, so I'm looking for a nice, quiet place, preferably American or Italian, for a decent dinner afterwards very close to Clark/Wellington/Halsted. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Jack's on Halsted
    3201 N. Halsted St.
    773-244-9191
    www.jackjonesrestaurants.com/jacks.htm

    X/O
    3441 N. Halsted St.
    773-348-9696
    www.xochicago.com

    You can then take the el from Belmont rather than walking back to Wellington.

    1. you could try Erwin
      (2925 N. Halsted St. ) Not too far from there-- American contemporary type (comfort food) food-- small place, quiet. Probably easy to get a table this late on a tuesday night. I would definatley check it out.
      Charlie

      1. There is also a Francessca's right by there.

        1. I've never been nuts about Erwin. X/O is a nice choice. Headed in the other direction, Sapori is a nice little Italian spot. It's certainly not the most authentic, but I've always had very good meals there.

          Sapori
          2701 N. Halsted
          (773) 832-9999

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          1. re: jesteinf

            Thanks for the recommendation of Sapori, which I tried. The shellfish in the risotto pescatore tasted pristinely fresh. Service was very friendly, and the owner, Anthony, is a sweetheart.

          2. Raj Darbar at 2660 N. Halsted has some of the better Indian food to be found off of Devon. Fattoush at 2652 N. Halsted has solid middle eastern food in a very casual environment. The toum is intensely garlicky. It's not well known, but it's quite good.

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            1. re: deesher

              Which would you consider those, "preferably American" or "preferably Italian"? ;)

              1. re: deesher

                Wow, I'm not sure how I've missed those both since they're right around the corner from me. I'll have to give them a shot.

                Any suggestions other than the toum?

                1. re: deesher

                  Just tried Fattoush tonight and really enjoyed it. That toum is indeed darn tasty. Thanks for the heads up, it's nice knowing there's good Lebanese food in the area and I'm sure I'll be going back frequently.

                2. For "italian comfort food" Pizza Capri, right near the Belmont el at Sheffield & Belmont is very good.... Start with excellente calamari done 3 ways (grilled, stewed, or fried)...

                  1. I would consider these place neither Italian nor American. I did note the word preferably in the request and I feel that either of these two options would be preferable to any of the Italian or American places in the immediate area.

                    1. Kind of a late response but I recommend La Tavernetta on Broadway just south of the CVS south of Belmont. Downstairs restaurant. Great home cooking, large portions, and delightfully unpretentious.