New Hound in Town- Wrigleyville
Started a new job a few weeks ago and am living east of Clark in between Belmont and Addison. There are so many places in the neighborhood, I would appreciate any recs. I think Mia Francesca is OK and convenient, and everyone recommends El Jardin which I have only tried apps at. Based on hound recs I ordered wings from Yaktzies which I found to be very mediocre.
As a former New Yorker and also former NU grad, I know the food scene and some of the heavy hitters (can't wait to visit Alinea in due time,) but I would like to know which of the neighborhood places are a cut above.
Hey Chico.... there are so many links on this. Do searches which include the words "Lincoln Park" and "Lakeview", they are all in your general area.
Mexican: El Nuevo Mexicano around 3000 N. Clark between Wellington and Diversey
Thai: Take bus or red line up to 1) TAC Quick at Sheridan & Irving Park OR 2) Thai Avenue on Broadway S. of Argyle
Pizza: Pizza Capri, Belmont and Sheffield
Microbrew bar: 1) Sheffields on Sheffield OR 2) Hopleaf up in Andersonville
Italian: 1) Sapori Trattoria on Halsted S. of Diversey 2) Basil Leaf on Clark north of Fullerton 3) Tuscany on Clark north of Addison 4) Trattoria Ricardo on Clark S. of Webster
Middle Eastern: 1) Cousins on Broadway N. of Diversey Or 2) Maza on Lincoln S. of Diversey
Moroccan: Andalous on Clark near Mia Francesca
Seasonal American: Erwins on Halsted couple blocks n. of Diversey
Sushi: Nohana on Broadway S. of Belmont
Tapas: Emilio's on Clark at Fullerton
French: Cafe Bernard on Halsted
Then you can bring in some of the great restaurants around Armitage and Halsted, and a few in Old Town around North and Wells, places in Andersonville, the Vietnamese places around Argyle....
All this is reasonably close to you!
Chicago Mike has many decent suggestions. To me a few places really stand out:
1. Yoshi's Cafe (www.yoshiscafe.com) at Halsted and Aldine. Outstanding American/Japanese/French cuisine - good balance between traditional dishes (roast chicken/wagyu steak) and more innovative fare (oxtail spring roll or tuna tartare on fresh gaucamole with homemade chips - sounds funny but is absolutely outstanding). Ingredients are topnotch and the prepartion, presentation and service is impeccable without being stuffy or over-the-top. Seafood and desserts shine, but you really can't go wrong with anything. Brunch is also great.
Erwin Cafe - 2900 block of Halsted - www.erwincafe.com - topnotch seasonal American with a great wine list. brunch also excellent.
Terragusto on Addison serves great authentic Italian (fresh pasta, organic season ingredients, BYOB)
Deleece at Southport and Irving Park also offers great seasonal American.
For artisanal cheeses, European cured meats, olives, wine etc. Pastoral (www.pastoralartisan.com on the 2900 block of Broadway is your place).
Hope you find something you like - jb