Best Restaurants in Lincoln Park (defined as North to Diverey, Clark to Western)
I dont' frequently dine at Alinea or Trotter's, so they didn't come to mind -- obviously, however, these restaurants technically are the "best" or among the best in the city.
On the other end of the spectrum, I wanted to chime in again and second the recommendation for Duke of Perth (mentioned above -- not sure if it's in LP or Lakeview, it's north of Diversey -- but it's close enough). Also, Four Farthings definitely has above average bar/pub food.
If the parameters are the "best" and within the given coordinates, aren't we missing Alinea and Trotters? Not the types of places you can just pop into on a random Friday night, but they do fit the bill. Much, much more casual: R.J. Grunts. You can walk off the cheeseburger at the zoo nextdoor (and pick up your car from the valet afterwards, incidentally).
It is a fairly large geographic area, with some hit or miss restaurants and a fairly wide range of cuisines represented. Some of our favorites (ranging from slightly upscale to casual, in no particular order):
Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
Hope this helps.
That covers a LOT of area, much of it outside of Lincoln Park. It even covers parts of Wicker Park, too (where you say you want to avoid). Lincoln Park only goes about as far as Clybourn on the west
You're talking about thousands of restaurants.
If you want to go "local" you're going to have to narrow it down a bit and give people an idea about what types of things you want.
For the record, Lincoln Park's boundaries were defined in the 1920s and given legal status by the City of Chicago as an official community. The boundaries are North Avenue (1600 north) on the south, Diversey Avenue (2800 north) on the north, Lake Michigan on the east and the Chicago River on the west. See http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webport...
Try Ricardo Tratoria - it is kind of loud, but the food is great. He used to be the chef at Bice Chicago and NY. Make sure you try the Sorbet for desert. Address is:
2119 North Clark Street
Chicago IL 60614-6186
BTW - Duke of Perth for lunch is jsut a few blocks up the street - 2913 North Clark Street - great burgers and fish/chips.