A group of 7 college friends (in our young 60's) will be having a reunion in mid-October. We are renting a house on N. Lakewood Avenue and will be spending three days together. I've checked former posts here and like the idea of Deleece and Sun Wah BBQ. Any other suggestions for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Not too pricey please.
There are a lot of great places in Lakeview as well as nearby neighborhoods including Lincoln Park, North Center, and Lincoln Square. (Sun Wah is in Uptown.)
Starting with Lakeview, I really do love Deleece on Southport, and have had some fantastic meals there, including brunch as well as dinner. You can make reservations if you're going at busy times. Note that they are planning to move towards the end of September, from the 4000 block to the 3700 block, so you may want to call ahead before going there to make sure whether or not they have moved yet. I also love Southport Grocery for breakfast or lunch. They offer "whimsical" cuisine like bread pudding pancakes and "grown-up pop tarts", as well as sandwiches and egg dishes. No reservations, and they get very busy on weekends between roughly 9:30 and 1:00. Hearty does a decent Sunday brunch and accepts reservations.
In North Center, Marmalade is another excellent breakfast/brunch restaurant; no reservations and they get busy on weekends. Mixteco Grill is one of the best restaurants in the city for creative provincial Mexican cuisine, and they accept reservations over the phone.
Lincoln Park has several of our very best contemporary American restaurants: North Pond (also notable for its location in the middle of the park), Perennial Virant, and Boka. These are all significantly more expensive than Deleece.
Just south of Lincoln Square is Bistro Campagne, one of our best French bistros, and they do a fine Sunday brunch as well as other meals. They have a lovely outdoor patio too.
If you're looking for something a bit more casual and diner-like, especially for lunch, you might consider Nookies, which has lighter fare like sandwiches and salads. All three locations (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Old Town) are open all day every day.
Of all of these, my top picks would be Deleece and Mixteco Grill for dinner, and Southport Grocery for breakfast/brunch.
1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614
Nookies Tree Restaurant
3334 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Southport Grocery & Cafe
3552 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
1601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614
Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
3747 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
3819 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613
1969 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
Angelina Ristorante on N. Broadway or Sapori Trattoria for Italian. Wilde on N. Broadway has good, upscale bar food and a nice atmosphere. Cafe 28 on W. Irving Park for Cuban. Cullen's on Southport also has good bar food. Lachett's Inn on W. Irving Park for German.
2701 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657
1800 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL
3561 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657