belmont neighborhood restaurants?
hi all. my chicago vacation in october looks like it's actually coming together and after lurking on the chicago board for years i've got a nice eating itinerary shaping up. here's my specific question. for part of the time, we'll be hosted by family who live in belmont-cragin area. we'd like to have some ideas about meals at local restaurants we could "treat" them to, but for all my searching, it doesn't seem as if there is much there. any type of cuisine, price point is open at this point, and we are open to breakfast and brunch as well. a generally well-behaved toddler will be in the party so contemplative zen cafes are probably out ;-P
Should you find yourself in dire need of a greasy meal at some godforsaken hour, Belmont Snack Shop at Belmont and Kimball is a 24-hour diner that serves a solid rendition of all the classics like hash browns, biscuits and gravy, and corned beef hash. Cheap prices, large portions, and decent quality. They are very good at cooking eggs to order.
Avoid Mic Ducks at that same corner of Belmont and Kimball. It may look like a decent Chicago-style stand but it is freaking terrible. The Italian beef is one of the few I've had that I would consider completely inedible.
La Mazamita at Belmont and Central Park Ave is a decent taqueria. The al pastor is always nice and crusty, lengua is perfectly cooked to tenderness and the carne asada has a rich charred buttery flavor I really like.
Sol de Mexico on Cicero in Belmont-Cragin serves creative Mexican cuisine specializing in a variety of moles.
For breakfast and brunch, Belmont-Cragin isn't far from Logan Square, home of Jam, one of our very best breakfast/brunch-specialty restaurants, and Lula, which also serves an excellent breakfast/brunch.