Logan Square is a pretty spoiled neighborhood - there are a lot of great restaurants here. So many, in fact, that you could keep yourself busy eating in this area for days. That honestly isn’t the worst idea, but in case you don’t have that kind of time on your hands, we’ve narrowed it down to the best options. Next time you can’t figure out where to go, consult this list.
Kyoten is omakase-only, and it’s one of the best sushi restaurants in Chicago. It’s also the most pricey, at $220 for 20 courses. The omakase here involves a lot of delicious nigiri (made with heavily seasoned large-grained rice) - plus a number of creative small plates, like rendered beef fat poured over rice, or fried tilefish with caviar and creme fraiche. If you’re looking for a special occasion restaurant, put this place at the top of your list. Just book far in advance - reservations are hard to come by.
Middle Brow Bungalow looks a lot like your friend’s Pinterest wedding board, but it also has tasty food and is an excellent place to hang. It’s a cute brew pub that’s decorated with tea lights, reclaimed wooden picnic tables, and decorative plants in birdcages, and it’s perfect for small groups. As far as the food goes, get anything with the housemade bread (like the toasts and spreads), plus pizza. Then plan to talk about this fictional wedding over plenty of light and hoppy beers.
There was a time when the delicious burger from Mott St felt like an urban legend, since you could only get it at brunch, or if you sat at the bar. Well, now you can get this same very good burger (topped with American cheese, frizzled sweet potato, and a hoisin mayo) at Mini Mott, a casual counter-service spot. The short menu here also has other stuff like a pork katsu sandwich, soft serve, and vegetarian jackfruit carnitas we really like.
If you’re in the market for delicious Indian food, you’re going to want to know about The Spice Room. The food at this BYOB spot is consistently excellent, and you never need to worry about them getting rid of your favorite dishes, since the menu doesn’t change. You can’t go wrong sharing the pav bhaji, chicken tikka masala, and malai kofta.
The Moonlighter has an extensive menu of bar food like waffle fries, nachos, and burgers, and all of those things are perfectly fine. But the real reason to come here is for the huge outdoor space (with multiple fireplaces) that works for all seasons. Add in a few pitchers of house cocktails, and it’s one of the best day-drinking spots in the city. Bonus: You can bring your dog, too.
Park And Field is another spot with an impressive outdoor patio. The space is gigantic, with bocce courts, Adirondack chairs, multiple fire pits (where you can make s’mores), and a camper-turned-bar. The inside is decorated like an old-timey gymnasium, with things like vintage rings and pommel horses, so you may even feel like you’re working out by association, not just drinking at a bar.
This casual all-day spot is where you go to pretend you’re living in Southern California. The space is light and airy, and decorated with enough plants to create the illusion that it’s always nice outside. Benches and large tables make it great for groups, and the Tex-Mex dishes on the menu are easy to share. Get an order of the chili con queso (order extra tortilla chips - they’re excellent), along with fish tacos and any of their cocktails. After you’re done, go downstairs to the basement bar, Golden Teardrops, for a change of scenery (after all, California is nice to visit, but you don’t want to live there).
We’re big fans of Giant, and we tell people to eat here as much as we can. It’s one of the most exciting restaurants to open in the past few years, and we have yet to find something on the menu we don’t like. They somehow manage to make a dish like broccoli and cheese a must-order, and you’ll also want to try their pastas, like the tagliatelle with crab and uni butter. The casual space has a lot of upbeat energy - it works equally well for date night or a small group dinner.
Mi Tocaya serves delicious Mexican small plates, ranging from guisado de nopalitos (an excellent cactus stew) to some very good tacos. We love the upbeat atmosphere, and the fact that there’s a good chance the chef/owner will come to your table and ask how everything is. Plus, there’s a great outdoor patio, and if you can get a seat there, you should take it. This place is the definition of a feel-good neighborhood restaurant.
Paulie Gee’s came to Chicago from Brooklyn, and initially, we were a little self-conscious about how much we liked it. This is the land of deep-dish pizza, after all. But now we’ll happily admit that the inventive Neapolitan pies here are awesome. We like the rustic ambience, too - everything besides the ceiling is made of wood, and it feels like a tavern as much as a pizza place. As a bonus, they have vegan options that actually taste good. Get anything with their spicy honey as a topping.
Daisies is a fantastic vegetable-focused and also “Midwestern pasta-focused” restaurant. This basically means that every dish uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. It’s definitely not vegetarian, however - animal parts make an appearance in most of the dishes (although you can easily ask for adjustments to avoid them). There are always two non-pasta mains like chicken, beef, or fish, too, and while those are good, you should mainly be coming here for the pasta.
We can’t do a Logan Square guide without talking about Lula Cafe. It’s been in the neighborhood since 1999, and has been serving fantastic farm-to-table food since before that was really even a thing. Lula works for all sorts of occasions, whether it’s weekday brunch, a casual weeknight dinner, or date night.
This sandwich shop is ideal for grabbing a casual lunch/dinner and beers with some friends. All of the sandwiches are good, but our favorites are the reuben and the crawfish melt. You’re going to need a side of cheese curds every time, too. Trust us on that.
We aren’t vegetarians and we sure as sh*t aren’t vegans, but we have serious respect and appreciation for what The Chicago Diner does. The original location in Boystown has been “Meat Free Since ’83,” and their second location in Logan Square has been doing the same thing for a few years now. We aren’t saying you should stop eating meat (unless you want to), but we are saying you should give the seitan gyro sandwich here a try.
This is a small spot with limited hours: they’re open Wednesday through Sunday, 8am-3pm, and they serve dinner Friday and Saturday. In the mornings they make homemade pastries, breads, and quiches, and in the afternoon there’s a lunch menu, too. It’s a short menu, and you have to be cool with paying a few bucks for bread, but we’re totally down with it, if you can’t already tell.
Billy Sunday looks like an old tavern, but still feels modern, and has both a solid food menu and interesting craft cocktails. Any and all of your friends who are into “mixology” will like this place.
Another spot to try when you’re in the mood for cocktails, but a little hungry, too. Scofflaw serves quality gin drinks, and the food options include fresh-baked cookies that only become available after midnight. So it’s just like Cinderella, with fewer talking rodents and more sugar.
Reno is leading a double life. Come in the morning for homemade bagels and delicious breakfast sandwiches, or at night for interesting pizzas, like one topped with pork belly carnitas, salsa verde, mozzarella, and cotija cheese. It doesn’t matter to us which of these is the “real” Reno - we like them both.
Beers and burgers, that’s what Owen & Engine does. This place serves upscale British pub food, but the burger is what you want. And the beers. Obviously.
We could hang out at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits forever, especially in the summer on the picnic benches in their backyard. The homemade biscuits and breakfast sandwiches are fantastic, and almost as good as the excellent pies. If you’ve never had pie for breakfast, it’s time you changed that.
Parson’s has one of the best outdoor areas in the city. It’s huge, with lots of picnic benches and a ping pong table, plus an entire bar outside. Food-wise, the fried chicken is really good - and they make frozen negronis year-round.
You can drink Revolution beers all over the place now, but their warehouse-style brew pub in Logan Square is still the best place to do it. This is partly because its pub menu has excellent bar food. You can get bacon-fat popcorn, burgers, and pizzas with toppings like pulled pork or Italian beef. Keep in mind they don’t take reservations, and it’s always crowded, so expect a wait if you come here with a large group.
The name and concept of Table, Donkey and Stick is a nod to the eating and drinking traditions of the Alps - specifically, the idea that people need a warm place to escape the cold. Think Midwest version of a Bavarian Inn, with hearty comfort foods like charcuterie, pork loin, pretzels, and duck breast. The good news is that you can cab here and skip the whole hiking part.
One of the best BYOB places in the city for a large group dinner, 90 Miles serves authentic Cuban food in a fun and relaxed setting. The back patio is enclosed and heated in the winter, and the friendly waitstaff and colorful artwork make it an enjoyable place to hang. Make sure to bring some wine or rum for the excellent sangria and mojito mixes they offer.
Margie’s is an old-school ice cream parlor that technically serves food, but you don’t want any of that. Come for the ice cream and the ice cream alone. The interior decor seems like it hasn’t been touched in years, and the classic sundaes are what you should order. They come in all sorts of sizes and varieties, with gravy boats of housemade caramel or hot fudge (or both if you’d like) on the side. Very few ice cream shops get lines out the door in the winter, but this one does.