Go to Butterfly when your college friends are visiting from out of town and you need an upbeat BYOB spot. There are three locations, all in the West Town/West Loop area, and all of them serve tasty rolls and decent Thai food. This is good for Gina, who doesn’t actually like sushi but likes vodka sodas.
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The Breakfast Club & Grill
The Breakfast Club is a cute little neighborhood diner that's ideal for an easy breakfast, brunch, or lunch any day of the week.
Gibsons Italia, in River West, is the trendy Italian sister spot to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
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Kitsune Restaurant and Pub
Kitsune is Midwestern take on a Japanese izakaya near Ravenswood, and it’s great for date night or dinner with a small group of friends.
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Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it’s a great meal.
Juno is a quality sushi spot in Lincoln Park. It's casual but pricy at the same time.
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