River North is full of gigantic, sceney restaurants and expensive lunch options, so it makes sense if you haven’t noticed Fabcakes on Wells before - but that needs to change. This cafe serves housemade pastries, miniature quiches, and things like bagel sandwiches and paninis. The lattes come in unique flavors like vanilla rose and pepper fig, and the owner is always experimenting with new recipes, so you’ll find a new type of scone or tart available almost every day. It’s a low-key spot to get work done during the day, or to meet up with a friend for coffee.
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Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time is a very large and busy River North restaurant serving California-inspired food.
Solid ramen with Wu-Tang and old school H.O.V.A bumping in the background. Ramen-san is ideal for posting up solo with hot food and a cold beer.
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Chicago Bagel Authority
A bagel shop that specializes in "steamwiches," which means CBA is more go-to sandwich joint than traditional bagel spot.
Nonna's is a small counter spot serving great sandwiches, both hot and cold. Pop in solo for a quick bite or carry out to your office or home.
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Left Coast Food & Juice
Left Coast is a fast-casual spot in Lakeview that wants you to eat on the healthier side without being totally bland and boring.
Uncommon Ground is a healthy-ish, farm-to-table, sustainable restaurant in Wrigley. They even grow food on the roof at times.
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