Uncommon Ground has been a pioneer in the sustainable, farm-to-table, grow stuff on your own rooftop movement since 1991. They even have solar panels on the roof for energy use, so you know they’re serving of plenty of homegrown vegetables and herbs in everything they make. The restaurant is on Clark St. just north of Wrigley Field, but it doesn’t cater to the drunk and rowdy baseball fan. Not that you can’t get a bite to eat and a drink here before or after a Cubs game, but it’s a real neighborhood spot good for a casual meal year-round. Go here for an easy dinner during the week with friends, or hit it on the weekend for brunch.
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Drop reasonable cash for a steak dinner with your friends at Tango Sur instead of emptying the bank account at a high end meal.
Fish Bar is like the offspring of a New England fish shack that spent some time in New Orleans. Nothing wrong with that.
A classic diner with some Swedish inspiration and awesome cinnamon rolls. You need cinnamon rolls.
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Spinning J is an excellent bakery and soda fountain in Humboldt Park that has housemade sodas, fresh baked pies, and sandwiches.
Publican Quality Meats (PQM)
PQM is an excellent little cafe. We only wish it stayed open later.
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Sweetgreen in River North is the gold standard of salad chains. The food is fresh, cheap, and customizable.
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