Logan Square is becoming one of the hottest restaurant/food neighborhoods in the city.
Longman & Eagle: Check out this excellent gastropub. It has a fun atmosphere, with outdoor seating and a hotel above the restaurant with six rooms. This is the place to go if you want a non-traditional location with great food downstairs. They now have a sausage shop open in the back on Saturday mornings. 2657 N. Kedzie.
Lula Cafe: A leading Chicago farm-to-table restaurant, for over 15 years, that is perfect for brunch after wondering through the Sunday Farmer’s Market during the summer months. Ingredients include fresh farm eggs and porridges made from cornmeal ground at a local mill. On Monday nights they feature a creative fixed price, three course farm dinner. There are also daily offerings of meats and fish from sustainable sources plus vegetarian options. It has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine and Bon Appetit. I was back for a tasting event and loved every dish. So fresh and wonderful! In 2020 Chef Jason Hammel was named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef Midwest and pastry chef Emily Sprulin for Outstanding Pastry Chef. 2537 N. Kedzie.
90 Miles Cuban Cafe: A fun, casual spot for good Cuban food just south of Logan Square at 2540 W. Armitage. Perfect in the summer as there is a large patio for outdoor seating in front and a porch in the rear. The food is very good and the portions large so it is easy to share and try different Cuban specialties.
Margie’s Candies: After Cuban food, walk to 1960 N. Western at Armitage for wonderful home-made ice cream and candy. They have been there since 1921. The perfect decor looks like nothing has changed since it opened!! Expect long lines in the summer months.
Just down the street is a new location of Wormhole Coffee at 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.
A little further west is Dos Urban Cantina at 2829 W. Armitage. They have been featured recently on many of the hot lists of where to eat in Chicago. They feature a contemporary take on Mexican food in a sleek setting. I highly recommend the Sunday brunch which is served buffet style. Here you can try a number of dishes from ceviche, pastries, quiche, eggs, tamales, salads and more.
Across from Dos Urban Cantina is a wonderful Italian restaurant, Osteria Langhe at 2824 W. Armitage. I enjoyed a prix fixe menu with a great pasta appetizer, pork entree and lovely panna cotta for dessert. I highly recommend it and will definitely go back. They feature a very creative menu of appetizers, pastas and entrees. It was recently named one of the top 50 restaurants in Chicago.
Still further west on Armitage are three popular spots. Scofflaw is known for its gin-centric cocktails, craft beers and pub food at 3201 W. Armitage. At 3209, Giant is one of the hot new restaurants in town. They feature Midwestern fare and craft cocktails. I just enjoyed dinner at Sink Swim at. It is a casual seafood shack atmosphere that features menu items like shrimp cocktail, fish and chips, crab mac and cheese and ceviche. The scallop entree with winter squash, grilled pear, hazelnut and brown butter was really excellent. 3213 W. Armitage.
Jam: The perfect spot for a brunch on Saturday or Sunday. The eggs benedict are great, but the brown sugar bacon sausage is amazing. On my second visit I really loved the egg whites with chive spatzle, mustard jam, almond-beet emulsion and Swiss chard. They have recently moved north to a large spot at 2852 N. Kedzie.
Not far away from Jam at 2770 N. Milwaukee is Chiya Chai Cafe. I have several reviews including it being featured on local television. By day it is a casual Casual Nepalese cafe serving many types of house brewed chai tea plus coffee and dumplings, curries and savory pies. By night the action heads to their colorful Back Room dining room, where you can find larger entrees and cocktails along with table service. I went before a bookstore event nearby and thought the chai tea latte was really good as was the pear cake. I want to go back for dinner! They also are opening a second location in downtown Chicago on the River Walk at the Michigan Avenue Marketplace.
Miko’s Italian Ice: Miko’s was featured in Food & Wine Magazine as one of the spots to be added to your Summer Bucket List. This is a fun neighborhood spot for great Italian ice. The peach and mango flavors are perfect for a hot Summer day in the city. 2234 N. Sacramento. Next to Miko’s is Tropicuba, Restaurant & Grocery. Since 1995, it has a small restaurant in back of the store featuring Cuban sandwiches, Cuban entrees and specialties and Cuban cafe con leche. I enjoyed their traditional ropa vieja with rice, black beans and plantains. 3000 W. Lyndale at Sacramento.
Bang Bang Pie Shop: At 2051 N. California, this is a great spot for pie, biscuits and coffee. Enjoy hanging out with the locals inside or outside on their large patio.
Another new find is Cellar Door Provisions at 3025 W. Diversey Ave. The small restaurant seats 20 and serves breakfast and lunch five days a week. According to their description, “the spirit is collaborative as can be – that of a collective, really – as is the food, coming almost entirely from local farmers whom we know personally or from our garden across the street”. You will find wonderful breads, pastries and muffins all made on the premises. For breakfast, you might find a quiche or a pork confit and for lunch, a beautiful, fresh tartine, soup or a vegetable tart. The menu changes daily so make a point to go often.
Fat Rice: One of the hot new spots in Chicago is Fat Rice at 2957 W. Diversey Ave. It is a Portuguese/Asian fusion restaurant with influences of both cultures. Recently opening for brunch, the menu features dumplings, egg tarts and other egg dishes. For dinner, entrees can feature mussels, chicken, pork belly and noodle dishes. It is hard to get into, so I suggest going early for brunch from Friday to Sunday. I enjoyed the boiled pork dumplings, the curried shrimp dumpling with jicama and tobiko, a great Chinese almond pudding with Asian pear, coconut and Thai basil and a Portuguese egg tart. Chef Abe Conlon won the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef Great Lakes.
One of our top new restaurant finds is Table, Donkey and Stick at 2728 W. Armitage in the former Bon Soiree space. They have a creative menu featuring cheeses and meat boards, small plates and entrees. I enjoyed a wonderful duck liver mousse and smoked whitefish, a wonderful braised rabbit and roasted beats and carrots plus a roasted sea trout.
On Sundays in the Summer months, don’t miss the Logan Square Farmers Market at Milwaukee and Logan Blvd.
A fun newer part of Logan Square in the emerging strip near Milwaukee and Fullerton. Here you will find Gaslight Coffee Roasters on the corner at 2385 N. Milwaukee for good coffee and Chicago Distilling Company which produces white whiskey, gin and vodka at 2359 N. Milwaukee. Tours and tastings are available. Galerie F for silkscreen posters, art prints and street art is at 2381 N. Milwaukee. Down the street at 2323 N. Milwaukee is Revolution Brewing, a local microbrewery and brewpub. You can sample their ales, IPAs, porters and saisons while having one of their salads, pizzas, sandwiches or entrees. They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
One of my favorite Lincoln Park spots, Webster’s Wine Bar has relocated to Logan Square. At 2601 N. Milwaukee, they offer a great selection of wines and food. They also offer tastings and special wine events.
One of my favorite new finds in Chicago is in Logan Square. Mi Tocaya Antojeria, located at 2800 W. Logan Blvd. is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant by Chef Diana Davila. It features a menu of small plates, desserts and cocktails. It has a colorful, casual atmosphere. It is a finalist for the 2018 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant! I loved the fish con mole amarillo and the tres leches cake. Don’t miss the Oaxacan Old Fashioned cocktail made with mezcal, agave and bitters. It was wonderful!!
I really enjoy Cuban food and just went to Paladar Cuban Restaurant and Rum Bar at 2252 N. Western. They have an extensive menu of Cuban specialties along with a large rum and cocktail menu. They use their family recipes from Cuba. I went with local friends who liked it as much as I did. I enjoyed the guava and cheese empanada, the ham and cheese croquetas and the tostones with a homemade garlic sauce. I also thought the ropa vieja from a family recipe from 1921 and the Camarones de la Criolla or shrimp cooked in tomato based sauce, served with white rice and sweet plantains were very good. I loved the rum old fashioned cocktail and the perfect dessert of a coconut flan. I definitely want to go back. They feature live music on Tuesdays.
For cocktails, Billy Sunday is a fun neighborhood spot for upscale cocktails with vintage spirits and gastropub food. It appropriately named after Billy Sunday, the outspoken Chicago preacher. According to WBEZ, “there was one cause he championed more than the rest: Prohibition. He spoke about the “degrading” influence of alcohol and the saloon as an “appalling source of misery and crime” and a place that “promises happiness and sends misery.” 3143 W. Logan Blvd.
Opened in late 2019 is Papa Cenar at 2445 N. Milwaukee. This is a replacement to Twain that closed in May, 2019. The name comes from Ernest Hemingway’s nickname, Papa, that he received in Spain after he left his home in suburban Oak Park to travel the world. The dishes are Spanish tapas using local ingredients. The restaurant has a warm design with murals by Midwestern artists featuring Spanish motifs and a giant portrait of Papa himself. I enjoyed a dinner with local friends. I recommend ordering several plates to share!