Logan Square isn’t hurting for great places to eat - there are a lot of incredible 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.
En Passant is a cute, casual restaurant that feels like very chill dinner party. The escolar topped with black garlic honey is delicious (and made us realize how much we love black garlic honey), the chicken liver mousse is delightfully airy, and there’s an incredible smash burger topped with marie sauce and balsamic onions. The restaurant itself is small and dimly lit, with vintage touches (like chandeliers and candles) decorating the space. For right now they’re BYOB, so plan accordingly. And by accordingly, we mean stock up at Diversey Wine across the street.
The Lardon is a salumeria, so they have lots of charcuterie, salumi, and various other meats that they cure in-house. But this casual cafe also has sandwiches, salads, and boards. And our favorite thing to do here is sit on their patio with a meat and cheese spread, glass of wine, open our laptop, and pretend to get some work done. Also worth knowing is that their pastrami might be (and yes we’re aware of what we’re saying) the best in Chicago.
This casual Italian restaurant quietly opened during the summer of 2020, and if you don’t know about it - well, you should. The dining room is little and cute (but not cramped) and there’s a courtyard and large side patio. The menu is short - some hot and cold small plates, two Roman-style pizzas, a few entrees, and pastas like cacio e pepe and mezze maniche. It all tastes great, the space is lovely, and it’s perfect for a low-key dinner to catch up with some friends.
Gretel is from the team behind Little Bad Wolf in Andersonville, which you might know because of its incredible burger. And Gretel has become one of our favorite spots in the neighborhood for a casual dinner. For one thing, the food is great. They also have a fantastic burger, along with shareable things like charcuterie, hummus with laffa, and pork belly nachos. But it’s also just a nice place to hang out for a few hours. It’s cozy and dark (seriously - the walls are painted black) and will immediately soothe your screen-fatigued eyes. Plus, it has a long drink menu and a wall of liquor bottles that necessitate the bartender using a rolling ladder like Belle in the Library from Beauty and the Beast.
We like variety, therefore we really like The Duplex. This place serves food from different chefs and restaurants every six months, and (to us) feels more like a bar with great food than a restaurant. That’s partially because of the long cocktail list, and literal long bar, which takes up half the (pretty large) restaurant. But also because you order everything from a QR code at the table, and just close out your tab whenever you’re done eating (and drinking). Right now The Duplex is serving Mexican food from Lime and Radish (the birria taco is great) and excellent fried chicken sandwiches from The Kluckerz. Plus, there’s also a large sidewalk patio.
This 90s-themed sandwich shop (they have things like action figures and Happy Meal toys decorating the space) is a collaboration between the former Blackbird Chef and a chef from the New Orleans sandwich spot Turkey and the Wolf. This means the sandwiches (like the grinders, or the collard melt with braised collard greens, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese on rye) are incredible. Plus they have fun drinks like milk punch or the ecto cooler, and small bites like tater tots that are also very good. You can eat on their cute outdoor space that’s first come first served, at the counter, or get your sandwich to go.
Yes, Taqueria Chingon is technically in Bucktown, but it’s right on the border, so in the interest of telling you about delicious things, we’re including it on this guide. It’s not a sit-down restaurant, but this casual counter-service spot has a little patio where you can sit and eat their incredible tacos. They’re all made with chewy handmade tortillas, and have a variety of flavorful fillings - like the morcilla (sausage made with blood, bread, onion, and apples before getting topped with brown butter salsa macha), crispy pig head carnitas, and tender al pastor. It’s a great place to agree to meet up with a friend or two you haven’t seen in a while - and if all the seats are taken, you can just say goodbye and head home to your cat.
If you just want a neighborhood spot to sit with friends outside, drink some cocktails, and eat delicious pizza, Pizza Lobo is the move. They serve Neapolitan pies, and you’ll find excellent red sauce options like the “amatrice yo-self” (roasted tomato, pancetta, and Calabrian chile), and white pies like the castello bianco - with meatballs, ramps, and parm. Plus, their large patio is heated and partially covered, and you’ll never need to worry about your breadsticks getting soggy because of rain.
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 with a huge patio, 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. Currently only open for outdoor dining and takeout.
L’Patron is a casual BYOB Mexican spot that has great tacos. There’s a long menu of options including carne asada, lengua, shrimp, and poblana rajas with caramelized onions. But for something more substantial, order the Gringa taco. It’s al pastor with a lot of melted chihuahua cheese served on thick handmade tortillas, and it will give you all the sustenance necessary to get back to work and finish that screenplay.
This upscale Greek restaurant is busy, spacious, has good food, and you can usually get same-week reservations. You’ll find appetizers like the must-order kataifi cheese pie (shredded filo layered with cheese, baked, then topped with honey and pistachios), entrees like prawn saganaki in a rich tomato sauce, and a very tasty spanakopita. They also have a big patio, which is exactly where we want to spend a summer night eating some baklava froyo.
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 whose main draw is an impressive 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 consistently exciting, 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 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.
Lula Cafe has 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. And luckily for everyone, after 18 months of only offering takeout, they recently reopened for dine-in service
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 Saturday from 6pm-8pm, serving a three-course menu for $40. The dishes are seasonal, and you can expect to find things like mussels escabeche with tomato water, hake with potato confit, and plum sorbet with sunflower cream. One thing you can count on? It being delicious.
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.
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 cheese curds, burgers, and pizzas with toppings like pulled pork or Italian beef. Keep in mind they don’t take reservations, and it can get pretty crowded, so expect a wait if you come here with a large group.
One of the best BYOB places in the city for a large group dinner, 90 Miles serves 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.
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, jaegerwurst, and roast chicken. The good news is that you can cab here and skip the whole hiking part.
Currently only open for private buy-outs and takeout bento boxes
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.
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.