Logan Square is a pretty spoiled neighborhood - there are a lot of great 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.
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 with an impressive outdoor 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).
If it’s 14 degrees outside, or if you’re kind of hungover and doing your “Sunglasses At Night” Corey Hart impression, this is where you want to be. Son of A Butcher is a classic, dark Chicago bar, with above-average bar food and solid cocktails. You should focus on the burgers, along with appetizers like the loaded tater tots or carne asada masa fries (skip the BBQ). Come here with a small group, and feel free to stay until it gets warmer or your hangover gets better, whichever comes first.
We’re big fans of Giant, and we tell people to eat here as much as we can. It’s one of the most exciting restaurants to open in the past few years, 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 lot of upbeat energy - it works equally well for date night or a small group dinner.
Mi Tocaya serves delicious Mexican small plates. You’ll find everything from guisado de nopalitos (an excellent cactus stew) 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.
This Mexican restaurant is doing a lot: lunch, Sunday brunch, mezcal drinks at the bar downstairs - and now it even has a taco truck on its back patio. You’ll find dishes like a delicious tostada topped with crab, and bread served with bone marrow and salsa. This place is great for a casual weeknight date, or just catching up with a few friends in the neighborhood.
We can’t do a Logan Square guide without talking about Lula Cafe. It’s 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.
Fat Rice is one of our favorite neighborhood spots in Chicago. The space is low-key, and the Macanese food is excellent. The must-order is the “arroz gordo,” the dish the restaurant is named for - it’s a rice dish with duck, chicken thighs, sausage, clams, pork, and eggs. Come here and share it with a group.
This sandwich shop is ideal for grabbing a casual lunch/dinner and beers with some friends. All of the sandwiches are good, but our favorites are the reuben and the crawfish melt. You’re going to need a side of cheese curds every time, too. Trust us on that.
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 a seitan gyro sandwich a try.
This is a small spot with limited hours: they’re open Wednesday through Sunday, 8am-3pm, and they serve dinner Friday and Saturday. In the mornings they make homemade pastries, breads, and quiches, and in the afternoon there’s a lunch menu, too. It’s a short menu, and you have to be cool with paying a few bucks for bread, but we’re totally down with it, if you can’t already tell.
Billy Sunday looks like an old tavern, but still feels modern, and has both a solid food menu and interesting craft cocktails. Any and all of your friends who are into “mixology” will like this place.
Another spot to try when you’re in the mood for cocktails, but a little hungry, too. Scofflaw serves quality gin drinks, and the food options include fresh-baked cookies that only become available after midnight. So it’s just like Cinderella, with fewer talking rodents and more sugar.
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.
Beers and burgers, that’s what Owen & Engine does. This place serves upscale British pub food, but the burger is what you want. And the beers. Obviously.
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 brewpub 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 bacon-fat popcorn, burgers, and pizzas with toppings like pulled pork or Italian beef. Keep in mind they don’t take reservations, and it’s always crowded, so expect a wait if you come here with a large group.
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, pretzels, and duck breast. The good news is that you can cab here and skip the whole hiking part.
One of the best BYOB places in the city for a large group dinner, 90 Miles serves authentic 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 Lost Lake is a tiki bar opened by the same bartender who opened Three Dots and a Dash in River North. So you’ll find the same kind of tropical cocktails here, but in a space with much fewer tourists.
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.