We know Logan Square has great restaurants, but sometimes we forget just how many great restaurants. The neighborhood is spoiled, to be honest, and you could keep yourself plenty busy eating around here for days. There’s a lot to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best options. Next time you can’t figure out where to go, consult this list of the best restaurants in Logan Square.
Beers and burgers, that’s what Owen & Engine does. The place serves upscale British pub food, but the burger is what you want. And beers. You always want beers.
One of the newcomers to the neighborhood, Wyler Road is already a spot we are very into. The cool little sandwich joint off of Belden is ideal for grabbing some excellent sandwiches and beers with a couple of friends. We’re trying to work our way through the whole menu but still plan to order fried potato balls stuffed with cheese whiz and bacon bits every time.
Can’t have a Logan Square feature without talking about the OG Lula Cafe. A lot of other places are basically minions following the path that Lula helped create. This local restaurant is great for all occasions, whether that’s brunch or a first date on a Saturday night.
Reno is like A Tale Of Two Cities. Come in the morning for homemade bagels and delicious breakfast sandwiches, or at night for interesting pizzas, like the Hog Pizza with pork belly carnitas, salsa verde, mozzarella and cotija cheese. Even Charles Dickens would be impressed.
Longman & Eagle feels like an old dive bar, except for they also happen to be serving Michelin starred food. Actually, though. Add in a killer whisky list and there’s no reason you shouldn’t cozy on up here any day of the week.
You’re either going to love or hate Cellar Door Provisions. It’s a tiny little place that’s open Wednesday through Sunday 8am-3pm. In the morning they make homemade pastries, breads, and quiches, and in the afternoon there’s a lunch menu too. It’s not a ton of food 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.
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 for a few years now. We aren’t saying stop eating meat, but we are saying you should give a seitan gyro sandwich a try.
We know of zero other restaurants serving Macanese food other than Fat Rice. In case you’re not sure, we’re talking about food from Macau, a place better known for its gambling than cuisine. Come with a couple others and make sure to order the namesake Fat Rice dish.
Billy Sunday is one a few great Logan Square spots good for upscale cocktails and upscale bar food that accompanies it. The place is sleek but still has a strong personality, which is backed up by the quality of both their drinks and food.
Yusho puts an interesting twist on everything Japanese. You could come and keep it simple with ramen, but that would be a mistake. Get weird with all of their small plates that combine traditional Japanese concepts with ingredients from all over the world.
Another spot for excellent cocktails when you want the option of ordering food too. You can head to Scofflaw for drinks only, but the upscale bar food is delicious if you decide it’s the move.
A narrow and sexy Italian restaurant that specializes in Piemontese style cuisine. Osteria Langhe is the place to go if you’re looking for a nicer Date Night in Logan Square.
The Boiler Room is great if you like to drink, particularly whisky. For $8.50 you get a slice of pizza, PBR tall boy, and a shot of Jameson. It’s cash only, but every time you take cash out of the ATM and eat the stupid fee, they’ll give you another shot of Jameson in exchange for your ATM receipt. The pizza is fine, but the place has character and as a whole makes for a good time.
We could hang at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits forever, especially in the summer at the picnic benches in their backyard. The homemade biscuits and breakfast sandwiches are top notch, and they follow it up with excellent and interesting pies. If you’ve never had pie for breakfast, it’s time you changed that soon.
In terms of high quality dining Red Hot isn’t one of the best restaurants in Logan Square, we’ll admit that. But it’s the old school hot dog stand in the neighborhood, and that reason alone is enough to point it out. You need to know where to get the closest hot dog at 3am.
Korean meets Puerto Rican flavors in this casual and funky restaurant. The husband and wife duo combines their cultures to create things like a lemongrass chicken gyro or a hot dog with egg noodles and pickled green papayas on top.
Parson’s undoubtedly has one of the best outdoor areas in all of the city. There’s an outdoor bar, picnic benches, and ping pong tables to give you a bit of action. But the fried chicken is also really good, plus they are making frozen negronis year round. All in all that makes Parson’s a great place.
If you’re into quality local beer then the Revolution Brewpub is for you. 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. It doesn’t hurt that the pub menu has plenty of good eats too.
The name and concept of Table, Donkey and Stick is a nod to the eating and drinking traditions of the Alps. It’s the idea that people need a warm place to escape the cold. We love a good place to escape the cold in the winter, and the good news is you can cab here and skip the whole hiking part.
Two parts dive bar, one part classy cocktails, and all parts bomb *ss Cajun food. Analogue is a great place to hang whether catching up with friends or if you need somewhere cool to take a date.
The type of local, family run Italian restaurant that every neighborhood needs. Come for the pastas and stay for the cheap wine. And then maybe get some more wine.
A simple yet extremely well done neighborhood cafe. Same Day is relatively cheap with a basic menu and bright sunny space that makes you feel happy. The best part is they make their own syrups for old school fountain sodas with flavors ranging from blackberry to vanilla, plus they’ll make you a classic egg cream.
One of the best places in the city for a large group dinner or a simple BYOB, 90 Miles serves authentic Cuban food in a fun but relaxed setting. The back patio is enclosed and heated in the winter, and the friendly wait staff and colorful artwork makes it an enjoyable place to hang. Make sure to bring some wine or rum for the excellent sangria and mojito mixes they offer.
Lost Lake is a tiki bar opened by Paul McGee, who also helped open tiki themed Three Dots and a Dash. The dude apparently has a thing for tiki bars. Rest assured, the drinks at Lost Lake are better than the ones you once had on spring break in Cancun. There’s also a tiny carry-out spot attached called Thank You Chinese, and you can order food while seated at Lost Lake. Banana daiquiris and egg foo young – what a time to be alive.
Margie’s is an old school diner 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 hasn’t been touched in years, and the classic sundaes are the best around. Very few ice cream shops get lines out the door in the winter, but this one does.