Bolivar & Lincoln

You can find this small BYOB Venezuelan restaurant at the edge of Lakeview, right before it becomes Wrigley and you're accosted by crazed Cubs fans. Bolivar and Lincoln serves up loaded arepas, with a variety of options like shredded chicken with gouda, NY strip steak, and their take on sausage, egg, and cheese. But our favorite is the Pabellon, which throws sweetness into the mix thanks to caramelized plantains buried underneath a mountain of stewed shredded beef, beans, and cheese. Make sure to ask for extra napkins because spillage is an unavoidable part of the eating process here. This place is small with limited seating, but if you can grab a table with some friends, it’s a great spot to eat and drink before a game.

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