If you’ve ever spent time in a coffee shop on a college campus, Cafe 53 will feel familiar. You get the feeling that everyone inside it has imminent plans to ruin family get-togethers by incessantly quoting Nietzsche. The interior feels comfortable and lived in, and they have a menu full of sandwiches and salads, with a whole section devoted to vegan options. Come for a vegan buffalo sandwich, and stay to finally finish reading that used copy of On The Road.
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Nella Pizza e Pasta
Nella Pizza e Pasta is a casual Italian restaurant in Hyde Park with excellent Neapolitan pizza.
The Promontory is a restaurant and music venue serving very good modern American food in Hyde Park.
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Blue Door Kitchen is a nice but not too fancy Gold Coast restaurant in an old mansion. The courtyard patio is beautiful for when it's nice outside.
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Hugo’s is a classic and fancy seafood spot, and the fish counterpart to Gibsons’ steaks.
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Wyler Road is a great sandwich spot that you want to sit and hang it. It feels like a cafe during the day and a fancy local dive bar at night.
Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
Manny’s has been the classic Jewish deli in Chicago for 75 years, and it’s still serving great food.
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