Start making your way over to Dove’s Luncheonette in Wicker Park before you finish reading this, because it’s probably already packed. And this Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch spot is busy for a good reason—the food is fantastic.
Start your morning with the smoky burnt ends hash or the tlayuda, a giant, crispy corn tortilla topped with spicy salsa, refried beans, eggs, and an ocean of melted Monterey Jack cheese. But our favorite dish is their upgraded version of a diner classic: chicken fried chicken. It comes smothered in rich chorizo gravy that’s nicely balanced with sweetness from a gratuitous topping of peas and pearl onions.
This place isn’t ideal for large groups since it's primarily just counter seating (plus one table), but it’s always full of couples, small groups, and solo diners. Hopefully, after reading this you’ve not only worked up an appetite (the portions are huge), but you’re already halfway to Dove’s.
Smoked Brisket Taco Norteño
A giant brisket taco. The flour tortilla is a little too thick, but the brisket is tasty.
Chicken Fried Chicken
Our favorite main dish. Buttermilk fried chicken smothered in chorizo verde gravy with sweet peas and pearl onions. Juicy chicken with a nice fry and stick-to-your-ribs tasty gravy.
This Pozole has braised pork shoulder in a guajillo chile broth. Good meat, great spices, and surprisingly not too heavy.