River North is full of gigantic, sceney restaurants and expensive lunch options, so it makes sense if you haven’t noticed Fabcakes on Wells before - but that needs to change. This cafe serves housemade pastries, miniature quiches, and things like bagel sandwiches and paninis. The lattes come in unique flavors like vanilla rose and pepper fig, and the owner is always experimenting with new recipes, so you’ll find a new type of scone or tart available almost every day. It’s a low-key spot to get work done during the day, or to meet up with a friend for coffee.
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Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
Doc B's fills a River North gap by being a sit-down restaurant that serves casual and health conscious food.
Bernie’s Lunch & Supper doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on paper, but it comes together nicely. It’s great for a number of occasions.
Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
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Marz Community Brewing Co.
Marz Community Brewing Co. is a taproom in a unique warehouse space serving sandwiches and creative pub food.
Chicago Bagel Authority
A bagel shop that specializes in "steamwiches," which means CBA is more go-to sandwich joint than traditional bagel spot.
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Left Coast Food & Juice
Left Coast is a fast-casual spot in Lakeview that wants you to eat on the healthier side without being totally bland and boring.
Uncommon Ground is a healthy-ish, farm-to-table, sustainable restaurant in Wrigley. They even grow food on the roof at times.
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