What happens when you spend time in life slinging Big Mac’s as the global president of McDonald’s? You have a mid-life crisis and leave to start a healthy fast-casual chain with the help of Oprah’s former personal chef. America. The result is Lyfe Kitchen, a place that does a good job serving healthier items like edamame hummus, salads, and even sandwiches and fish tacos. The menu has calories listed, so you know they mean business. Lyfe is great for food on-the-go but it’s also nice enough inside that it’s often more enjoyable to eat there and maybe even have a glass of wine if you’d like.
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Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time is a very large and busy River North restaurant serving California-inspired food.
25 Degrees is a solid, dimly-lit burger and beer kind of spot in River North. We approve.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab
Joe’s is consistently one of the best steakhouses in town, and you shouldn’t even order steak. Stone crabs are where it’s at.
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Little Goat is an all-day spot in West Town with creative diner food that’s hit or miss.
Baker Miller is a Lincoln Square bakery and cafe that mills their own flour. They make great savory and sweet items.
Cafe Marie-Jeanne is an all-day French cafe in Humboldt Park with a cozy, neighborhood feel.
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Chicago Raw in River North specializes in, no surprise, uncooked plants. The collard burrito is good and you can always go for an acai bowl
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