Pick Me Up in Lakeview is the restaurant equivalent of your most broken-in pair of shoes: a comfortable, casual all-purpose neighborhood spot. It’s been around since 1997, and the whole menu is built around meatless and dairy-free options. There’s a ton of milkshakes, a long breakfast menu, and things like wraps, “pizzadillas,” and nachos. Beers and shots are also available, but they’re not the main focus here - you’ll usually find people doing work on laptops during the day, then hanging out afterward over diner food.
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Roost Carolina Kitchen
Quick, easy, and delicious Southern style fried chicken. Roost Carolina Kitchen is a great spot.
Bodega Sur is an excellent alternative to Tango Sur, with both a retail section and a full bar.
The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen
The Gundis is a great low-key spot for a casual dinner or a full Kurdish breakfast.
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Spinning J is an excellent bakery and soda fountain in Humboldt Park that has housemade sodas, fresh baked pies, and sandwiches.
Sweetgreen in River North is the gold standard of salad chains. The food is fresh, cheap, and customizable.
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