Logan Square Restaurants
2101 N. California Ave., Logan Square
In a blue, rectangular clapboard building in Logan Square, the team from Land and Sea Dept., which run popular spots like Lost Lake and Cherry Circle Room, have scored another hit with Lonesome Rose. The decor gives off a Southern California vibe (lots of light wood accents, potted cacti and ficus, and sunlight streaming through oversized windows), but the food is pure Tex-Mex. The chile con queso is probably the best you’ll find in the city (you’ll want to add black beans), and the fried chicken torta with pickled peppers is a winner, too. There’s also a basement bar, Golden Teardrops, convenient when you want an after-dinner drink without having to travel too far.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish
2952 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square
As the name suggests, you can come here for excellent chicken and fish, both fried to perfection and not at all greasy. But an emphasis on booze is to be expected from the guys that brought you Longman & Eagle. The bar stays open till 2am nightly (3am on Saturdays!) and serves craft cocktails and beer on tap, as well as a lethal Negroni slushy. They also make excellent use of the outdoor space (complete with freestanding bar and ping-pong tables) which functions as a patio in summer or an ice skating rink in the colder months.
Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square
This is another great Chicago gastropub that has pretty impressive and rarified food and drinks. There are also a few very affordable and sleekly decorated guestrooms, featuring the work of some great American craftsmen and designers, just upstairs.
2957 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square
We don’t come across perfectly executed Macanese cuisine every day, but co-owners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo have a deep understanding of the complex fusion of Portuguese, Chinese, and Indian flavors. From curries, to the crowd-favorite Piri Piri chicken, to the signature Fat Rice, everything on the menu is served family style out of a bustling open kitchen. Getting in for dinner is not easy, but they have lunch service now, too.
2537 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square
This long-standing neighborhood standby adopted the farm-to-table approach long before it was the cool thing to do. Though you’re guaranteed a great meal any time of day, it’s the weekend brunch that garners the most praise from locals. Nettle-infused creamed grains and the farm egg “Royale” are particularly delicious but there’s no guarantee either will stick around as the offering is tailored according to what’s in season. Given that Lula is operated by a husband-and-wife team, the emphasis is on community, hence the family-style Monday night prix-fixe dinners.
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