Metromix photo by Clayton Hauck
April 22, 2008
Here a few of the top hot spots.
1 Bonsoiree: The full-service caterer (boasting Harry Winston's Jewelers as a client) and BYOB bistro is best known for its monthly "Saturday Underground" dinner, a five-course tasting menu for $55. 2728 W. Armitage Ave., 773-546-9577.
2 Lula Café: You know they're doing something right at this innovative American eatery when most of the city's chefs come here on their off days. 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd., 773-489-9554.
3 The Brown Sack: Heaving portions come fresh and handmade at this chic cafeteria specializing in shakes, sandwiches and soups. 3706 W. Armitage Ave., 773-661-0675.
4 Rustik: This urban lodge setting is ideal for taking in generous portions of stuffed meatloaf and veggie pot pie. 2515 N. California Ave., 773-235-0002.
5. The Whistler: Think of this lively, no-signage (and no phone number) spot as Logan Square's answer to The Violet Hour. Hand-crafted cocktails and such, but unlike at the VH, you can use cell phones. 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
6 The Burlington: Hipster lounge gets high marks for its cheap drinks and friendly crowd. 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-384-3243.
7 Rosa's Lounge: You won't get watered-down blues at this tiny music lounge named after the owner's mom. 3420 W. Armitage Ave., 773-342-0452.
8 Quenchers: The beer emporium specializes in more than 260 choices, and the jukebox is filled with some of the best music you'll ever hear. 2401 N. Western Ave., 773-276-9730.
9 Urban Belly: Bill Kim, formerly of Charlie Trotter's and Les Nomades, has teamed up with his wife, Yvonne Cadiz-Kim, in Urban Belly, a Logan Square BYOB noodle and dumpling house. There are19 dishes on the menu; all are so good we can't pick a favorite (3053 N. California Ave., 773-583-0500).