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Must-try Logan Square restaurants

Where to dine for seasonal cooking, fusion street fare, gourmet pub fare and more

By RedEye staff

12:11 PM CDT, April 4, 2012

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2601 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-292-9463
This sleek, light-filled wine bar is known as much for its bites as it is for its vino. Pair your glass with selection of small plates such as olives or oysters, or go for something more substantial from their “second courses” menu of pastas, seafood and more. Don’t leave without trying a dessert from pastry chef Katie Wyer.

Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110
Thanks to praise in national mags such as Esquire and GQ, the dinnertime waits at this unassuming looking corner restaurant and bar are pretty much always epic. Chef Jared Wentworth cooks seasonal regional American plates, and the servers can indulge you with details about exactly which local farm the wild boar, rabbit or micro-celery is sourced from.

Ciao Napoli Pizzeria
2607 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-278-7300
Traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, baked in a wood-burning brick oven until they’re blistered and crunchy around the edge but still a touch wet in the center, are the main event at this lively Italian eatery. You’ll also find other classics such as risotto, gnocchi and arancini on the menu.

Lula Cafe
2537 N. Kedzie Blvd. 773-489-9554
The day’s fresh produce inspires the constantly evolving menu at this perpetually popular restaurant that channels seasonal cooking to the fullest extent. The weekend brunch here is perhaps the most adored in the neighborhood.

Belly Shack
1912 N. Western Ave. 773-252-1414
At this street food spot, chef Bill Kim takes the Korean flavors of his upbringing and combines them with Latin inspiration from his wife Yvonne Cadiz-Kim’s Puerto Rican heritage to delicious results. Try the pita sandwich with Asian pork meatballs, egg noodle-topped hot dog with pickled green papaya or hot-and-sour soup with cilantro and hominy.

Yusho
2853 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-904-8558
Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges cooks Japanese street food-inspired dishes at this funky restaurant and bar that’s technically a block beyond Logan Square’s northern border. Grilled meats, veggies and seafood dominate, some dressed with ingredients that will test your kitchen vocabulary, from kombu to gobo root to takoyaki.

Owen & Engine
2700 N. Western Ave. 773-235-2930
This out-of-the-way gastropub re-imagines U.K. classics such as Scotch eggs, fish and chips, and trifles with artisanal ingredients and freshly baked breads. Beer geeks will be impressed by the hand-pumped beer engines for cask ales.