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Balena
1633 N. Halsted St. 312-867-3888
Chris Pandel of Bucktown favorite The Bristol channels the simplicity of Italian cooking with roasted
meats, wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas.

Ravens
2326 N. Clark St. 773-348-1774
This no-frills tavern keeps its regulars happy with free popcorn and cheap pitchers of
beer. Bring your own meat on Saturdays and use the grill for a DIY barbecue.

The Local Option
1102 W. Webster Ave. 773-348-2008
Hidden away on a tree-lined residential block, this unassuming watering hole is a boon for beer fans, pouring a impressive lineup of American crafts and European imports.

Franks ’n’ Dawgs
1863 N. Clybourn Ave. 312-281-5187
Hot dogs get a fine-dining twist at this Clybourn corridor snack shop, which serves loaded-up sausages
such as a brunch dog with a fried egg, smoked bacon and maple mayo on top.

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen
1625 N. Halsted St. 312-944-5800
This sit-down sibling to Albany Park’s counter-service original serves a reliable lineup of Middle Eastern eats such as shawarma, falafel and kebabs.

Sully’s House
1501 N. Dayton St. 773-244-1234
This off-the-beaten path bar in Old Town’s Weed Street district has a rooftop deck outfitted with
cushy couches and TVs for game-watching.

Joe’s Bar
940 W. Weed St. 312-337-3486
This massive sports bar also has a serious following for its country nights and concerts.

Annette’s Homemade Italian Ice
2009 N. Bissell St. 773-868-9000
On a sizzling day, it’s worth the wait at the walk-up
window for a taste of Italian ice in fruity flavors
such as lemon, coconut, lychee and watermelon.

Liar’s Club
1665 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-665-1110
Look for the bottle cap-shaped sign hanging outside a nondescript brick building to find this
clubby bar, which draws hipsters and yuppies alike for cheap drinking and dancing. It’s just the
right mix of loud, dark and fun.

Pizza Persona
614 W. Diversey Parkway 773-327-8500
At this affordable brick-oven pizzeria, you can customize your own 10-inch pizza from the crust all the way up to your choice of sauce, toppings and cheese.

Raj Darbar
2660 N. Halsted St. 773-348-1010
Fill up on traditional curry dishes or clay-oven specialties
such as baked lamb chops at this Indian eatery.

Gemini Bistro
2075 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2522
This neighborhood bistro pleases all kinds of palates thanks to chef Jason Paskewitz’s brand of American cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean flavor.

Lito’s Empanadas
2566 N. Clark St. 773-857-1337
South American pocket pastries with fillings ranging from chorizo and cheese to chocolate-banana are the main event at this tasty shop.

Macku Sushi
2239 N. Clybourn Ave. 773-880-8012
The Chan brothers (executive chef Macku and sushi chefs Kaze and Hari) have earned their place in the local sushi scene by serving both traditional sushi and their signature sashimi and nigiri with seasonal toppings.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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