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Wrigleyville notables and hidden gems

By RedEye staff

5:29 PM CDT, October 12, 2012

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Blokes & Birds
3343 N. Clark St. 773-472-5252
This English gastropub is located just a few blocks south of Wrigleyville’s rowdiest row of bars, and it offers craft cocktails and spiffedup pub fare in lieu of the usual wings and bomb shots.

Sola
3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868
When chef Carol Wallack, a California surferchef who splits her time between Hawaii and Chicago, opened a restaurant on Lakeview's north end, this is the result: Midwest-sourced meats and produce prepared with island inspiration.

Uncommon Ground on Clark
3800 N. Clark St. 773-929-3680 This spacious cafe serves artfully swirled lattes, filling omelets and vegetarian-friendly dinner choices. Most of the produce comes from nearby markets and local farms.

Wishbone
3300 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-549-2663
Southern-inspired comfort food is the main event here. Fill up on biscuits and gravy, andouille sausage hash and eggs Benedict made with bone-in ham.

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-3905
This Irish-inspired restaurant takes pub classics such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and boxties (potato pancakes) and turns them up a notch in the sophistication department. It’s also named for and owned by Beth, Brian and James Murphy, the wife and sons of the late Jim Murphy, founder of Wrigleyville bar Murphy’s Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-5356).

Bakin’ & Eggs
3120 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-7005
Hearty breakfast sandwiches, fluffy frittatas and all sorts of treats showcasing the namesake breakfast meat—bacon pancakes, bacon waffles, even a bacon flight—lure hungry brunchers to this lively cafe.

Bolat African Cuisine
3346 N. Clark St. 773-665-1100
This African eatery serves a menu of mostly Nigerian dishes, including spicy stews served with fufu, a dough made with sweet potatoes.

Machu Picchu
3856 N. Ashland Ave. 773-472-0471
Chili-spiced ceviche and steaks cooked a la parrilla (on the grill) are highlights at the Peruvian BYOB. For a switch from the usual sixpack or bottle of wine, bring a bottle of vodka to spike a pitcher of passion fruit juice.

Cafe 28
1800 W. Irving Park Road 773-528-2883
Brunch, lunch and dinner all feature a dose of Cuban and Mexican flair at this tried-and-true family-run restaurant. Popular picks include huevos rancheros, ropa vieja (fork-tender flank steak) and tres leches cake for dessert.

Tango Sur
3763 N. Southport Ave. 773-477-5466
A favorite for dates, this candlelit BYOB Argentine steakhouse serves massive platters of grilled meat that make a tasty match for your own bottle of red wine.

Matilda & Baby Atlas
3101 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-883-4400
Made-from-scatch bar snacks and craft beers prevail upstairs at Matilda, while downstairs space Baby Atlas is a neighborhood dance club in miniature.

Sluggers Sports Bar
3540 N. Clark St. 773-248-0055
This corner bar just down the street from Wrigley Field is the only place in the city where you can find batting cages, dueling pianos and a stiff drink all under one roof.

Las Tablas
2942 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-871-2414
This Colombian steakhouse specializes in traditional dishes ranging from arepas (cornbread with cheese and chorizo) to the entrana, a skirt steak doctored up with a secret blend of spices.

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