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1. Big Jones 5347 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

If you’re looking for real Southern comfort in Chicago, then Big Jones in Andersonville is for you. The menu is filled with authentic Lowcountry dishes adapted from antique cookbooks, like cornbread muffins taken from an 18th-century plantation recipe and traditional Cajun gumbo. The sustainable menu changes seasonally, but no matter what, expect the signature fried chicken every night. Big Jones’ weekend brunch is also a stunner, especially if you nab a table on the back patio.

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2. m.henry 5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660 (Andersonville)

This breakfast and brunch spot in Andersonville specializes in vibrant plates of restorative goodness like huevos borrachos with chorizo, or Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich -- two over-medium eggs, a plethora of applewood bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, Gorgonzola, and thyme layered on crisp, toasted sour boule bread.

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3. Anteprima 5316 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

This cozy, rustic Italian restaurant features a three-course $30 prix fixe menu from Sunday-Thursday. The move: start with the grilled octopus, then go for the lamb or the tagliatelle with pancetta ragu. If you want to be branded as a desserter, try the hazelnut chocolate torte.

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4. Taste of Lebanon 1509 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

The authenticity and affordability of this cozy Middle Eastern joint makes it an Anderson hot spot. Regulars will adamantly claim that the lentil soup here is the best Chicago has to offer, and rave about other popular offerings like the falafel pita and hummus combo plate. While a meal here won’t burn a hole in your pocket, make sure you hit up an ATM beforehand -- this place is cash-only.

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5. Sunshine Cafe 5449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

A homey, '60s-era Japanese cafe run by an older lady and her middle-aged son, Sunshine Cafe does simple, beautifully made Japanese comfort food like char-grilled mackerel or udon soup.

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6. Hoppin' Hots 1477 W Balmoral, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

Hoppin' Hots is the place to get deliciously decorated and crazily infused hot dogs.

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7. Little Bad Wolf 1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 (Andersonville)

The owners of Burger Philosophy totally reconceptualized their Andersonville storefront back in 2014. The result is Little Bad Wolf, a barstaurant with excellent draft beer and whiskey lists, plus next-level bar food. The original restaurant's beloved Bad Burger -- stacked with two patties, American cheese, and house-made pickles -- is still on the menu, as are tacos and steamed buns. There's more substantial comfort food too, like a half fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac & cheese with honey-cured bacon.

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8. Takos Koreanos 1706 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

This cash-only BYOB seamlessly melds Korean and Mexican cuisine to churn out flavorful tacos stuffed with honey chili shrimp, Kalbi (Korean barbecued beef short ribs), or spicy pork topped with vinaigrette slaw and roasted sesame seeds. Pair with the kimchi fried rice or the stand-out Beef Barba "Korea" Fries, which're covered in super-tender, braised short ribs, grilled onions, cheddar, and sour cream.

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9. Jin Ju 5203 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

Bring your next right swipe to this modern candlelit space for a traditional Korean Dol Sut Bi Bim Bap rice dish and the popular (and potent!) Asian Pear and Jinjer Sojutini cocktail. Share the sweet and spicy fried chicken wings or Mandoo steamed dumplings, and savor every bite, no matter how many times you run to the bathroom to furiously Tinder someone better for later.

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10. The Brixton 5420 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

The Brixton is an Andersonville pubstaurant that’s great for craft beer, speciality cocktails, shareable plates, and next-level bar food. There are three different areas to choose from: the downstairs dining room caters to the food-first crowd, the upstairs lounge is more of a bar, and the backyard patio turns into a beer garden during the warm weather months. Aside from brunch and dinner, it has a late-night menu that’s available during the week as well as on weekends.

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11. First Slice Pie Café 5357 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

At First Slice Pie Company you can finally have your pie and eat it too. Proceeds from purchases made on goodies like soups, salads, sandwiches, and, of course, homemade pies support the First Slice organization, a community-supported, volunteer-driven kitchen that cooks up healthy, tasty meals for Chicago’s neediest citizens. Pie varieties include French Silk with dark chocolate mousse, key lime, chocolate peanut butter, and apple, which, like all pies should be, comes double-crusted, thick with golden, flaky pastry ready to be devoured.

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12. Marty's Martini Bar 1511 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

Satisfy a sweet tooth with a boozy Crème brûlée, Black Velvet, or Pineapple Upside-Down martini, or take it dirty -- the Dirty Bird will knock you off your feet. The Toulouse-Lautrec-styled setting can get crowded as the night goes on, but the patio opens up in the warmer months to give everyone a little breathing room.

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13. Hopleaf 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Uptown)

This Andersonville beer bar is known for its rotating selection of draft beers primarily from the Midwest and Belgium. More than just a bar that serves food, Hopleaf has an outstanding menu of Belgian-inspired food like mussels from Prince Edward Island, charcuterie, and steak frites. The place is casual and laid-back, just like a neighborhood bar should be.

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14. Simon's Tavern 5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

This Swedish-centric joint in Andersonville is decked in Viking swag and serves up warm winter drinks like Glögg, a hot mulled wine.

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