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1. Little Goat820 W Randolph St, Chicago
2. Reno2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
3. Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen4905 Dempster St, Skokie
4. The Bagelers Coffeehouse2461 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
5. Fountainhead1970 W Montrose, Chicago
6. NYC Bagel Deli300 S Wacker, Chicago
7. Brobagel1931 W North Ave, Chicago
Right across the street from its upscale sister Girl & The Goat, Stephanie Izard's Little Goat is an all-day upscale diner that serves insanely creative takes on classic American comfort food. Split between a sit-down restaurant and a bakery, Little Goat is the place to go for over-the-top breakfast (breakfast spaghetti, banana peanut butter waffles), exceptional burgers (you can choose between a beef, goat, and veggie patty), and crazy desserts (smoked pork & toffee crunch milkshakes, Cheez-It sundaes). If you can't sit and stay -- or handle the long weekend waits -- then hit the "Grab and Goat" take-away area.
Local, organic ingredients go into making Reno's mostly handmade American cuisine, including its delectably stacked wood-fired pizzas. Decked with choice cocktails and an extensive list of fairly priced wine, this resto knocks it out of the park.
Kaufman’s, a staple on the North Shore for more than 50 years, burned down a couple of years ago, but it re-opened bigger and better, and it’s still packed to the gills almost any time of day. Grab a number ticket (to the right of the door) when you enter, order the just-baked bagels, and be prepared to wait a solid 30 minutes. And yes, it's worth it -- there's a reason this place is an institution.
While the bagels are still boiled, a la NYC style, expect this Chicago-style bagel to be a bit sweeter. Try the Bageler sandwich: bacon, egg, and your choice of any of their house-made spreads and sauces, including chipotle mayo or, for those who like ‘em sweet, real maple syrup.
This Ravenswood tavern is a mahogany-ensconced destination for craft beer and beer-focused comfort cuisine (burgers, fried chicken, steak frites). The beer list, which features a mix of local gems and international brews, is always fantastic, and there's an equally robust selection of whiskey if you're looking for something a little stronger. During the warmer months, the rooftop garden is always happening.
Showing respect to its name, NYC Bagel Deli makes its bagels the real-deal traditional New York way: by first bringing them to a raging boil in an 80-gallon kettle of just hot water. The result: a hard outside, a soft inside, and an actually, truly authentic kettle-boiled bagel.
With tried-and-true recipes for delicious bagels paired with new-fangled toppings like Sriracha & garlic confit cream cheese, Brobagel offers a reliably tasty and refreshing experience for your coffee-and-a-bagel runs in Wicker Park.