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1. Insomnia Cookies6470 N Sheridan Rd , Chicago
2. Luke’s Lobster134 N LaSalle St, Chicago
3. Honey 1 BBQ746 E 43rd St, Chicago
4. Cocoa + Co1651 N Wells St, Chicago
5. Pub Royale2049 W Division, Chicago
6. Expat118 N Green St, Chicago
7. Dolce Italian127 W Huron at LaSalle, Chicago
8. Barcocina2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago
9. El Carrito6019 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
10. Q-Tine2339 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
A cult favorite late-night cookie shop located in Chicago's Roger's Park area, Insomnia erves up a collection a of cookies, brownies, and frozen desserts. The Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie is a fan favorite.
Based in New York, Luke's Lobster is a fast-casual seafood shack chain that pays homage to founder Luke Holden's home state speciality: Maine lobster rolls. Though the butter-and-mayo-coated lobster rolls are the house speciality, the menu also features crab and shrimp rolls plus extras like clam chowder and grilled cheese. Like the rest of Luke's outposts, the Loop location is counter-serve with a few tables and window seating.
This no-nonsense barbecue joint has cafeteria-style seating and lean, juicy rib tips to kill for. Honey 1 offers a bounty of saucy, smoked meats and veggie-based (not to be mistaken for “low-calorie”) sides. Restaurant goers get a view of the glassed-in, hickory-burning smoker and can enjoy a full slab of fall-off-the-bone ribs. Their slogan is "Real Smoke...No Joke," and once you get within a block of this place you'll instantly realize why.
Serving up baked goods, La Colombe coffee, drinking chocolates, and more, this one-stop-shop for chocolate-y provisions claims to have “Chicago’s largest collection of gourmet chocolate products.”
This Anglo-Indian pub in Wicker Park serves Indian-inspired comfort food like salt cod samosas, palak paneer, and coconut curry mussels in an eclectic space decorated with taxidermy and colorful masks. The beer-driven menu features a well-curated mix of American IPAs, German Pilsners, and ciders -- both bottled and on tap. Though spicy, savory plates are the obvious choice at Pub Royale, don't overlook the chai dulce de leche doughnuts -- or the burger.
Littered with café lights, cheerful yellow flags and plenty of flora, this sidewalk-only café is an alfresco oasis. In keeping with the space’s seasonal theme, the café serves three varieties of boozy sno cones, oysters by the half and full dozen, refreshing salads and veggies, and an impressive selection of crudo.
The third location -- and first in the Midwest -- of New York-based LDV Hospitality's modern Italian restaurant adds a touch of casual elegance to the ground floor of The Godfrey Hotel in River North. The upscale traditional menu features a range of Italian classics like Neapolitan pizzas and the house signature veal Milanese. In true hotel restaurant format, Dolce Italian (the decor is inspired by La Dolce Vita and Fellini's Rome) serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. As for drinks, expect traditional cocktails with a twist, like the strawberry cucumber Moscow Mule.
The Chicago outpost of this Baltimore-based Mexican-inspired concept arrives with an airy, wood-accented space flooded with natural light and rigged with ample patio space. The menu includes plenty of favorites from the original spot, like cheeseburger tacos and lobster guacamole, as well as some brand new and thematically on-point dishes spanning from pork belly rebocado and lamb French dip tacos to an array of spicy, smoky, and sweet cocktails prime for all-day-sipping in the sunshine.
This restaurant serves up no-frills, made-to-order Mexican street food. The menu includes carne asada tacos, chicken flautas, elotes in a cup, and you-gotta’-try-‘em thick-cut mole fries.
At Q-Tine, Memphis-style BBQ and Montreal's gravy-drenched magnum opus collide. It's a late-night (open 'til 4a Thursdays-Saturdays and 2a the rest of the week!) junk food sanctuary on Milwaukee. In addition to various gut-busting takes on the eponymous mashup, you can score deep-fried Snickers bars, Mai Tai slushies, corn dog-esque "Q-dogs," and more at the airstream-turned-ordering-counter.