Coffee & Treats in North Side

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Inside Tiztal Cafe, sunny yellow walls match the eggs that star in the restaurant's heaping plates of breakfast and brunch fare. Diners sidle up to casual tables or the long bar to dig into the chefs' take on Mexican morning meals: omelets stuffed with spicy chorizo, crisp waffles topped with pecans, and the signature chilaquiles that helped earn them a feature on Chicago's Best in 2011. Diners would be wise to pair their meals with the eatery's infamous oatmeal shake?says Serious Eats blogger Lindsey Becker, "This shake has something of a cult following?and after trying this glorious mashup of vanilla ice cream shake and oatmeal, you can count me in as a member."

4631 N Clark St.
Chicago,
IL
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Aodake Asian Bistro's chefs quickly whip up traditional and westernized Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese food. Guests order their meals at the front counter, and then head to a free table to wait for it. There, they can relax and watch TV or take advantage of Aodake's free WiFi while swirling yaki soba noodles, biting into oyster tempura sandwiches, or popping cooked- and raw-fish sushi rolls into their mouths. Aodake also has a variety of vegetarian rolls that feature the likes of avocado, sweet potato, and free-range seaweed.

The bistro opens early to ply guests with Taiwanese dan bings and Asian breakfast sandwiches. The dan bing is a savory crepe crammed with green onion, eggs, cheese, and sauce. The Asian breakfast sandwich features a fried egg, cheese, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and sweet mayo on toasted Asian milk bread.

4650 North Clark Street
Chicago,
IL
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4656 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
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4610 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
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1319 W Wilson Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Using fresh ingredients and a heaping helping of baking know-how, the pastry chefs at The Cupcake Gallery expertly whip up small batches of joy-inducing cupcakes. Choose from flavor favorites including double chocolate, caramel crème, red velvet, and German chocolate, or wade into new frosting-filled waters with maple bacon, rum cake, and cream soda ($3 each, or $30 per dozen). The Cupcake Gallery also offers specialty cupcakes, such as Twinkies ($2), and center-filled cupcakes, such as the choco-tella, a chocolate cake filled with Nutella and chocolate ganache and crowned with chocolate-and-Nutella frosting with toasted hazelnut powder ($3.95 each, or $42 per dozen). The Cupcake Gallery can make every cupcake gluten-free, vegan, or sugar-free if you call to pre-order, and all cupcakes can be un-shrunk and made into 6” cakes ($25) or 9” cakes ($38).

1319 W Wilson Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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