Cafes in Old Irving Park


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  • Java Thai
    Chicago's Java Thai offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. None of the fare at Java Thai is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Java Thai won't cost you a sitter. Wireless internet access is just a click away at Java Thai. The restaurant doesn't let you book your table ahead of time, so expect a first-come, first-served policy when you visit. Java Thai welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; Irving Park-blue (Blue Line) is a nearby stop. Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Java Thai's W Irving Park Rd address. Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15. You'll need a couple Andrew Jacksons for a visit to Java Thai — they only accept cash. Head on over to Java Thai first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Java Thai is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    4272 W Irving Park Rd
    Chicago, IL US
  • Golden Nugget Pancake House
    For a casual environment and scrumptious American food, stop by Golden Nugget Pancake House. Health nuts will appreciate the light and low-fat menu choices. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Golden Nugget Pancake House — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. You'll want to time your arrival to Golden Nugget Pancake House just right since reservations are not accepted. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Golden Nugget Pancake House. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. For the tastes of Golden Nugget Pancake House from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Irving Park-Blue (Blue). Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot. With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a data at Golden Nugget Pancake House. The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served. No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
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    4229 W Irving Park Rd
    Chicago, IL US
  • Thirteen Pins Tapas and Bar
    The number 13 has gotten a bad rap through the years, but the Pineda clan is attempting to turn that around. Thirteen members of the Pineda family run Thirteen Asian Tapas + Bar, with four crafting meals in the kitchen while Gary Pineda leads the pack as general manager. All of their recipes are sourced from Filipino culinary traditions, themselves a fusion of Asian and Latin influences, as evidenced by dishes such as soy-sauce-infused adobo chicken and the roasted and fried lechon, or pork, topped with achara, a traditional pickled papaya garnish. The kitchen calls on overseas recipes in selections such as pancit, a traditional Filipino birthday dish comprised of thin rice noodles sautéed with cabbage, carrots, and meat that diners unwrap to reveal a miniature band of singing party guests. On some nights, live jazz fills the intimate dining room, where purple walls and exposed brick surround a bar that begets nine specialty martinis that mirror the cuisine's manifold influences with flavors of ginger, mint, tequila, and imported Philippine gin.
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    4202 W Irving Park Rd
    Chicago, IL US
  • City Newsstand
    Don't be fooled by the name?City Newsstand isn't some small corner operation selling a few magazines and some gum. In fact, it claims to be the largest magazine store in all of Chicago, and, maybe, one of the largest in the country. It all started more than 25 years ago when a young man named Joe Angelastri bought an old bookstore and converted it entirely to newspapers and magazines. Today, it occupies two locations (the original and a sister location in Evanston), each boasting 200 linear feet of magazine racks?roughly 10 times the number of racks owned by most drug stores. Titles cover a wide range of topics and interests and include Pitchfork Review, In Touch, and Chicago Football, among many, many, many others. One other feature that sets City Newsstand apart from the corner stand? It also boasts a quaint cafe where patrons can come to delve into their purchases with a cup of joe and a pair of rubber gloves to prevent paper cuts.
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    4018 N Cicero Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Ay Ay Picante
    Peru is the cradle of modern cuisine—a fact that Ay Ay Picante's owners, Don Jaime Bardales and Doña Chamuca Bardales, haven't forgotten. Native to the nation are now-common staples such as potatoes, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and chilies—all of which blend with traditional spices throughout the Peruvian chefs' extensive board of fare. The signature ceviche, for instance, marinates tilapia in lime juice and rocoto chilies. A marinade of fish sauce similarly enlivens the grilled shrimp and salmon kabobs. But the global influence of Andean cooking makes itself known in the fried-rice dishes, which bring out the flavors of peruvian peppers and mushrooms with a dollop of soy sauce and garlic. This blend of customary and contemporary has garnered respectful nods from both WTTW's Check, Please! and ABC7's "Hungry Hound". History doesn't just influence the menu at Ay Ay Picante. It also influences the very walls of the dining room. As diners sip BYOB beverages, they can examine pre-Columbian murals from the Peruvian Nazca culture. These hark back to the giant images the Nazca created in the desert sand, which can only be seen when flying in an airplane or soaring between a human cannon and a landing pad.
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    4569 N Elston Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Cafe Zafferano
    An explosion of color greets visitors to Cafe Zafferano, followed closely by an array of seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. Here, the cooks pile trays high with old-fashioned hummus, carthage aubergine made with mashed eggplant and tomato, and grilled octopus served with tomato salad capers and vinaigrette. To accommodate those with more regional tastes, they serve up black Angus beef burgers, chicken milanese, and caprese sandwiches served on french bread.
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    4630 W Lawrence Ave.
    Chicago, IL US

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