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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.
4229 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago,
IL
US
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.
4202 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago,
IL
US
4660 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago,
IL
US
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.
4569 North Elston Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US
4423 North Elston Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US
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.
4018 N Cicero Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

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