In the December 2010 issue of Chicago magazine, Stella's Diner earned praise as Lakeview's "neighborhood joint"—a place where the owners know their regulars and diner fare prevails. Jimmy and Stella Mavraganes founded the all-American eatery in 1962, handing over the reigns and a wad of receipts to son and daughter Gus and Maria, who now oversee the restaurant's operation. Over the course of nearly five decades, the menu has remained almost perfectly intact—save for the addition of a number of gourmet salads. Servers deliver bowls of steaming chili and chicken noodle soup alongside juicy burgers and creamy shakes as thick as an ice-cream cardigan. Scrambled eggs and golden hash browns adorn breakfast plates, complemented by heaping doses of coffee and fruit juice.