Nando Milano Trattoria

Nando Milano is a classic Italian trattoria offering homemade pastas, breads and desserts. You will encounter excellent service and wine selection in a welcoming, casual setting.

Birchwood Kitchen (closed)

Birchwood Kitchen is a delightful neighborhood restaurant. The homemade, seasonal dishes and farm-to-table menu make for a comforting dining experience. BYOB.

Mana Food Bar (closed)

Mana Food Bar offers a global menu of vegan and vegetarian dishes that are surprising and delicious. The modern and simple atmosphere, internationally inspired dishes, as well as the friendly and knowledgeable staff make Mana a great experience for people willing to try something healthy and satisfying.  Make sure to try a sake cocktail!


Frontier offers a unique dining experience in a rustic tavern atmosphere. The menu includes a variety of exotic meat options and inventive side combinations.


Cumin offers a menu of authentic Napalese and Indian cuisine in a sleek modern atmosphere. Enjoy exotic dishes such as samosas, tandoori, curries and stews. Fantastic service and a delightful cocktail menu.  

Antique Taco

Tacos are king at Antique Taco. However, these aren’t your grandmother’s tacos! Enjoy deliciously creative and fresh ingredients in an eclectic atmosphere, strewn with antiques. A welcoming hipster vibe, you’ll love this counter service restaurant. An unexpected and fun place; a great value. 

SmallBar Division (closed)

SmallBar Division is not just a great place for delicious craft beer; they have a wonderful menu of seasonal foods made with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget the great desserts!  


Taxim offers regional Greek cuisine and wines in an elegant and upscale atmosphere. Impeccable service is paired with an inspired modern menu of Mediterranean dishes.  

My Idea Of A Perfect Meal...

By Simone Black

It's so difficult to create a perfect meal since there are so many options. I think that I would start with the fried calamari from Club Lucky that could feed an army. It is slightly seasoned with a light batter and fried to perfection. For dinner it would be a toss up between the homemade 8 Finger Cavatelli with marinara sauce from Club Lucky. It's a thick, doughy pasta covered with  their delicious tomato marinara that's a little chunky, but spiced to perfection. The other perfect entree would be the Rock Island Arsenal from Roots.

It's a Wrap: Falafill and Trencherman Collaborate on an Autumnal Falafel

By Amy Cavanaugh

I live right around the corner from the Lakeview location of Falafill, but even if I didn’t, I’d make a trek for the restaurant’s pita pockets. The falafel rounds are nicely spiced and always perfectly crisped on the outside, and the toppings bar includes fresh Jerusalem salad, a variety of pickles, and a selection of tangy sauces. But the real draw is the chef collaboration wraps, in which noteworthy chefs from around the city create a falafel sandwich.