Lincoln Square is the best neighborhood in Chicago. Ok, i'm biased, since it's where I live! But, in all seriousness, the Square has a growing food scene anchored by fine dining hotspots Elizabeth and Goosefoot and a combination of solid neighborhood restaurants and ethnic gems. It's worth the trip up here. Plus, I'll buy you a drink.
Authentic German food, just the way they've been doing it for forty years. Plus a great location right off the Brown line.
Bistro Campagne is exactly what a neighborhood french restaurant should feel like: cozy, approachable, a bit bustling. It's got a menu full of French classics - don't skip the escargot.
I'd never had bosnian food before - now I'm a believer. Despite an unpromising exterior, this restaurant is beautiful on the inside with wood panels and thick carpet. Make sure to get the sampler plate and try all the different bosnian specialities. It's also BYOB!
Filipino food a few blocks from the square. The Sun-Times loves it, and so do I. Show up early to get a seat, and don't skip the stuffed squid and the amazing fried chicken.
The Grafton, unlike so many "pubs" in Chicago, actually has great beer. They have every craft brewery you've ever heard of, a good whiskey list and pub food that isn't too overwrought to drink while tipsy.
Lincoln Square's oldest, funkiest local coffeeshop. Skip the Starbucks on the corner and get in here!
Thank goodness for the BYOB fine dining trend. Goosefoot, everyone's pick for a best new restaurant in 2011 despite its anonymous location in a Lawrence Avenue storefront, was a huge shot in the arm to Lincoln Square's fine dining scene. Make reservations FAR in advance.
Fork is a hidden gem. Tons of well-curated wine flights (including ports and dessert wines), a huge cheese list, cocktails and inexpensive sandwiches. Something for everyone.
The finest of fine dining in Lincoln Square, but without the pretension. Chef Iliana Regan's forage-based restaurant will blow your mind.
One of my favorite restaurants. It isn't fancy, but it's got great, fresh, homemade italian food - and some pretty decent cocktails to boot. Don't skip the pasta carbonara with hunks of home-made smoky bacon.
A great neighborhood italian place that focuses on fresh, simple food. Stop in for a glass of wine or a full meal, and don't skip the made-to-order apple tart. They host a ton of great events, too.
The name is silly, but the flavors aren't. I'm completely addicted to their cake batter frozen yogurt with crushed butterfingers.
Lincoln Square's local grocery store. One of the longest meat counters in town filled with homemade sausages, a huge beer selection and a rooftop garden.