For my (lunch, and dessert and boozing) money, the best things in my 'hood come in small packages.
A small, hard-to-spot Italian gem with housemade pastas and lovely vinos. The joint just oozes romance.
Charmingly minuscule bar w/ gigantic, STRONG cocktails! The marg is famous, the gimlet should be & the Old Fashioned is brandy-soaked bliss.
Sheer perfection! Seasonal fruit pies are top-notch & banana cream is out of this world. Strong coffee, amazing scones too. Mini pies too!
There's a reason you'll wait upwards of 2 hours for a table: The food is truly inspired, the BYOB policy is lovely, and the bathroom is unforgettable.
Can't contain my love for the dreamiest gelato on earth. Best ingred's & inventive flaves (esp Mexican choc & banana fudge) ever. Cash only.
Killer rolls, robusta (tofu!) & sweet staff who will customize w/o batting an eye. BYO keeps price down. Try the 100 Years Of Solitude maki.
One of the best things to ever happen on this stretch of Chicago Ave! Try the maguro pearls and Orange Rush.