Located just out of the fray of Six Corners, once you’ve found this Wicker Park café-style restaurant, you’ll never want to eat—or wait in line to eat—at the hip spots on the Milwaukee-Damen-North drags again. Birchwood Kitchen’s seasonal and often locally sourced menu means you might not always be able to get the tangy, indulgent, affordable duck sandwich on their autumn menu, but also that you’ll never get tired of heading back to try something new. Pick up a bottle of wine at one of the handful of liquor stores lining North, and your pre-gaming for a night on the town will be way more affordable—and delicious—than anywhere else. You might even have enough change left over for a cocktail at The Violet Hour.
2211 West North
Best of Chicago 2011