River North is full of gigantic, sceney restaurants and expensive lunch options, so it makes sense if you haven’t noticed Fabcakes on Wells before - but that needs to change. This cafe serves housemade pastries, miniature quiches, and things like bagel sandwiches and paninis. The lattes come in unique flavors like vanilla rose and pepper fig, and the owner is always experimenting with new recipes, so you’ll find a new type of scone or tart available almost every day. It’s a low-key spot to get work done during the day, or to meet up with a friend for coffee.
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Go to Bub City for live country music and some action at the bar, but don't expect top notch barbecue.
Bernie’s Lunch & Supper doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on paper, but it comes together nicely. It’s great for a number of occasions.
Xoco is a casual Mexican street food spot from the man himself, Rick Bayless. It's a good move for an easy meal.
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Lost Larson is a bakery and restaurant in Andersonville with very good food and a nice outdoor patio.
J.P. Graziano Grocery & Sub Shop
Old school sandwiches that are freshly made. Pop in for a quick solo lunch or carry out to go.
Nonna's is a small counter spot serving great sandwiches, both hot and cold. Pop in solo for a quick bite or carry out to your office or home.
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Left Coast Food & Juice
Left Coast is a fast-casual spot in Lakeview that wants you to eat on the healthier side without being totally bland and boring.
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