Josh BarnettChicago Staff Writer
Raised in Cleveland by a family split between strict vegetarians and meat-eaters, Josh ended up somewhere in the middle. He moved to Chicago after college to swim in Lake Michigan during the summer and skulk around dive bars the rest of the year. He loves the NBA and the Cavs but has forbidden himself from getting too emotionally involved. Talk to him about your favorite hyper-regional potato chips, or better yet, pass him a bag.
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River Valley Ranch Farmer’s Table is a specialty shop and restaurant with great brunch food.
Budacki’s is a hot dog stand in Ravenswood that also serves Crisp’s korean chicken wings.
Sweet Virginia’s Kitchen is a small spot in Ravenswood that’s great for a casual weekend breakfast.
Tortello is a pricey Italian counter-service spot in Wicker Park with perfectly fine pasta.
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Woodlawn Tap is a classic Hyde Park dive serving cheap beer and bar food.
The Long Room is a craft beer bar in Lakeview that's great for an early in the game date or catching up with friends.
Rose's is a cash-only dive bar in Lincoln Park full of dingy couches and character.
Ipsento 606 is a coffee shop with a full bar that's great for early in the game dates.