Birchwood Kitchen

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Birchwood Kitchen

No matter what the weather’s like outside, it is always cheery at this café. Lunch sandwiches—grilled gruyere with onion jam, an avocado citrus sandwich—feature next-level flavor combinations. Weekly specials and an outstanding weekend brunch are perfect excuses to drop in for every other meal, too.

Venue name: Birchwood Kitchen
Address: 2211 W North Ave

Cross street: between Leavitt St and Bell Ave
Opening hours: Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinner (Tue–Fri) (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Blue to Damen. Bus: 49, 50, 56, 72.
Price: Average sandwich: $8
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