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Uncommon Ground

Photograph: Troy Burt
Uncommon Ground
Wrigleyville

You might expect a place that has a 70% vegetarian menu and was completely nonsmoking before it had to be to serve boring dishes made with soy milk and flaxseeds. But this coffee shop/bar/restaurant/performance space will surprise you. During brunch, the winners keep coming: The huevos rancheros are gooey, cheesy and substitute black-bean cakes for tortillas; and the fruit plate sometimes comes with passion-fruit sorbet and a slice of white-chocolate banana bread. The dinner hour brings Jeff Buckley tributes and enough surprisingly good cocktails to get through them.

Venue name: Uncommon Ground
Address: 3800 N Clark St
Chicago

Cross street: at Grace St
Venue phone: 773-929-3680
Website: http://uncommonground.com
Opening hours: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Addison. Bus: 22, 80, 152.
Price: Average main course: $11
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