Ahjoomah’s Apron Korean food (bibimbop, jopchae, bulgogi) in Chinatown. 218 W Cermak Rd (312-326-2800). Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $10.
The Art of Chicken Quarter chickens, half chickens, full chickens, sides. It’s an art, man! 2041 N Western Ave (773-697-9266). Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $6.
Coast Sushi & Sashimi The popular sushi spot—already successful in Bucktown and the South Loop—stakes a claim in Evanston. 2545 Prairie Ave, Evanston (847-328-2221). Lunch (Sat, Sun), dinner. Average sashimi: $6.
Egghead Diner At this diner, classic American fare (eggs Benedict, burgers) shares the bill with Latin classics (chilaquiles). 2012 W Irving Park Rd (773-857-0171). Breakfast, lunch. Average main course: $9.
The Goddess and Grocer The fourth location of the popular sandwich/salad/prepared foods shop. 901 N Larrabee St (312-988-9870). Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average sandwich: $8.
Grill-N-Griddle With this gyro/burger/hot-dog joint, the West Loop just became a little more everyman. 651 W Washington Blvd (312-207-0988). Breakfast, lunch (closed Sat, Sun). Average main course: $5.
Hannah’s Bretzel The health-conscious, German-influenced sandwich shop brings its housemade pretzels to the West Loop. 555 W Monroe St (312-621-1111). Breakfast (Mon–Fri), lunch. Average main course: $9.
HASH It claims to be a hash-only restaurant (that’s corned beef hash, etc.). But the truth is this place serves bagels, salads and sandwiches, too. 1357 N Western Ave (773-661-2964). Breakfast, lunch (closed Tue). Average main course: $7.
The Haute & the Dog Dion Antic turned his bagel shop into a hot-dog shop. 1252 N Damen Ave (312-720-8185). Lunch, dinner. Average hot dog: $4.
BUZZY Horse Thief Hollow This place brews its own beer and makes barbecue from a smoker it purchased from Lillie’s Q. In other words, it’s the biggest thing that’s happened in Beverly since the invention of square-cut pizza. 10426 S Western Ave (773-779-2739). Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $10.
Howells & Hood Beers, 114 of them, on tap. Food, too. 435 N Michigan Ave (312-212-8878). Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $21.
Kanela An Old Town outpost of the Lakeview breakfast spot. 1552 N Wells St (312-255-1206). Breakfast, brunch, lunch. Average main course: $10.
BUZZY Kuma’s Too Same menu, same metal, in absolutely the last location you’d expect. 666 W Diversey Pkwy (773-472-2666). Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $12.
Le Cafe Panini, pastries and lots of coffee to go with it. 4655 N Lincoln Ave (773-878-2233). 8am–8pm. Average sandwich: $8.
Lucky’s Overstuffed sandwiches in a bar setting. 1635 N Milwaukee Ave (773-292-2765). Lunch, dinner. Average sandwich: $8.
Mas Alla Del Sol Mexican food—and fresh-juice cocktails—from the people who run Los Nopales. 5848 N Broadway (773-654-1900). Dinner (closed Mon). Average main course: $18.
Mr. Spanky’s “Stuffed buns” (Chinese-style buns sandwiching braised meats) are the signature at this quick carryout spot, which also dabbles in salads, soups and housemade bacon. 335 W 31st St. Lunch, dinner (closed Sun–Tue). Average sandwich: $3.50.
Oliver’s Café Oliver Valenzuela’s Bridgeport restaurant serves eclectic dishes like cinnamon-braised beef tenderloin and a dessert egg roll. 451 W 31st St (312-791-1230). Dinner (closed Mon). Average main course: $14.
Pide ve Lahmacun Just as the name suggests, this spot traffics in two types of Turkish “pizza”: lahmajun (thinner, smaller pies) and pide (bigger stuffed pies). 1812 W Irving Park Rd (773-248-6344). Breakfast, lunch, dinner (closed Sun). Average main course: $9.
Pizza House 1647 At this pizzeria, thin-crust whole wheat pizzas are sold as pies; thicker, white-flour slices are served by the slice. 1647 W Cortland Ave (773-252-3500). Dinner (closed Mon). Average main course: $13.
Polka Sausage & Deli At this North Side outpost of a South Side sausage maker, sausages are available to go or grilled and topped with kraut. 2401 N Clybourn Ave (773-221-0395). Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average sandwich: $5.
Taco Joint Tacos, tortas, guacamoles and margaritas, available for lunch, late-night and at a walk-up window (except for those margaritas). 158 W Ontario St (312-337-8226). Lunch, dinner. Average taco: $3.
Tanuki Sushi and robata from an Indie Café veteran. 3006 N Sheffield Ave (773-360-1950). Lunch (Tue–Sun), dinner. Average main course: $10.
Umai Sushi in Printers Row, with udon and ramen noodle bowls to boot. 730 S Clark St (312-986-8888). Lunch (Mon–Sat), dinner. Average maki: $8.
Wrigley BBQ All the usual barbecue suspects (brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs), plus sides such as maple-whipped sweet potatoes. 3555 N Broadway (773-472-1227). Dinner (closed Mon). Average main course: $10.