“They bring the kiddos’ food fast and keep the reasonably priced adult drinks flowing,” one Wishbone fan told us. On weekend mornings, the laid-back Southern cooking fave, with locations in the West Loop and Lakeview, caters to a large toddler contingent hours before the hungover crowd crawls in for Bloodies and cheese grits. Wee diners can (and do) make mince out of those warm corn muffins that hit the table as soon as you’re seated, and the patient staff doesn’t bat an eye. Even better? The entire menu is just as good for grown-ups (oh, those crab cakes) as it is for kids (corn-flake-crusted French toast!). 1001 W Washington Blvd (312-850-2663) and 3300 N Lincoln Ave (773-549-2663).
Other nominees Orange, L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, DMK Burger Bar, Dave’s Italian Kitchen, Scoozi!