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The best restaurants in Boystown

Boytown restaurants range from low-key to date night and include great spots for brunch, tacos, vegetarian food and more

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By Time Out editors and Elizabeth Atkinson |

It's not hard to eat well in Boystown, as the neighborhood has a wide variety of great places to dine and drink. From several vegetarian restaurants to brunch spots, residents and visitors have a bevy of great options. The next time you're in the area or attending Pride Month festivities, head to one of these Boystown restaurants.

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Restaurants, Thai

Joy's Noodles & Rice

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For a perfectly serviceable noodle dish in Boystown, you'll do well at Joy's. Grab plates like a coconut curry with chewy ramen noodles or a classic pad see ew with crisp broccoli florets. For lunch, you get to pick from sides like egg rolls and cucumber salad and sit in the sunny window, on the cheap.

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Restaurants, Contemporary American


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Helmed by Ashlee Aubin, also the chef behind sister restaurant Salero, Wood is a classic-leaning neighborhood staple. Start with sauteed scallops and cauliflower before moving onto roasted halibut or a pork steak with mustard and chili glaze. A well-executed cocktail list from Tommy Lansaw rounds out a delicious night in Boystown.

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Restaurants, Japanese


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This cool-conscious place focuses on small plates, like fresh tofu sprinkled with chili oil and peanuts; a cucumber salad accented with king crab; and prosciutto topped with ponzu sauce, crunchy toasted shallots and charred asparagus. Sushi comprises much of the menu, which is great, since the fish is fresh and cleanly sliced.

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

HB Home Bistro

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Victor Morenz's ever-changing menu at this homey BYOB spot makes it a neighborhood gem. On your visit, the options for dinner might include house-made Italian sausage, pan-roasted spring chicken or a griddled lamb burger. For brunch, expect Spanish hash or peanut butter pancakes.

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