Best Logan Square restaurants
Jason Hammel's farm-to-table restaurant essentially kickstarted the culinary scene in Logan Square when it opened in 1999. Since then, it has continued to offer approachable, delectable dishes with an emphasis on seasonality. You'll find a mix of standard diner fare and more experimental dishes on the menu, but the prices are reasonable and servers can always point you in the right direction.
Truth is, you can't go wrong with Longman & Eagle. No matter the occasion or time of day, this Logan Square restaurant serves stellar fare and cocktails. If you're going for dinner, arrive ready to eat something adventurous (yes, this probably involves organ meat). If you're going for a weekend brunch, prepare to kill time waiting for a table at the bar next door, where you'll find cocktails, beer and delicious doughnuts.
At a Macanese fusion restaurant known for its sharable dishes, here's a given: You’re getting the arroz gordo. It’s a spectacle to behold, a paella-like thicket in which sausage, pork, clams and prawns are piled on a bed of rice—a dish worthy of sharing its name (which translates to fat rice) with the restaurant itself. There’s something about big, conglomerate dishes like this that makes them immensely pleasurable to eat. They’re the opposite of faddish: They’re dishes with long histories, things you don’t have to think about to enjoy. This sense of history and of place is what makes Fat Rice’s approach so successful.
The fact that Quiote stands out in a neighborhood that is teeming with great Mexcian restaurants is a testament to the care that chef Dan Sall has poured into his latest venture. Upstairs, you'll find guests devouring shared plates of regional cuisine, including a crisp avocado salad prepared with Brussel sprouts and tender pork collar, served with house-made tortillas. Downstairs, a mescal bar serves potent drinks, from a Hibiscus Margarita to a mescal-infused Old Fashioned that may change your opinion of the agave liquor.
You'll need a reservation (well in advance) to grab one of the 44 seats at Nightwood chef Jason Vincent's Logan Square restaurant. Though space is tight, Giant realizes its ambitions through shared plates of “simple, unpretentious Midwestern fare.” The menu is accessible yet adventurous, including fried uni shooters that are a perfect introduction to eating sea urchin and pecan smoked baby back ribs that actually deserve their own jingle. Accompanied by a glass of wine, Giant offers the kind of meal that should live up to your huge expectations.
The trifecta of carbohydrates that is the base of Reno—bagels, pasta and pizza—commands fanaticism on its own. It's the execution of each dish makes this a place worth coming back to (perhaps multiple times a day, if you can stomach all that gluten). The Montreal-style bagels are chewy and savory, and can be topped with shmear or hummus. Woodfired pizzas arrive covered with fresh toppings on a thin, not-too-hearty crust—and you can score two for $20 on Tuesdays. Leave room for some pasta, which is house-made and usually comes smothered in melting cheese.
Plenty of new Mexican restaurants opened their doors this year, but Mi Tocaya is one to watch. The tacos are the main attraction, including the spicy Campechano stuffed with al pastor, chorizo and carne asada and garnished with salsa and a squeeze of lime. Aside from the food, your most pressing decision may be where to sit: the open kitchen gives you views of chef Diana Davila crafting unique regional specialties, but the cozy outdoor patio is also very inviting. You'll just need to come back twice to experience both seating arrangements.
Regional Piedmontese cuisine is Osteria Langhe's focus, and that means ingredients like truffles, cream and eggy pastas appear on this streamlined menu. The plin, miniature agnolotti filled with cheese, are beautiful and light; the beef tartare is impeccably seasoned; and a rotating selection of salads are fresh and well-dressed. Osteria Langhe has quietly elevated Logan Square's Italian restaurant scene.
You'll find lines of people in front of this popular Logan Square shop waiting for two things: pie and biscuits. While the pie list is streamlined (around six slices a day, that's it), the biscuit menu is much bigger, with biscuit sandwiches, biscuits drowning in gravy and biscuits piled with eggs and candied bacon, among other iterations. The ambiance is just as charming as the food, with picnic tables and blue and white checkered papers atop faux paper plates that are ideal for Instagramming. Enjoy a biscuit (and some dessert, naturally) on the outdoor patio if the weather is decent—and you need caffeinating, the iced coffee is dispensed via tap.
Sporting the (modified) sign of the laundromat that formerly occupied this storefront, Same Day Cafe is similarly utilitarian, offering a place for drinks, a meal or a quiet spot to finish some work. The centerpiece of the menu is the grilled cheese, served on thick rosemary bread—it's made to accompanied by a cup of rich tomato soup. A soda fountain offers a variety of sodas concoctions, like a spicy ginger and a tart Michigan cherry, egg creams, phosphates and lactarts. There's also a daily $10 blue plate special that's usually a steal for the price.
A casual, affordable lunch spot in west Logan Square, Wyler Road is a sandwich place/bar from the team behind the nearby Burlington. This place is adorable, with tall mint green bar stools, lots of wood and windows for light, plus dishes served on mismatched china that you can’t help but photograph before diving in. The menu is divided into hot, cold, fried and grilled cheese sections, with toppings life clam belly, fried green tomato and bacon (you can tell we like the fried options). Paired with a beer and some fluffy fried cheese curds, it's a hearty meal that should leave you satisfied—at least until dinner.
This sibling location of Clybourn Avenue’s popular Cuban carryout joint is nearly a spitting image of the original—same toasted Cuban sandwiches, same flaky empanadas, same garlicky yuca chips, same potent café con leche. But even if the tiny interior, with its newspaper-covered walls, elicits the same claustrophobia, the big draws here are the spacious front and back patios, tropical ambience and mixers to turn BYO liquor into mojitos.
On a stretch of Armitage Avenue, Topolobampo alums Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart deliver inventive Mexican food like carnitas crowned with cabbage and grilled mushrooms and sweet chestnut corn bread anchored in earthy red mole. Finish off your meal with glazed plantains and queso fresco over cajeta, and sip on the Rosita, a Negroni reimagined with tequila and Amargo-Vallet bitters.
The Logan Square outpost of the Brooklyn pizza joint serves up the same wood-fired pizzas it has in its other locations, all coming from an oven blasting at a hot 1,000 degrees. Crispy crusts filled with bubbles dominate the menu—like the Daniela Spinaci, with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, fresh mozzarella, sliced garlic, baby spinach and olive oil. Want to depart from the original? Grab one of the Logan Squares, with a thicker, Detriot-style crust and a crispy edge.
A regal-looking English coat of arms hanging over the entrance to Owen & Engine bears family crest of Bo Fowler, the brains behind this Chicago pub. You'll feel like you've been whisked away to England as you begin working your way through the menu, which includes classic dishes like bangers and mash, fish and chips or vegetable korma. It's also located directly across the street from the Regal City North movie theatre, so you can pop in for some charcuterie and a cask beer before seeing the latest Marvel movie.
The restaurant may be bare bones in terms of décor, but it’s serving some of the best bread in Chicago. Tony Bezsylko, Ethan Pikas and Justin Behlke, former coworkers at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op, change their menu frequently, so you never know quite what you’ll find. Crusty, slightly tangy bread forms the base for tartines, while at the counter, there’s a little case of pastries, like a perfect canele, its spongy center encased with a crunchy, caramelized exterior. You can buy pastries and bread to go, as well, and it’s not a bad idea to take a loaf home for dinner.