Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jill Barron's Logan Square
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Jill Barron is the Executive Chef/Owner of MANA Food Bar, where she's turned out beautiful vegetarian and vegan dishes since 2008. Though her bulgogi is made with seared tofu instead of beef, Barron isn't a vegetarian. She's lived in Logan Square for 12 years, and she recently shared her favorite spots in the neighborhood.
Bar: We go to The Owl. It always has really good music playing and it's just really unassuming and has a good beer list.
Sandwich: It depends, but it's usually either Lula Café for the BLT or El Rinconcito Cubano on Fullerton for a Cuban sandwich.
Dinner Spot: There are so many options. I love Wasabi, which has just really good Japanese food. The ramen is great.
Essential Neighborhood Spot: I would say it's Lula. It's been there for a long time and it's just a great place to have a drink or eat.
Hot Dog: Red Hot Ranch on Western. There's like nothing there but hot dogs and fried shrimp.
Taco: I'd say El Cid. I get whatever looks good to me at the time, but it's usually the fish tacos.
Date Night: I'd say Yusho, we like that a lot. The chawanmushi is really great.
Pizza: We get Father and Sons' thin crust pizza.
Burger: I go to Rocking Horse for mini burgers.
Coffee: Gaslight Coffee Roasters. I usually get a latte.
Breakfast: When we go out for breakfast we go to Johnny's Diner. They do a really good ham and cheese omelet and a Denver omelet.