Gallery: 20 Cheap Eats We Love in Lincoln Park

Slice at Armitage Pizzeria ($2 to $3, depending on toppings)
Slice at Armitage Pizzeria ($2 to $3, depending on toppings)
"Don't look for fresh mozzarella here, just shredded hard mozzarella, which still lends a real tang to each bite, even though it is lightly applied. The sauce is bright red, slightly sweet, and tart. The crust, when it's on, has a crisp and chewy bite with nice char marks on the bottom. No cracker crust here." Read more here >>

Armitage Pizzeria, 711 W Armitage Ave, Chicago 60614 (map); 312-867-9111

Single Burger at Edzo's ($3.89)
Single Burger at Edzo's ($3.89)
"Everything that is great about Edzo's is showcased in the single burger. A beautifully grilled patty is draped in American cheese and topped with a soft bun." Read more here >>

Edzo's Lincoln Park, 2218 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614 (map); 773-697-9909; edzos.com

The Frips at Chicago's Dog House ($2.25)
The Frips at Chicago's Dog House ($2.25)
"There are no fries on the menu, instead the side of choice is freshly frips, which are extra thin, crispy, and fantastic. Why more places don't do this is beyond me, but these are essential." Read more here >>

Chicago's Dog House, 816 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-248-3647; chicagosdog.com‎

Chicken Breast Shish Kebob at The Athenian Room ($6.25)
Chicken Breast Shish Kebob at The Athenian Room ($6.25)
"The marinated meat is freshly grilled to order, so that it stays juicy and well seasoned. It's stuffed into a fluffy and soft pita, along with crunchy onion and slices of bright red tomato. The white sauce served along the side is better than most versions I've sampled, but I also loved adding a smear of extra creamy hummus, which you can order as an appetizer." Read more here >>

Athenian Room, 807 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-348-5155

Buffalo Wings at House of Wings ($6.25)
Buffalo Wings at House of Wings ($6.25)
"Unlike most joints slinging fried wings, here the buffalo wings ($6.25, for 12) are small, crispy, and bathed in a seductive spicy, sweet sauce, which is a genuine pleasure to lick off your stained fingers." Read more here >>

House of Wings, 2447 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-929-9421

Brunch Dog at Franks 'n Dawgs ($8.50)
Brunch Dog at Franks 'n Dawgs ($8.50)
"The Brunch Dog at Franks 'n Dawgs is quite possibly all of the best components of breakfast combined into one giant messy sandwich. It starts with a giant Slagel Farms breakfast sausage, topped with cob-smoked bacon, a fried egg, and then it's all drizzled with maple mayo. Lots of it. The whole thing is stuffed into a buttered and toasted New England-style hot dog bun, which is a rare creature here in Chicago." Read more here >>

Franks 'n Dawgs, 1863 N Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 312-226-8000; franksndawgs.com

Sambal Fish Taco at Del Seoul ($3.95)
Sambal Fish Taco at Del Seoul ($3.95)
"The tempura frying method is an inspired choice, since it produces a particularly crackly crust. It easily stands up to spicy sambal sauce, losing none of its crunch along the way, while the crisp cabbage just adds to the harmony of textures."> Read more here >>

Del Seoul, 2568 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-248-4227; delseoul.com‎

Smoked Polish Sausage at Polka's Sausage & Deli ($4.45)
Smoked Polish Sausage at Polka's Sausage & Deli ($4.45)
"The smoked Polish sausage might be one of the best versions of Chicago classic I've ever eaten. No joke. Grilled to order, the casing is crisp, while the insides are tender and smokey, with just enough garlic flavor peeking through. It's topped with only some strong mustard and sauerkraut--which the deli also makes from scratch. The final masterstroke is a soft onion-studded roll that tenderly cradles the sausage while adding a hint of sweetness." Read more here >>

Polka Sausage & Deli, 2401 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-221-0395; polkasausage.com

Arabe Taco at Taco Joint ($3)
Arabe Taco at Taco Joint ($3)
"This specialty from Puebla was influenced by an influx of Lebanese immigrants, which explains why it feels more Mediterranean, even though there is a definite chile presence. Cemitas Puebla has the most famous version in town, and though Taco Joint's isn't quite up to the same standards, it's still remarkably good. The restaurant even has foresight to serve the grilled meat on a pita-like flatbread instead of a tortilla." Read more here >>

Taco Joint, 1969 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 312-951-2457; tacojoint.com

SPAM Loco Moco from Aloha Eats ($8.35)
SPAM Loco Moco from Aloha Eats ($8.35)
"If you haven't had it before, the combination of the hot rice, thick egg yolk, and salty SPAM makes for the perfect bite. You can get this classic dish at Aloha Eats, but if you feel that your blood pressure isn't high enough, get the SPAM Loco Moco (indigenous to Hawaii, Loco Moco is typically served with hamburger patties instead of SPAM), which includes a generous dollop of gravy for an even richer (read: deadlier/artery-blocking) experience." Read more here >>

Aloha Eats, 2534 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-935-6828; alohaeats.com

The Mother Loaf at Meatloaf Bakery ($8.95)
The Mother Loaf at Meatloaf Bakery ($8.95)
"The Mother Loaf ($8.95), the restaurant's most traditional offering, is moist and intricately flavored—beef, pork, and veal are all used—and topped with some particularly creamy mashed potatoes. Pour some rich demi-glace on top and you have a totally solid interpretation that manages to rise above the kitsch." Read more here >>

The Meatloaf Bakery, 2464 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-698-6667; themeatloafbakery.com‎

Champinon Chicken at Lito's Empanadas ($2.49)
Champinon Chicken at Lito's Empanadas ($2.49)
"Featuring tender braised chicken with sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions, this was warming and filling—absolutely perfect for the cold night." Read more here >>

Lito's Empanadas, 2566 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-857-1337; litosempanadas.com

Piggy Moo Cluck Sandwich at Kingsbury Street Cafe ($9)
Piggy Moo Cluck Sandwich at Kingsbury Street Cafe ($9)
"This sandwich succeeds on the strength of the bread, which actually makes sense considering the restaurant was started by the folks behind Work of Art, a catering and baking company. The house-made ciabatta is the opposite of dense and dry. It's crumbly on the outside, almost like a biscuit, which adds slight crunch to each bite. But it's also soft and airy in the middle." Read more here >>

Kingsbury Street Cafe, 1523 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60642 (map); 312-280-1718; kingsburystreetcafe.com‎

Grilled Chicken Sandwich at Branko's ($5.99)
Grilled Chicken Sandwich at Branko's ($5.99)
"The real highlight is the grilled chicken sandwich ($5.99). Where most stands dish out overcooked and under-seasoned chicken, Branko's shows real care with its version. It takes time, a fact that the cashier is clear about when you order. This turns out to be a good thing. Only after the order is the marinated chicken tossed on the grill. The result is chicken that is still juicy, but with definite grill marks." Read more here >>

Branko's, 1118 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-472-4873; brankoschicago.com‎

Original Single at Devil Dawgs ($1.79)
Original Single at Devil Dawgs ($1.79)
"Looking like a love child between White Castle and Steak n' Shake, these tiny smashed burgers are housed in soft little buns which make ordering more than one a requirement. I always make sure to get the original single ($1.79), which comes with ketchup, mustard, and onions. Though likely to disappoint those who favor larger patties, these miniature guys are more my style." Read more here >>

Devil Dawgs, 2147 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-281-4300

B.A.D. at Floriole Cafe & Bakery ($6.75)
B.A.D. at Floriole Cafe & Bakery ($6.75)
"Sure, it's kind of a BLT variant, but when was the last time you had yested corn bread? What about almond date spread? It's the kind of sandwich that makes you wonder what other trouble Floriole can get in to." Read more here >>

Floriole Cafe & Bakery‎, 1220 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-883-1313; floriole.com‎

Classic Falafel at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen ($4.95)
Classic Falafel at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen ($4.95)
"The biggest difference between Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen's perfectly acceptable Regular Falafel ($3.95) and the "house special" Classic Falafel ($4.95) is the addition of stuff. So with the tomato salad and tahini, you also get roasted vegetables like eggplant and cauliflower, along with a nice smear of hummus. These, plus a few squirts of the restaurant's hot sauce, are worthy additions and totally worth the dollar up-charge." Read more here >>

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen, 1625 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 312-944-5800; dawalikitchen.com‎

The Original Maid-Rite at Maid-Rite ($4.49)
The Original Maid-Rite at Maid-Rite ($4.49)
"When you unwrap the package, ground meat immediately spills out on the wrapper. By the time you finish the thing, I'd say only half of the meat is eaten in the bun. Though it looks like just ground meat, under bun you'll also find ketchup, mustard, and pickles." Read more here >>

Maid-Rite, 2429 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (map); 773-935-1926; maid-rite.com

Falafel Sandwich at Sultan's Market ($3.75)
Falafel Sandwich at Sultan's Market ($3.75)
"Two big pieces of falafel are chopped into large chunks and stuffed into a pita dripping with hummus. House-made Jerusalem salad--a mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and parsley drenched in lemon juice and tahini--is heaped on top. Spicy red pepper sauce is optional, though recommended. Personally, I like to add some extra tomatoes and onion slices. And for just less than four dollars, the taste to cost ratio makes this one of the best bargains in the city." Read more here >>

Sultan's Market, 2057 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-235-3072; chicagofalafel.com

Cheddar Fries at Wiener's Circle  ($3.60)
Cheddar Fries at Wiener's Circle ($3.60)
"Dan and I tore through the fresh-cut fries covered in that glorious Merkt's cheddar. Sometimes, in my wildest fantasies, I wish I was a french fry covered in that stuff, surrounded by prancing and singing unicorns. Even when the cheese got cold, it was still good. I watched Dan eat them for five straight minutes, muttering to himself. That's what Merkt's cheddar does to a person." Read more here >>

The Wiener's Circle, 2622 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614 (map); 847-699-8590