Slideshow: 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

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

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

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

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