Slideshow: 33 Cheap Eats We Love in Logan Square

Pan con Chicharron at 4 Suyos ($8)
Pan con Chicharron at 4 Suyos ($8)

[Photograph: Debbie Carlos]

"The chicharron arrives piled high on a roll with salsa criolla and some thinly sliced and fried sweet potato. Now, many people think shatteringly crunchy, curled, deep fried pork skin when they think of chicharron, but in this case the meat is thickly sliced pork that's been braised and fried. The tenderness of the meat, along with some crispy end pieces, works extremely well in the sandwich, and the salsa criolla, which consists of marinated thinly sliced red onion and cilantro, adds brightness and acidity to the juicy, fatty pork. The sweet potato also provides a hint of sweet and a nice textural quality. Plus, seeing that little bit of bright orange peek through is a pleasant surprise." Read more here >>

4 Suyos Peruvian Cuisine, 2727 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-278-6525; 4suyos.com

Biscuit at Bang Bang Pie Shop ($2.50)
Biscuit at Bang Bang Pie Shop ($2.50)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"At Bang Bang Pie Shop, you're handed a freshly-baked biscuit ($2.50) in a paper boat and directed to the butter and jam bar. You can opt for ham or bacon instead, but the line-up of toppings is too great to miss--think chive butter or blueberry and lavender jam. My favorite combination is salted butter and strawberry jam, since the salty-sweet combination is just spot-on. The biscuits have a soft, fluffy interior while the exterior has a nice golden edge." Read more here >>

Bang Bang Pie Shop, 2051 N California Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-276-8888; bangbangpie.com

Carne Asada Taco at L' Patron ($2.00)
Carne Asada Taco at L' Patron ($2.00)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"Stuffed with hunks of freshly grilled meat, the carne asada is still slightly pink in the middle, but tender throughout. Extra beefy but surprisingly greaseless, it stands out as something of an instant classic, and a serious contender for best in the city." Read more here >>

L' Patron, 2815 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL (map); 773-252-6335; L' Patron/Facebook

Traditional Crepe at La Boulangerie ($7.99)
Traditional Crepe at La Boulangerie ($7.99)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I couldn't decide whether to include a sweet or savory crepe from La Boulangerie on this list. Both are worthy of making the cut, but if you have to start somewhere, it might as well be the traditional crepe, which features thin salty slices of French ham, funky melted Swiss cheese, and runny eggs. Sure it's straightforward, but the quality ingredients make it much more satisfying than you'd imagine.

La Boulangerie, 2569 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-358-2569; laboulangeriechicago.com

Tacos at Masa Azul ($9 for three)
Tacos at Masa Azul ($9 for three)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I've been a fan of Masa Azul's food ever since Jonathan Zaragoza was brought in to revamp the menu. But if you ever stayed away because of the price factor (which I thought was justified, but understood the complaint), now is the time to give it another try. The menu has been expanded, and now you can score three of the best tacos in town for $9. While the birria taco might be tops, all are worth trying, including these strangely satisfying Aguacate Tacos.

Masa Azul, 2901 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-687-0300; masaazul.com‎

Bagel at Reno ($2.25)
Bagel at Reno ($2.25)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"Reno's bagels are skinny, almost half as tall as some of the other examples I tried. Then there is the color, which obviously indicates that some whole wheat flour was incorporated. This move gives them a rounder, more complex taste, one that I can see some people preferring. There is also a distinct maltiness and tang, even if it doesn't quite measure up to Kaufman's. I also wish they were a bit crispier, but there is no doubting how wonderful these bagels are. Whether or not you're willing to pay for them depends on whether you like this specific style."

Reno, 2607 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-697-4234; renochicago.com‎

Adobado Taco at Taqueria Moran ($1.75)
Adobado Taco at Taqueria Moran ($1.75)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Located across the street from the entrance to the California Blue Line, Taqueria Moran is one of the better old school taquerias around. While not everything works, the restaurant does has one unquestionably awesome offering: the adobado tacos. The little hunks of griddled pork are juicy, with a deep chile backbone from a marinade. If you're not in a taco mood, the chilaquiles are also a good option.

Taqueria Moran, 2226 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-235-2663

The Potato Taco Special at Carnicerias Jimenez ($3.49)
The Potato Taco Special at Carnicerias Jimenez ($3.49)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"I have a weakness for tacos. Hopefully I've made that point clear. But while tacos are almost always on the affordable side, it is surprisingly hard to cobble together enough of them for a meal under the $5 mark. And even if you can, none are quite as satisfying or as filling as the potato taco special ($3.49) at Carnicerias Jimenez. Corn tortillas are stuffed with coarsely mashed potatoes, and then fried to order. When done, those tortillas become crackly and crisp, providing an ideal contrast to the creamy potatoes. You get three with the order, which should be enough for any appetite." Read more here >>

Carniceria Jimenez, 3850 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647; (map); 773-278-6769; carniceriasjimenez.com‎

Chorizo Taco at 2 Amigos ($2.00)
Chorizo Taco at 2 Amigos ($2.00)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"The chorizo served here is milder and more subtly flavored than most I've encountered, making it balanced enough to fly solo. It's also sautéed carefully, not just tossed on a hot griddle and left to burn in patches. According to my waitress, the taqueria doesn't even make its own, but it certainly tastes different than most overaggressive versions." Read more here >>

2 Amigos, 2320 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-292-0106

Hot Dog with Fries at Mr. G's Beef ($2.50)
Hot Dog with Fries at Mr. G's Beef ($2.50)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"I was excited when Mr. G's opened, because while my neighborhood has an exceptional scene, it didn't have a great hot dog. Over the past six months, I've stopped by the stand a number of times, and each time I've been served a very good Chicago-style hot dog. Plus, those hand-cut fries have ranged from solid to exceptional." Read more here >>

Mr. G's, 2715 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-227-2221; mrgsbeef.com

Original Cheesesteak with Provolone from Philly's Best ($6.49, small)
Original Cheesesteak with Provolone from Philly's Best ($6.49, small)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"Even if it comes up short as a perfectly realized recreation of Philadelphia's favorite sandwich (or is that the roast pork with broccoli rabe?) the sandwich still manages to succeed as the massive beef-and-cheese gut bomb it truly is. You know, the kind of gloriously greasy creation that requires you to cover yourself in napkins, and yet you still come away from the experience with inexplicable stains? That's the one. Plus, first hand research has proven to me that imbibing a little before ordering mysteriously improves each sandwich." Read more here >>

Philly's Best, 2436 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-276-1900; phillysbest.com

Steak Sandwich at El Cubanito ($3.95)
Steak Sandwich at El Cubanito ($3.95)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"Unlike other steak sandwiches at nearby Cuban joints, the meat here is chopped up in to fine little shreds. After some cheese is added to the mix, the resulting sandwich starts looking suspiciously like a cheesesteak. Oh, and sandwich gets a handful of shoestring fries, lending each bite a crispy, salty kick, further setting it over the top. Now, this also means that it is a mess and nearly impossible to pick up without half the sandwich spilling out. But that's a small price to pay for such a feast." Read more here >>

El Cubanito, 2555 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60639 (map); 773-235-2555

Egg, Pepper, and Tomato Sandwich at Johnny's Grill  ($4.05)
Egg, Pepper, and Tomato Sandwich at Johnny's Grill ($4.05)

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

"A hearty slice of toasted french bread holds the egg and veggie amalgamate together, resulting in a sandwich that's as greasy and calorie-filled as it is delicious. Add some cheese for an extra $0.45, and sing those hangover woes goodbye." Read More Here »

Johnny's Grill, 2545 North Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-278-2215

Daily Waffle at Jam ($9)
Daily Waffle at Jam ($9)

[Photograph: Amy Canvanugh]

"Jam rotates its waffle offerings, so you could be looking at a buckwheat waffle topped with whitefish (which "arrived this morning") and a quail egg, swimming in a crimini mushroom sauce. I opted for the half portion, but could have easily put away a serving twice this size. The waffle tastes light but is strong enough to hold up to the substantial toppings, and the flaky fish was a surprisingly nice accompaniment to the savory waffle. Having had this beauty, I wouldn't hesitate to order any daily waffle that Jam put on their menu." Read More Here »

Jam, 3057 West Logan Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-292-6011; jamrestaurant.com

The Steak Sandwich at Cafe Marianao ($4.25)
The Steak Sandwich at Cafe Marianao ($4.25)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"It's filled with luscious, tender hunks of beef that have been slowly cooked in traditional Cuban mojo seasonings. The beef is stuffed into a roll and topped with cheese, onions, and a slice of tomato. Then the whole thing is tossed in a sandwich press and cooked until the cheese melts and the bread is toasted." Read More Here »

Cafe Marianao, 2246 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647 (map); 773-278-4533

Fritada con Torta de Papa from Restaurant Ecuador ($8.50)
Fritada con Torta de Papa from Restaurant Ecuador ($8.50)

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

"Meaty pieces of bone-in pork ribs are cooked in an orange juice spiked broth until tender. The broth is reduced to nothing more than a glaze, which allows the pork to crisp up in its own rendered fat. Sounds just like carnitas, right? It tastes like it, too, with the tender-crisp pork tugging back slightly before coming clean off the bone. The fritada is served on a bed of iceberg lettuce and topped with curtido de cebolla y tomate, a pickled red onion, tomato, and cilantro salsa that adds welcome acidity to the fatty pork. The dish is also served with mote (boiled white corn kernels from the same family as hominy), the aforementioned torta de papa (also known as a llapingacho, an achiote-flavored cheese stuffed potato patty that's griddled until crisp), and a sprinkling of tostado (basically pan fried Ecuadorian corn nuts)." Read More Here »

Restaurant Ecuador, 2923 W Diversey Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-342-7870; restaurantecuador.com

Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich at The Rocking Horse ($9.00)
Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich at The Rocking Horse ($9.00)

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

"The chicken is hard fried and heavily peppered—think chicken fried steak—and the bun is oversized and pillowy. The included lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles are all great, but grab a side of mayo and those pickles, and you're well on your way to a respectable local option to the fallen crowd favorite." Read More Here »

The Rocking Horse, 2535 N Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-486-0011; rockinghorsechicago.com

Snacks: Pretzel with Welsh Rarebit at Longman & Eagle ($5)
Snacks: Pretzel with Welsh Rarebit at Longman & Eagle ($5)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"From the moment I first dunked a hunk of Longman's crispy pretzel into the gooey side of spunky Welsh rarebit, I've been hooked. It's just one of those automatic orders, one I don't even think about too much. The crackly crust probably has something to do with it. Where some pretzels are soft and pliant, this one shatters before giving way to tender interior. Of course, one could argue that it's not a pretzel at all, but that wouldn't stop me from ordering it again." Read More Here »

Longman & Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-276-7110; longmanandeagle.com

Pig Ears Malt Vinegared with Cornichon Aioli at Billy Sunday ($8)
Pig Ears Malt Vinegared with Cornichon Aioli at Billy Sunday ($8)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"I hate to bring up junk food, but I find it impossible to discuss the pig ears from this Logan Square cocktail spot without mentioning another one. Each crispy sheet of airy fried pig is dusted with a malty powder that, when dipped in the creamy cornichon aioli, results in bite eerily familiar of Cool Ranch Doritos." Read More Here »

Billy Sunday, 3143 West Logan Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-661-2485; billy-sunday.com

Scotch Egg at Owen & Engine ($7)
Scotch Egg at Owen & Engine ($7)

[Photograph: Josh Conley]

"The Scotch egg ($7) is a great starter. The egg is rich and the crust has a good, greaseless crunch to it. But the sausage is the real star; mild and peppery, but allowed to shine here. It is thinly sliced, moist, and delicious. For being essentially a deep-fried egg wrapped in sausage, the dish is surprisingly light. Though I could have gone for some Dijon, it is served with a sweet-ish, grainy stout mustard." Read More Here »

Owen & Engine‎, 2700 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-235-2930; owenengine.com‎

Chicken Wings at Yusho ($6.00)
Chicken Wings at Yusho ($6.00)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"I love just about everything at Yusho, but I always make sure to leave room for the chicken wings. I usually like my wings fried, but these get a remarkably crisp skin from the grill, while remaining incredibly juicy. But the biggest surprise is that all of the bones have been removed, leaving you with a few incredibly tender and stress-free bites. All that's left is for you to dip them in a umami-packed bonito salt and dig in." Read More Here »

Yusho, 2853 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 (map); 773-904-8558; yusho-chicago.com‎

Samosas at Township ($6.00)
Samosas at Township ($6.00)

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

"A soft and satisfying filling of potato, peas, and Indian spices are enveloped in a crispy, crimped dough exterior. While the shell is nicely seasoned, the filling would benefit from more salt and a heavier hand with the spices. The accompanying chutneys fill any flavor gaps, though. The tamarind is sticky sweet, while the cilantro mint is herbal and slightly spicy. A little of both added to each bite of the samosas complement the fragrant earthiness inherent in Indian cooking. These addictive little pockets were gone before I knew it." Read More Here »

Township, 2200 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-384-1865; townshipchicago.com

Sweets: Lemon Ice at Miko's Italian Ice ($2.00)
Sweets: Lemon Ice at Miko's Italian Ice ($2.00)

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Nine times out of ten, I get an order of the lemon ice. It's by far the most popular Italian ice flavor around town, and more than any other option, Miko's version proves why this stand is such a find. Tart and only slightly sweet, the lemon ice functions less as a dessert and more as a tool to help you cool down on a hot day. Plus, it's remarkably affordable. Pictured above is the extra small, which goes for $2.00.

Miko's Italian Ice in Logan Square, 3000 West Lyndale Street, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-645-9664; mikositalianice.com

Smoked Pecan Sticky Bun from Lula Cafe ($4.00)
Smoked Pecan Sticky Bun from Lula Cafe ($4.00)

[Photograph: Kate Bernot]

"If you're lucky, one of the three rotating choices will be the smoked pecan sticky bun ($4.00), a smaller pastry with a only a distant relationship to cousins in the Ann Sather clan. That doesn't mean it's leagues lighter or less frosted than the satellite-dish-sized classic, just that the pecans add both a complementary smokiness and a textural crunch that make all the difference. When you need that nostalgic, sweet bite to cap a savory meal, Lula's sticky bun doesn't fail, and it leaves you wondering why you don't find room in your schedule for weekday breakfast dessert more often." Read More Here »

Lula Cafe‎, 2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-489-9554; lulacafe.com

Molé Truffles at Katherine Anne Confections
Molé Truffles at Katherine Anne Confections

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

"Katherine's Molé truffle contains roasted nuts, seeds, and several spices including three different chili powders that give the chocolate treat a definite kick. Like the real thing, the spice takes its time before making its presence known, but when it finally pipes up in the back of your throat, it's there just long enough to pique your interest and persuade you to take another bite." Read More Here »

Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-772-1330; katherine-anne.com‎