Noble Square, North Side


A Sandwich a Day: The Whole Pig at Swim Café

Swim Café is the kind of place where you aren't judged for ordering a cup of coffee and taking up residence at a tiny table while you catch up with old friends for three hours on a lazy Sunday morning. But if you require something a little more substantial than coffee to get through a three-hour chat fest, The Whole Pig ($9.85) will take you on a hearty three-layer journey through pork. More

The Brunch Dish: Meat Omelet at Branch 27

In all my brunch adventures so far, I have tried to stay away from obvious American brunch staples in hopes of exploring Chicago's more unique offerings. Noble Square's Branch 27 made me venture back to the safety zone, however, with their version of everyone's favorite egg dish: the omelet. More

Sugar Rush: Blueberry Almondine from Lovely Bake Shop

Lovely's airy, warm cafe may be the best spot for tearing into this slice straightaway. Warm wood and vintage floral prints make the interior look like a Pinterest dream, and some communal seating means there's a potential to meet like-minded dessert fiends. Just be advised that said communal seating could mean you'll have to share a bite of that blueberry almondine. More

A Sandwich a Day: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Five Star

Is it okay to admit to having a soft spot for the buffalo chicken wrap? I mean, it's not that I ever would cop to a craving for fried chicken that has been coated in a rich and spicy sauce, and then wrapped up with creamy dressing and crisp, cool lettuce. How could I! Still, if you're too embarrassed to be seen in public with one, Five Star has the answer. More

The La Pasadita Throwdown: Which One Is Best?

Stand at the intersection of Ashland and Division, look south, and you're bound to see it: three restaurants, all named La Pasadita, all located on the exact same block. If you're like me, so many quesitons will pop into your head that it will be hard to process them all. Eventually you'll settle on two important ones: (1) How in the world did three identically named restaurants end up on the same block? (2) Which one is best? More

Standing Room Only: La Pasadita

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] La Pasadita 1141 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (map); 773-278-0384‎ The Short Order: Oddly beefy grilled steak tacos. Want Fries with That? No sides are needed. Save room for tacos. Want Ketchup? Just bottles and... More

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