[Photograph: Michell Eloy]
There's nothing quaint or trendy about Johnny's Grill, a tiny American-style diner located in the heart of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. (Interestingly, there's another location in Gold Coast). It's neither ideal for a leisurely brunch over mimosas and witty banter, nor suitable for those looking to eat anything even remotely associated with the word "lite." Rather, as one Yelp reviewer puts it, Johnny's "might be the ideal place to begin piecing your life back together after either a messy divorce or a night of abusing your liver." I couldn't have provided a more fitting description if I tried.
Now, the details behind my eventual schlepping to this northwest-side eatery are likely not suitable for the (web) pages of this publication. Let's just say after some weekend revelry, this lady needed a proverbial rock in her stomach. And Johnny's egg, pepper and tomato sandwich ($4.05) did just that. 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.
2545 North Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647 (map)
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