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Where to Eat and Drink in Avondale

Find Japanese curries, doner kebabs, and much more on the Northwest Side

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Pisolino is a local favorite for pizzas, pastas, and other Italian specialties.
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Nestled away on the city’s Northwest Side, Avondale is an area filled with a variety of exciting dining options. Home to a mix of old-school establishments — many that have been around for decades — and modern eateries, this working class neighborhood is prime for exploring. A Michelin-starred experience, epic burgers, and spacious outdoor patios are just a few of the highlights; read on to discover all the essentials.

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Nonna

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3400 N Lawndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 253-4741

Tucked away on a residential street corner, this rustic-chic spot offers a mash-up of Argentinean and Italian delights. Chef José Rivero pays homage to his Hispanic grandmother, as well as the Italian side of his family, by recreating their recipes for steak and chicken milanesa, empanadas, lomito sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and more. Call 773-253-4741 for carryout; delivery is available through third party services.

2. Taqueria Mazamitla

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3610 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 267-2667
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This under-the-radar taqueria is the best place to hit up to satisfy all those Mexican cravings. Dig into tacos, burritos, or tortas filled with crispy al pastor, tender carne asada, and more. Breakfast time features extra options like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Call 773-267-2667 for carryout.

3. Joong Boo Market

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3333 N Kimball Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-5566
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One of the city’s most notable Asian markets also sells a variety of hot foods. Visitors can pick up mandu dumplings and steamed buns from the walk-up window out front or head to the counter-service restaurant in the back, dubbed “Snack Corner,” for Korean staples such as bibimbap and sundubu jjigae. Sashimi platters are popular as well, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when they’re on sale for $25.

4. Bokuchan's Japanese Curry House

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3517 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(312) 684-8989
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Furious Spoon chefs Shin Thompson and Liga Sigal didn’t let the pandemic deter them from opening a new virtual restaurant in 2020. Operating out of Avondale Foods ghost kitchen, Bokuchan specializes in Japanese curry served with rice, also known as kare raisu. The made-from-scratch curries are paired with proteins like tonkatsu, chicken katsu, and tender roast beef. Other highlights include curried waffle fries, matcha white chocolate chip cookies, and a “kamikaze” habanero-cayenne chili paste that can be added to any dish. Order online for pickup or delivery via third party services.

A bowl of Japanese curry with rice and tonkatsu.
This virtual restaurant has brought a classic Japanese dish to Avondale.
Bokuchan’s Japanese Curry House [Official Photo]

5. Parachute

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3472 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(872) 204-7138
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Avondale’s Korean-American hotspot is among the city’s finest experiences and has earned one Michelin star every year since 2016. Focusing on local ingredients, husband-and-wife duo Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim produce plates that marry traditional flavors with modern techniques. Due to the pandemic, Parachute is currently operating out of sister restaurant Wherewithall and offering a truncated menu full of hits, such as potato bing bread, beef short ribs, and Korean fried chicken. Order here for carryout; delivery is available via third party services.

6. Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

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3471 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 583-3066
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Cozy up next to the fireplace and enjoy a pint of Guinness and hearty, comforting fare. This lively Irish pub has an extensive whiskey collection and pairs it with Emerald Isle classics like shepherd’s pie, corned beef, and fish and chips. Other amenities include a large back patio and musical performances several nights a week. And on Sundays, a crowd-pleasing brunch buffet is served. Chief O’Neill’s is temporarily closed until further notice.

7. Reed's Local

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3017 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(872) 806-0520
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This revamped dive bar continues to serve customers, albeit outside on a heated patio. It’s a quaint space with enough room for a few friends who want to catchup. Normally, the insides are the type of dive that Chicago is known for — cheap drinks, friendly people, and Tetris.

Come chill on our heated patio on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 til 11pm! It's toasty warm and a cozy, private space just...

Posted by Reed's Local on Saturday, January 9, 2021

8. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-4000
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Chef partners Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp first discovered the magical combination of honey butter on fried chicken while hosting their pop-up supper series Sunday Dinner Club. In 2013, the pair launched a restaurant dedicated to its namesake specialty to much success. The sweet-and-savory pieces of boneless chicken have proven to be irresistible and are complemented by items like pimento mac and cheese, corn muffins, and chicken sandwiches. Order online for carryout; delivery is available through third party services.

9. Santa Masa Tamaleria

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2949 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Chef Danny Espinosa and wife Jhoana Ruiz quietly debuted Santa Masa Tamales in 2020 and have taken orders via a Google doc. Find traditional flavors and the occasional special, like and Italian beef variant. The couple have plans to ramp up operations further after the pandemic.

10. Kuma's Corner

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2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
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The heavy-metal-themed restaurant and bar has been a dining destination for more than a decade thanks to its lineup of creative burgers and local craft beers. Expect sizeable 10-ounce beef patties on pretzel buns topped with a wide range of ingredients. Favorites include “Lair of the Minotaur” (brie, bourbon-poached pear, caramelized onions, pancetta), “Led Zeppelin” (smoked bacon, pulled pork, cheddar, pickles), and “Iron Maiden” (avocado, cherry peppers, pepper jack, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions). The rotating burger of the month and the customizable mac and cheese shouldn’t be overlooked either. Long waits are common when dine-in service is available, but Kuma’s also offers carryout and delivery. Note that the restaurant has been criticized by staff for a toxic workplace environment. The chain also has a Fulton Market location.

11. Caravanserai

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2901 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 293-6425
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Drinking chocolate destination Caravanserai from popular local coffee roaster Dark Matter features hot, sweet beverages made with pre-colonial recipes and chocolate from Mexico City-based partner La Rifa Chocolatería. Hits include the Cafe de Olla (La Rifa sweet chocolate, cinnamon, orange zest, espresso) and Mayan Mochas (La Rifa Mexico City chocolate, Dark Matter cinnamon blend, cayenne). Order online through the cafe’s website.

Start your weekend with a Mexican Drinking Chocolate made with cocoa from our friends La Rifa in Mexico City. Order one via the Joe Coffee app or stop in to pick on up.

Posted by Caravanserai on Saturday, July 11, 2020

12. DMen Tap

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2849 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 961-8757
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The brick-and-mortar outpost of a popular food truck, DMen Tap focuses on German street fare. Scarf down warm pretzels, schnitzel sandwiches, bratwursts, currywursts, or doner kebabs — the restaurant’s signature item made of chicken cooked on a vertical rotisserie. There are a host of vegan and gluten-free options too, along with craft beers on tap. Orders for carryout and delivery can be placed here. There’s also a killer craft beer list.

Doner kebab and veggies served over a bed of fries.
DMen Tap is one of the few places in town offering doner kebabs.
Barry Brecheisen/DMen Tap

13. Pisolino Italian Market

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2755 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 293-6025
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The neighborhood go-to for a glass of wine and some Italian fare, Pisolino has evolved from a restaurant into a marketplace as a result of the pandemic. In addition to chef/owner James De Marte’s thin-crust pizzas and pastas, customers can purchase grocery items like fresh mozzarella, dry pastas, and sauces. Italian subs are also served during lunchtime thanks to a new deli counter. Order here for pickup; delivery is offered through third party services.

A variety of pizzas spread out on a table.
Pisolino provides locals with classic Italian dishes as well as groceries to make feasts at home.
Pisolino [Official Photo]

14. The Beer Temple

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3173 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 754-0907
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The Beer Temple is one of Chicago’s most popular liquor stores. Craft beer fans know that the store will stock rare releases, special collaborations, and most anything they would possible interested. Ownership would move the store around the corner to a larger space with room for a bar, promising to leverage relationships with breweries to put unusual beers on tap. While the bar is closed, beer nerds should switch on Instagram notifications so they can preorder the latest concoction the store has to offer before the vultures gobble them up.

15. Metropolitan Brewing

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3057 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 754-0494
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Located in a warehouse-like space along the North Branch of the Chicago River, Metropolitan Brewing’s taproom boasts picturesque views to go with its German-style lagers. Folks have the choice of picking up a six-pack to take home or to enjoy on the riverside patio. The brewery is dog-friendly and outside food can be brought in or delivered.

A glass of beer sitting on an outdoor patio table.
Soak up views of the Chicago River on Metropolitan’s patio.
Metropolitan Brewing [Official Photo]

1. La Nonna

3400 N Lawndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Tucked away on a residential street corner, this rustic-chic spot offers a mash-up of Argentinean and Italian delights. Chef José Rivero pays homage to his Hispanic grandmother, as well as the Italian side of his family, by recreating their recipes for steak and chicken milanesa, empanadas, lomito sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and more. Call 773-253-4741 for carryout; delivery is available through third party services.

3400 N Lawndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

2. Taqueria Mazamitla

3610 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This under-the-radar taqueria is the best place to hit up to satisfy all those Mexican cravings. Dig into tacos, burritos, or tortas filled with crispy al pastor, tender carne asada, and more. Breakfast time features extra options like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Call 773-267-2667 for carryout.

3610 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Joong Boo Market

3333 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

One of the city’s most notable Asian markets also sells a variety of hot foods. Visitors can pick up mandu dumplings and steamed buns from the walk-up window out front or head to the counter-service restaurant in the back, dubbed “Snack Corner,” for Korean staples such as bibimbap and sundubu jjigae. Sashimi platters are popular as well, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when they’re on sale for $25.

3333 N Kimball Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Bokuchan's Japanese Curry House

3517 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
A bowl of Japanese curry with rice and tonkatsu.
This virtual restaurant has brought a classic Japanese dish to Avondale.
Bokuchan’s Japanese Curry House [Official Photo]

Furious Spoon chefs Shin Thompson and Liga Sigal didn’t let the pandemic deter them from opening a new virtual restaurant in 2020. Operating out of Avondale Foods ghost kitchen, Bokuchan specializes in Japanese curry served with rice, also known as kare raisu. The made-from-scratch curries are paired with proteins like tonkatsu, chicken katsu, and tender roast beef. Other highlights include curried waffle fries, matcha white chocolate chip cookies, and a “kamikaze” habanero-cayenne chili paste that can be added to any dish. Order online for pickup or delivery via third party services.

3517 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

5. Parachute

3472 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Avondale’s Korean-American hotspot is among the city’s finest experiences and has earned one Michelin star every year since 2016. Focusing on local ingredients, husband-and-wife duo Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim produce plates that marry traditional flavors with modern techniques. Due to the pandemic, Parachute is currently operating out of sister restaurant Wherewithall and offering a truncated menu full of hits, such as potato bing bread, beef short ribs, and Korean fried chicken. Order here for carryout; delivery is available via third party services.

3472 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

6. Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

3471 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Cozy up next to the fireplace and enjoy a pint of Guinness and hearty, comforting fare. This lively Irish pub has an extensive whiskey collection and pairs it with Emerald Isle classics like shepherd’s pie, corned beef, and fish and chips. Other amenities include a large back patio and musical performances several nights a week. And on Sundays, a crowd-pleasing brunch buffet is served. Chief O’Neill’s is temporarily closed until further notice.

3471 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

7. Reed's Local

3017 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This revamped dive bar continues to serve customers, albeit outside on a heated patio. It’s a quaint space with enough room for a few friends who want to catchup. Normally, the insides are the type of dive that Chicago is known for — cheap drinks, friendly people, and Tetris.

3017 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

8. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Chef partners Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp first discovered the magical combination of honey butter on fried chicken while hosting their pop-up supper series Sunday Dinner Club. In 2013, the pair launched a restaurant dedicated to its namesake specialty to much success. The sweet-and-savory pieces of boneless chicken have proven to be irresistible and are complemented by items like pimento mac and cheese, corn muffins, and chicken sandwiches. Order online for carryout; delivery is available through third party services.

3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Santa Masa Tamaleria

2949 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Chef Danny Espinosa and wife Jhoana Ruiz quietly debuted Santa Masa Tamales in 2020 and have taken orders via a Google doc. Find traditional flavors and the occasional special, like and Italian beef variant. The couple have plans to ramp up operations further after the pandemic.

2949 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Kuma's Corner

2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

The heavy-metal-themed restaurant and bar has been a dining destination for more than a decade thanks to its lineup of creative burgers and local craft beers. Expect sizeable 10-ounce beef patties on pretzel buns topped with a wide range of ingredients. Favorites include “Lair of the Minotaur” (brie, bourbon-poached pear, caramelized onions, pancetta), “Led Zeppelin” (smoked bacon, pulled pork, cheddar, pickles), and “Iron Maiden” (avocado, cherry peppers, pepper jack, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions). The rotating burger of the month and the customizable mac and cheese shouldn’t be overlooked either. Long waits are common when dine-in service is available, but Kuma’s also offers carryout and delivery. Note that the restaurant has been criticized by staff for a toxic workplace environment. The chain also has a Fulton Market location.

2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

11. Caravanserai

2901 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Drinking chocolate destination Caravanserai from popular local coffee roaster Dark Matter features hot, sweet beverages made with pre-colonial recipes and chocolate from Mexico City-based partner La Rifa Chocolatería. Hits include the Cafe de Olla (La Rifa sweet chocolate, cinnamon, orange zest, espresso) and Mayan Mochas (La Rifa Mexico City chocolate, Dark Matter cinnamon blend, cayenne). Order online through the cafe’s website.

2901 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

12. DMen Tap

2849 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Doner kebab and veggies served over a bed of fries.
DMen Tap is one of the few places in town offering doner kebabs.
Barry Brecheisen/DMen Tap

The brick-and-mortar outpost of a popular food truck, DMen Tap focuses on German street fare. Scarf down warm pretzels, schnitzel sandwiches, bratwursts, currywursts, or doner kebabs — the restaurant’s signature item made of chicken cooked on a vertical rotisserie. There are a host of vegan and gluten-free options too, along with craft beers on tap. Orders for carryout and delivery can be placed here. There’s also a killer craft beer list.

2849 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

13. Pisolino Italian Market

2755 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
A variety of pizzas spread out on a table.
Pisolino provides locals with classic Italian dishes as well as groceries to make feasts at home.
Pisolino [Official Photo]

The neighborhood go-to for a glass of wine and some Italian fare, Pisolino has evolved from a restaurant into a marketplace as a result of the pandemic. In addition to chef/owner James De Marte’s thin-crust pizzas and pastas, customers can purchase grocery items like fresh mozzarella, dry pastas, and sauces. Italian subs are also served during lunchtime thanks to a new deli counter. Order here for pickup; delivery is offered through third party services.

2755 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

14. The Beer Temple

3173 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

The Beer Temple is one of Chicago’s most popular liquor stores. Craft beer fans know that the store will stock rare releases, special collaborations, and most anything they would possible interested. Ownership would move the store around the corner to a larger space with room for a bar, promising to leverage relationships with breweries to put unusual beers on tap. While the bar is closed, beer nerds should switch on Instagram notifications so they can preorder the latest concoction the store has to offer before the vultures gobble them up.

3173 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

15. Metropolitan Brewing

3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
A glass of beer sitting on an outdoor patio table.
Soak up views of the Chicago River on Metropolitan’s patio.
Metropolitan Brewing [Official Photo]

Located in a warehouse-like space along the North Branch of the Chicago River, Metropolitan Brewing’s taproom boasts picturesque views to go with its German-style lagers. Folks have the choice of picking up a six-pack to take home or to enjoy on the riverside patio. The brewery is dog-friendly and outside food can be brought in or delivered.

3057 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618

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