Things to Do in Chicago | Restaurants
Northalsted is one of Chicago’s premier dining destinations. The neighborhood features a variety of delectable cuisines, such as elegant French-Japanese fusions, gourmet New American, classic Mexican, vegan and more! The following restaurants are among Boystown’s best places to grab both a bite to eat and a drink to enjoy.
The Chicago Diner
“Meat free since ‘83” is the slogan for the famous vegetarian mainstay of Boystown: The Chicago Diner. This charming, vintage-themed diner puts a meatless spin on classic American eats. Some notable dishes involve their brunch menu, the renowned Radical Reuben sandwich, and vegan milkshakes. The Chicago Diner also supports organizations that work towards ending homelessness and inequality, promoting eco-consciousness, and protecting the lives of animals.
Phone: (773) 935-6696
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Drew’s on Halsted
Craving some upscale, classic American eats? Look no further than Drew’s on Halsted in Boystown, Chicago! Established in 1996, Drew’s is an elegant and eclectic setting perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Drew’s also offers a cocktail bar packed with a range of romantic and exciting drinks. Cabaret nights are a regular occurrence at Drew’s, where dining customers can enjoy live performances as they feast.
Drew’s is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines. Reserve a table on resy.com.
Phone: (773) 244-9191
Mon-Fri: 12pm – 9pm
Sat-Sun Brunch: 10:30am – 2:30 pm
Sat Dinner: 3:30pm – 9pm
Sun Dinner: 3:30pm – 8pm
DS Tequila Co.
D.S. Tequila Co. is a casual, full-service Tex-Mex restaurant and bar in the heart of Boystown, Chicago. Their menu has a variety of gourmet à la carte tacos, cooked to order burgers, quesadillas, giant salads, and a wide assortment of appetizers to share. D.S. Tequila Co.’s flour tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and queso are proudly made fresh in house every day. Enjoy a classic margarita featuring their house brand premium tequila on their vibrant patio space!
DS Tequila is open for patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines. Delivery and Takeout services offered.
Phone: (773) 697-9127
Sat-Sun Brunch: 11am-2pm
El Mariachi Tequila Bar
Established in 1996, El Mariachi is a family-owned restaurant that serves authentic, regional Mexican cuisine. El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill also offers an extensive selection of over 150 tequilas, made with 100% Blue Agave, handcrafted premium margaritas, and renowned tableside chips and guacamole. Enjoy everything that El Mariachi has to offer in their authentic indoor dining area, full bar, or lush patio space.
El Mariachi is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 549-2932
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Kit Kat is a classy and sassy mainstay of Boystown, Chicago. Being a lounge established in the year 2000, its strong “South Beach meets Hollywood” vibe pairs well with their innovative martini and cocktail list. Not only do they feature a patio and full bar, but Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is also widely regarded for their contemporary cuisine and tableside entertainment by the beloved Kit Kat Divas! Without a doubt, Kit Kat is one of the most engaging dining experiences in Chicago.
Kit Kat is open for indoor and outdoor seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
To Go – Brunch – Parties in a Box
Tue-Fri: 4pm – 11pm
Lark’s dining experience is hip, friendly, and fun! Featuring artisan Neapolitan-style pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and other entrees, Lark is a great place for date nights, dinners, and weekend brunches with the family. Sit by the fireplace lounge and enjoy a mule while playing classic board games. Lark also offers a heritage walnut-finished oak bar teeming with a number of whimsical and refreshing cocktails that take the restaurant’s indoor seating and patio spaces to the next level.
Lark is open for indoor and outdoor seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 799-8968
Tue-Fri: 4pm – 9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 9pm
Another one of the many family-owned restaurants in Boystown, Chicago is Las Mananitas. They offer standard Mexican favorites and fresh margaritas set against casual digs and a festive patio. Occasionally, Las Mananitas will run some interesting specials on their menu, so it’s a quaint spot to keep an eye on for some unique eats!
Las Mananitas is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 528-2109
Pancake Cafe is part of a local brunch chain that features classic American breakfasts, comfort food, and a full bar in Boystown, Chicago. Mimosas are a Pancake Cafe specialty, as well as holiday brunch specials, and desserts. Set in a warm, homey atmosphere, Pancake Cafe is the perfect brunch bar to spend your Sunday mornings at.
Pancake is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines. Order for pickup or delivery by Grubhub, 8am-2pm daily.
For over thirty years, Roscoe’s Tavern has been one of Chicago’s leading nightlife and entertainment destinations. Located at the corner of Roscoe and Halsted in the heart of the Northalsted Business District, Roscoe’s is the perfect destination for food, drinks, and fun! Enjoy the outdoors on their Sidewalk Patio or in our flower-filled Beer Garden, or take a break from the heat and choose an indoor table. Roscoe’s bartenders will prepare you the perfect cocktail or beverage to sip on while you enjoy selections from their unique menu, which features tasty bar snacks, delicious salads and wraps, mountainous sandwiches, and their signature Mini Roscoe’s Burgers.
Roscoe’s is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago guidelines. Masks and temperature checks required for entry. Maximum party size of 6. Credit card sales only.
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
As a five-time Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, Wood is one of the finest dining experiences in Boystown. Set against an elegant dark timber backdrop, Wood’s specialty lies in its upscale cuisine with a focus on locally grown produce, house-butchered meats, charcuterie, and fresh-baked bread hot from their wood-fired ovens. Known for fun and quirky cocktails, Wood also features a list of affordable wines by the glass, craft and imported beers, and specialty infusion cocktails.
Wood Chicago is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 935-9663
Mon-Thu: 5pm – 10pm
Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat: 10am-2pm / 5pm – 11pm
Sun: 10am – 2pm / 5pm – 10pm
Eclectic and delicate, Yoshi’s is one of the oldest fine dining establishments in Boystown, Chicago. Founded in 1982 by Yoshi Katsumura, a pioneer of international cuisine, his gastronomic artistry melded Asain and French techniques to create a fresh dining experience. Now, Youshi’s son, Ken Katsumura, is at the chef’s helm to further his family’s legacy by expanding Yoshi’s menu with new creations. With seating available indoors or on the patio, Yoshi’s is a delightful dining experience.
Yoshi’s is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 248-6160
Wed–Thu: 5pm – 10pm
Sun: 5pm – 9:30pm
Bonus: Quick-Service Eats!
Check out these fast-casual and friendly counter service restaurants that are open.
As one of three counter service restaurants in Boystown, Chicago, Fajita Factory’s colorful indoor dining and patio setting is refreshing and upbeat. The menu offers a variety of Tex-Mex and Latin inspired comfort foods, such as street tacos, burritos, empanadas, and more. Fajita Factory also features a full bar with an array of craft beer and frozen drinks.
Fajita Factory is open for indoor and patio seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines. Delivery and Takeout services offered only.
Phone: (773) 770-4618
Sat-Sun: 11am – 10pm
The proper way to eat ramen is “furiously,” and that’s what Furious Spoon Ramen Shop is all about. The shop’s noodles and sides were hand-designed by Michelin Star Chef Shin Thompson and shaped by hip-hop beats. The noodles are handmade fresh each day amongst a backdrop of urban quick-service theming. Furious Spoon has multiple locations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, making it a breeze to “send noods” anywhere.
Furious Spoon is open for indoor seating following the City of Chicago’s guidelines. Furious Spoon Curbside pick-up and delivery. Order at furiousramen.com/locations.
Home of the 2016 gold medal “Best Gluten-Free Pizza in America,” and winner of multiple World Pizza Competition awards, family-owned Panino’s Pizzeria is renowned for delighting Boystown foodies for 22 years. Offerings include wood-fired Artisan Neapolitan pizza crafted from an early nineteenth-century recipe handed down through generations, contemporary entrée favorites, and quick bite street food. Panino’s chefs make all sauces, artisan pizzas, fennel sausage, cannoli, and tiramisu in-house with imported Italian ingredients to please the most discerning palates. Choose from a variety of wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages to accompany your feast. All orders are packaged to go for pickup or delivery. Dine-in is not available per Covid-19 indoor space restrictions. Order at paninospizzeria.com or by phone or inside at the counter (entrance on Waveland Ave. between Halsted and Broadway).
Panino’s is open and following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 472-6200
Salsita is open and following the City of Chicago’s guidelines.
Phone: (773) 257-7008
Mon-Tue, Thur-Sat: 12pm – 8pm
Wed, Sun: Closed