Have found a couple of hole-in-the-wall places along SE 72nd for no-nonsense chow:
The first is Hometown Pizza (just north of Woodstock). It is solely a take-out place, but they have very good pizza. This is old-school pizza with heaps of toppings and relatively thin crust baked just right, i.e. neither burnt nor soggy. Caveat emptor: they only take cash. This place has been around for a few years at least. Reasonably priced Mom 'n Pop place.
The other is the 72nd Street Pub and Family Restaurant (just south of Flavel, on the eastside of the street, where a Philippine restaurant was until recently. It's good, pubby food with a few down-home entries, such as pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, along with delicately fried vegetables.. What is incredible there are their onion rings: home-made batter and a heaping plate of them for about $5.50. I haven't had such good onion rings for a long time. Very friendly, attentive service and once again a Mom n' Pop establishment and reasonably priced. They do take plastic.
I like to support little Mom n' Pop places whenever I can. Hence this post. Check 'em out.