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Our North (?!) Side Weekend: Mr. Pollo, Piece, Sweet Thang

Paul Mollica | Jul 6, 200411:27 AM

Shockingly, I found myself on the North Side a good deal this weekend. Our chow itinerary covered well-established ground for many, but was all-new to us.

Mr. Pollo
3000 W. Belmont Ave.
(773) 509-1208
Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm
(they advertise two other locations in Chicago)

A chain restaurant (one mile north of Logan Square, cross-street Sacramento) with a memorable moniker features one entree – a la brasa chicken – and a host of sides. The chicken was excellent, as were the sweet plantains. The place does not feel like a chain; the employees and families dining there mostly spoke Spanish and the interior was comfortably worn. Dinner for four came to about 17 bucks, an outrageous bargain.

1927 W. North Ave.
(773) 772-4422
11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday through Friday
11:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday

While not a bargain (but at least the street parking was free – Fourth of July meter holiday), our family liked this place. One strike in its favor is that, despite it’s obviously being a bar, the owners have tastefully cordoned off a dining area where families can feel right at home. Service was friendly (not always true in Wicker Park), and the pizza was pretty good (we ordered red for the kids and the signature plain for us), although I had the unpleasant experience of chewing a few too many times on the crust. Pizzas shouldn’t put up quite this much of a fight. The house brews were very good. I think we’ll probably stick with Bricks and Pizza Metro on the North Side in the future, but I was pretty happy with this outing.

Sweet Thang
1921 W. North, Chicago
(773) 772-4166
hours variable

We skipped dessert at Piece in favor of cookies and coffee at this neighboring patisserie. From the variety we sampled, I’d say that people in the neighborhood are fortunate to have such a comfortable and well-stocked bakery (and such nice staff, too). In Hyde Park, Bonjour (our family's local pastry bakery) is its equivalent.

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