Vee-Vee's Lunch Truck
Upper Columbus Drive across from the Fairmont Hotel.
I enjoyed the Egusi stew, a mix of goat rib, bone-in fish, cow bone, tripe and cow skin with a topping of chopped spinach mixed with toasted ground melon seed and dried stock fish. Get an order of Fu Fu as a starch and start dipping. A great, and inexpensive lunch.
2816 W Devon
Clean, friendly Turkish deli with a 5-stool counter for dining. Interesting place to stop for a coffee and a look around if in the neighborhood. There is a new restaurant going in one store front West, but I can't seem to remember what. Russian/Uzbekistan/Afghanistan??
350 N Ogden Ave
Incredible variety of everything upscale and/or hard to get. Fresh foie gras, truffles, caviar, elk, venison, cheese, chocolate etc. Only downside is no display and, some items, need to be ordered in larger quantities than the average home chef might need.
6755 N Cicero
Ridicule me if you wish, but I like this place for American/Cantonese standards. Crunchy egg rolls, won ton's in the soup are filled with meat and the broth even has a quartered hard boiled egg, which was a nice touch. Pan fried noodles available, chili oil and fresh shrimp subgum, perfect for that once in a while nostalgic craving.
10027 Skokie Blvd
Good quality steaks, cottage fries, creamed spinach semi-north woodsy atmosphere. Excellent service, and reasonable pricing given the quality and the fact that potato and salad are included with dinner. A nice alternative to the big name steak houses, though not quite in the same league as Smith and Wollensky.
5956 W Higgins
Really the only way to describe this place is a Catholic Myron and Phil's. Older crowd, lots of talk of what parish are you 'out of' and usually a Priest or two dining. Very low prices, American/Italian and American, most certainly NOT destination dining, but if you have any 90-year-old relatives from the neighborhood they will love the place. Very crowded bar filled with still lively 70ish patrons who can really pack away the hooch.