Real Tenochtitlan specializes in regional Mexican cuisine.
2451 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-1050
The complex moles of Oaxaca (plus other recipes from throughout Mexico) are the claim to fame at this restaurant, named for the capital of the Aztec empire.
3659 W. Armitage Ave. 773-384-0707
The vested bartenders and lengthy classic cocktail list at this throwback corner tavern may seem out of place on the block, but the price is right with most drinks hovering around $10. There’s also a photo booth, shuffleboard and a back patio where you can enjoy your sidecar when the weather is warm enough.
1960 N. Western Ave. 773-384-1035
This family-run candy shop and ice cream parlor has done steady business supplying sugar highs since 1921. The classic hot fudge sundae comes with sugar wafer garnish and a gravy boat of fudge to drizzle over your ice cream at will.
2521 N. California Ave. 773-276-8080
This Japanese restaurant does a brisk business in delivery and carryout but is also a weekend destination for elegant sushi dinners.
2313 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-9063
This cafe channels the indie coffeehouse vibe to the core, with mismatched furniture, wifi for laptop-toting customers and art- and music-centric events such as a BYOV (that’s bring your own vinyl) record night. Wash down your vegan pastry or bagel sandwich with coffee from local roaster Bridgeport Coffee Company.
The Brown Sack
3581 W. Belden Ave. 773-661-0675
This cute cafe takes the idea of the brown-bag lunch and menu and kicks it up a notch, with sandwiches such as peanut butter with banana and bacon or a BLT with shrimp and avocado. Save room for an oatmeal smoothie and chocolate-chip ice cream sandwich.
Cafe Con Leche & D’Noche
2714 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-289-4274
During the day, this popular restaurant churns out plates of steaks and eggs and a seriously good jibarito (fried plantain sandwich). Come sundown, it morphs into alter-ego D’Noche and the pitchers of palomas and mojitos start pouring.
Azucar Tapas Bar & Grille
2647 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-486-6464
This sleek tapas bar serves Spanish favorites, including patatas bravas, braised lamb with romesco sauce, paella and a tasty lineup of imported cheeses from all over Spain.
2535 N. California Ave. 773-289-3800
Simple Italian specialties such as butternut squash ravioli with sage-brown butter sauce and four-cheese gnocchi are featured on the menu at this casual trattoria decorated with murals of the rolling Tuscan countryside.
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-701-4111
At this massive club located upstairs from Fuego Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, the party gets started late. Doors typically open around 11 p.m. and the headlining DJs rev up starting at 1 a.m.
Dunlays on the Square
3137 W. Logan Blvd. 773-227-2400
This trusty bar and grill located (as you might guess from the name) just off the neighborhood’s namesake square is just as popular for a weeknight burger and a beer as it is for bloody marys and omelets during weekend brunch.
FOR A BARBEQUE FIX
Where can you find the best barbecue in Logan Square? It depends on whom you ask. There’s off-the-beaten-path Fat Willy’s Rib Shack (2416 W. Schubert Ave. 773-782-1800), where meats come slathered with a spicy house sauce; Honey 1 BBQ (2241 N. Western Ave. 773-227-5130) on the border of Logan and Bucktown excels in slowly smoked meats; Brand BBQ Market ( 4 ) (2824 W. Armitage Ave. 773-687-8148) does barbecue with a gourmet twist thanks to a number of sauce options. We’ll let you be the judge.