Doughnuts at Dinkel's Bakery (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago…)
2956 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-687-8177
This speck of a seafood shack cooks up decadent lobster rolls, crunchy fried clams and oysters on the half shell, plus punchy cocktails served in Mason jars. Parties of three or less should head to the first-come, first-served counter seating, while parties of four can call ahead to reserve one of a handful of booths. Parties of more than four, unfortunately, are outta luck.
Southport Lanes & Billiards
3325 N. Southport Ave. 773-472-6600
What looks like your average corner tavern actually houses a four-lane bowling alley under the same roof. Expect old-school pencil-and-paper scoring and staffers lurking behind the alleys to set your pins and send balls rolling back down the lane for a new frame.
3329 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-281-7300
This local institution warmed up its ovens in the 1920s and still is charming locals with its doughnuts, which range from cinnamon-sugar to sour cream to old-fashioned glazed.
Northdown Cafe & Taproom
3244 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-697-7578
The craft brews on draft, ample vegan options and bar shelves full of small-batch booze might get you in the door, but the real pleaser is the pie. Flavors change seasonally, but in the past have included mixed berry and apple-blackberry.
3216 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-348-3250
Cups brimming with mai tais and margaritas provide all the liquid courage you’ll need to step up to the mic at this cheesy but triedand- true karaoke bar.
3734 N. Southport Ave. 773-871-3300
This New Orleans-inspired bar channels Bourbon Street with traditional rum-laden hurricanes and the occasional crawfish boil dinner and jazz band on Friday and Saturday nights.
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