Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage(773) 525-6670 www.johnsplace.com41.921907 -87.658585 1200 W Webster Ave (at Racine Ave) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $12
Bare-bones standards are what you’d expect from this corner tavern, and that’s exactly what you get. Start by dipping warm pita into tahini-heavy hummus or plunge into one of the chopped salads, most of which are big enough to be entrées. Thick burgers are executed with confidence, but ours was a little dry, so ask for yours slightly rare. A good number of healthy options, half-price wine bottles on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a crunchy, oatmeal-topped apple crisp sweeten the deal.