Subway: Red to Addison(773) 929-3680 uncommonground.com41.951188 -87.659827 3800 N Clark St (at Grace St) Wrigleyville, Chicago
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $11
You might expect a place that has a 70% vegetarian menu and was completely nonsmoking before it had to be to serve boring dishes made with soy milk and flaxseeds. But this coffee shop/bar/restaurant/performance space will surprise you. During brunch, the winners keep coming: The huevos rancheros are gooey, cheesy and substitute black-bean cakes for tortillas; and the fruit plate sometimes comes with passion-fruit sorbet and a slice of white-chocolate banana bread. The dinner hour brings Jeff Buckley tributes and enough surprisingly good cocktails to get through them.