Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont(773) 248-9888 nookiesrestaurants.net41.942838 -87.649526 3334 N Halsted St (at Buckingham Pl) Lakeview, Chicago
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner (24hrs Fri, Sat)Average main course: $10
We’ll admit it: we’ve never really considered trying the food here when we were sober enough to taste it. No. 3 in the local “chain” of diners has always been a 3am favorite of Boystown barhoppers, so we were pleasantly surprised to find that, in the light of day, this place can cook. Fruit-filled pancakes and French toast are hits, as are the frittatas (try the combo of bacon, mushroom, Gouda cheese and caramelized onions). It’s a great way to start the day—or end the night.