Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 384-9600 papajin.com41.909848 -87.676108 1551 N Milwaukee Ave (between Honore St and North Ave) Wicker Park, Chicago
Lunch (Sat, Sun), dinnerAverage main course: $12
It’s slim pickings for Chinese-food lovers in this neighborhood, which may be why Papajin has retained its brisk business. That’s not to knock on the food: The part-Chinese, part-Japanese menu covers the basics (hi there, General Tsao) just fine, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the white cliff maki (a shrimp tempura roll with a creamy avocado-mayo topping). During the summer, nab a sidewalk table, order a Kirin and let the people-watching begin.