When the lake is solid ice, when the thermostat’s are cranked up high, and when you wonder why the weather hurts your face so much every time you walk outside, it all means one thing. Yeah, sure, winter, but more importantly, the start of Loyola University’s next Mainstage Theatre Production! And this semester, we’ve got a doozy: FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, which opens in the Newhart Family Theatre on February 20. But before you sit in the warm, not-at-all-cold theatre for too long, consider filling your belly at one of the numerous eateries located close to Loyola’s campus!
Jerky Jerk, found at 1217 W. Devon Avenue, is not in fact full of bullies and meanies. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 PM to 9 PM, it is chock full of the best Caribbean food this side of the Gulf of Mexico. Whenever you can eat official Jerky Jerk Chicken and Mac & Cheese, or any entree and side combo for only $10, you know you’ve found some place special. Or consider their Jerky Burrito, sure to give other burrito places (*cough* Chipotle *cough*) a run for their money, specifically $7.75 worth of burrito. They’ve even got vegetarian options, though they’re called Jerketarian options here. To see their full menu, click the link here.
Great Wall Chinese, just north of campus at 6748 N. Sheridan Road, stands as a testament to choice. Quite honestly, any kind of Chinese food you want can be found within their strong walls. Whether it’s eight pieces of crab rangoon for only $5, a sesame chicken combo plate for $7.50, shrimp with cashew nuts, szechuan beef, scallops with garlic sauce, or any other kind of meat, Great Wall has got you covered. And with cans of soda at $1 apiece, you’ll be able to fill up without spending more than ~$10-15 a meal. To see the full (and I mean full) menu, follow the link here.
Revival Social Club stands at 1133 N. Granville Avenue. Their absolutely incredible Short Rib Sandwich, where they lather an English muffin with horseradish, egg, and rib meat, was only $12, and it made short work of my hunger. But maybe you, Revival-newbie, want something more sweet for your breakfast. Look no further than their $8 “Elvis Lives” French Toast, layered with peanut butter, bananas, and candied bacon. With most brunch items running in the $10-15 range, all of them unique and delicious (and that’s not even counting their dinner menu!), this is fast becoming an 8 AM – 10 PM Loyola staple. To check out all their food, please click the link here.
Little Corner Edgewater is oddly enough found at the corner of Broadway and Throndale at 5937 N. Broadway Avenue. The restaurants wants you to feel right at home, at least from 7 AM to 4 PM every day. Because it’s only socially acceptable to eat a massive 1/3 pound burger for breakfast in your own place…or at Little Corner for $6.50. Or maybe you just want some $9 gyros for a post-breakfast snack. Possibly an $8 Denver omelet with your afternoon tea? This place is here to cater to your irregular eating habits, and you’ll love it when they do. For a full breakfast and sandwich menu, check out their website here.
Hello Sushi, at 1553 W. Devon Avenue, has got your sushi cravings covered. Their Jeepers Creepers Maki roll, filled with imitation crab meat, miso sauce, spicy mayo, and deep fried in panko, truly is scary…scary GOOD! Traditional maki rolls run from $5-10, while their hand-crafted specialty brands range from $10-15. And if you walked in expecting a Thai restaurant, you’re in luck; Hello Sushi doubles as a Thai restaurant! You got your $8 Pad Thai, your $14 Duck Curry, and your $9 Thai Pepper Steak too. See, they’ve got your foodie back. For a more complete menu, please click the link here, or just walk in some time from 11 AM to 10 PM!
Heartland Cafe, located further north at 7000 N. Glenwood Avenue, truly is the artsy-ist joint around. With a full organic grocery, bar, and weekly open mic performances (Wednesdays at 10 PM), it may seem that flannel shirts and acoustic guitars are part of the dress code. Luckily, they aren’t. What’s more, they’ve got a full breakfast-dinner menu, with options ranging from cranberry-and-cherry filled porridge for $6, a mixture of sweet potato and regular fries for $3.50, or their $11 stir fry of locally grown Chicago ingredients. Stop by for some food, some tunes, or some hippy vibes; either way, Heartland is the place to be! They are open from 11 AM – 10 PM on weekdays, but they open at 9 AM on Fridays and 8 AM on the weekend. To see their full menu, check out the link here.
The Growling Rabbit, at 6981 N. Sheridan Road, is beckoning you. No, seriously; with seating all near tall windows, you won’t be able to keep out (during their Tuesday through Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM hours, that is)! And some delicious $10 skillets or omelets ranging in styles from Denver to Mediterranean, and $9 maple/bacon crepes can’t hurt either. And if you’re in the mood for their $10 Hangover skillet, full of sausage and gravy, try out their afternoon-special tater tot plates, dripping with cheese, bacon, green onions, and lots more. For more info on the cafe, including links to all their menus, follow the link here.
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