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10 Best Restaurants in Edgewater Chicago

Posted October 26, 2022

Two Chefs in RestaurantOne of the most underrated areas in the city to explore food, Edgewater and the far north side have some epic and delicious treats that are worth the trek up lake shore drive. Get off at Foster Ave and drive down Clark; you will find every kind of cuisine your heart desires. Check out our list of the top places to dine in Edgewater


The perfect restaurant for date night, Herb is located just south of Edgewater, with an amazing reputation. On the Michelin Guide for 2020, Herb offers a new menu every week, ranging from tasting menus to entrees and sides, there is always something new to try. This week, for example, they are offering Coconut Curry with Vegetables (squash, sugar peas, zucchini, etc.) or a Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Herbs and a vegetable side. Don’t miss their epic menu!

Little Bad Wolf 

A new favorite, Little Bad Wolf, is an up-and-coming restaurant in Edgewater that is now gaining traction all over Chicago. Its main attraction, like so many places, is its burger. A must-try; the flavor and quality are unmatched, and I almost called to ask how they made the special orange sauce slathered on the burger.

Rivaling Au Cheval and the Loyalist for its burger, LBW is a cheaper option on the north side, giving other legendary Chicago burgers a run for their money. Pair that with their crispy fries, and you have a can’t-miss restaurant.

Lady Gregory’s 

In the mood for Irish or English food? Lady Gregory’s does what so many other pubs do not, serve cuisine that will make you want to book a trip to Europe as soon as you can. They serve United Kingdom staples along with your classic bar food if you’re not into Shepard’s pie or french onion soup. But let’s be real, who isn’t into french onion soup?!

On Clark Street, where Andersonville and Edgewater meet, you can’t miss Lady Gregory’s and their chill atmosphere and epic bites.

Alice and Friends Vegan Kitchen 

Alice and Friends Vegan Kitchen is the perfect place for rare vegan finds like Roasted Sesame Pho, Bahn Mi, and Sweet & Sour Cauliflower with something for everyone in Edgewater. Alice’s is the perfect place for gluten, Soy, Nut, or Oil-Free, and all of their dishes are 100% vegan.

Alice Lee, who founded the restaurant in 2001, says, “Our lifestyle flows out of sincere respect for all living things and a desire to make as little impact as possible on our ecosystem. Our goal is to create a wonderland for vegans and those who want to adopt a plant-based diet. We want everyone to be able to enjoy flavorful, healthy, 100% vegan dishes.” The restaurant also features a small outdoor dining section in the front that is perfect for dinner or coffee dates. Check out their menu (with a ton of homemade desserts!!) here

Pick Me Up Cafe

Another staple for vegetarians and vegans, Pick Me Up Cafe has been around since 1997 and prides itself on being one of the city’s first and most vegan-friendly places. But don’t be fooled, they sell all kinds of foods ranging from egg benedicts to stir-fry, all on the same menu! With options for everyone, this hipster joint has become the go-to stop for eaters of all kinds.

With a location on Clark St., Pick Me Up has kept busy through the summer by opening up seating outdoors and staying open until 11 pm. If you fancy a cool cocktail or coffee, Pick Me Up is the place.

Sun Wah

Known for being one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city, Sun Wah specializes in Hong Kong-style BBQ and has won numerous awards for its Peking duck, which, when dining there, is rolled out to you on a cart and sliced table-side.

Sun Wah rapidly gained popularity throughout the years because of all the media attention, including receiving the 2018 America’s Classics Award.  Sun Wah was featured on ABC 7 Eats news segment, The Food Network, Chicago’s Best, and possibly the most well-known out of its accomplishments- a segment on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Fat Chris Pizza and Such

A truly underrated gem, this small pizza joint specializing in Detroit-style pizza deserves more attention. As the guy who delivered my pizza to me said, “It’s like Jet’s, but way better.” The extra thick crust and the red sauce thrown on top of all the toppings like a true Detroit-style pizza makes it a stand-out star when it comes to northside joints that are too good not to know about. 

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