J. Alexander’s (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)
Location: 1832 N. Clybourn
Reservations: Recommended on weekends
Yes, this is part of a nationwide chain, but that won’t stop me from eating there. The food is just too damn good. And, thank god, the place doesn’t have the feel of a cheesy family dining chain. This large restaurant is a nice place to get quality food at a fairly reasonable price. Modern decor and dim lighting fancy the place up a bit, but it’s still a casual spot. Their interesting salad options are especially tasty, though in truth I haven’t met a dish at this place that I didn’t enjoy. Portions are hefty, so chances are you’ll find yourself walking out with a doggy bag and tomorrow’s lunch.