Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)

Location: 1970 N. Lincoln Ave
Phone: (312) 642-0007
Cuisine: Southern
Reservations: No

Stanley’s is one of those places you could walk by a million times and never go in, mostly because you just don’t know what to expect. It’s got old school signage out front advertising home-style cooking, which translates loosely to “heart attack on your plate.” But mmm is that heart attack going to be worth it.

The food is Southern fair and home style cooking in a relaxed and slightly kitchy atmosphere. The back dining room looks like somebody’s home, while the front bar area has an almost woodsy feel. Your best bet is to go with the home-style basics and embrace it —  fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and mac & cheese, perhaps followed with some apple pie ala mode. You can’t leave Stanley’s hungry.

They also have weekend brunch with an all you can eat buffet (hellooo chicken and waffles) and a huge bloody mary bar. Mondays they have an extensive burger bar and they are also pretty famous for their live band karaoke on Sunday evenings. Stanley’s has been a Lincoln Park staple for years now, and was even an old favorite hangout of Michael Jordan’s. They even opened a second location on Racine in the West Loop.

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

One Comment

  • David Frankel McLean DFM
    May 30, 2010 | Permalink | Reply

    TIP: They offer free shots from “the house whiskey” at the bar. What that whiskey happens to be is their choice but it’s free so shutup and take it.

    Little Known Fact: The place used to be Jim Mcmahon’s restaraunt, the “punky” 1985 quarterback.

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