About a year ago I was walking down Armitage in Lincoln Park when I spotted a 20-something guy eating a Long John donut with a strip of bacon on top. Only days later I dropped a couple dollars in that same area and looked up to find myself staring at a place called Glazed and Infused. This was the place – the home of that mouth-watering donut. It tasted every bit as good as it looked, as did the apple fritter, the blueberry lemon glaze and the Old Fashioned.

In honor of the extra pounds I gained from frequenting Glazed and Infused, I present to you Lincoln Park’s hidden hot spots! Whether they’ve been scrunched between two loud bars or are sitting pretty on a back road, these tasty joints serve up unique dishes sure to clench a Midwesterner’s pallet.

Annette’s Italian Ice
924 W. Armitage
Favorites: Oreo and Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Watermelon Italian Ice

Glazed and Infused
939 W. Armitage
Favorites: Maple Bacon Long John, Blueberry Lemon Glaze, Apple Fritter

Sarks in the Park
444 W. Fullerton
Favorites: Loretta, Chorizo Disaster, Captain Crunch French Toast

Kingsbury Street Café
1523 N. Kingsbury
Favorites: Salmon Hash, Breakfast Chilaquiles, Eggs Benedict

Via Carducci
1419 W. Fullerton
Favorites: Insalata di Bietole, Papparedelle alla Bolognese, Pollo Parmigiana

2221 N. Lincoln Ave
Favorites: Duck Confit Mac and Cheese, Cabernet Braised Beef Short Rib

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen
1625 N. Halsted
Favorites: Spicy Hummus, Chicken and Beef Shawerma, Falafel

This list is by no means an extensive one. If you have any favorite hidden gems, please share them with your fellow Chicagoans!

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