Hours: Breakfast, lunch: seven days
Cheerful Randolph Street market-district eatery from Ina Pinkney.
Ina Pinkney is one of the movers and shakers behind the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op, a loose consortium of restaurateurs who have put their collective buying power behind drawing green products and packaging into the Chicago market. At her cheerful namesake restaurant, brick walls are brightened with salmon trim and aqua wainscoting and tables are topped with white butcher paper and salt-and-pepper shakers from Pinkney's eclectic collection. Entrees are comfort-food favorites like fried chicken, chicken potpie, and meat loaf; there's also a BLT with avocado and a grilled cheese with Gruyere and Swiss. The breakfast menu includes scrapple with black beans and corn, chicken and waffles, four kinds of pancakes, homemade granola with dried cranberries, omelets with potatoes, and a vegetable hash. The bread comes fresh from Labriola, the coffee from Intelligentsia. Perhaps best of all, the place is a cell-phone-free zone.
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