Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Thursday-Saturday till 2, other nights till midnight
A Logan Square institution has been upscaled for the brunch set by chef Sarah Jordan (Boka, Cicchetti) and is now serving toasts, house-made pop tarts, and a mean fish-and-chips. There's a full bar now too.
At Logan Square's Johnny's Grill as it was operated under former owner Nicholas Kalliantasis, the most expensive thing on the greasy spoon's wide-ranging menu was the steak dinner with potato and soup or salad for $10.50. But last year his lease wasn't renewed last, and in his place now, operating under the same name, is the esteemed pastry chef Sarah Jordan (Blackbird, Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, and the late Cicchetti). Jordan presents an abbreviated menu comprising cheffy diner classics, some oddballs, and an Irish theme that underscores the Dublin native's heritage—and nothing over $12. Fish-and-chips for brekkie? Why not? The Irish breakfast comes with black-and-white pudding, back bacon, bangers (all provided by Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods), a nicely charred tomato, and two eggs served up and runny. And there's an Irish bacon bap (a sandwich), along with a double cheeseburger whose smashed patties are enrobed in melted cheddar. The adjacent space houses the bar, which slings novelty boilermakers and a handful of batched single-serve cocktails. Most of the craft and crap beers are in cans and bottles, while food-friendly Moody Tongue brews have taken over the taps. If you enjoy a glass of wine with your johnnycakes there are ten reds, whites, and rosés available by the glass. Read the whole review >>