Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open late: Monday-Saturday till midnight
Rich Melman's original American fern bar featuring retro 70s decor, huge salad bar, still-great burgers.
R.J. Grunts is where it all began (in 1971) for Rich Melman and his Lettuce Entertain You empire. He considered closing it a couple years ago, and while some are glad he didn't, others think he should have. These days getting a table usually isn't difficult, and the quiet atmosphere can be viewed as either relaxing or a sad shadow of an earlier, livelier time. The menu offers mostly burgers, which are hearty; sandwiches, which are small and greasy; and a large salad bar that draws people in and is generally satisfying. Many items are served with signature homemade potato chip. Grunts is definitely not what it used to be, but thanks to its location and casual, nostalgic decor, it's still a good place to stop for a burger and a milk shake after a walk in Lincoln Park.
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