CHICAGO | Dove’s Luncheonette is named after Nelson Algren’s 1956 novel, ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’, in tribute to bygone diners and watering holes. The Wicker Park restaurant aims to be a spot where people from all walks of life can converge to savor a cocktail and delicious meal.
Dove’s has an old school cafe feel about it, with steel counters, padded stools and wood paneled, photo frame lined walls combining to nice effect. 1960s and 70s Chicago Blues and Soul music spinning on vinyl and Southern-inspired Norteño (food from the north of Mexico) cuisine compliment this tequila and mezcal-focused bar. All of the elements fall into place very nicely, before you even get to the food and drinks. Grab a seat at the counter on a first-come-first served basis or call ahead for a reservation at one of the diner’s 41 seats.
All of the delicious menu options on the menu designed by Chef de Cuisine Dennis Bernard (ex The Publican) are made in-house, and, where possible, use locally sourced, fresh ingredients. We particularly enjoy coming here for brunch, and indeed the breakfast menu contains two of our favourite dishes on the menu. The burnt ends hash consists of fried eggs, tender chunks of meat, crisp potatoes and spicy aioli atop a thick slice of Texas toast – get a bit of everything in each bite and you’ll have no regrets. The comforting chicken fried chicken, meanwhile combines two pieces of chicken, fried with a thick, crispy coating, chorizo verde gravy, peas and green beans.
For lunch, you can’t go wrong with Dove’s Burger, which is served with aged cheddar, smoked chili relish and aioli on sourdough. We also aim to save room for dessert; the Horchata Hoiser Mama Pie is a must.
Drinks wise, there’s a short selection of cocktails that match the theme of the food, while something from the tequila and mezcal list, which contains over 70 options, is always a good idea.
Dove’s hosts Cuban night the first Sunday of every month. Unfortunately for some, cigars are banned from being smoked in the city, however there are a slew of other ways to enjoy all things Cuba. Dove’s offers a variety of Cuban dishes, cocktails, and DJ Courtland Green spins Cuban records.
1545 N Damen Avenue
Telephone: 773 645 4060
Mon – Thu: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 8:00am to 10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am to 9:00pm