A visit to Rogers Park would not be complete without enjoying the eclectic offerings and atmosphere of the local restaurants. Here are four of the top nearby restaurants that reviewers rave about the food and the ambiance:
- Charmers Café
1500 W. Jarvis
Charmer’s Café serves up freshly roasted Metropolis Coffee and espresso alongside tea, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, specialty mocktails and milkshakes with Homer’s Ice Cream. Bites-to-eat include treats from locally owned Bennison’s baked goods and NY Bagel & Bialy bagels, as well as egg bowls, salads, soups and more. The café offers houseplants, cut flowers and retail gifts and features local artisans’ wares.
Located on Jarvis Street, Charmer’s Café customers enjoy the regular weekend street closure that provides space for additional patio seating. While there’s free wi-fi, you may want to take the chance to unplug, sit back and savor your food and the atmosphere.
- R Public House
1508 W. Jarvis
R Public House is a community-driven pub that welcomes everyone. Aside from their delicious food, they serve as an anchor business in the neighborhood, providing an atmosphere for entertainment and light dining, philanthropy, and goodwill for the diverse population of Rogers Park.
Established in 2013, R Public House has become a trailblazing Italian restaurant. They have a wood burning pizza oven from Italy that makes delicious roman style pizza, with exciting toppings. They are also known to have the best Juicy Lucy in the city, a cheeseburger with cheese inside the meat instead of on top, topped with their house made bacon jam.
- SOL Café
1615 W. Howard
SOL café is a specialty coffee shop, scratch kitchen, and plant haven located in the historic Howard theatre building (a 1920’s architectural gem). They strive to create a warm, inclusive space with accessible nourishment. Their goal is to conjure the excitement of what’s new while offering you the nostalgic comforts of the familiar.
Reviewers rave about their coffee, food and eclectic crowd. Both vegan and gluten free options are available. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, SOL Café provides a variety of handhelds and toasts, as well as several plates and bowls. The café’s interior is furnished with several plants, dried flowers, rugged concrete counters, steel and timber tables and is full of natural light from the large glass windows.
- Smack Dab Chicago
730 N. Clark Street
At Smack Dab, food is their love language. They’re known for their life-changing biscuit sandwiches, incredible vegan donuts, and ultra-friendly staff. Almost everything is made in-house and from the heart, using organic, non-GMO flours, sugars, and local ingredients (whenever possible). From traditional choices to gluten free and vegan dishes, Smack Dab Chicago is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment.
The casual, modern café has a popular dine-in and takeout menu that includes the Best Seller breakfast sandwich, which a reviewer stated was an “…awesome guilty pleasure sandwich, perfect for cheese lovers.” Smack Dab has take and bake pizza kits that include a gluten free and vegan option if you’d prefer a night in.
Any Rogers Park favorites that we may have missed on this list? Let us know in the comments below!