It’s hard to believe this is my first restaurant review this year. Where has the time gone?
Logan Square is a great historical and eclectic neighborhood located on the north side of Chicago. Originally a Norwegian neighborhood, this area of the Windy City is now home to a large population of Hispanic and Irish families, while still retaining it’s Norwegian heritage. The area is also known for it’s 2.5 miles of perfectly preserved tree-lined boulevards, designated as both a National Historic District as well as a Chicago Landmark.
And there’s also the Illinois Centennial Monument, in the center of it all. This 70-foot column sits in the middle of actual Logan Square and was designed by Henry Bacon (BACON!), who also designed the Lincoln Memorial.
Image from Public Art in Chicago, via a random Google search
Don’t you love how history is all around us?
Also home to Logan Square is Dunlays on the Square.
We’ve been here several times now and each time, I’m struck by the menu options and quality of service. They’re known for having good quality comfort items, like Amish Fried Chicken, babyback ribs and the Skillet Cornbread, which is served up right in the skillet it’s cooked in. It’s hearty with the sweet taste of corn and goes beautifully with the whipped maple butter it’s served with.
The menu options here have recently changed up, with features such as Shrimp and Grits. The grits were great, for not being served in the South. They had just the right amount of creaminess, which perfectly complemented the tangy tomato-peppery sauce from the shrimp and sopresatta. The shrimp themselves were cooked perfectly as well – not overdone and rubbery. It was a great dish – and a perfect portion.
They’re also known for their burgers – and we had their veggie version, which is made in-house with rice, beans and sweet potatoes, among other things. It was pretty huge and perfectly satisfying with a side of smashed potatoes.
We also tried their Roasted Wild Mushroom Flatbread, which are like flatbread pizzas. We’ve had their Roasted Chicken and Margherita flatbreads in prior visits. They’re served up on a small, thick plank and make a perfect lighter entree – or shareable appetizer. You can’t go wrong with these.
Dunlays is also known for their beer selection, as well as their extensive brunch. One item in particular worth trying is a Southern eggs benedict, which includes country sausage instead of the traditional Canadian bacon and the poached egg is covered in sausage gravy. Heavenly. It’s not on the menu, but is featured a lot as a special. The service for us has always been on point. The servers are knowledgeable, friendly and timely.
There are actually several Dunlays restaurants located throughout Chicago. Dunlays on Clark is actually closer to where we live, and we love going there as well, but we also love venturing over to Logan Square as well. With solid food and solid service, Dunlays on the Square sets the standard for a great bar and restaurant that any neighborhood would be proud to have.