An Out-of-the-Ballpark Trip to Wrigleyville
Where to eat
Ian's Pizza This Madison, Wisconsin, favorite has now ventured into Chicago. Order by the slice ($3.75 each) to sample some of the popular creations, all served on flimsy paper plates. Or create your own masterpiece with ingredients like fresh avocado and french fries (773/525-4580; ianspizza.com).
Penny's Noodle Shop Vietnamese spring rolls and chicken pad Thai are served up in this popular and easy-on-the-wallet noodle restaurant, which Americanizes many Thai dishes (773/281-8222; pennysnoodleshop.com).
Rockit Bar and Grill The "it" bar of Wrigleyville, this rock-n-roll-themed restaurant adjoins a loud sports bar. The specialty is the $19 Rockit Burger (left), made with Kobe beef, melted Brie, fried shallots and served with truffle fries (773/645-4400; rockitbarandgrill.com).
Salt and Pepper Diner Cheap food and beer are just a few feet from Wrigley Field in this 1950s-style diner. The interior's a bit shabby, but the service is friendly. It's best known for breakfasts, but don't leave without trying the deep-fried macaroni and cheese wedges (773/883-9800).
Uncommon Ground No hot dogs and Old Style at this Wrigleyville coffee house, famous for its fresh, locally grown food, friendly service and live music. Try the sweet-potato fries with goat cheese and chive fondue ($7), or an Uncommon Cubs Soda ($8) made with blueberry-flavor Italian soda, served with whipped cream and fresh strawberries (773/929-3680; uncommonground.com).
Yak-zies You'll be in the minority if you don't order chicken wings at this longtime Wrigleyville establishment, which offers a big menu of above-average bar food. Cash only (773/525-9200; yakzies.com).