RJ Grunts | Midwest Living

RJ Grunts

2056 Lincoln Park West
Chicago  Illinois  60614
United States
(773) 929-5363

Midwest Living Review

A family- and budget-friendly menu makes this a popular stop for those visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo.

RJ Grunts claims to have created the salad bar. Today, it is the centerpiece at this family-friendly diner in Chicago. While compact, the salad bar has dozens of options ranging from your typical salad options to fresh fruit and soups. The lengthy menu also provides a diverse selection of traditional grub to satisfy the pickiest little eater, and adults may get a chuckle from the cheeky food descriptions. The highlight of our meal was dessert -- a warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream ($6). While the food is nothing special, the reasonable prices and proximity to the Lincoln Park Zoo make it a good option if you don't want to pay for pricey concessions at the zoo. Founded in the 1970s, the restaurant has seen little updating since. Instead, the owners embrace the era with framed black-and-white photos, weathered black-painted church pews for booths and vinyl checked tablecloths. Adults can get a drink at the small bar, but families are the target here.

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