North Branch
North Branch

North Branch

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://northbranchglenview.com/
  • Phone: (847) 813-6400
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Raul Gutierrez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a variety of party packages for all occasions and events. Please contact our event coordinator for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Madeline Miller 8478136400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W Lake & Milwaukee
  • Public Transit: W Lake & Milwaukee
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from North Branch
"Genuine Food & Drink" is our motto. Our scratch kitchen, fun and friendly staff, and casual atmosphere makes North Branch a great spot for any occasion. With 10 flat screen TV's, a full bar, and great menu, we are the best place to watch your favorite sports team. Come and join us for our "Genuine Food & Drink"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
North Branch reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (21)kid-friendly (17)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (9)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • mimi
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place to dine. Food served promptly and hot. Waitstaff friendly. Specialty on burger is a friend sliced pickle. Clever and delicious..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iluvthadbosley
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great place to take my goddaughter out to dinner. We've been here twice and liked everything we've tried. Live the selection of draft sodas. Pizza is delicious and the soft pretzel is Out Of Bounds! Will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Glinda1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Steve was our waiter - he was great! We were there while they still had half price appetizers and we all had appetizers as our dinner which were huge. Great food and drinks and we sat in the bar area to see the game but not too loud so really great!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • north branch
    dznymom5
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good food...good service. We brought our 20 something kids, we all had burgers or pizza and everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Wonderful
    Smela
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We found North Branch searching Open Table for casual dining to celebrate our Mom's 81st birthday. Although only blocks her house, we'd not heard of the spot and regret all the many opportunities missed to dine there. From the moment we were so warmly welcomed to special attention given to celebrate the birthday, this restaurant has secured a spot on our favorites list. Our server was charming, assuring we were tended to in a non-intrusive yet appreciative manner. We all had a different entree and each confirmed their meal was absolutely delicious. Will we return? Absolutely. Will we spread the word? Without question.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome burger, good wings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The wings are always consistently good here. Buffslo is nice and warm but not too hot. Chicken skin is crispy under the sauce. Tried a lone star burger on a pretzel bun for the first time. It was ooey, gooey and messy – but very delicious. Crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions and barbecue sauce topped a perfectly cooked 8 ounce burger patty. The 12 inch pizza was good but then again we really shouldn't be ordering pizza at a burger joint. The crust is just too thick for what they call a thin crust pizza. It is more like a Boboli premade crust you could buy at a store. The flavor of the tomato sauce, sausage and mushrooms was very good and quite appropriate for pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Howard
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Nice place but food quality could be better. Thin pizza was too salty, and deep dish was too doughie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Place to Eat!
    Susie18VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always have a great meal and awesome service here!! It's kid friendly, but also good for all ages. The thing that sets this place apart from most is the stellar service and management. The employees are all super nice and really go out of their way to make customers happy. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still changing the menu...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    They have been telling us for a year they are changing the menu to add BBQ items. Still no no menus - old ones are so hard to read in the dark with such small print! They did stop selling the carnitas tacos even though they are still on the menu. Corned beef and rye is basically a Reuben without grilling the bread so it is not as greasy. very good corned beef. Sweet potato fries are excellent. Grilled fish tacos are flavorful and filling.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the North Branch reviews archive.
  • Never disappointed with food & fun!
    512poodle
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    You can't go wrong with any of the pulled pork items on the menu. The burgers are huge and delicious. The sweet potato fries are a must! We love to eat in the booths or at the tables in the bar area. The T.V.'s are a plus but not in your face. It's a fun atmosphere with friendly waitresses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good food, but, way too loud on a Friday night! Great Burgers
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Graduation Dinner
    Ladycruzy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Took our daughter for graduation... She LOVED the fried pickles ... First time hubby went and he enjoyed the food and atmosphere.Will be going there more often.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    WE PICKED THIS RESTAURANT FOR MOTHER'S DAY BECAUSE THE MENU LOOKED GOOD. AFTER WE SAT DOWN WE REALIZED THAT THEY WERE ONLY SERVING A MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH, AND THAT THE MENU WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO ORDER OFF OF. WE WOULD HAVE LEFT BUT MY PARENTS ARE ELDERLY AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TO HARD. THE BRUNCH WAS PRESENTED AWFUL AND THE FOOD WAS AWFUL AS WELL. IT WAS NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE AND WOULD NEVER GO BACK THERE!
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  • was closed when we arrived
    Chocago
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I want you to know that we made reservations for 9 on Easter. the reservation was accepted on open table. Imagine our evening when we arrived expecting to have a nice Easter dinner to find out you were not open!!! Very upset. I have eaten there before and the food is good. But if you are making a reservation I suggest some back up plans. This was just a bad situation
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun place with really good
    LauraBVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    A fun place with really good burgers. Service was fine. Nothing fancy, but a great place to grab a great burger.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good, but not awesome
    sherbn
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Maybe my hopes were too high after reading all the wonderful reviews. The place was good so please do not get the wrong idea. It just was not wonderful. The food looked awesome and the portions were large. But, the burgers were greasy and (too) salty. The french dip was a bit bland. Overall, I would not avoid the restaurant, but it would not be one I am running back to either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 03/20/2014
    bbopdeluxe
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    This was my third visit to this restaurant and I can't wait to go back. Food is excellent, wait staff is very friendly. I really like this restaurant.5 stars for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger Bonanza!
    Bunnyman
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    A small group of co-workers wanted to get together for dinner at a centralized location. One co-worker suggested The North Branch. Apparently, they had eaten there once before and had one of the burgers on the menu and thought it was outstanding. The Ambience was comforting and the Service we received in the Bar Area (even though we weren’t drinking) was great. We were amazed by the Bartender’s ability to take our orders correctly without writing it down. Two of us ordered different Burgers and split them for variety. Both were Outstanding! The others ordered a salad and sandwich to split. Overall, great Service & Food. Prices were a bit high though but worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North Branch has the best
    SJGARCH
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    North Branch has the best burgers in the northern suburbs of Chicago, one of the best pizza places in the area. Everything on the menu is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Nachos
    AenderVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We've now been her multiple times but this time order some new items. I normally don't like nachos as its all chips with toppings just on the top. These were made the true way with each chip have its own toppings and along with the salsa provided I have to say it was best I've ever had. We had an order of fried pickle chips which were good but felt the batter was too thick making it easy to lose the pickle. The sauce on the side was great. We also had the burger with the pulled pork on top. My wife liked the burger but my son and I did not. Felt it didn't have enough flavor even though there was so much going on; perhaps too much. The pork I tasted on its own and may want to try the pull pork sandwich next time. Service was great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night burger spot
    Smiley
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Met some friends for a burger. Asked for a quiet spot - one was reserved. The noise level still drifted our way - perhaps that could be improved a bit. Food was good. Love the sweet potato fries!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood Dining
    Glinda1VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We love the NorthBranch. It is great food with a pretty expansive menu. I love the poor Boy salad and my husband loves the burgers on the pretzel buns. The cost is also very reasonable. We will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Calamari are a bit too steep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Calamari are a bit too steep at $9 for the portion size and they are a bit too oily. We've tried them twice and won't get them again. New carnitas pork tacos were juicy with mild pork flavor, pineapple pieces are interesting as they are normally found in Al Pastor variety not with carnitas...They don't need the second corn tortilla given that they are so thick and "manufactured" - you only need doubles when they are freshly made and thin - these are not - with two tortillas all you taste is corn and the pork is lost. The North Branch burger with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese and rosemary aioli had almost too much going on covering the beef flavor and way too messy! Fries were very crispy and hot. The service was quick and attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We really like going here. The atmosphere is comfortable, and the food is really quite good. This restaurant is kid friendly, and we will definitely be returning there soon.There are many good choices on the menu, but be sure to try the pretzel. It's the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality food
    MischaVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    North Branch is a great place for solid food, but nothing fancy. great pizza, burgers, sides. Definitely recommend for all ages, and although the service is really friendly, they are not overly attentive. Nothing to complain about - but could be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stayed Close to Home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We met friends here for dinner when cabin fever set in but we wanted to stay close to home. This was the perfect place to meet. We enjoyed the calamari and cheese curds appetizers. The majority of our group had burgers and everyone said they were very good. I had the French Dip and appreciated that it came with both au jus and horseradish sauce. The food was delicious, the server attentive, and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Pizza and Cold Beer
    DJMeVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Can't go wrong when a restaurant can get the above right. We got a sausage, pepperoni, and green pepper pizza, the sausages were chunky and the green peppers crispy (assume peppers were added later in the process than being baked into the pizza from the start). Nice place, place was fairly busy with a mix of families and younger folks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    CaptainVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    It was our first time at North Branch although we live very close by. We loved the food and service. Very friendly staff and really delicious food. Chocolate cake was unbelievable. Recommend this restaurant for every day dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While it was loud, the food
    Graceland1957
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    While it was loud, the food was good, service great and very convenient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific burgers but that's it
    susan
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    burgers are great- pretzel rolls yum- not much else worth going for
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice family spot
    AmyS
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Great kids menu & lots of choices. My husband was unimpressed with the deep dish
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    Drim1
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We go to North Branch probably once a month, but more in the summer after baseball games, sometimes with large groups and sometimes just our family. Each and every time the wait staff has been friendly, attentive and helpful. The menu is large and varied enough to satisfy everyone! The Calamari, homemade meatballs and wings are winners for the Apps. The Kernel (chicken sandwich), The Snooki (meatball sandwich) and The French Dip are our family favorites and the pizza is really good, too! My son wanted me to add that the milkshakes are "the best he has ever had, anywhere!!" - I have to agree:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Adler
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    We had a large group of 14 - We told the server right up front - separate checks-- then again when she took our orders, then she comes back with one check. Very irritating. had to wait a long time for the separate checks and then again to get our cards/change back. Lunch took from 11:30 to 1:20
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Not sure if it was an off night, as the friends I had gone with had been there a few times before and enjoyed their overall experience. Unfortunately, on this particular evening service was extremely slow. We sat down at 7pm and did not order until 7:45pm. The food was slow to come out, the bill was slow to be picked up, etc. A couple times someone had to get up to get the attention of someone. The food was decent and I'd give it another chance, but was disappointed overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This was our first time here and we loved everything we ordered. The turkey club was enormous and delicious. One of my kids ordered the kids mac and cheese and it was a little too gourmet for them. I enjoyed it though. We will definitely be back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family owned local place
    WilliamVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    We love north branch and the food is always really good and it is excellent for a local owned place. The only down side is that every time we have been there we have had some kind of mishap in ordering. This time it was really minor, the kitchen forgot a side and a sauce, no big deal. They are always very apologetic and take care of it appropriately. But it is a little unfortunate that it happens every time. That said, the food is great and the service is very friendly and it's priced right. We will for sure go back again and I recommend you try it out if your in Glenview.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local go to place for burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This place is getting very popular. We had the barbecue spareribs for the first time and although they were nicely smoked and tender they seemed a little too salty like maybe they could use less rub. The barbecue sauce was a dark brown with lots of sweet spice notes like clove and maybe nutmeg. It was a little different from what I'm used to but not bad. As usual the onion rings were large, flavorful and perfectly greasy and so they are quite the calorie nightmare! The chopped salad with chicken was very light with fresh corn and scallions and the lime vinaigrette was tasty and not heavy at all. The cookie skillet sundae was good but not something we would order again - the cookie was more of a cake and the edges were nearly burnt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sports Bar and Restaurant Combo
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    North Branch is great for a casual meal when you want more than burgers and pizza, which it is known for. We had great soups, a fabulous pastrami sandwich and a terrific skirt steak sandwich. High quality, big portions, good sides. Nice choice of drinks and beers, a few wines. Quick service, good prices. The restaurant opens into the bar with lots of TVs but there are few in the dining room to keep an eye on the game!! Will definitely go back. And if you think it's too loud, you're too old!!! (I'm 64!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    Patty
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We put in for a quiet booth and had one waiting. Good food and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have always loved North
    mrrjVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We have always loved North Branch. This visit (on a Friday night) was a bit disappointing. The burgers that we ordered medium rare were well done and the service was not great. It was very busy and I suspect that was the problem. We love coming to North Branch and actually suggested the location to the friends we had joining us for dinner. I have never had a bad meal before this night. The restaurant did remove the cost of the burger and included a dessert. We will be back since we have always had a pleasant experience before this. Everyone has a bad day now and then : )
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.