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Wishbone - Lincoln
Wishbone - Lincoln
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Wishbone - Lincoln Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wishbonechicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 549-2663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 11:00AM
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Cajun
  • Executive Chef: Joel Nickson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: In House, Wishbone is ideal for rehearsal dinners and off-site caters with drop-off banquets to not-for-profits, schools, hospitals and and a wide range of businesses.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining for parties, network breakfasts, business lunches and cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Guy Nickson (773) 549-2663
  • Entertainment: Monthly art exhibitions and occasional musical performances.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: School
  • Public Transit: Brown Line Paulina station 1 block; Lincoln Ave. Bus in front; Ashland and Belmont bus lines 1 block away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot one block away by Belmont Library on Melrose. Ample street parking.
A word from Wishbone - Lincoln
Southern Reconstruction Cooking means made-from-scratch traditional recipes with healthier ingredients for yankee tastes: We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and our weekend Brunch is rated among the best in Chicago. Wishbone is known for its popular prices and the most diverse patrons in the midwest--crossing income, race, ethnic, gay and straight lines--and all ages. The Wishbone on Lincoln is a neighborhood nexus on the Northside and very popular with young families.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fun ambience; chicken was a little dry, but other dishes were pretty good."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "sunday night music is a great addition to the spot"
    Dined on 4/14/2013
  • "Food was excellent as always, first time at this location. Just as good as the location on Washington."
    Dined on 2/17/2013
  • "Wishbone has really improved since I was there last (about 10 years ago). The service was fantastic and the food was great. Can't wait to go back..."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "Haven't been here for a while, but it was great to rediscover it. Wonderful rolls, corn muffins - good salads, fish, sides. Attentive servers, plenty of room between tables for private conversation while still feeling like part of the community. Love!"
    Dined on 12/30/2012
  • "I love the Chicken wire hanging lamps and the artwork. The food was fun and delicious. Good portions, original, creative and funky. Something fun and different which is always refreshing."
    Dined on 12/27/2012
  • "We love Wishbone. It is perfect for Sunday brunch, breakfast alone on a Tuesday morning, or dinner with the kids on a snowy night after ice skating. The shrimp and grits are one of our favorite dishes and the kids love the pancakes. The staff is very friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 12/26/2012
  • "One of my favorite place's, nice simple menu, great prices. A fun friendly staff, you can't find anything bad about it. I've been going here since it opened."
    Dined on 12/13/2012
  • "I am very sorry, but actually, I did not make it to this reservation. However, I have been to Wishbone many times & I love the atmosphere, and the food-- it's always been very good service, too. I will continue to go there when I am in the Lakeview hood & I recommend it to my friends!"
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "First, there is the whimsical design playing off the source of Wishbones. Then comes the friendly greeting. Finally, great food served with attentive care. A great, informal place for all age groups."
    Dined on 11/21/2012
  • "The food was mediocre, but the service was very good. Maybe the breakfast is better, but I wouldn't recommend it for dinner."
    Dined on 11/4/2012
  • "I grew up eating Southern cooking and this is not close. It is weird because I have ordered their take out and enjoyed it. When I came to the restaurant and ordered salmon crouquettes they were mushy. They were not crisp on the outside. My salad was good, but who messes up salad. It was not as good as I expected. I will continue to do my southern cooking at home."
    Dined on 10/28/2012
  • "Wonderful service, food was not fancy nor memorable other than some amazing grilled asparagus and an incredible bread pudding for dessert. We hear it is a breakfast/brunch place and that is easy to imagine. Good place for a quick, casual meal."
    Dined on 10/11/2012
  • "If you don't have children, make sure to sit in the adults only part of the restaurant. Overall, the food was fresh but bland to my taste. The brisket was very dry but the sauce with it was over the top spicy. Crab cakes were mushy and really didn't have a crab flavor. The specail of steaks were hapilly received. The trout was excellent. Margaritas were so bitter and flavorless: these were the berry and strawberry, but the sangria was excellent."
    Dined on 9/8/2012
  • "Good food, excellent wait staff, very fast service."
    Dined on 9/7/2012
  • "Good southern fair, no frills but good. Try the hush puppies."
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "Wishbone is a convenient, neighborhood restaurant. The cajun entrees lack a little in authenticity, but will appeal to a less discriminating diner. The food is good, if not spectacular. It has a family atmosphere and there are lots of noisy kids; not exactly a date night place. The service was attentive."
    Dined on 7/27/2012
  • "Being kid friendly is its only saving grace. The food was second rate at best"
    Dined on 6/21/2012
  • "I like to eat at Wishbone because the food is good and fresh, the ambience unpretentious but fun and not chain-style design, portions are ample and the prices are moderate. I like the way the food is prepared and the choices, although, when I ate my "doggie box" remains the next day, they seemed a bit salty. My only problem is when there are families, or, young children in particular. We got there and it was quiet, but then a baby started crying and kept crying for quite a while. Also, the music was a little loud, probably because it had been turned up during the busy period, but there weren't a lot of diners, and when I asked if it could please be turned down, since I couldn't hear my dinner partner, they were fine with doing i"
    Dined on 6/10/2012
  • "Exceeded expectations. A balanced menu with something for everybody."
    Dined on 5/27/2012
  • "Loved the homemade chips and salsa. The food was good and our server was friendly and informative and attentive. Looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 4/27/2012
  • "The on-line menu seemed more extensive than the in-restaurant menu. Some of the dishes were seasonal, we were told, not offered every day. The food was not hot enough when it arrived. Our waitperson was not attentive at all -- e.g., we asked specifically for the french fries to be served on a separate plate, not on the same plate as the entre, and yet when the dinner arrived, the fries were served with the entre. When we pointed this out to her, her response: oh, there must be miscommunication! She did not come back to offer more coffee; I had to look for her and ask for more coffee. The restaurant is spacious and the food was okay, but we were rather disappointed in the service."
    Dined on 3/23/2012
  • "Was a very good experience. My friends and I enjoyed the food. The food was excellent and the service was very good. I would recomend wishbone to everyone."
    Dined on 3/17/2012
  • "OH MY GOD! Talk about wonderful! Wishbone's food is amazing! I ordered the shrimp and grits and I couldn't get enough! It was soooooo good! My boyfriend, who is hard to impress, was also very pleased. He ate all of his steak and suggested Wishbone for dinner on our second night in Chi town. If you like great food and service visit Wishbone on Lincoln!"
    Dined on 3/9/2012
  • "1st time at Wishbone - The food was good the Margaritas were GREAT! actually had liquor in it. We loved the fact that it was kid friendly almost every table had a child and the children menu has a lot of variety. The downside of the experience was not enough wait staff for a Saturday night. Seemed liked like each waiter/waitress had could not be as attentive as they should be."
    Dined on 2/18/2012
  • "fun comfort food...we enjoyed ourselves for Sunday dinner!"
    Dined on 2/12/2012
  • "Unique pancakes with real maple syrup. Yum! Hot chocolate is amazing."
    Dined on 1/31/2012
  • "Great southern style home cooking with tasty desserts. Kids will love the fun atmosphere and tasty kids menu selections. Grab a couple of pieces of homemade banana bread or zuchini bread to take home for your breakfast the next day. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 1/5/2012
  • "I have been going to Wishbone restaurants for years and have always enjoyed them. Good food, reasonable prices, pleasant staff."
    Dined on 12/28/2011
  • "There were 4 of us with 6 kids and everyone enjoyed their meals. This restaurant is a nice change of pace."
    Dined on 12/17/2011
  • "I had only been to Wishbone for breakfast a few times years ago. The food was fabulous but service very slow, so we didn't go back. Then we got a coupon from public radio for 1/2 off for dinner. We didn't even know that they served dinner. Wow... were we surprised! I assumed that most of the entrees would be heavy comfort food but were really pleased to see a number of fish dishes on the menu. I ordered the salmon and vegetables in parchment and my husband ordered the trout. They were fabulous, light, flavorful and cooked perfectly. Plus we got 2 sides included as well. They also had a great white wine for only $13 a bottle! The total bill was only $44!~~ BEFORE the 1/2 off coupon. So I gave the wait person a big tip....HE was great!"
    Dined on 12/2/2011
  • "I've been going to Wishbone(s) for 10 years or more...for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. It's always delicious, always a lot of choices, and always at reasonable prices. I had grilled trout, spinach, coleslaw, and hoppin' john....all for about $12. oh, and the incredible corn muffins, too. One can eat healthy, believe it or not, or indulge. I hope Wishbone's around for another 10 - 20 - 30 years."
    Dined on 10/22/2011
  • "As always, the food and service at Wishbone is exceptional. I have not been there on a Saturday morning in a very long time and was dismayed in seeing a long line of strollers parked outside the restaurant. When my guest and I walked in, we heard nothing but the unbearable screams and cries of infants and small kids all throughout the main dining room. I have a very low threshold for things like this and, as a paying customer, have a right to eat in some semblance of peace; otherwise, the dining experience becomes unbearable. Before I even said anything, my guest and I were taken to the adjacent dining area which was much more quiet. Thank God! Love their crab benedict and fried potatoes with onions. The server, Maria, is a gem!"
    Dined on 9/17/2011
  • "The adults only section in the back room is a quiet refuge from the very family friendly front roomm."
    Dined on 9/16/2011
  • "Wishbone continues to have delicious and healthful food made from scratch, with balanced portions of meat and vegetables as an entree. I took my friend, who had never been there, for a birthday dinner celebration. We had excellent martinis, and a free birthday dessert; and an overall very pleasurable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2011
  • "Food was very good but the service was slow. Bad enough that we were not there at a bust time. It was our first time there and we were hopeing for more. Just wish all parts of the service would have been better. She was friendly!"
    Dined on 7/11/2011
  • "Wishbone is AWESOME for brunch, terrible choice for dinner. Always waiting forever and very few waitstaff make it not worth it. Not sure why they bother if they're going to be half a$$ed about the evening hours."
    Dined on 7/5/2011
  • "The music was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the food was pleasant. Worth a trip for the jazz."
    Dined on 6/22/2011
  • "The Pork sandwich and salt and pepper fries were delicious!"
    Dined on 6/16/2011
  • "What a treat that such a kid-friendly restaurant would also have such incredible food for the grown-ups to enjoy! We're never disappointed when we come to Wishbone. Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 6/11/2011