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About Permanently Closed - KICK

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - KICK restaurant and bar features bold cuisine with global spice from Asia, Latin America, and beyond. NOW OPEN!!!

1943 W Byron Steet
Chicago, IL 60613
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, South American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 11pm; Thursday & Friday: 11:30am - 12am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Saturday Dinner: 3pm - 12am; Sunday Dinner: 3pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Lincoln

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 236-8886

Website:
http://www.kickuptheheat.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Public Transit:
CTA Brown Line Train - Stop: Irving Park

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

KICK - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Groups (27)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Great for Brunch (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Special Occasion (8)
Spicy (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Casual (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Live Sports (4)
Romantic (4)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Great brunch menu and the food was delicious with healthy portions. Would definitely go back there again!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

KICK is an amazing restaurant. They feature spice-influenced dishes and their ambiance reflects that of a volcano (open flame, ash and lava colors, molten wall) which adds to the overall experience. The food is delicious. You cannot go wrong with anything on their Brunch Menu, and their Dinner Menu also hits the spot. Try a green bloody mary (made with tomatillo) or any of their delicious appetizers to highlight your meal! You can't go wrong at Kick!

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2016

They were super flexible with us about making things less spicy. Everyone loved their burgers.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Kick has been a great spot for the family to gather for Sunday Brunch. Waitress is outstanding. We generally beat the crowd in, so difficult to assess noise level. Moderate amount of heat in most dishes, which you would expect with the name Kick. There are items on the menu for those with a "cooler" palate. an enjoyable experience with great food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2016

The concept of this place was very interesting! I love spicy food and everything in there had a touch of spicy and the food was really tasty.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Nice place for an informal, good meal. A little noisy but the World Series was on TV!

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Everything was spicy! Not overly so, but a fun level of heat. Mahi was amazing, chimichuri steak was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Very pleasant neighborhood find with great spicy brunch and dinner options and good drinks!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Spicy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Slow (but friendly) service even though the place was almost empty on a Cubs Saturday night around 6pm. Food looked mushy and sloppy as plated. Not impressed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2016

I'm not a fan of spicy food, but I was able to find a few things on the brunch menu that would work for me. I chose the French Toast Crunch (coated with Cap'n Crunch!) that was just delicious! My boyfriend liked his spicy eggs benedict, and he took home some spicy mac 'n' cheese for later. Definitely a place we'd be glad to return to!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2016

I didn't realize everything was so spicy!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2016

They don't call it "kick" for nothing! If you like spicy food, this is your place. Personally, I prefer some non-spicy food/drink for contrast. Tip: order the regular (not spicy) fries.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Food was delicious and clearly high quality. Service was first class. Our server was extremely helpful and made several excellent suggestions.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Amazing service! Food was outstanding. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Live Sports
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Verde Maria was a good twist to the Bloody Mary

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2016

The food was ok. Nothing impressive. The service however was slow, even if there weren't that many people. I went there for brunch, I don't think I'm going back for brunch again but I would give it another chance for dinner since they have a very nice outside seating area (we couldn't enjoy it because it was raining).

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 3, 2016

American cuisine with a little spice (aka kick) to it. Entrees can be modified for those who do not like spicy foods.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Loved the food and the service was amazing. Very friendly staff. Will be coming back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 20, 2016

Kick is true to its name! Loved the "kicked-up" heat/spice on all of the dishes we had. Loved the combination of flavors. We will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2016

Excellent and creative cooking. Beautiful room with a very cool lounge area that has sofas and comfy chairs. Surprisingly affordable pricing. Loved it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Best Chilaquiles ever!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2016

We were able to sit outside on a balmy early summer evening. The drink menu was great and our service fabulous. We started with several appetizers. We had the ragin chicken roll which was very good. Just the right amount of spice. We also had the lettuce wraps, I liked the heat. The bacon ,gouda fries were yummy. Our entrees however were disappointing. I had the pork belly blt. There wasn't much meat on it and the bread was soggy. My friend had the hot fried chicken which she felt was just ok. However, the third party of our group had the noodle bowl and really enjoyed it. Our desert was awesome, it was the salted caramel cheesecake with caramelized bananas. Would recommend this place for nice outside dining, but stick to drinks, apps and desert.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Just found this restaurant while looking for a place to go for our weekly date night. I love spicy food so it seemed like the ideal choice. By far the ceviche was the best thing we had. Absolutely delicious and filling! The Burger was also awesome! Not too impressed with the steak wrap or fries. However - we will be back to explore the menu further!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Great good with some spice, BUT they can moderate it to your tastes. Trey the place out. Service and staff are great as is the food, drink and ambiance

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Noise level was so low because no one else was in there! Food was dull; nothing special. Red walls were awful. Bathrooms were right behind seating area - weird. Felt like I was in the old bar, Cherry Red.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Reheated dry biscuits with very, very bland sausage gravy....not what I would consider a good brunch item. Crab cake benedict was mediocre at best. Bloody mary was good. Server was very nice and attentive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Once we were sat by the host, we waited for 10 minutes for anyone to even acknowledge we were there. The staff kept passing us...and at one point the host and hostess just stared at us unsure as of what to do. It was super awkward. The food WAS really good! I will probably go back, but not because of the service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Our waiter was very nice, friendly and attentive. I wanted to love this neighborhood spot, I really did, but I really didn't.
The corn fritters were ok, but should have been more substantial so it wasn't greasy crunchy corn. I guess I just don't have it a taste for kick because I had asked if it was spicy and the waiter said the sauce was. It actually wasn't that spicy compared to the fritters.
I asked if the fire fries were very spicy, he said not too spicy, but my friend and I both found them very spicy and even worse, lacking in flavor. Not just missing salt, the spice didn't seem to have flavor other than hot. The pitfire burger was fairly tasty but it was so spicy hard to tell how good the burger itself was. I do like food with a kick, as does my lunch-mate, however, this just seemed very hot. I also had asked the waiter about a few burgers and certainly would have expected a little warning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 15, 2016

Had a nice quiet dinner here with a friend during the week. Service was excellent, the 1/2 off burger special was great, food was decent. The Fire Fries--ha, love the name--were perfectly spicey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Kick has a great brunch. Best chilaquiles in town!! Also love the warm decor!'

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2016

Delicious food, great staff, nothing like Sola which is a good thing. Good neighborhood edition.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2016

The restaurant offer a variety of small plates and hearty stews, not limited to one cuisine or region. it'd got spicy if you like it but also just good well seasoned food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2016

We found Kick on a lark from Opentable and decided to give it a try. I'm not a huge fan of of overly hot spicy foods, but this was not Heat for Heat's sake. With interesting menu items and good flavor in every bite I'd certainly recommend Kick.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The steak wrap appetizer was great. A little messy but worth it. The mushroom burger was also delicious and worth every calorie. The pork stew was great - perfect burn.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Service was very slow. We had 5 restaurant waiters/staff members merrily chatting behind our backs. None of them made an attempt to approach our table until 15 minutes after we settled down. That said, the place was literally empty for brunch.
Food was ok, something that you can get in a neighborhood bar.
Good ambiance.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2016

I can handle spicy, but everything we ordered was way over the top. They need to find a balance of spicy on the plate. The menu is creative and the place interesting, but if you can't feel your tongue you can't enjoy yourself. Back off a bit chef!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Our first time, we stopped in on a Saturday night on-spec and were delighted to get a table. The staff are really friendly and attentive, but most importantly, have actually tried the dishes for themselves so are knowledgeable about the ingredients and level of 'kick'. Obviously the spiciness of the food is the theme here, but don't let that distract from the variety and quality on offer, and the cosy but modern feel of the decor. I had the Churrasco steak and it was delicious. The lettuce wraps packed a lot of heat, similar to Thai curry. Definitely a place we'll return to - it wasn't busy because it's fairly new and tucked away off Lincoln - I hope it gets busier and stays the course, but not so busy that I can't get a table, of course!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2016

We had a group of 14 for brunch and this was a first visit the for all of us. Service was great and the food was delicious! The menu was not the typical brunch menu. We pretty much sampled the whole menu and no one was disappointed. They were agreeable to modifications of an item as requested. We ordered red velvet pancakes for the table and they were superb! Portions were big, only a few of us were able to finish. We also enjoyed the Bloody Marys- the special version had a real kick, those who love spicy were well rewarded. We will definitely return, especially for the red velvet pancakes!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2016

Sola, the previous restaurant in this space, was fantastic. Thus, we may have had unrealistically high hopes for KICK. However, the food was a disappointment. It was, surprisingly, not very spicy. It was actually pretty bland. The menu is also pretty limited. At least it wasn't very expensive. The house cocktails we tried were fine, but nothing special. There are too many other really good restaurants in the city to justify ever returning here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2016

The food was great, but not worth the cost. We spent $110 (with tax and tip) for the wing app ($12 for 6 little wings), $15 for a burger, $23 for chimichurri steak, and $38 on drinks (2 signature drinks, a draft cider, and a coors light). I would say based on the size and quality of the items they should have been priced around 25% less. This was more of an $80-85 dinner, not $110. We will probably not be returning because the value just isn't there, which is unfortunate because the concept and food are good.

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