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About 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.

3300 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Cajun

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

Cross Street:
School

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 549-2663

Website:
http://www.wishbonechicago.com/

Entertainment:
Monthly art exhibitions and occasional musical performances.

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.

Parking Details:
Public lot one block away by Belmont Library on Melrose. Ample street parking.

Public Transit:
Brown Line Paulina station 1 block; Lincoln Ave. Bus in front; Ashland and Belmont bus lines 1 block away.

Executive Chef:
Joel Nickson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wishbone - Lincoln Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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food

3.8

service

3.9

ambience

3.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

60% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (82)
Neighborhood Gem (73)
Good for Groups (67)
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Great for Brunch (40)
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Fit for Foodies (31)
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Special Occasion (9)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Fun (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2013

Fun ambience; chicken was a little dry, but other dishes were pretty good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2013

Good food,friendly place with reasonable prices

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2013

sunday night music is a great addition to the spot

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2013

Food was excellent as always, first time at this location. Just as good as the location on Washington.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 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...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2012

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2012

Love the hush puppies! Fun atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2012

The food was mediocre, but the service was very good. Maybe the breakfast is better, but I wouldn't recommend it for dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2012

Love the service and the wonderful food~

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2012

Good food, excellent wait staff, very fast service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2012

Good southern fair, no frills but good. Try the hush puppies.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2012

Being kid friendly is its only saving grace. The food was second rate at best

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2012

Exceeded expectations. A balanced menu with something for everybody.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Good spot for some "Southern Cookin'" in Chicago.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 23, 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2012

fun comfort food...we enjoyed ourselves for Sunday dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2012

Unique pancakes with real maple syrup. Yum! Hot chocolate is amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 5, 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2011

I have been going to Wishbone restaurants for years and have always enjoyed them. Good food, reasonable prices, pleasant staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2011

There were 4 of us with 6 kids and everyone enjoyed their meals. This restaurant is a nice change of pace.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2011

The adults only section in the back room is a quiet refuge from the very family friendly front roomm.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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