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Wishbone - Lincoln

3.9
53 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Kid-friendly (82)
  • Neighborhood Gem (73)
  • Good for Groups (67)

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Cajun
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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
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Phone number
(773) 549-2663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joel Nickson
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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.
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Cross street
School
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Parking details
Public lot one block away by Belmont Library on Melrose. Ample street parking.
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Public transit
Brown Line Paulina station 1 block; Lincoln Ave. Bus in front; Ashland and Belmont bus lines 1 block away.
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Entertainment
Monthly art exhibitions and occasional musical performances.
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
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarlaEdgewater (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 25, 2013

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

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Sharpie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2013

Good food,friendly place with reasonable prices

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 14, 2013

sunday night music is a great addition to the spot

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2013

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

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CSSchicago (Chicago)
5.0  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...

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vipchicagocooks (Chicago)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2012

Love the hush puppies! Fun atmosphere.

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Sharpie (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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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vipTom2 (Chicago)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2012

Love the service and the wonderful food~

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2012

Good food, excellent wait staff, very fast service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2012

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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.

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vipStoodUp (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on June 21, 2012

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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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vipresiak1958 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2012

Exceeded expectations. A balanced menu with something for everybody.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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BigC (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 31, 2012

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2012

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

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