Pride Brunch & Dining

Andy Farriester,
June 19, 2004

Andy's Top 10 restaurants to nosh at along the parade route.
Related article: Follow the Parade; Eating, that is!

Yoshi's Cafe
3257 N Halsted Street | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6160 |
Start your morning here with one of Yoshi's signature martini's and brunch. Get here early enough and you might be able to claim stake to some prime parade watching curb.

Roscoe's Tavern
3356 N Halsted St | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-3355 |
Moving along with the parade, you may end up at this great neighborhood bar. This year, they will be offering beer and frozen libations on the patio along with a lot of grilled meats. The patio closes at 10 p.m. on Pride Sunday.

HB: Home Bistro
3404 N Halsted | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-0299 |
Next stop on the parade route, is the place to pick up some gourmet carry out, decedant desserts & awesome, just like in New Orleans, beignets. Open from 8 a.m. till noon, then close during the parade. They will re-open after. BBQ menu til 8pm.

The Chicago Diner
3411 N Halsted Street | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-6696 |
For the vegetarian in us all, you can't beat Chicago Diner. With reasonably priced entrees that seem un-vegetarian, you're sure to feel good for having noshed here. That way, you can be a lil' naughty as the day progresses.

Las Mananitas
3523 N Halsted Street | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-2109
You can't miss the pink awening at this Halsted Street institution. With an expansive patio and a margarita list almost as large. This is the "it" place to be during the parade. I warn you, however. Do not over-imbibe on their margaritas.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N Halsted | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-1111 |
This next stop along the parade route is at times jammed. Only because the floats in the parade are usually marred here because of the bend at Halsted and Broadway. Stopping here for a martini is sure to get you through the remainder of the parade.

North Coast Cafe (Closed)
3613 N Broadway | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-7606
Usually at this stop on the parade, most people have had a bit to drink and are in dire need of something to soak up that alcohol. Stop in for some good home cooking with a Mediterranean twist.

Melrose Restaurant
3233 N Broadway | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-2060
Oh to see and be seen. Is that a question? Melrose Diner's patio is larger than most people's home's. It seems fit that one would opt to sit outside, eating healthy portions of anything that you can imagine while watching the parade go by.

Bamee Noodle Shop
3120 N Broadway | Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-2641
In the mood for some Thai? Need to sit down? Here you go. Bamee Noodle Shope is famous for, well, their noodle dishes. A perfect afternoon meal. So, carb load yourself and know that you are almost at the finish line of the parade.

543 W Diversey | Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-7263
Zucco will have their patio open for the parade. Serving great martini's to either end your day or begin your night. This is probably my favorite spot to watch the parade from.

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