Wings at Yak-Zies (May 18, 2012)

R.J. Grunts
2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363
Craving a bite of history? This is where Rich Melman’s restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You, started back in 1971. Fill up on milkshakes, half-pound burgers and platefuls from the massive salad bar.

Half Shell
676 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-1773
This divey basement seafood house started shucking oysters more than 40 years ago, way before trendy hangouts such as The Publican and GT Fish & Oyster made it cool again.

The Wiener’s Circle
2622 N. Clark St. 773-477-7444
Known for Chicago-style hot dogs served with a side of sass, this late-night hot dog joint was recently the subject of a TruTV reality show. Ask for ketchup at your own risk.

Twin Anchors
1655 N. Sedgwick St. 312-266-1616
This barbecue restaurant’s epic reign of ribs—it opened in Old Town in 1932 in a building that was
reportedly once a speakeasy—has earned it status as an institution.

Pequod’s Pizza
2207 N. Clybourn Ave. 773-327-1512
This popular pizzeria serves its share of meatball sandwiches, ravioli and plenty of garlic bread, but it’s
known for the addictive pan pizza, with its signature crust ringed with caramelized cheese.

215 W. North Ave. 312-202-0302