Allan and I drove to our daughter Jill's house to take her out to lunch before we began our 44th Anniversary Celebration [August 9,10,11, 2007].
Jill suggested Wishbone on Lincoln Avenue. [They have two other locations also].
If you look up this restaurant on their website, you'll see that they use the term "Southern Reconstruction Cooking" as a tongue-in-cheek description. Really, it's southern cooking with the lard, sugar, or overcooked vegetables.
The interior of this restaurant is quite good looking and spacious. In addition, it is huge. When we were there, it was filled with families [lots of children].
Wishbone is noted for its breakfasts, and you are able to order all day long.
This was the second "Wishbone Restaurant", and it opened in 1999 and was affectionately called [Northbone}. This placed is located in a neighborhood "that bridges Lakeview and Roscoe Village on Chicago's northside". It has a back counter, a full bar, lots of space, no frills, food made from scratch, and fair prices.
Favorite Dish: You'll see such items as black-eyed peas, black beans, red potatoes & onions [their idea of home fries], cheese grits, mashed sweet potatoes, crab cakes to name a few.
On this particular day, we could not order North Carolina Pulled Pork because it is a Monday Special.
Thus, I ordered Roast turkey and dressing with two sides. I selected 3-cheese Macaroni & Cheese and a fresh fruit dish. "Yankee Cole Slaw [vinaigrette style] as well as cornbread muffins come with it. (See the first photo_
Jill ordered ab cakes, macaroni and cheese and fresh fruit. She also order homemade Leomonade. (See second photo)
Allan ordered aneggplant dish, and his sides were cold slaw and spinach. By the way, this place is famous as a vegetarian delight.
By complaint is the size of the portions...much to large for me. The Turkey was great with good dressing; I loved the cold Slaw, and the Macaroni and Cheese. I gave away my corn muffin.
Jill said the crab cakes were just OK.
Allan cleaned his plate and ate some items from both Jill and my plates. Jill took home a "doggie plate which included my corn muffin, some of my turkey, and a crab cake".
I have a friend who always requests we have breakfast at Wishbone every time she comes to visit. Known for it's Southern/Cajun Breakfast, this is the easily one of the best brunch-spots in the city. However, like most amazing city brunch spots--Wishbone is no different. Filled with hungover eyes and bedhead, Chicagans dine here for the salmon cakes, omlets an red egs. There is a children's menu for families, too.
Favorite Dish: From the website:
N.C. Crab Cakes
Spicy blue claw crab patties in the Outer Banks style served with lemon butter sauce, two eggs, home fries or grits and choice of corn muffin, biscuit or toast.
AWESOME crabcakes. You're really missing out if you don't like seafood, but as a true-blue seafood fan these crabcakes mock the East Coast (sorry Boston). I also love the red eggs--a cajun delight--
Two eggs any style on corn tortillas covered with black beans, cheese, chili ancho sauce, scallions, sour cream and salsa.
This restaurant is right down the street from Oprah's studio. This is a southern style restaurant . They give large portions for very reasonable prices.
Favorite Dish: The crawfish cakes with the collard greens and macaroni & cheese
This is one of my favorites for comfort food, and in my top 10 for Chicago! Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Wishbone is one of the best American/soul/southern food places in town. I like it because it tends to be prepared more on the healthier side for this type of cuisine, but you really should not count calories when you eat here either. Go very hungry and leave with you belt a few notches looser.
Everything is seasoned perfectly. Crawfish, catfish, chicken, grits, eggs benedict, pancakes, sausages.....and the best corn muffins.....whatever you order, it is both traditional and new....I don't know how to explain this. It is like eating food that is bad for you, but you can feel good about it.
There are a couple of Wishbone restaurants, but the cooks at the one on Washington Street are hands-down the best.
Crowd is diverse; service is friendly and knowledgeable, very cozy....even if you're dining alone. Watch out for the weekend crowds.
Favorite Dish: Crawfish cakes, collard greens, coleslaw, mac & cheese. Can you get more down home? Except, I like German beers to wash this down. The cakes are just seasoned so well and the cooling white sauce is just like a nice thin sheet served under the cakes....gives it a nice contrast without drowning the cakes in sauce. The collard greens might be better than you're grandmothers....so if you take her there be prepared to lie and say otherwise.
Most people I know like this place for breakfast, but I say if you come for breakfast, come back later for dinner.....it's that good.
It's a great cajun/southern cooking restaurant serving comfy foods. On weekends, it can get really crowded for breakfast/lunch. Expect waits up to an hour.
Favorite Dish: Any breakfast item
Lunch/Dinner: Mashed sweet potatoes