Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #348: Nookies (Chicago)
Location: 1746 N. Wells (Chicago)
Type of restaurant: Coffee Shop/Diner
We stipulated: Looking for a simple, late lunch near our hotel in Lincoln Park.
They stipulated: "Situated in the Heart of Chicago’s Old Town, Nookies Restaurant first opened its doors as 'Nookies Snack Shop,' in 1973. Two co-workers, Spiros Alexopoulos, a recent immigrant from Greece, who used to work as a server in a Lincoln Park restaurant, and Ralph Fisher, a cook, joined forces to open what was to become one of Chicago’s favorite diners. The original snack shop was equipped with a deli and an ice cream parlor, and seated only a handful of patrons. Spiros and Ralph named it “Nookies” as in a breakfast nook, although the innuendos of the name where not lost on passersby and local patrons."
What we ordered: Maria: Chicken Piccata (Lightly breaded, sauteed with tomatoes and a lemon caper sauce) $12.45; Mike: Blackened Chicken (Coated with cajun spices, topped with mango chutney) $12.45; Kids: Burger (Lightly seasoned charbroiled and served with lettuce, tomato and pickle) $8.95; kids' spaghetti $3.95
High point: The blogger kid 2.0's spaghetti with meat sauce was delicious and extremely cheap. Also, loved the '70s/'80s music soundtrack.
Low point: They didn't accept American Express.
Overall impression: Old fashioned diner, complete with comfort food. Nice vibe.
Will we return: If we stay at the Hotel Lincoln again, I'm sure we'd stop by at some point.