A neighborhood coffee shop and breakfast hangout. Staples of Swedish cooking with lingonberry pancakes, meatballs and sticky cinnamon buns that you just can't get anywhere else of the same caliber. Definitely a comfort-food kind of place for small talk with friends over coffee.
1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Another good neighborhood hangout. Has basic Italian fare well-prepared and heartily served. Creative enough menu to keep us coming back week after week. Nice salads and great raw meat (carpaccio). You can't go wrong at Francesca's.
798 W. Algonquin Rd.Golf Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
If your brand of comfort food is seafood, then Pappadeaux is your place. I grew up in New England, so when I get a craving, I either head here or to Shaw's. Pappadeaux's cajun flair gives a wider variety of sauces and piquant flavors than others. I have never been disappointed and the menu has seasonal variations to ensure you getting the best seafood as the right time of year.