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Dove's Luncheonette

Diner and Tex-Mex Restaurant$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
84 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • brisket
  • casual
  • lively
  • fried chicken
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  • Tim O.
    Tim O'BryanOctober 14
    This place is a GEM. Quick diner vibe with some of the best food I’ve ever had. Don’t forget to check the cocktail special.
  • Josh S.
    Josh SciannaOctober 3
    You’ll have to wait awhile but the food is divine. Try the hush puppies!
  • Carps
    CarpsSeptember 4
    The peach salad 👌🏼
  • Cole T.
    Cole TAugust 26
    Phenomenal. Between the burnt ends hash, the fantastic drip coffee & solid service: this place is a winner ! Best breakfast I have had in Chicago, hands down.
  • Kino
    KinoAugust 19
    Southern-inspired Mexican. To avoid crazy long lines on weekends, arrive before 10:30am. Chicken Fried Chicken was excellent. The Burnt Ends was okay, but the roasted potatoes & fried eggs were great.
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew McKeeJuly 9
    Been here 10+ times
    For breakfast, try the burnt ends hash. Dinner menu is always evolving but if they have charred octopus, give it a go. Cocktails are also a staple, including the bloody Maria.
  • s p.
    s pJune 15
    Fried Chicken, 🥑 toast, and the nitro brewed coffee
  • Chris P.
    Wicker Park (the neighborhood) has a unique Chicago Feel.
  • Matt D.
    Even if you're not normally a fan of fried green tomatoes, get them here. Bright and tasty.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Come to Dove's Luncheonette and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceApril 16
    Phenomenal waiters, delicious tamal, underrated oatmeal, great Mezcal selection, quality coffee... doesn't get much better for a luncheonette...
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 4
    For a throwback, laid-back experience and after effects-abating Tex-Mex eats, head to Dove’s Luncheonette where chicken fried chicken, pozole rojo and burnt ends hash cures what ails you. Read more
  • Thurgood C.
    Thurgood CoatsJanuary 13
    Absolutely loved the chicken fried chicken! I ate every morsel on that plate. The chicken was done perfectly and the toppings and sauce mixed marvelously.
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen ODonnellDecember 17, 2016
    Very NOISY, can't carry on a conversation.
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen ODonnellDecember 17, 2016
    Went for chicken and was 😔 they only serve thighs. Ugh
  • Sergio O.
    Sergio OlavarrietaSeptember 30, 2016
    Great food!!!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerSeptember 19, 2016
    Excellent fried chicken. But be warned - it's a heavy meal! Also the bacon side is great.
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalSeptember 15, 2016
    I never thought I'd say I loved a place based on its avocado toast but man was it amazing!! But the coffee needed tweaking
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangSeptember 11, 2016
    Chicken fried chicken
  • Dana D.
    Dana DanielleSeptember 10, 2016
    Pezole was good and they always have daily special options. Good for Small groups and you will have to wait. Diner style eating and communal! Very cute!
  • Margo M.
    Margo M.September 6, 2016
    Everything has been sooo good (Burnt Ends Hash, Avocado Toast, Atlanta Beach Pie, Fried Chicken w/verde chorizo gravy)!! And the service is great!!
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 30, 2016
    If you need a little morning pick-me-up, the "Back to Life Cocktail" ceviche is a refreshing starter that’ll do the trick. Read more
  • Julianna
    JuliannaAugust 16, 2016
    Counter seating abounds. Tasty.
  • Minji L.
    Minji LeeAugust 14, 2016
    The taco brisket norteña was amazing. A creative, unexpected blend of flavors packed into a hearty flour delicious!!! There was friendly service and a laid-back atmosphere as well.
  • ashish r.
    ashish rastogiAugust 6, 2016
    Chicken fried chicken is super good!! The brisket taco is equally good...
  • Colin B.
    Colin BeerensAugust 5, 2016
    The burnt ends hash is fantastic!
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WongJuly 26, 2016
    get the country fried chicken, pass on the chiles rellenos
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonJune 5, 2016
    Breakfast tacos were a great balance of spicy and filling
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    Paul Kahan and co. bring Tex-Mex comfort food to a traditional diner environment, adding a standout mezcal selection and soul music wafting from a turntable. Try the fried chicken and torta ahogada. Read more
  • Vegonik
    VegonikMay 5, 2016
    Pozole verde was surprisingly good! Perfect for hang overs lol loved the ambiance!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 28, 2016
    This quaint Mexican diner serves up cute, trendy breakfast options. Try the multi-grained bread smeared with avocado and topped with warm country ham, red onion, and kumquat. Read more
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Dove's Luncheonette!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Felices Vacaciones!
  • Melissa E.
    Melissa EMarch 13, 2016
    Good atmosphere and very rich Mexican food
  • J
    JFebruary 29, 2016
    Avocado toast. Sounds so simple and yet they blow this out of the park.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoytmanJanuary 18, 2016
    Brisket hash is why one comes here
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaidJanuary 8, 2016
    Chicken fried chicken
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 3, 2015
    If you are in Dove's Luncheonette, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Pauly G.
    Pauly GNovember 12, 2015
    Hard to disagree w/50 other ppl, but Dove's doesn't hit the spot for dinner, not even close. Coming from Texas, the taco was a sad Tex-Mex attempt - more of poorly executed Thai fusion dish. 6/10
  • Martin H.
    Martin HeckoNovember 9, 2015
    Get the chile relleno. Crunchy, with wonder cheese filling and tangy sauce. Not at all greasy.
  • A N.
    A NNovember 6, 2015
    Amazing brunch/lunch, good cocktails
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaOctober 30, 2015
    Sort-of Tex-Mex meets sort-of greasy spoon at this all-day Chicago diner; also on BA Top 50
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoOctober 23, 2015
    Tender corn tortillas are stuffed with smoked chicken and covered in mole verde, queso fresco, cilantro, onions and pepitas. For $1 more, you can add a fried egg to anything on the menu. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchSeptember 28, 2015
    The Bitches say: A. We love the bold flavors, updated diner décor, and impeccable service. The Dove’s Luncheonette may be the best casual brunch spot in Wicker Park. Read more
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KrotsengSeptember 12, 2015
    Fried chicken, succotash, and hash are terrific
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SSeptember 4, 2015
    Great Mexican fusion restaurant. Delicious small plates and friendly staff. Remind small plates are small.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonAugust 16, 2015
    Now that's a mezcal menu!
  • Chase F.
    Chase FarnumJuly 24, 2015
    Loved it! Staff was amazing. The space is a bit loud so you'll need to shout a bit to hold a conversation during peak hours.
  • T K.
    T KJuly 19, 2015
    Anything! The dark sauce particularly.
  • Alison H.
    Alison HarshbargerJuly 1, 2015
    If they have arepas on special, get them.
  • John K.
    John KhuuJune 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit by the left bar where the drinks are being made. You get to see the staff make drinks in front of you and they are more engaging about if you're enjoying your food, and or drinks. Def coming back.
  • Stellaa D.
    Stellaa DuhartMay 25, 2015
    Mezcal drinkers: this is the only place that I've found with a good selection. And the food is great!
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockMay 16, 2015
    I have no words for how delicious this meal was.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FryApril 28, 2015
    Had the breakfast special: homemade sausage, 2 fried eggs, pickled spicy peppers and grits. Pro-tip: there's a Sichuan chili oil in the hot sauce rack!
  • Jose A.
    Jose AvalosApril 12, 2015
    I absolutely love you Dove's Luncheonette! Check out Freebie today! Read more
  • George S.
    George SantiagoApril 12, 2015
    Dove's Luncheonette, Check out Freebie, its awesome! Read more
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BalderasApril 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite breakfast spots. Very cozy, great music and awesome service.
  • ben m.
    ben mMarch 31, 2015
    Come for lunch on a Sunday. Have the pozole and 'Back to Life Cocktail" are quality! Good beers too. Nothing wrong with Al Green and Isaac Hayes on the turntables either.
  • Azad A.
    Azad Amir-GhassemiMarch 5, 2015
    Desserts, throwback menu, atmosphere, everything.
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnMarch 1, 2015
    Wait can be long on weekends for brunch. Food is great though. Love the chile rellenos and grits.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WayneFebruary 24, 2015
    Spicy brisket tacos, great enchiladas. Nice beer list
  • Nick D.
    Nick DiCosolaFebruary 16, 2015
    Brisket is Amazing for their Breakfast! Favorite breakfast spot in the City!!!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJanuary 22, 2015
    This is certainly is the place to chow down on killer Mexican-influenced diner food. If hungover, try their Vuelve la Vida—which means "back to life." Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJanuary 21, 2015
    With ample counter seats and a record player that's always spinning, this space's look is greatly inspired by 1960s diners. The menu features modernized versions of classic Tex Mex dishes. Read more
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaJanuary 16, 2015
    Everything I have had here is delicious. Add an egg for $1.50!
  • Matt A.
    Matt AdamsDecember 30, 2014
    Chile Rellanos
  • Matt A.
    Matt AdamsDecember 30, 2014
    Red Chile Enchiladas
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeDecember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The brisket taco was amazing - sip on the Sixth Stairstep with it.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 22, 2014
    This Wicker Park spot focuses on Mexican by way of the gravy-soused, cheese-stuffed, battered-and-fried South. Go for the Mexican seafood cocktail or roasted romanesco broccoli with pumpkin seed sauce Read more
  • Tim S.
    Tim SomervilleDecember 13, 2014
    Brisket hash breakfast special. Wow! Very cool atmosphere.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoDecember 4, 2014
    The big windows are easy to spot on this great brunch spot. The menu is glorious but the enchilada with fried egg is unmistakeable. Read more
  • Tom
    TomNovember 26, 2014
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best options in Wicker Park. Brunch is a must.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.November 18, 2014
    the latest from the team that brought avec, blackbird, big star, violet hour, and publican. 50s diner style seating and a southwest menu cannot do wrong. cute spot to catch up with pals. a must try.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherNovember 3, 2014
    That Dyson Airblade damn near sliced my hands off, with air!
  • Zeke F.
    Zeke FrancoNovember 1, 2014
    Start off with the ceviche.
  • Zach M.
    Zach MOctober 26, 2014
    Great new spot by Paul Kahan, right next to Big Star. Traditional Mexican food fused with Southern comfort food. Great menu and full bar.
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I could eat everything on the menu. Don't eat too much, they serve Hoosier Mama Pie... Horchata flavored, at that.
  • Mel S.
    Mel SmartOctober 18, 2014
    Diner breakfast!! Needed.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RibbleOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Fried Chicken
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GonzalezOctober 11, 2014
    Enchilada with a Fried Egg was awesome, so was the Pozole.
  • Elsa C.
    Elsa CrApril 30
    Todo es delicioso y el lugar súper bonito. Pide el pollo frito (se puede compartir) y una mimosa.
  • Adrian A.
    Adrian AlvaApril 15
    Desayunos tipo diner deliciosos. Pide pollo frito, huevos con papas hash y brisket. Hay mimosas, vinilos, djs por las noches. Un must muy cool en wicker park.
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroAugust 14, 2016
    Breakfast muito bom, ovo duplo, bacon, torradas e linguiça!
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