Susie's Noon Hour GrillRogers Park
The owner of this Rogers Park diner (Susie herself) takes the saying, "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself," to heart. Waitress, cook and dishwasher--she's a one-woman show, serving up a mix of American and Korean fare during breakfast and lunch hours. You can order regular diner favorites such as pancakes and bacon or bust out with some bulgogi--and the kimchee omelet is the perfect example of how American and Korean dishes mesh together here. Susie is all about adding a signature touch to her dishes: Her version of the chop chae (a traditional Korean noodle dish) is finished with syrup. The decor bears evidence of her hand as well. It fits what you might imagine a Korean grandmother would choose for her restaurant, including just enough kitsch to keep you smiling.