The Diner Grill

Lake View
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Fourteen counter stools provide most of the seating at this 24-hour Lakeview eatery, which originally was built from fused-together Evanston street cars in the1930s. (It's since been updated to comply with city codes.) But space constraints haven’t stopped bargoers from cruising by on the way home for an order of buttermilk pancakes or a cheeseburger; the place is often packed around the time local bars close on Friday and Saturday nights. Most of the menu consists of expected diner picks. A favorite is the "slinger plate." Finish the massive pile of hash browns topped with beef patties, grilled onions, two over-easy eggs and homemade chili, and you'll get a certificate of completion to take home.