High Dive

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The name says it all: This West Town neighborhood dive prides itself on its a classier edge. And as of late 2011, you'll find an expanded brunch menu and a completely overhauled dinner menu with homemade items. Look for a step up from your ordinary fried cheese sticks and go for the saganaki, or homemade deep-fried pickles, wontons, mussels or additional vegetarian options. An indie rock-stocked jukebox provides the soundtrack, with various band posters and a pool table setting the scene. You can slide in to a velvety booth or saddle up to the restored wood-and-copper bar. Turn your eyes toward four plasma TVs while you nosh on good grub as well as greasy bar food. Fans of the former Solstice in Lincoln Park should note the same owner helms High Dive, and brought over his chef and house specialty, ranch fries.