Due just northwest of Downtown is the vibrant neighborhood of Oak Lawn. This diverse area totes an abundance of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and, after staking its prominence in the '60s and '70s amid the city's counterculture movement, has become one of the nation’s top gay-friendly neighborhoods. While this area may not be the first spot that comes to mind when planning for your next nosh, we recommend thinking twice.
Truly a neighborhood fit for every style and billfold, the Oak Lawn food scene has something for everyone. Gearing up for a night out? Stop by Mattito’s in the newly renovated Centrum building for Tex-Mex paired with a margarita sure to provide a swift kick to the pants.
For those of you looking to trot out your fancy pants however, we recommend The Library at Warwick Hotel. Not only will you sound super studious while speaking of your evening's agenda, but you can also enjoy listening to live local artists on the weekends. For the foodie in all of us (you have an inner foodie too, right?), there’s Eatzi’s, a mini-market and bakery offering to-go eats and treats from all over the globe. Fair warning: drooling and inherent overspending are likely to occur.
If vegging out is what you desire, look no further than Cosmic Cafe - an eclectic, Indian inspired vegetarian eatery with on-site yoga. Fun fact: the menu prices look odd, and it’s for a reason. The digits for each dish price add up to nine, a number significant in Hindu mythology. Embrace weekend comfy-casual vibes down the street at Lucky’s Café for all the American diner fare, checkered tile and chrome you’ve ever wanted. The blueberry pancakes may, in fact, change your life.
Last but certainly not least notable is Zaguan, which has been unofficially voted to have the frothiest cappuccinos in all the land. From the fresh pastries to the Venezuelan tamales, this bright Latin café is one hole in the wall you’ll want to remember. Dog lovers may also want to note that the patio makes for an excellent mealtime pooch perch, too.
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