Stanley's Kitchen and Tap
Known perhaps more for its nightly crowd of 20- and
30-somethings looking to mingle than for family time, Stanley's in Lincoln
Park is surprisingly kid-friendly for an early dinner in the back
dining room, which boasts a tot-sized picnic table-and the food is
the stuff kids dream of.
From toasted mac-n-cheese to cheeseburger sliders to Stanley's
famous tater tots and mashed potatoes, there are dozens of
kid-friendly items on the expansive
menu. For dessert, children go nuts for the fried chocolate
chip cookies. Yes, fried cookies.
Stanley's also serves dreamy comfort food for adults. My
favorite is the southern fried chopped chicken salad, which I
affectionately call "the world's most fattening salad"-and it's
also quite possibly the world's most delicious: an immense
concoction of succulent chunks of fried chicken, cheddar and
jalapeno jack cheeses, red onion, bacon, tomato and ranch dressing
atop a mound of lettuce, technically making it a salad.
Grown-ups also will enjoy the platters served with mashed
potatoes such as the bacon-laced meatloaf or hot open-faced turkey
sandwich. Every burger is a standout, especially the Elvis, decked
out with bacon, pimento cheese and country fried onions. And not
only kids deserve dessert-indulge in the homemade apple pie topped
with cinnamon ice cream. One warning: food coma is inevitable, so
don't plan anything too taxing after dinner.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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