The Story of Wishbone The style of contemporary American cuisine we put on the table daily at Wishbone is steeped in the home-cooked table fare of North Carolina mixed with a dash of Creole spice. We call it Southern Reconstruction cooking.
It's Southern food like we grew up with, like we know and love. Some might consider it plain and simple, but take your first bite and the deep flavors and spice-happy aspects come running at your palate full tilt! However, it's been influenced by cooking styles and techniques from France to NYC and Chicago.
France was home to our grandmother (who heavily influenced our cooking) before she moved to rural North Carolina with our grandfather, a World War I veteran. New York City because it's one of the places Joel spent time and apprenticed, learning to do something a bit new and different with Southern cuisine. Chicago because it's where the three Brothers Nickson opened the first Wishbone on a shoestring. That first 50-seat restaurant at 1800 W. Grand Ave. was a true family affair. Everyone helped from helping during construction to waiting tables--and Mom did all the paintings.
These days, we see kids that used to sit in our high chairs coming in with their families. They have grown right along with our own, making Wishbone what we always hoped it would be--a community restaurant.
At Wishbone, a pork chop is still a pork chop. We don't forget the basics and you won't need a dictionary to understand our menu items--but if you would like one for superlatives post-meal, we'll do what we can to get one for you.
Comfort is our goal through and through for every patron that comes through the doors. And we are a community--of blue-collar workers, people in suits, moms (or dads) out for lunch with the kids, or hobo vegans, for that matter.
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Our intention here is to concentrate on fresh ingredients, hands-on, from-scratch preparation with inspiration coming from the flavors, influences and culinary traditions of the Southern United States. There are lots of choices on our menu--something for everyone. An attention to the quality of every item on our fairly epic menus has gained us the trust of our customers, especially mixed with friendly service and reasonable prices. Our friends and customers represent a fairly breathtaking cross-section of the city of Chicago. Old friends meet here and new ones are made about as often as our biscuits.
A neighborhood spot in a city that takes its neighborhoods seriously, Wishbone Northside, a.k.a. "Northbone," is a second home (and/or office) for many in the Wrigleyville, Lakeview and Roscoe Village neighborhoods. Health- and family-friendly food made from scratch is on the New American-inspired menu. Plainspoken friendliness is, as well, and expect plenty of color--from the people to the décor. This independent spirit attracts the many young professionals and family that call this area home today--that and our Southern Reconstruction cooking! You'll find us two blocks north of the Belmont/Ashland intersection. Public parking often available on Melrose.