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Lakeview East Resident's Favorite Spots



"Lakeview is a massive neighborhood, but that doesn't stop residents from knowing their favorite burgerspots, craft beer bars and coffee shops. We talked to some people who call the neighborhood home and had them tell us all about the Lakeview locales that you can't afford to miss.

1. Bar Pastoral/Pastoral. We're biased, what can we say? This is our original baby and it is cozy, filled to the brim with great wine, charcuterie, bistro street life and of course cheese.
2. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. A completely chill vibe with amazing roasts that feel unique and they always remember who you are.
3. Crisp. Every bike messenger in town knows that this place is the bomb with its Korean Fried Chicken taking center stage. Yum.
4. Monsignor Murphy's. Owned by a former professional boxer who is always around—Wednesday night dueling pianos with famous musicians and a gregarious crowd and lots of cold beer.
5. Lakeview Kitchen. Exciting new food incubator just getting revved up in the 'hood, featuring amazingly talented artisan local food entrepreneurs. Sweet and savory gems.
6. Brazilan Bowl. Fast-casual Brazilian food with the full authentic vibe from music to denizens that actually speak Portuguese. Beats the chain bowls by a mile, especially the Turkey Bowl.
7. El Mariachi. The neighborhood Mexican restaurant with friendliest owners and service, great food and value and usually a shot of tequila as their amuse bouche for dessert.
8. Essencia. Amazing cafe generally open for just breakfast and lunch featuring freshest ingredients, a simple but light vibe and the chicken soup is not to be missed.
9. Wang's. This bar, owned by the folks who own Ping Pong and Wakamono, is like walking into an authentic smokey dark bar and lounge in Shanghai, with off the hook cocktails.
10. The Closet. People have been ending their nights at this 4am bar for as long as we have lived there. Awesome video play list, great mix of gay, lesbian and straight and friendly bartenders. If your early bar is hitting last call, run, don't walk."

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