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Johnny Brown Bag

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5406 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-1210
+1 773-270-2522
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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arlington heights, IL
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164 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I got the slice and coke special. The slice was good, and big, so I shared it with my daughter, who got a sandwich, and she gave me half of hers. I took two bites, and then I saw a short black hair mashed into the avocado in the sandwich. Not mine, or my daughter's. I called the server over,... More 

Thank lchicagolaw
Indiana, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I went here and sat at the bar during the dinner rush Saturday night. The other patrons were friendly and sociable as well as the staff. I ordered the melanzana con formaggi "eggplant tower". It was very good and filling. This place serves wine and beer.

Thank Andrea N
Phoenix, Arizona
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289 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Last night in Chicago just wanted some local takeout. They have a great website and can order online but don't expect to get what you asked for or even enough to feed everyone. Totally screwed up the order. What we did get was pretty good. Balsamic vinegar was particularly good. So go and eat in person maybe you'll have better... More 

Thank phxaz54
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

Stopped in for dinner last night. Didn't expect a lot, but was I surprised! Food is take-out, delivered or eat-in. Quality of the food is high and the service is fast and friendly. Had an Italian sub with a house salad. House salads are usually sad things, chopped lettuce, too much onion, styrofoam tomatoes, etc. This salad was great. Leafy... More 

Thank Edgar B
Chicago, IL
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

"Johnny Brown Bag" has it's name for a fun, historical reason; read the menu to dive into the owner's history. It's a mouthful and comes across as temporary, lunch focused, or trivial. To the contrary, Johnny's is the perfect midweek meal for locals. Mini pizzas are fine; the garlicky white beans with broccoli rabe is an outstanding and unusual dish;... More 

Thank Nicholas G
Evanston, Illinois
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109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2014

We walked by this place, saw the sign of Johnny Brown Bag, and passed it right up. After walking down the block and crossing the street, we noticed their awning said that it was an Italian eatery. So, we went in to try this place out. The caprese salad was the best my wife have had. The garlic bread was... More 

Thank DrCUR
Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Love this place. We go there once a month or order in. Very delicious home made Italian dishes. Pasta, and paninis are great. Nice staff. Affordable price as well. Highly recommend.

Thank LauraL_M75
Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

The food is great here. The staff gets to know you very quickly and are always friendly. Even the cooks are pleasant to deal with. The menu selection is incredibly extensive for such a small place. Food is ready quickly and can be taken to go in a snap. I've tried most of their sandwiches and pizzas as well as... More 

Thank RoomZoom
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Really, the simplest foods can be the hardest to prepare superbly, you know? It does take a lot of care to make perfect grilled calamari, and this tiny little spot will do so for you, and they'll grill some excellent bread for you to sop up their simple, delicious sauce. Other recommendations: rapini + borlotti beans, spaghetti carbonara, any of... More 

Thank Fussy_Janet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$23
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5406 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-1210
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-270-2522

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?