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George Boys Grill

View Map801 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Tel: (312) 733-9545
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Editorial Review of George Boys Grill

A tiny space doesn't necessarily mean a tiny menu. George Boys Grill, located in Rockstar Dogss' old West Town outpost, mixes a wide array of deep fried options with a surprising number of Italian dishes, all at bargain prices.

Let health considerations take a back seat and order something from the heavily-used grill. Hot dogs aren't Chicago-style, but they come with chili and/or cheese for under $4. Other fast food items, such as hamburgers, Italian beef, chicken wings and pork chop sandwiches, are available, with well-seasoned, reasonably crispy fries accompanying most sandwiches. The other half of the menu is devoted to Italian cuisine, with offerings like calamari, eggplant parmigiana and a smattering of pastas, as well as daily off-menu specials. You can get your vegetable fix with the platter of fried mushrooms, zucchini and broccoli or, if you think that's not exactly what your doctor had in mind, one of the salads.

With a seating area as large as the kitchen - which is not a way of saying how large the kitchen is - ordering take-out or getting food delivered is a good plan, although the friendly, accommodating staff makes dining in pleasant. Plop yourself down at one of the dozen or so counter seats that line either side of the room, where you can eat while either watching Univision on the single TV above the door or looking out at the gritty intersection of Chicago and Ashland. The restaurant is narrow, though, so if there's a rush, which is more likely during the late night post-bar hours, it's liable to get crowded.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Alexander Hough

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10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday

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