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Located on a quiet, mostly residential stretch of Carlton Avenue, James is one of those restaurants that you ask your parents to meet you at, and hope they'll pick up the tab. But for those times when there's no one else around to pay for you (which, basically, is most of the time), you can still enjoy the amazing food that this restaurant prepares. Sit at the bar and order the kale salad ($12), which is a savory and filling mix of black kale, red quinoa, smoked almonds and ricotta salata, all with a perfectly poached egg on top that is just begging to be split open so that you can swirl the runny yolk around with all the rest of the ingredients. And lest you feel all virtuous for only ordering a salad, I must insist that you also get a dessert, namely the grilled lemon poundcake with blueberries and spearmint ($6). It's summer in a bowl, it really is.
James; 605 Carlton Avenue, Prospect Heights