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General Food Purveyors?

European Imports for "specialty items"- cheese, caviar, foie, and so forth.

Plitt seafood

You can always go to restaurant depot which has plenty of everything.
1030 W Division Street
(between Cherry Ave & Hickory Ave)

I'll second testa though they might be difficult to deal with on a one time basis. Market Produce is on Randolph street - a smaller, family run place.
951 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607-2220
(312) 666-3106‎

Or for a really fun time grab your resale license and head to the International Produce Market and negotiate yourself some vegetables for cheap (open between 2 am and noon, but don't get there past 10 or you'll have some cranky Teamsters to deal with


Jul 31, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area

Jerk Chicken?

UNCLE JOE'S JERK, also in Hyde Park, is cheaper and better that Calypso but take out only. You can order ahead, grab your takeout and head 1/2 mile south and 1/4 mile East to Promontory Point and have a beautiful picnic. A whole Jerk chicken and 2 sides is less than $20, and though the bread looks like Wonder bread, it is actually a really great home baked white bread.


Uncle Joe's
1461 E. Hyde Park blvd
(773) 241-5550

Jul 22, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area

Fresh quail eggs

Most Asian markets have fresh quail eggs for 1/4 of the price you've quoted. Some specific examples:

1) Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights-This Japanese superstore is worth the trip just to marvel at the offerings and eat at the awesome Japanese food court. Last week I got 10 fresh quail eggs for $1.89 and everything at this store is impossibly fresh--especially the sashimi).

2)Tai Nam on Broadway just south of Argyle St, in "Little Saigon:, This store is another one of my favorites and fresh quail eggs are even less than at Mitsuwa.

3) Richwell Market on 19th and Canal, just outside of Chinatown. A fun well-kept store with a great selection.

4)I have also seen fresh quail eggs at Mayflower Market in the Chinatown mall (across from Citibank). I can't vouch for freshness at this place, but their selection of live seafood (including, on various occasions, soft shelled turtles, prawns--the only live prawns I've seen in Chicago, giant frogs and live eels) always blows my mind! I l

Good luck!

Jul 15, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area

Going to The Steppenwolf on a Sunday Night...

The Red Rooster wine bar is a half mile (or so) north of the theater just off of Halsted.

The food is solid bistro fare-nothing earth shattering but always satisfying. It would be a very nice pre-or post theater choice. They are open until 10 on Sundays.
Check out the coupon you can print right from their website!

Jul 13, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area

Looking for duck legs and fat

First, welcome to Chicago.

Joseph Baumgartner's, 935 West Randolph Street, is a mainly wholesale meat distributor that's open to the public. There is no store front but you can stop by the office or call in your order. They have excellent quality and ,if they don't have something on hand, they can order it for you. They are friendly and helpful.
Their prices are very reasonable (especially compared to Treasure Island or Fox and Obel) but sometimes the minimum quantity for certain items can be problematic for the home cook. You can buy cheap duck fat, yes, but you may need to buy 4 pounds at a time. You can definitely buy individual ducks though.
BTW, duck fat lasts forever and freezes well. Good luck!

Jul 11, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area

Cheese Carts?

It's not an official "cart" but the cheese menu at avec (615 W. Randolph) is always great. You can mix and match and they have thoughtful and interesting cheese condiments.

Jun 29, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area

Commercial kitchen prep table

Just West of Downtown on Madison Avenue there are 4 or 5 "fixture" stores which sell commercial kitchen equipment. You don't need a special card (like at Restaurant Depot) and they sell new and used stuff.
My first stop in the fixture district is always Gold Brothers:
1140 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607-2023
(312) 666-1520

They have a huge used equipment selection and are very friendly. If you don't find what you're looking for there, just walk up and down Madison a bit, where there are plenty of similar stores. You can also get a sandwich at Jerry's Sandwiches (across from Gold Bros.)...a bit pricey but always a great lunch stop!

Jun 29, 2009
chefanie333 in Chicago Area