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Your "go-to" places in Chicago for everyday eating

Great lists. Here's a couple more.

Spacca Napoli
Lovely Bakeshop for pain au chocolate
Sweet Cakes on Wednesday for Donut Day
Goddess and the Grocer for egg salad on multi grain. Don't know what they put in there, its just egg salad, on crack.
August Grocery for any of their sandwiches or take out meals.
Flo

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Spacca Napoli
1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Nov 16, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

What to order at Spring?

Ate there last week, had a delightful tasting menu, which included 6 courses, and 3 amuse buches. My dining partner paired his with the wine. It was fantastic.

Dessert at Spring is fantastic. We had a chocolate mousse with candied squash that was fantastic. Last time we were there we shared a chinese hot mustard ice cream paired with a banana toffee cake. Sounds weird, but it was very good.

Hot Chocolate deserves its own meal. its more than just a dessert place.

Nov 06, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Bars to hit after a show at Subterranean

You should be fine. Lincoln Parkers rarely venture that far west. The dirty hipsters might eat them. Then usually stick to Moonshine if they come to the neighborhood anyways.

Aug 10, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Bars to hit after a show at Subterranean

Fancy cocktails to be had at the Violet Hour.

There are dives all over the place. I'm a fan of Danny's up in Bucktown off of Damen, the Club Foot at Honore and Augusta, Rainbo Club on Damen at Damen and Division, Czar Bar on Division and Wood or Innertown Pub on Iowa.

These are not (usually) places to see and be seen, they have good music, usually a pool table or two, occasionally live music, and a dirty hipster or two can usually be found downing a PBR or something equally ironic.

Aug 10, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Tips for a Chicago girl exiled in DC

As someone who moved from DC to Chicago I must say, you need to get out more. DC's restaurant scene, while not as broad as Chicago's is excellent. Every time I go back to visit there are more restaurants I want to go to than meals in a day. Instead of pining away for what you don't have anymore, go out and enjoy what you do have.

Of course, enjoy your stay in Chicago as well.

I'd choose Publican out of that bunch.

Aug 10, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Where can I buy pluots?

Stanley's at North and Elston has pretty much any fruit and veggie your heart could ever desire, as long as your willing to put up with crowds and picking through to find the good ones. I'm sure they have pluots.

Aug 10, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

40th Birthday for Husband

FYI Cafe Des Architects is not in the loop. Its in River North, just north of the Loop.

Jul 19, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

vegetarian-friendly, near Mart Plaza

Green Zebra is a great veg restaurant on Chicago ave. Definately meets your requirements.

I also 2nd Mana. Very good.

Jul 19, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Smoque BBQ on Pulaski

Smoque is pretty good, but seeing how I live two blocks from Smoke Daddy's on Division (great cole slaw, brisket, ribs) I don't make it up there very often. The lines can be crazy. Try to go at off peak hours, and only during the week.

Jul 14, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Eating it all in Chicago...but where?

How about Smoque BBQ instead of Fat Willy's?

Jun 13, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Best chicago food neighborhoods?

Wicker Park/Bucktown/Ukranian Village. Great restaurants, bars, shopping, small groceries (August on Division and W Crossing on North among many). There's the farmers market on Sunday. Close to downtown, close to all major freeways. We love it here!

Jun 13, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Best butchers in Chicago?

August Grocery on Division has a great meat and seafood selection. They don't have everything every day, but they do get whole fish and cut to order and have great cuts like hanger steak, etc and are willing to order anything for customers. They also have a fine selection of salumi. Good Luck!

Jun 01, 2009
jjc58 in Chicago Area

Baked Radicchio and Mozzarella Pasta

Very good. Easy to make. Its good to have a couple good radicchio recipes in your repetoire if you enjoy this delicious bitter veggie.

May 11, 2009
jjc58 in Recipes

Searching for Good Thai

First time poster.

For our first Valentine's Day, my wife and I went to a kitschy Thai spot in Washington D.C. (our then home). It was a perfect choice. We'd only been dating for a few weeks; Thai offered a touch of the exotic (she's from Iowa, I'm from Ohio--neither are ethnic hotbeads) without a huge price tag or the typical Valentine's Day drama.

Ever since, we've endeavored to eat Thai food every Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, since we moved to Chicago (Wicker Park) a few years ago, we haven't found a Thai spot that we liked. After another ho-hum holiday, we've about decided to stay home and cook it ourselves...or else choose a new ethnicity.

Before we throw in the towel, I'd solicit your thoughts. What do you recommend for solid, cheap(ish) Thai food? I'm not looking for a VTK-type place here but a smaller, more neighborhood-y joint.

Mar 14, 2009
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