Category: Great Eats

Shop Small Day 211: Four Day Ray Brewing

Over the past several years, I’ve found fantastic small businesses around the Midwest (Fatty Lumpkins… Evil Czech Brewery….Baker’s Wife) while venturing from town to town with my son’s travel baseball team. This year marked the last season for his team as the boys all move on to high school in a couple weeks. Our final... Read more »

Shop Small Day 307: Nic's Organic Fast Food

I get it. Some days call for a burger and fries. You don’t have time to sit down, you just need to eat and get back to your day. Wouldn’t it be great if a quick, drive-thru meal could also be a little healthier? Now it can. Introducing America’s FIRST Certified Organic Drive-Thru… Nic’s Organic... Read more »

Shop Small Day 306: Hardware Gastropub

Let me preface by saying, I am not a foodie. I’m not necessarily picky…I appreciate great food, but I tend fall on the simplistic side. I don’t need fancy ingredients. So, if you’re anything like me…make sure you have “adventurous” eaters with you when you visit Hardware Gastropub. I wouldn’t have ordered 90% of what... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 304: La Flor de Morelos

When you live in a small-ish town, word spreads quickly when a new restaurant opens. Unlike most new spots, though, this restaurant’s location is receiving as much attention as its food. It’s not every day that an authentic Mexican mom & pop taqueria opens up…inside the gas station. You read that correctly. La Flor de... Read more »

Shop Small Day 303: Crusade Burger Bar

It’s Friday. Time for a burger and a beer, right? Time to shed the week, shoot some pool, and play a little shuffleboard…and have another beer. Lucky for you, I have just the place. City friends, pack some snacks, we’re heading out to Yorkville again. This time we’re going to Crusade Burger Bar. Relax. This... Read more »

Shop Small Day 301: Latinicity

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about a local shop- though I have several I need to catch up on- today’s is perfect for this weekend. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Sure, mom appreciates breakfast in bed (as long as you do the dishes too), but brunch is usually a more popular choice,... Read more »
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Shop Small Challenge #300: Blue Box Cafe

As most of you are probably aware, Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day meant to bring awareness to supporting our local small businesses. I have mixed emotions about this American Express event (interesting itself since many small businesses can’t afford the transaction fees charged by Amex). Obviously, supporting our local businesses is important for... Read more »

Shop Small Challenge #298: The Kitchen

It’s been almost a year since I had one of the best meals of my life, in one of my favorite cities none the less. While some people feel rejuvenated at the beach, I’ll take the mountains any day. Given the choice, I’d hop on a plane back to Boulder, Colorado to eat here again.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 295: Evil Czech Brewery

An often forgotten aspect of green living is shopping small businesses. These are the shops that give our community personality. The owners generally have a passion for what they do and are thrilled when you walk through the door. ┬áIn the last Shop Small post (Kimmer’s Ice Cream), I mentioned that I was still pretty... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 293: Fleckenstein's Bakery

If you live in the Mokena area, chances are you’ve heard of this bakery. If you aren’t from the area I can give you three reasons to go now: cheese danish, apple danish, and true German/Czech kolaczkis. Fleckenstein’s has been around since 1977, so while they aren’t going anywhere, the pastry displays aren’t full forever!... Read more »