Category: Restaurant

Shop Small Day 286: Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe

Now that baseball season is in full swing (ha! get it?!), it means new towns and new (to me) small businesses. A recent game in Burbank led us to a highly recommended restaurant. We were told the food is great and the beer is cold…that was more than enough to influence our group. The recommendation... Read more »

Shop Small Day 284: Rito's Mexican Restaurant

For the sake of argument, let’s just say I get a little cranky when I’m hungry. When it’s 7:00 and we haven’t had dinner, I don’t feel like cooking, and I’m sick of leftovers…well…things can get a little ugly. Wisely my husband diffused the situation by suggesting a Mexican restaurant not far from our house.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 280: Stocking your Super Bowl Party

Forget cooking, cater the meal! Pulled pork, brisket, awesome cornbread, and creamy mac n' cheese are just the beginning of a delicious <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/shop-small-day-148-sharkos-bbq/"target="_blank">Sharko's BBQ</a> meal.
Admitedly, my love for football essentially extends to the snacks.  Though  I won’t miss a Hawks game, I haven’t sat through a televised football game since…maybe never.  That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good Super Bowl party, though.  It’s all about the food, beer, and commercials anyway, right? Regardless of the size of your... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 274: Ewa's Market & Deli

It’s about that time of year. There’s been holiday dinners, parties, and leftovers galore. No one feels like cooking or grocery shopping. We’ve had our fill of meals out, and we wish dinner could magically appear. Thanks to Ewa’s Market & Deli it can. The former location of Freedom’s Market now houses a new polish... Read more »

Shop Small Day 272: Gift cards that kick start New Year's Resolutions

A manicure and a martini?Yes, please! <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/02/day-36-a-manicure-and-a-martini-yes-please/"target="_blank">Cosmos Beauty Bar</a>  is a full service bar within a mani/pedi salon.  Need I say more?!
I usually try to avoid giving gift certificates, they just seem too impersonal. Of course, though, there are definitely some exceptions. In fact, a gift card to any of these awesome small businesses will tell the recipient that you understand exactly what they want! New to Shop Small 2013 and want to know how this... Read more »

Shop Small Day 254: International Dinner

A couple of years ago I hosted Christmas Eve for my family. Since it was at my house, I figured I could put a little spin on the menu. So, in my natural “tree-hugging” spirit we created a Peace on Earth/Christmas Around the World International dinner. The meal was less about making sure all of... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 251: The Patio

I am incredibly grateful that my kids are good eaters. I always know, regardless if we’re at a restaurant, in someone’s home, or in a different country, that they will try anything. Believe me, I know how fortunate I am. At the same time, going out to eat with them is never cheap; there’s no... Read more »

Shop Small Day 250: Paris Bistro

Ready for a quick trip to Paris that doesn’t require a passport or all of your vacation savings? I found a spot for you! Granted you’re going to a restaurant, it really does feel like you’re transported out of everyday suburban life, and far from the strip-mall. No need to pack your bags, just your... Read more »

Shop Small Day 245: Bien Trucha

Once every couple of years I find a restaurant that is so incredible that I can’t get the food out of my head. I wonder why it took me so long to find it, and cannot wait until I go back again. The last one was Cafe Tu Tu Tango, which I didn’t mind telling... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 243: Chelios' Pub & Grill

Since tickets are a little pricey, and it can get boring watching the game at home, sometimes you need a new spot to view the game. Not necessarily a place where everyone knows your name, but a place where you’ll have company yelling about bad plays, and cheering for great ones. “But there’s no place... Read more »