Behind the Blue Door

The first thing you notice about the Blue Door Farm Stand is the blue door. Even if you’re just out for a stroll along Armitage, a blue door in a sea of black and brown doors is hard to miss. So consider the color of the door an effective marketing tool. But if it’s a contest, it’s the restaurant’s triple layer carrot cake that snags the gold medal.

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

This is a picture- perfect cake, an attention-grabber loaded with nuts, pineapple and coconut. It’s out on the counter where everyone can see it-and think about it- as they’re waiting to place their order. Of course, if time is pinched, you could opt for the carrot cake muffin instead. It’s portable, and at Blue Door, that’s an important attribute, since a lot of Blue Door’s customers stop in on their way to and from work.

Later in the day, there’s a drop-in clientele toting newspapers and laptops, a diverse lunch crowd, and stay-at-home parents and caregivers accompanied by their pre-school entourage. It’s all part of the neighborhood’s rhythm, and Blue Door is, at heart, a neighborhood restaurant in a neighborhood where “sustainable” and “artisanal” are part of the mindset.

Blue Door’s all-day menu includes charcuterie and cheese boards, sandwiches, salads, soups, a children’s menu, wraps, oatmeal, baked goods, beverages and cold pressed juices. Sandwiches are served on bread from Red Hen Bakery, the charcuterie is from Bolzano Artisan Meats in Milwaukee. A good selection of shelf-stable products from boutique producers is regularly available. Be sure to check out the jams and jellies.

Blue Door Farm Stand, 843 W. Armitage, Chicago 773.935.2583
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am -5pm.

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