Posts in category "Neighborhood Restaurants"

Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon:Another Plus for the South Loop

“It’s in the rub,” Belly Up partner Nick Tsoukalas explains. “That’s the secret to good barbeque.” I’m at Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon in South Loop. It’s early, but the air is already perfumed with the smell of meat slow cooking in the restaurant’s smoker. As we talk, I take deep breaths, intent on inhaling... Read more »

Jim and Pete's 75th Anniversary

In an industry where life expectancy is notoriously brief, Jim and Pete’s Italian Restaurant in Elmwood Park will be celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary throughout the month of April. To thank their customers, owners Michael Bucchianeri and Jim Sorce, Jr. will be presenting diners with a gift card for an amount ($10-$1,000) revealed on a subsequent... Read more »

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... Read more »

Bobby's of Deerfield

Bobby’s of Deerfield Something old and something new is a good way to describe Bobby’s of Deerfield, a relative newcomer with a contemporary décor and an eclectic, burger-to-strip steak menu. The “old” is the partnership between brothers Bobby and Augie Arifi  who have worked together since they were kids growing up in Humboldt Park. Seventeen... Read more »

The Glunz Tavern

Neighborhood Restaurants: The Glunz Tavern Pantry-to-Plate For the first time since Prohibition began in 1920, The Glunz Tavern on Wells Street in Old Town is open for business. Barbara Glunz, who owns the tavern with her son Christopher Donovan, describes it as a “neighborhood” restaurant, although this particular neighborhood is fairly pricey. At the same... Read more »

Neighborhood Restaurants: Kevin’s Place

While every neighborhood restaurant has a unique personality, there are definitely some “musts.” Good food is at the top of the list, with affordable prices not too far behind. Neighborhood restaurants rely on repeat business, and for diners to drop in once a week or once or twice a month, they have to be comfortable... Read more »