Category: Great Eats

Shop Small Day 291: Burritos Mi Tierra

I love finding independent restaurants. If they’re sort of on the dive side (read: comfortable like home- not scary!) with fantastic food- all the better.  It’s probably obvious that Mexican food is one of my favorites (Nueva Leon, Rito’s Mexican Restaurant, Bien Trucha, Delicia), but I can’t believe it took me this long to find... Read more »

Day 289: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company

You can keep your funnel cakes. Nachos are ok. Given the choice, I’m opting for the soft pretzel…every time. I even contemplated driving back to Michigan for the delicious pretzels from The Baker’s Wife. But I knew there was a spot closer to home I needed to try: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company. Embarrassingly, they’ve actually... Read more »

Day 288: The Baker's Wife

You’ll have some time to digest your Fatty Lumpkins lunch while you drive from Muskegon to Grand Haven. Good thing because you’re definitely going to want to save room for dessert…or breakfast…or snack…when you find your way into The Baker’s Wife. Grand Haven itself has a cute downtown area full of small shops, even another... Read more »
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Day 287: Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack

Who’s ready for a road trip? The past couple of years our baseball team took on the Wisconsin Dells where I found surprisingly cool shops (remember Macs and Alpha Beta Karma?!). This year we drove a couple hours the other direction to the Grand Haven area. Lucky for us, we can leave in the morning... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »