Groceries in Andersonville?
I moved to Andersonville in June and I absolutely love it! Quiet, close to public transportation, great casual dining. There is only one problem: where the hell is the grocery store?
There are a few great smaller stores Edgewater Produce, the ME grocery on Foster, the Swedish one on Clark(Wilkersomethings,) but I wish there was a little more selection. I absolutely love Treasure Island and usually make the trip down to the one in Boystown. Is there anything even close to that level up here? And if not somebody please open one. I refuse to go to "the Jewels" and I don't think I'm alone up here.
As another newish (May 06) resident of Andersonville, I feel your pain. But I have to admit, the Jewel on Broadway at Berwyn really isn't bad. The one on Clark across from Edgewater produce is abominable, though, I'll give you that. But if you haven't gone to the Jewel on Broadway just on principle, I urge you to at least go once.
That said, no, I haven't found anything better than either Treasure Island, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. I trek down to one of those every so often, but it's tough to buy too much because I have to cart it back on the red line or the bus.
I agree, the Broadway/Berwyn Jewel is 1000x times better than the one on Clark, but I still won't buy its produce (except for maybe bananas). Edgewater Produce all the way, man. Though not organic, unfortunately, its fruits and vegetables are often comparable in quality to the super-pricey ones at Whole Foods. This week they have fantastic Asian pears . . . mmm . . . Asian pears.
Yeah, the Andersonville Jewel on Clark street is the pits! Even their latest remodel won't change my mind. You must try the Middle Eastern Bakery & Specialty goods on Foster between Ashland and Clark Street. Great fresh made goods.
Yes, I know that you try and avoid Jewel stores but the one at Pulaski and Foster as well as the one at Wellington & Ashland are pretty decent.
I resort to driving outside of the area to;
There's a Whole Foods-like store on Clark street a few miles North in Evanston. Not sure how it is though.
Also try Jerry's Fruit Market in Niles...it's pretty unbelievable. While you're there, stop by Minelli's Butcher & grocery. Also great stuff. Mama Minelli's fresh made pasta sauces, pasta's, pizza's, meat balls, etc. are quite good as well.
Well, I used to live in Edgewater and now that I live downtown, surrounded by Treasure Island, Wholefoods, Trader Joe's, etc, I trek uptown on the bus or Red Line so I can shop in Andersonville's ethnic food stores. Your question "Where is the grocery store" is easily answered: it's Jewel. Why be so uppity? If you need to stock up on staples, that's the place. On the other hand, for olives and freshly baked pita go to Middle Eastern Grocery, for smoked salmon paste go to Wikstrom's, for produce and warm corn tortillas go to Edgewater Produce, for bakery go to Swedish Bakery, for saffron, sour lemon, and dried dill go to Pars Grocery, etc.. And in Andersonville you are 'way closer than I am to the grocery heaven that is Devon Avenue: Devon Market for Eastern European jam, chocolate, and cookies; La Unica for Puerto Rican coffee and big cans of guava nectar; Patel's for spices, naan, mango puree for kulfi; North Water Market (I forget its new name) for ethnic produce and breads; Tel Aviv Bakery for rye bread and onion rolls. Why long for WholePaycheck when you are awash in the best food-shopping in Chicago?