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May 29, 2007 12:07 PM

Edison Park

Just moved to Edison Park (Harlem and the Northwest Highway-ish) from south Florida. I lived in downtown Chicago for years, so I'm not starting entirely from scratch here, but I don't know the Edison Park/Park Ridge/Niles area at all. What do I need to know about? (Especially in terms of shopping -- I don't want to drive down to the West Loop twice a week for groceries if I can avoid it.)


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  1. There's an Italian market/deli on Northwest Highway, west/NW of Harlem, called Tony's--great subs, great italian sausage. I used to lunch there a few times a week when I worked in Park Ridge. You can also get canned San Marzano tomatoes there. Morningfield's is another "specialty" (I guess that's what you'd call it) grocer in Park Ridge, on Devon near Cumberland, that has a good deli & bakery.

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    1. re: EDL

      Morningfields has what is possibly the best Boston Creme Doughnut on the planet. It weighs half a pound.

    2. I agree with EDL, Tony's Italian Deli on Northwst Hwy has GREAT stuff, and Morningfield's in Park Ridge is a pretty good specialty store; Devon Ave Meats located inside of Morningfields has great meat and the guys behind the counter are very helpful. Trader Joe's has opened in Park Ridge too.

      Zia's Trattoria on Northwest Hwy. has good Italian food. Nam Viet, about a block away has very good Vietnamese food and (although I haven't been there in a long time) Don Juan's across the street has good Mexican.

      In Park Ridge, Venus is good for Chinese. Siam Thai is good. There's also a Lou Malnati's carry out store in Park Ridge on Northwest Hwy. Maki sushi has decent stuff. The Pickwick is an old school coffee shop, some of their soups are very good and the rice pudding is to die for (no raisins though -- which is how I prefer it.) Hay Caramba (spelling?) can be hit or miss for Mexican food.

      That's all I can think of for now. Niles has some hidden gems too.

      Welcome to the neighborhood!

      1. In Niles, there is the Korean Mega-mart - H-Mart.

        In addition to the other restaurants in Edison Park, Moretti's serves very good pizza and decent pasta and has a very pleasant patio for the summer months. The ONLY bad meal that I have ever had in Edison Park was at Tailgator's BBQ. The bakery adjacent to Tony's is also no slouch. Both the bakery and Tony's offer prepared entrees for take-out.

        Was at Don Juan's twice in the last month riding in from Crystal Lake. Creative Mexican cuisine at very reasonable prices.

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        1. re: jlawrence01

          Thanks, everybody! One more question: Is there a decent Farmer's Market in the vicinity?

          1. re: creativereactor

            According to Chicago Tribune, Park Ridge has a market on Prairie Avenue south of Metra station, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-Oct. 27. The list can be found at:

            1. re: EDL

              I second EDL once again! The Park Ridge Farmer's Market is very nice -- we're there almost every Saturday in the summer/early fall.

              Also, there is a Whole Foods in Sauganash which is not far from you at all (maybe 10-15 minutes) at Peterson and Cicero right off the Edens.

            2. re: creativereactor

              Go to Jerry's on Milwaukee in Niles (near Oakton) for a wide variety of fresh produce. Across the street from Jerry's is Manalli's, another good Italian grocery store.

              1. re: Chicagojet

                The Original Pancake House on NW Hwy in Park Ridge is very good for breakfast. Other places not discussed above in Edison Park are Elliott's (NW Hwy) for steak and fish and Edison Park Inn for sandwiches and pizza. I've also heard that The Mecca is supposed to be outstanding.

                Not sure if this is happening or not, but construction has started for possibly The Curragh, an Irish bar/restaurant that is moving here from Schaumburg.

                1. re: jrdoa

                  Where did you hear this was opening? In Park Ridge or Edison Park?

                2. re: Chicagojet

                  Jerry's isn't bad, but wash everything carefully. They're not always on top of the whole "freshness" thing, and I've found more than my fair share of bugs and mold from their stuff.

            3. H-Mart in Niles is the most unbelieveable Asian (Korean, but with Chinese and Japanese products too) groceries. It also has a great fish choice with some sushi. Lots of Asian produce too. Chinese from Chinatown make trips up here for the sales. They have the most different types of noodles I have ever seen. Come on the weekends and you can taste your way through the place. Oh yeah, speaking of tasting, they have a food court. For the most part all Korean (a sushi joint and I think some Chinese dishes too).
              Some of them I have never seen before... the Korean locals slurp it up like they are back home, so it must be pretty authentic.,

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              1. re: citywayne

                Forgot to check H Mart out! gotta do that this weekend!

              2. i spent the first 20 years of my life in the ep. i hope you grow to love it. i'm no help with shopping -- i drove to a whole foods 40 minutes away once a week -- but i can tell you all the locals to go happy foods to get their staples. (
                ) i'm surprised no one has mentioned nonno pino's yet. ( it was my favorite restaurant for ages and i miss it like whoa.