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Apr 22, 2009 04:43 AM

Any local cuisine?


I'm looking for restaurants that use as many local ingredients as possible and make everything from scratch. Looking for casual places, not your high end four star type restaurants.


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  1. Mado on Milwaukee Ave not only lists their daily menu on boards, but also the local purveyors that provide their meat and produce. Their food is excellent; the ambiance casual and they are not high-end priced like Alinia or Everest. Small and large dishes: entrees generally in the teens. BYO

    MIchael Altenberg's two restaurants are also focused on organic ingredients from local sustainable farms. Those are Bisto Campagne in Lincoln Square and Crust on Division. BC, as a French bistro, is a little higher end; Crust serves flatbread pizzas and salads.

    Lula in Logan Square also features farm-tp-table ingredients. Casual and good.

    Bistro Campagne
    4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

    Lula Cafe
    2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

    Mado Restaurant
    1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    Crust - Eat real
    2056 W Division St, Chicago, IL

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    1. re: chicgail

      Chef Bruce Sherman at the exquisite North Pond also tries to focus on seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. So does Shawn McClain at his three restaurants (Custom House - ; Spring - ; Green Zebra - ), and Paul Virant at Vie in Western Springs ( ).

      There are several dozen restaurant chefs who support Chicago's local Green City Market and its local farmers and producers; you can see a complete list at