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Restaurants in Edgewater District- going to Broadway Armory - any suggestions?

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  1. If you're willing to walk/drive about a mile Southwest, there are a number of good, reasonably priced restaurants near the intersection of Foster/Clark (officially the Andersonville neighborhood):

    - Great Lake Pizza (Very difficult to eat here unless you arrive between 5PM and 5:30PM)
    - Anteprima
    - Hopleaf
    - Vincent
    - Big Jones

    Any more details on 1) How near to Broadway Armory you'd like to be; 2) How much you want to spend and 3) Any food/atmosphere preferences you have?

    I also assume you're talking about dinner rather than brunch or lunch?

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    Anteprima
    5316 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640

    Hopleaf Bar
    5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

    Big Jones
    5347 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60640

    Great Lake
    1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

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    1. re: Possumlad

      The dive-y but reliable Mei Shung is a couple of minutes away. Great old-school Chinese.

      1. re: ferret

        I strongly second Mei Shung and will add Thai Pastry (Broadway at Ainslie), arguably the cleanest business in Chicago. Reza's is always reliable for grills and good rice.

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        Thai Pastry Restaurant
        4925 N Broadway St Ste E, Chicago, IL 60640

    2. There are quite a few decent places right in Edgewater within a ten-minute walk of the Armory, no more than half a mile (so there's no need to go all the way to Andersonville):

      Broadway Cellars (wine bar, around the corner from the Armory) - www.broadwaycellars.net
      Ras Dashen (Ethiopian, one block south on Broadway) - www.rasdashenchicago.com
      Indie Cafe (Thai/Japanese, one block north on Broadway) - www.indiecafe.us
      Ethiopian Diamond (two blocks north on Broadway) - www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com
      M. Henrietta (American, two blocks north and turn right on Granville) - www.mhenrietta.com
      That Little Mexican Cafe (three blocks south and turn left on Bryn Mawr) - www.tlmcafe.com
      Francesca's Bryn Mawr (Italian, three blocks south and turn left on Bryn Mawr) - http://www.miafrancesca.com

      1. I like both the Ethiopian restaurants in that stretch

        Ethiopian Diamond
        www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com
        - 6120 N Broadway St, Chicago

        Ras Dashen
        www.rasdashenchicago.com
        -5844 N Broadway St, Chicago

        Indie Cafe - Thai/Japanese fusion. I like their Japanese side better
        www.indiecafe.us/
        -5951 North Broadway Street

        Moody's - because nothing really beats their beer garden in the summer. Sangria and a burger with grilled onions. Perfection
        www.moodyspub.com/
        -5910 North Broadway

        Patio Beef - your basic hot dog/beef stand but they do it well and with lots of love and they are a great contributers to neighborhood events.
        -6022 N Broadway St

        There is Broadway Cellars but I didn't care for it.

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        Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
        6120 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

        Patio Beef
        6022 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

        Broadway Cellars
        5900 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

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        1. re: lbs

          Agree w/ Ibs: If being within a 5-10 minute walk from the Broadway Armory is your primary concern, the two Ethiopian places are your best best. If the question was more along the lines of "I'm up in Edgewater, what are some great places in the general area?" then I'd stick to the five I mentioned in my original post. Not knocking the others, they're just places you probably wouldn't see recommended outside your very specific request (except for possibly M. Henrietta).

          1. re: Possumlad

            >> If the question was more along the lines of "I'm up in Edgewater, what are some great places in the general area?" then I'd stick to the five I mentioned in my original post.

            LOL! If I were going to assume that, when someone asks about places in one neighborhood, they're really looking for places in other neighborhoods which would require them to get back into the car (or hail a cab or take another CTA ride), then I'd be recommending Alinea in Lincoln Park, maybe Topolobampo in River North, etc. :)

            1. re: nsxtasy

              nxtasy is a respected poster, but doesn't appreciate when people disagree with him :)

              Certainly we can all agree that a list of very good restaurants within .75 to 1 Mile (in other words, 12-16 minute walk) of your destination is a good deal more helpful and reasonable than if I were to have said "I would drive to Alinea in Lincoln Park or Topolobompo in River North."

              I answered the question the exact way I'd hope others would if I asked the same. If someone truly wants a recommendation within 1/4 or 1/2 mile of their exact location, typically they'll specify. It would be a damn shame for you to go to "That Little Mexican Cafe" simply because you didn't know of other great (and far superior)restaurants within a mile. On the other hand: as stated, the Ethiopian places are your best best if you want to be within a 3-10 minute walk.

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              Alinea
              1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

              Little Mexican Cafe
              1055 W Bryn Mawr Ave Ste C, Chicago, IL 60660

              1. re: Possumlad

                >> Certainly we can all agree that a list of very good restaurants within .75 to 1 Mile (in other words, 12-16 minute walk) of your destination is a good deal more helpful and reasonable

                But none of the places you posted were 12-16 minutes walk away, and none of them are even within a mile. Per Google maps:

                Great Lake Pizza 1.1 miles 21 minutes
                Anteprima 1.2 miles 24 minutes
                Hopleaf 1.4 miles 28 minutes
                Vincent 1.1 mile 21 minutes
                Big Jones 1.1 mile 23 minutes

                That's not necessarily walking distance, at least not for many people. Usually, when someone is looking to eat somewhere before or after a show, they're trying to find a place nearby so that they don't have to drive and re-park the car or take a cab to someplace else. These places just aren't close by. And recommending them instead of the good places that ARE close by does a huge disservice to the person asking for recommendations in another neighborhood entirely.

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          1. I have to give a shout out to Broadway Cellars. The food is good, the service is very friendly, and their prix fixe night is a real bargain. And the portions aren't miserly Their bread pudding is simply to die for. Hearty, well-made food that appeals to a lot of tastes in a great atmosphere. I love those guys! Neither do they smack of the irritating food snobbery that abounds in so many restaurants and in the food culture generally these days.

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            Broadway Cellars
            5900 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

          2. Just wanted to second other recs of Moody's for their yummy burgers and M. Henrietta's if you're looking for something a bit nicer. Both are two of my favorites in the neighborhood. That Little Mexican Cafe, on the other hand, has some undeserved hype in my opinion. Went once, found it to be overpriced and I had pretty poor service there. The restaurants mentioned in Andersonville are all great, but if you're unfamiliar w/Edgewater, you should do your visit justice and eat in the neighborhood.

            Also, side note, saw Black Watch last week, it was incredible. Enjoy it!

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            That Little Mexican Cafe
            1010 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201