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Aug 19, 2011 08:58 AM

Edgewater/Rodgers Park food spots? Farmers markets, unique groceries/restaurants?

We're going to spend a week cleaning out a relative's apartment and are looking for good chow. We'll have a kitchen and love to cook so any ideas are fair game. Not really looking for high-end or fancy as there will be 4 of us--two teens. I've spent time in the area but have never encountered a farmers market; surely there is one nearby?

I already have a couple of mexican favorites on Clark and I will be visiting the Romanian Kosher sausage place but would like a few more food destinations to visit in the area.

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  1. Indian foods interest you at all?

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Yes, I'd love a rec. My aunt wasn't a fan so we didn't ever try the wonderful-looking places along Devon.

      Indian/pakistani groceries would be of interest too. My fav stores/spice destinations in the DC area have shuttered.

      1. re: tcamp

        I'm a meat eater, so for Indian/ Pakistani recs In order of nicest to divey-est:
        Sabri Nehari*
        Khan BBQ*
        Ghareeb Nawaz

        Ghareeb Nawaz will easily be the cheapest, but so inconsistent. Sometimes, the food wil be insanley good for the price, other times, it is just ok. Of these places I've listed, I'd say Khan BBQ is consistently great. It's not fancy by any means, but it's not a total dive, either. There's also a Patel Bros grocery on Devon.

        I'll third Ethiopian Diamond

        Sneaky dive for pretty good Indian/ Paki foods (not sure if it's still there:)
        5060 N Sheridan

        Ghareeb Nawaz Restaurant
        2032 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

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

    2. Check out the Evanston Farmers Market.

      I like the two Eithopian restaurants on Broadway. Eithopian Diamond and Ras Dashem.

      Deta's is very good too.

      PS: It is Rogers Park. Not Rodger.

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      1. re: lbs

        Thanks for the correction. I had a feeling it was wrong but had Rodgers on the brain thanks to posting pics this morning of my son's performance in a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, of all things.

        1. re: lbs

          There is also Andersonville Farmers Market on Berwyn in between Clark & Ashland on Wednesdays. You didn't mention the specific week, so check the website for the times, as it will change slightly in early September. Highlights (IMO): C&D Farms for fresh meats and eggs; from a number of stands there are plenty of fresh, seasonal fruits/veg; Bennison's Bakery for breads and pastries.

          I personally haven't been to an Indian Restaurant on Devon, but I do like Little India Restaurant at 1109 W Bryn Mawr. Right off the Bryn Mawr Red Line Stop. It's BYOB and been delicious each time I've been there.

          I 2nd the recommendation for Ethopian Diamond.

          Little India
          1109 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

          1. re: lbs

            Just so there's no confusion... There are four farmers markets in Evanston. The big one, which is one of the very best in the entire Chicago area, is the one in downtown Evanston on Saturdays. That's the one most people refer to as the Evanston Farmers Market.

          2. Clark between Foster and Bryn Mawr is fertile fields as it used to be Swedish and is now trending Middle Eastern so you can eat and shop both. Middle Eastern Grocery and Bakery, on Foster one door west of Clark, bakes its own pita bread and spinach pies, sells pastries and ME deli, very popular in the neighborhood. On that corner is an Algerian crepe place, I forget the name. Continuing up Clark on the west side of the street you come to Svea, a tiny Swedish place for breakfast and lunch, Pars Grocery (Persian), an excellent Swedish deli, and Swedish Bakery. On the east side of Clark are Ann Sather (Swedish trending trendy), Reza's (Persian grills mostly, great place to fill up teenagers at their all-you-can eat events), and Edgewater Produce (across from Jewel) where owner hand-selects his produce. And there's more. One mo' time: on Broadway across from St Ita's Church, near Catalpa, is Mei Shung, a very good Chinese restaurant, neighborhood star, low prices (3-course lunch with tea is $6).

            Swedish Bakery
            5348 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

            Svea Restaurant
            5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

            1. Don't miss M. Henrietta in Edgewater for breakfast/brunch. They also have a similar restaurant called M. Henry at the north end of Andersonville.

              I love their "blisscakes". Also the "out of this world bread pudding", which they usually have only on weekends (on the Sunday brunch menu and usually as a daily special on Saturdays). I've also enjoyed their lunch-type dishes, such as soups and salads.

              M. Henry
              5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

              M. Henrietta
              1133 West Granville, Chicago, IL 60660

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                1. re: ferret

                  That's good to know! (I haven't been there for dinner yet, but now I want to try it even more!)

                  Note - only M. Henrietta is open for dinner as well as breakfast/lunch/brunch. M. Henry (the one in Andersonville) closes mid-afternoon each day.

                  1. re: nsxtasy

                    Although I have no known vegan tendencies, i think their vegan meat loaf is great.

              1. Thanks everyone, we'll check out as many of these as possible.