Wasn't somebody looking for nice tripe a while back on the Chicago board? I thought of that today when I saw gorgeous beef tripe, two kinds, looked like Honeycomb and Plain, at Bobak's on South Archer. Also they had a lot of it out so presumably they expect to sell a lot, a good sign that it's fresh. My first trip to Bobak's. Wow. The mother lode for all things Slavic. Many-many kinds of sausage and smoked meats, fresh sauerkraut, frozen pierogis, boneless pork chops run through the cubing machine (they make luscious sandwiches as they're so tender they fall apart when you bite into them), quarts of Polish soups, interesting deli, paczis in several sizes. Their sausage factory is behind the parking lot---meat products are homemade. There are also a small hot buffet and tables. Meat prices seemed to me very low. If you drive, no problem. If you don't, the Orange Line to Pulaski then the 62 Archer bus for about five minutes will take you there fast.
Just a touch west of there, a hair East of Central is Shop And Save. I used to dig Bobak's a lot. I was an every weekend shopper. If you have a chance, check out that Shop And Save. Just look at that deli and sausage selection. And, the sausages are damn good, too. I prefer them, more distinct flavors than Bobak's, imo. Shop and Save is like if Bobak's and Jimenez had a baby.
Thanks, gordeaux, I'll take your suggestion. On my same trip to S Archer I also discovered Pticek's Bakery (Narragansett just south of Archer) that has TWELVE kinds of kolaczy and sells a coffeecake with a full inch-deep layer of nuts and caramel on top. Next time I will check out Racine Bakery which, I see online, sells"bacon buns"---now that sounds interesting. Viva S Archer.