Earlier this week, Travel + Leisure highlighted hot restaurants in various Chicago neighborhoods, and now Budget Travel gets in on the game, focusing specifically on Andersonville. Eater got a sneak peek at the article, which doesn't come out until the May issue.
The article takes on both obvious and some more obscure choices, mixing things up, but also goes outside the neighborhood limits to include some spots in the greater Edgewater area. The most obvious highlight, which might also be one of the hardest seats in the city, is Great Lake, where co-owner Nick Lessins handcrafts each organic pie.
Writer Nicole Frehsee, who has written for Eater, includes the late-night coffee spot Winston's Cafe and newish tavern Acre, which has gone from a joint with two sides and two distinct food personalities to having a more-focused single menu. The article even includes Roost, a shop on the north edge of Clark Street that sells vintage housewares, including many kitchen items.
Where the article strays, however, is with the inclusion of Flourish Bakery and m. henrietta. They're both worthy inclusions, but don't actually lie within Andersonville. It's a little off the path, but not bad places to highlight since both are quality. M. henrietta's sib, m. henry, might have been a better choice seeing that it's just up the street from Roost. We do appreciate that the piece shines a light on Koval Distillery, which sells to many places around the city, including In Fine Spirits, which is also along Clark.
All in all, we love the national attention the city's dining scene is getting. Whether you call it Andersonville or Edgewater when it comes down to it, it's just pin points on a map. The article should post to Budget Travel's site early next week and as soon as it does, we'll link back to it.
· Travel + Leisure Spotlights Chicago's Food Scene, includes Vincent, Jam, Big Star, More [~EChi~]
· Latest Turnaround: Andersonville, Chicago [Budget Travel]