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Tim Regan

Where to Eat and Drink in Andersonville

The Swedish neighborhood continues to evolve

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Andersonville’s iconic water tower is back.
| Tim Regan

Originally founded by Swedish immigrants in the late 19th Century, Andersonville has become known for its Scandinavian influence. In August, workers with the Swedish American museum reinstalled the neighborhood's iconic Swedish flag water tower that was taken down due to damage in 2014.

But there’s more to the neighborhood than Scandinavian cuisine and culture. Today, it’s also one of the city’s largest LGBTQ communities, and full of trendy businesses, shops, and restaurants. From martinis and mulled wine to a few of the city’s best restaurants for breakfast and brunch, here are 16 great places to eat and drink in Andersonville.

For the 2019 update, new additions include Passerotto and Lost Larson, while Pork Shoppe and Appellation were removed after they shuttered.

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1. m.henry

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5707 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 561-1600
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M.henry is known throughout the neighborhood as one of the top spots for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. Diners can devour a “Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich,” which arrives with eggs, bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese and fresh thyme, or sink their teeth into vegan tofu scrambles with rapini, sweet onions, and a side of tempeh strips or veggie sausage.

2. Little Bad Wolf

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1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 942-6399
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Little Bad Wolf serves filling fare and carefully crafted cocktails until the wee hours of the morning. The menu includes orders of mussels served with crostini, tacos and bao buns stuffed with steak, chicken, and fish, and big burgers topped with bacon, cheese, and runny fried eggs.

3. Passerotto

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5420 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(708) 607-2102
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Don’t let the casual atmosphere fool you: This Korean restaurant with Italian touches by 2018 Eater Chef of the Year Jennifer Kim serves visually striking, elevated plates that celebrate heritage and thoughtfully-chosen ingredients. Offerings include spare ribs with fried ginger and marinated turnips, lamb ragu with ddukbokki (Korean rice cakes), and beets with smoked brown butter tofu and puffed black rice.

Bay scallops with homemade xo.
Barry Brecheisen

4. A Taste of Heaven

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5401 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 989-0151
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How are pancakes served in heaven? According to this Andersonville brunch spot, they’re presented as buttermilk “Katie cakes,” which are topped with three-berry compote, lemon streusel crumbs, and a generous dollop of whipped cream. Other menu items include bountiful omelettes, sandwiches, and cookies or sizable slices of cake from the bakery.

You can get these all day or night long!!!!!!!

Dikirim oleh A Taste of Heaven Bakery and Cafe pada 4 Agustus 2016

5. Marty's Martini Bar

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1511 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-6425
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The namesake drink at Marty’s Martini Bar arrives strong and filled to the brim. The signature cocktails here are served in inventive varieties that include chocolate hazelnut and strawberry shortcake martinis. Marty’s bartenders also pour beer and glasses of wine.

6. Big Jones

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5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5725
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Big Jones has brought top-notch Southern cuisine to Chicago and has earned national spotlight. Though the Andersonville eatery is celebrated for its crawfish etoufee and pickle platter, the big favorite here is the fried Amish chicken, which is brined in herbs and spices and fried in leaf lard, ham drippings, and clarified butter.

Big Jones
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7. Lost Larson

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5318 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-0587
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Carb load in style at this dreamy bakery by ex-Grace pastry chef Bobby Schaffer and his sister Bree, who worked for Stumptown Coffee. Breads and Baked goods include whole wheat, Swedish limpa, and their wildly popular cardemom buns. Customers with substantial appetites can choose from the open face sandwiches piled with fresh ingredients, or Lost Larson’s signature light green duchess cake, a twist on traditional Swedish princess cake. Schaffer recently added dinner and wine service.

Arctic char crudo
Lost Larson/Bree Schaffer

8. Anteprima

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5316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-9990
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This rustic Italian restaurant has two faces: quiet, romantic, and intimate most weeknights, crowded and raucous on the weekend. Friendly, knowledgeable servers squeeze between the tightly-packed tables, delivering dishes including griddled scamorza cheese with smoked mozzarella and pickled cabbage, bucatini with braised calamari and octopus, and slow-cooked lamb shank with English peas.

Anteprima
Anteprima
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9. George's Ice Cream & Sweets

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5306 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-7600
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This beloved local ice cream shop tops its sweet treats with a bevy of candies, nuts, and sauces. George’s gets its ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a family-run ice cream company in Madison, Wisconsin.

Did you know that Wednesday nights our flights are $1 off?! Did you also know we have some pretty sweet games to play?! Sounds like a nice date night to us ;)

Posted by George's Ice Cream and Sweets on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

10. Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant

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5260 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-5050
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Many Chicago neighborhoods have a beloved Irish pub, and Andersonville has Lady Gregory’s. The food here is simple and goes well with a pint of beer. Expect comforting dishes like chicken pot pie, meatloaf, lobster mac and cheese, and decadent sandwiches. But the pub grub isn’t the only star here: Lady Gregory’s bartenders pour around 100 brews and 300 whiskeys, and the establishment also has a beautiful seating area with a library and fireplace. There’s also an Old Town location and the owners operate Wilde in Lakeview.

Posted by Lady Gregory's - Andersonville on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

11. Svea Restaurant

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5236 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-7738

True to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian roots, Svea serves Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce and “viking breakfasts” with potatoes, eggs, pancakes, and falukorv — a type of Swedish sausage. The eatery also has been known to break out lutefisk — the infamously stinky Nordic fish — from time to time. If you plan to dine at Svea, take note that the restaurant only accepts cash.

12. Simon's Tavern

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5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-0894

Simon’s Tavern is famous in winter for glogg, the warm, mulled wine. But this is a beer and shot spot with occasional live music and and analog jukebox holding some one of the best music selections in the city.

Simon’s Tavern
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13. Jin Ju

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5203 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-6377
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Classic Korean dishes mingle with inventive cocktails at this modern Andersonville spot. Orders of dol sut bi bim nap arrive served in a sizzling hot stone pot with soybean paste soup on the side, and pair perfectly with cool soju-infused martinis. The restaurant is dimly lit and full of intimate ambience, making it ideal for first dates.

14. Middle East Bakery & Grocery

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1512 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-2224
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Middle East Bakery & Grocery is a longtime local supplier of pantry goods, grains and rice, savory pies, and pastries. Last year, the store opened a restaurant that sells falafel sandwiches, shawarma, and fresh kabobs carved from a rotisserie behind the counter.

15. Taste of Lebanon Restaurant

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1509 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-1600
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This shotgun-style storefront restaurant emphasizes substance over style, and once the food arrives the surroundings melt away. Diners feast on falafel, hummus, and lavosh wraps containing lamb kebab, chicken or beef shawarma, but the real showstopper is the lentil soup.

16. Hopleaf

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
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Hopleaf is one of the country’s most-celebrated beer bars, and a destination for beer lovers all over the city. The gastropub fills its taps with a huge and rotating selection of domestic and imported brews. But the beer isn’t the only reason to visit this Andersonville bar: Hopleaf also serves mussels and frites cooked Belgian-style or in a white wine and cream broth, and a delectable grilled cheese that marries sourdough bread, house-made cashew butter, fig jam, and gooey raclette cheese.

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1. m.henry

5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

M.henry is known throughout the neighborhood as one of the top spots for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. Diners can devour a “Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich,” which arrives with eggs, bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese and fresh thyme, or sink their teeth into vegan tofu scrambles with rapini, sweet onions, and a side of tempeh strips or veggie sausage.

5707 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Little Bad Wolf

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Little Bad Wolf serves filling fare and carefully crafted cocktails until the wee hours of the morning. The menu includes orders of mussels served with crostini, tacos and bao buns stuffed with steak, chicken, and fish, and big burgers topped with bacon, cheese, and runny fried eggs.

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

3. Passerotto

5420 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Bay scallops with homemade xo.
Barry Brecheisen

Don’t let the casual atmosphere fool you: This Korean restaurant with Italian touches by 2018 Eater Chef of the Year Jennifer Kim serves visually striking, elevated plates that celebrate heritage and thoughtfully-chosen ingredients. Offerings include spare ribs with fried ginger and marinated turnips, lamb ragu with ddukbokki (Korean rice cakes), and beets with smoked brown butter tofu and puffed black rice.

5420 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

4. A Taste of Heaven

5401 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

How are pancakes served in heaven? According to this Andersonville brunch spot, they’re presented as buttermilk “Katie cakes,” which are topped with three-berry compote, lemon streusel crumbs, and a generous dollop of whipped cream. Other menu items include bountiful omelettes, sandwiches, and cookies or sizable slices of cake from the bakery.

5401 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Marty's Martini Bar

1511 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

The namesake drink at Marty’s Martini Bar arrives strong and filled to the brim. The signature cocktails here are served in inventive varieties that include chocolate hazelnut and strawberry shortcake martinis. Marty’s bartenders also pour beer and glasses of wine.

1511 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Big Jones

5347 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Big Jones
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Big Jones has brought top-notch Southern cuisine to Chicago and has earned national spotlight. Though the Andersonville eatery is celebrated for its crawfish etoufee and pickle platter, the big favorite here is the fried Amish chicken, which is brined in herbs and spices and fried in leaf lard, ham drippings, and clarified butter.

5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

7. Lost Larson

5318 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Arctic char crudo
Lost Larson/Bree Schaffer

Carb load in style at this dreamy bakery by ex-Grace pastry chef Bobby Schaffer and his sister Bree, who worked for Stumptown Coffee. Breads and Baked goods include whole wheat, Swedish limpa, and their wildly popular cardemom buns. Customers with substantial appetites can choose from the open face sandwiches piled with fresh ingredients, or Lost Larson’s signature light green duchess cake, a twist on traditional Swedish princess cake. Schaffer recently added dinner and wine service.

5318 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

8. Anteprima

5316 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Anteprima
Anteprima
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This rustic Italian restaurant has two faces: quiet, romantic, and intimate most weeknights, crowded and raucous on the weekend. Friendly, knowledgeable servers squeeze between the tightly-packed tables, delivering dishes including griddled scamorza cheese with smoked mozzarella and pickled cabbage, bucatini with braised calamari and octopus, and slow-cooked lamb shank with English peas.

5316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

9. George's Ice Cream & Sweets

5306 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

This beloved local ice cream shop tops its sweet treats with a bevy of candies, nuts, and sauces. George’s gets its ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a family-run ice cream company in Madison, Wisconsin.

5306 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

10. Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant

5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Many Chicago neighborhoods have a beloved Irish pub, and Andersonville has Lady Gregory’s. The food here is simple and goes well with a pint of beer. Expect comforting dishes like chicken pot pie, meatloaf, lobster mac and cheese, and decadent sandwiches. But the pub grub isn’t the only star here: Lady Gregory’s bartenders pour around 100 brews and 300 whiskeys, and the establishment also has a beautiful seating area with a library and fireplace. There’s also an Old Town location and the owners operate Wilde in Lakeview.

5260 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

11. Svea Restaurant

5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

True to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian roots, Svea serves Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce and “viking breakfasts” with potatoes, eggs, pancakes, and falukorv — a type of Swedish sausage. The eatery also has been known to break out lutefisk — the infamously stinky Nordic fish — from time to time. If you plan to dine at Svea, take note that the restaurant only accepts cash.

5236 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

12. Simon's Tavern

5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Simon’s Tavern
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Simon’s Tavern is famous in winter for glogg, the warm, mulled wine. But this is a beer and shot spot with occasional live music and and analog jukebox holding some one of the best music selections in the city.

5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

13. Jin Ju

5203 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Classic Korean dishes mingle with inventive cocktails at this modern Andersonville spot. Orders of dol sut bi bim nap arrive served in a sizzling hot stone pot with soybean paste soup on the side, and pair perfectly with cool soju-infused martinis. The restaurant is dimly lit and full of intimate ambience, making it ideal for first dates.

5203 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

14. Middle East Bakery & Grocery

1512 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Middle East Bakery & Grocery is a longtime local supplier of pantry goods, grains and rice, savory pies, and pastries. Last year, the store opened a restaurant that sells falafel sandwiches, shawarma, and fresh kabobs carved from a rotisserie behind the counter.

1512 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

15. Taste of Lebanon Restaurant

1509 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

This shotgun-style storefront restaurant emphasizes substance over style, and once the food arrives the surroundings melt away. Diners feast on falafel, hummus, and lavosh wraps containing lamb kebab, chicken or beef shawarma, but the real showstopper is the lentil soup.

1509 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

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16. Hopleaf

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
hopleaf Facebook

Hopleaf is one of the country’s most-celebrated beer bars, and a destination for beer lovers all over the city. The gastropub fills its taps with a huge and rotating selection of domestic and imported brews. But the beer isn’t the only reason to visit this Andersonville bar: Hopleaf also serves mussels and frites cooked Belgian-style or in a white wine and cream broth, and a delectable grilled cheese that marries sourdough bread, house-made cashew butter, fig jam, and gooey raclette cheese.

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

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