by Jennifer Olvera - 3381 Reviews - 45 List
The picturesque, forest preserve-fringed neighborhood of Edgebrook was once hunting ground to the Potawatomi Indians. Now the flourishing business district--the three-block stretch of Devon Avenue at the intersections of Central and Caldwell avenues--is home to local-populated, destination-worthy haunts.
Updated: November 17, 2008
Anyone who likes the idea of churrascaria--but avoids these feeding frenzies like the plague--will feel at home at this meat eater's paradise. Here, dishes served family style like charcoal-grilled lamb and chicken with fried polenta and crisp, Gorgonzola-sauced potatoes feel more refined.
In a city full of pie holes, this humble joint stands out for its crisp, thin-crust pizza, which gets slathered with tangy, homemade sauce. Other faves--Italian beef sandwiches, fried mozzarella sticks, anchovy-topped antipasto salad--are cost-conscious alternatives.
There's nothing wacky about this sunny, family-fun storefront. Instead, its appeal lies in a penchant for preparing homestyle Thai dishes. Much of the menu is found in chalk on a hand-printed blackboard, so be on the lookout for juicy, grilled kai yaang chicken, crunchy papaya salad or a coconut and sesame seed-sprinkled mung bean dessert.
Practice your best brogue before heading to this public house that's dotted with pictures of Emerald Isle authors. Locals are loyalists, since the spot is among the first destinations of late to receive a liquor license in the (once dry) neighborhood. Perfect pours--from Guinness to black and tans--are on par with the menu of Irish-centric, fish and chips-type fare.