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Falafel comes to Pilsen Subway

Falafel comes to Pilsen Subway

A few weeks ago, I saw a poster in a southwest suburban Subway for a falafel sandwich. That burb has a huge Middle Eastern population.  So, I thought the falafel sandwich was just a local thing. Well apparently, Subway has been test-running their falafel sandwich in Chicago all year.  I just saw a poster for…

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Del Toro: Best new Pilsen bar!

Del Toro: Best new Pilsen bar!

Dios Mio! Finally! Another hangout in Pilsen other than Simone’s. I hate the Skylark. Sorry but the dark grandpa’s basement-esque vibe just doesn’t do it for me. And I dig Simone’s but I feel like I have been there a million times already and am glad to see something new and affordable. Now hopefully that…

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Teatro is not always so classy...

Teatro is not always so classy…

In previous posts, I sang the praises of Ristorante Al Teatro’s pizza and drink selection for vegans.  I also liked that it was a classy alternative to greasy pizza joints and dime-a-dozen Mexican restaurants.  Well, “classy” compared to some of the other places in Pilsen.  I guess the decor is a little much. Now I…

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Where to find soy tacos in Little Village

Where to find soy tacos in Little Village

I was cruising around Little Village this afternoon and stopped in one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, El Faro.  For those of you who don’t know, Little Village is the neighborhood just west of Pilsen.  El Faro is on 31st Street, right by Pulaski. Mexican food is tricky when you are avoiding animal products. Authentic…

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How to warm up in Pilsen

How to warm up in Pilsen

Daylight Savings Time has ended.  The temperature is slipping.  That means it’s time to temporarily skip ice cream, shakes and smoothies.  On to something warm! I know that Pilsen abounds with coffeeshops.  I have visited every single one, I think.  However, I don’t visit them in Fall and Winter because I don’t leave my apartment…

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A velvety Sunday morning

Just a lazy metal day Ever opposed to the typical, I’ve more or less avoided posting about Simone’s simply because it’s so popular. But today instigated a pleasurable exception. Sunday routines were in full effect this morning — horchata latte at Kristoffer’s, Community Market thereafter. Per usual, I found and spent more than expected but…

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Chicken geniuses on blue island

This is hysterical — like a Norman Rockwell version of food marketing On what I’ve come to know is called ‘Welfare Tuesday,’ fair peoples of the Pilsen area congregate in order to clamor for fried chicken. The reason for this gathering is the crowdy-worthy price of a three piece special — apparently no holds barred…

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