Review of The Gringo

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On one of the last warm fall days that we had in Chicago, I took a nice long walk in my neighborhood and I ended up at a restaurant that I have been wanting to try all summer long which was The Gringo.  This restaurant opened over the summer in the former location of the Grandview Tavern.  The Gringo is a vibrant restaurant and bar located in the historic Grandview / P Jacks building on Grand Avenue in West Town. The unique space has Mexican Folklore décor and Spanish tiled design throughout the venue. Unfortunately, when I visited The Gringo the outdoor patio was already closed for the season but, I was still able to try out the menu.

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I ordered a variety of their tacos from the menu including the carne asada, al pastor, chicken and chorizo tacos. I thought that all of the tacos were very tasty.  The tacos are ordered individually and are small which makes it easy to try several different types of tacos.  I also had the chips & Guac which was a nice starter for the flavorful tacos that followed. I plan on going back to try out their signature churros for desert then next time.

The Gringo

located at:  1202 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

 

Calavera Opened in West Town

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I get excited every time a new restaurant on Chicago Avenue opens and I have been waiting for this restaurant to open for awhile. I finally noticed that it opened last week.   Calavera is a new Mexican restaurant is and it opened last Thursday in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago.

The word calavera most often refers to the decorative skulls associated with the celebration of Día de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) an annual Mexican tradition that honors the deceased.

I stopped by for a late lunch and was able to sample a few items on their menu.  They offer several different appetizers that each have their unique twist and all are homemade.  I tried the Queso Fundido  for an appetizer per our server’s recommendation and it was tasty!  This yummy starter is melted cheese, chorizo and onions served with chips and tortillas. They also have homemade salsas on the table that you can add to your dish to kick up the spice.

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The Queso Fundido appetizer

 

For the main course I had the Steak Fajitas and my husband had the Pescado a la Deracruzana which is grilled tilapila in a salsa sauce with rice. I tried both dishes and my favorite was the steak fajitas.

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Pictured is the grilled tilapia dish on the top and the Steak Fajitas dish.

This restaurant is a nice addition to the neighborhood and I recommend giving it a try yourself because I know I will be back again for more tasty Mexican food!
Calavera – 1438 W. Chicago Ave.
Serves lunch and dinner and will be open from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

New Greek Restaurant at SixO6 Cafe Bar

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I have been wanting to try out the Six06 Cafe Bar for awhile now.  I finally ate at this place last weekend and it did not disappoint.  The restaurant has Greek food but, it also has a coffee bar in the morning for the local commuters to enjoy. They do have a rooftop area as well but, the rooftop space has not officially opened yet.

I order the hummus and pitas chips for an appetizer and it was so creamy that it tasted homemade. Our waitress even brought out more pita chips that were warm from the kitchen after we finished most of the chips that came with the dish.

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For our main course, we asked the server for her favorite recommendations and her recommendations we excellent choices! We decided to order the Six06 Burger which had gouda, topped with caramelized onions and a feta sauce.  When I ate the burger, all I could think of was that is tasted like a Greek style burger.  The burger had a unique flavor that made it stand out from the usually burger you would get at most restaurants in the area. The french fries that came with the dish were seasoned with Greek spices which made it hard to stop eating them because they were so good!

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The other main dish that I shared, was the Chicken Pita which was the server’s other recommendation.  The Chicken Pita dish had a mustard sauce on it along with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.  This dish felt similar to a chicken kabob in a pita sandwich. Out of the three different options that I tried from their menu, my favorite was the Chicken Pita.

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I definitely would recommend that you should try this new Greek restaurant located on Chicago Avenue in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. I can’t wait when the rooftop to open up this summer and to try out some more tasty Greek dishes!

Six06 Cafe Bar – 1641 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

Bonci Pizza – New Location in Wicker Park

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I had been hearing a lot about Bonic pizza that opened in the West Loop and I haven’t had a chance to make it there yet.  Lucky for me, Bonci recently opened a second Chicago location in Wicker Park. Bonci serves Roman-style Pizza which is different than the wood fired pizza traditionally associated with Italy. They serve a variety of one of a kind pizzas including meat and vegetarian options.

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When you order your pizza choice at the counter, my advice is to order a few different pizzas and to share with a friend. The Bonci employee will ask how large of a piece you want for each of your pizza selections.  If you are curious about trying out a new and different pizza, you can be conservative and get a smaller piece.  I ended trying a few different pizzas and I even tried the Roman-inspired rice and pasta balls stuffed with cheeses and meats. When your pizza is ready, it will be served cut into small pieces which is perfect for sharing. My favorite pizza was a tie between the Pear and Gorgonzola cheese pizza and the Caramelized Onion pizza. I would definitely recommend Bonci to anyone who loves pizza!

Bonci – 1566 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

Fun Night Out at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

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I recently got to try out my shuffleboard skills at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club located in Wicker Park , and it was definitely a fun night to experience with a group of friends! I have only played shuffleboard a handful of times and every time had been in Florida which was the same skill level as many of my friends. We also didn’t know the rules or how to play the game but, lucky for us there was a staff person from Royal Palms that explained the game to us and proper shuffleboard etiquette.

I had a fun time trying to play the game that is mostly known for being played in the state of Florida.  There also was over-sized Jenga and Connect Four games to play while you are waiting to play shuffleboard.  Courts are rented on a first come, first served basis and courts a $40 an hour or you can reserve a cabana ahead of time. Unfortunately, they do not serve food but, they feature a different food truck every single night. There is a schedule of the food trucks that will be serving food at Royal Palms that can be found on their website. The night I was there,  the 5411 Empanada Truck was dishing out food and the empanadas were tasty!  I highly  recommend stopping by Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club if you are looking for something unique and different to do with friends!

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club – 1750 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempesta Market – Great Lunch place in West Town

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I wanted to get lunch in my neighborhood and I wasn’t sure where to eat this week.  My husband suggested we try out this new place in West Town called Tempesta Market.  The restaurant opened in December 2017 and it is more than just a sandwich place, they offer in-house charcuterie, gelate, craft sandwiches, and an array of gourmet pantry items to take home. Tempesta Market reminded me of a place that I ate at in Florence, Italy that had charcuterie meats displayed very similar.

I ended up getting the Q x 2 Salad which was had roasted Cauliflower, quinoa, puffed quinoa, avocado, arugula, romaine hearts, frisse, calabrian pepper vinaigrette and sunchoke chips. I am usually a meat eater and I have to say that I did not notice that there was no meat in the salad because they were so many flavors in the salad.  I highly recommend the salad and I can’t wait to go back and try it again!  My husband had a Pastrami Ruben sandwich that was a special of the day with a side a fruit for a healthy option instead of Chips. I tried his sandwich and it was so tasty that is was mouthwatering! After we finished our lunch, we noticed on the menu that was the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie.  We were curious, so we ordered it and the cookie did live up to the name!

Tempesta Market – 1372 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Brunch Places in the West Town Area

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Here are some of my favorite Brunch places.  If you are looking to explore a new neighborhood or find a great new breakfast place for the weekend here is a list that you might want to explore.  These brunch places are located in several different Chicago neighborhoods including: Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Bucktown, West Loop, West Town and Ukrainian Village.

WHISK

2018 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (773) 252-9060

Neighborhood location: Ukrainian Village

Breakfast House

1800 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (312) 997-2400

Neighborhood location: Ukrainian Village

 Toast

2046 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Phone number (773) 772-5600

Neighborhood location: Bucktown

Janik’s Cafe

2011 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (773) 276-7930

Neighborhood location: Wicker Park

Spinning J

1000 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (872) 829-2793

Neighborhood location: Humboldt Park, West Town

Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone number (312) 888-3455

Neighborhood location: West Loop

Café Marie Jeanne

1001 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (773) 904-7660

Neighborhood location: Humboldt Park, West Town

Uncle Mike’s Place

1700 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (312) 226-5318

Neighborhood location: Ukrainian Village, West Town

Beatrix Fulton Market

34 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone number (312) 733-0370
 
Neighborhood location: West Loop
 
The Bongo Room
 
1470 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone number (773) 489-0690

 
Neighborhood location: Wicker Park
 
As you can see, there are a lot of great brunch places the West Town area of Chicago.  If you are thinking about moving to a new neighborhood, it’s a great idea to explore the neighborhood by visiting local  restaurant. Please contact me at amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com if you are interested in buying, selling or renting in Chicago.pexels-photo-103124.jpegAmy PearsonReal Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

 
 
 

mHUB One Year Anniversary Party

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On March 9th, mHUB celebrated their one year anniversary with panel speaker’s throughout the day and a party.  mHUB is Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing.  It’s a co-working community of product designers, developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers located in the River West neighborhood.  I have been wondering for a long time what goes on inside and I was able to see first hand at the anniversary party.  Check out the video of the celebration including a tour of the equipment.

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast