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FOODIE FINDS & FAVS

LOGAN SQUARE LOCAL'S GUIDE
Logan Blvd. Billy Sunday

Upscale cocktails and gourmet GQ-featured gastropub fare are served in this chic, antique-accented space.
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Yes, we were the first to roll our eyes whenever mom said “don’t drink on an empty stomach.” And yes, we’ll be the first to reverse course and embrace that advice if it means justifying an order of doughnut bites covered in peanut butter, peanut brittle, and grape sauce. While the ingredients in isolation didn’t jump out at us, this dessert small plate from Billy Sunday’s most certainly one of those “greater than the sum of its parts” occasions.

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As for “summing” any parts, let’s get the basic addition out of the way before we take our own advice and order up the “In Word & Deed” cocktail: stacked with whiskey, egg white, quince, vermouth & a finger lime tincture. It’s okay, we don’t know what a tincture is either. But I’ll be damned if we didn’t feel like Don Draper hashtagging it.


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California Ave Bang Bang Pie Shop

Rustic bakery with a rotating menu of homemade sweet & savory pies & biscuits for eat-in or takeout.

First, the obvious: their pie is banging (insert lackluster laugh track here). In all seriousness, however, it’s immediately apparent when something is made with honest to goodness quality ingredients and everything coming out of BBPS kitchen most certainly fits the bill. While acknowledging that selecting a “favorite” flavor is as contrived an exercise as judging “who wore it best” between two enviably stunning A-listers, we’re partial to the malted milk chocolate mousse with a graham cracker crust. We’re not talking Honey-Maid, either, honey. They bake their graham crackers from scratch, and then — in what surely qualifies as a divine sacrifice — smush them into the crust.

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If you’re passing the shop on the way to work and 7am pie would constitute a new low, take comfort in knowing Bang Bang Pie Shop has the best breakfast sandwiches, bar none, in Chicago. The secrets to a dynamite crust are apparently quite transferrable to making a top-notch biscuit, and we strongly recommend the thick-sliced applewood-smoked bacon biscuit. It comes with collard greens, a side of house-made Fresno chili hot sauce, and — given that it does technically come with greens, as we said — it’s probably defensible now to add on a slice of chocolate mousse to-go.


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Armitage Ave Scofflaw

Gin-centric cocktails, craft beers, & upscale pub grub served in a relaxed urban-rustic bar with cozy nooks.
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Granted, no one ventures into this Logan Square mixology tour-de-force with an entree on the mind, but one thing leads to another, one libation leads to a little bravado, and all of a sudden you find yourself asking about off-menu items like you’re Guy Fieri. Lo and behold, the “it never hurts to ask” mantra is upheld, as we stumbled across the Guapichosa: a secret menu item packed with every meat in the house (think: schnitzel, brisket, duck, liver mousse) along with avocado, pickles, Sriracha, and a blood orange sauce. Just don’t milk your cocktail too long before issuing your order, as they only make five of these behemoths a night.




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Kedzie Ave Longman & Eagle

Truly iconic Logan Square resto with modern farm-to-table fare & nose-to-tail eats, plus whiskey, craft cocktails & a banging donut pop-up shop.
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With the honor being one of the nation’s top whiskey bars, a Saturday pop-up sausage shop with a line out the door, and a Sunday-only donut shop that’s quickly becoming a Logan Square staple, Longman & Eagle has cemented its status as the high school classmate annoyingly the best at everything they do (but that you’d still be an idiot not to pick first in gym class). Thus, we’re caving and picking them. Our pick for best donut? The cinnamon cruller, with the cherry-lime cake close on its heels. Did we mention that L & E’s Pastry Chef Jeremy Brutzkus won The Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown? With the rate at which he pops out new creations, our recommendation might well be moot by the time you check it out. Merely know you’ll be in good hands. Sugary, sticky hands — but good ones.


Kedzie Ave Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Quick-serve outfit furnishes fried poultry, craft beer, & cocktails in rustic digs with a primo patio.
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Come for the challah French toast topped with fried chicken and bourbon-maple syrup. Stay for the coriander sangrita, made with top-shelf tequila, Co-op hot sauce, tomato juice, toasted coriander, and a can of Tecate. And then, well… stay a little longer because — let’s be honest — fried chicken french toast won’t have you speeding off to much of anywhere.

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Update: They added a menu item that would be blasphemous to keep off this short list and so consider this our first foodie amendment. The french toast is still primo but you’ve gotta give the fried chicken hash a go: fried kale, beets, lemon yogurt aioli and soft farm egg.


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Armitage Ave Parson's Chicken & Fish

Quick-serve outfit furnishes fried poultry, craft beer, & cocktails in rustic digs with a primo patio.

Come for the challah French toast topped with fried chicken and bourbon-maple syrup. Stay for the coriander sangrita, made with top-shelf tequila, Co-op hot sauce, tomato juice, toasted coriander, and a can of Tecate. And then, well… stay a little longer because — let’s be honest — fried chicken french toast won’t have you speeding off to much of anywhere.

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Update: They added a menu item that would be blasphemous to keep off this short list and so consider this our first foodie amendment. The french toast is still primo but you’ve gotta give the fried chicken hash a go: fried kale, beets, lemon yogurt aioli and soft farm egg.