August 20, 2019

Tapenade with a twist

My new obsession is a pomegranate/olive spread with carmelized garlic, called PomOlive, available at the Wednesday Andersonville Farmer’s Market, as well as other food markets. At $6 for an 8 ounce container, the product is a little expensive, but my taste buds say its worth it. Produced by Leila Love, Inc.

Lady Gregory’s of Andersonville

At first glance, Lady Gregory’s, a new addition to the Andersonville restaurant scene is an Irish pub with bar food, but the menu lets you know this is no run of the mill list of fried foods. In fact, they bill themselves as a gastropub, the current buzzword in the foodie world. Being a vegetable lover, I was tickled to see side dishes such as cauliflower, beets with goat cheese and sweet potatoes. I ordered a moist broiled salmon entree that came with brussel sprouts that will convert haters of that vegetable.

Intriguing menu items for future visits include the Amish Blue Chips with truffle oil and blue cheese, bourbon-pistachio pate, Guinness shepherd’s pie and the Gastro Burger with fried onions and roasted tomato. Being allergic to shellfish, I shall let my husband enjoy the lobster mac and cheese, one of the restaurant’s bestsellers.

Before opening, Lady Gregory’s had a fire in March which gave new meaning to the term “char-broiled,” but there is no evidence of the previous damage. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but they supposedly carry 300 different varieties of that hard liquor plus 100 beer varieties including one called Banana Bread beer. This should give Hopleaf down the street a run for its money. Sidewalk dining provides fun people-watching.

5260 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640-2102
(773) 271-5050

Alley Cat Comics


While walking along Clark Street in Andersonville, I espied a sandwich sign that read “Alley Cat Comics” in front of a very narrow corridor between two buildings. Rather like Alice going down the rabbit hole, my husband and I walked single file to an area in back of the storefronts. We were rewarded with a treasure trove of comics both old and new at “Alley Cat Comics.” Not only are there comic books of every current “super hero” ilk, but used favorites like Archie and Veronica; there was even one old Classic Comic that was like Proust’s madeleine for me. My love of literature began with an uncle’s collection of “Cliff notes” versions of illustrated classics like “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”

The owner said that besides American publishers, the other two countries putting out fantastic comics and graphic novels are Japan and France. He recommended a hard cover edition of the French graphic novel “The Killer” by Jacamon and Matz. I will definitely be back to check out both the new and used selections.

Acre in Andersonville

I finally got to try Acre, previously Charlie’s Ale House in Andersonville and was pleasantly surprised with the metamorphosis.

The menu still has comfort food, but the kitchen exhibits a bit more culinary flair. While beef burgers can be ordered, we were more intrigued by the pork burger with strawberry jam. Mac and cheese was decorated with bacon. A chicken sandwich came with sorrel mayo. The stand-out dish was an appetizer of deviled eggs, each half with a small finger of smoked trout draped with a red pimiento. I felt my cholesterol levels rising with each delicious bite.

Mike, our fantastic waiter highly recommended the chocolate cake with stout frosting. That’s right, a beer dessert. To be consumed next time.
5308 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640-2114
(773) 334-7600