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Is There Decent Food In Wrigleyville?

By Anthony Todd in Food on Apr 24, 2012 3:20PM

Photo by Nick Kindelsperger.

We've always been suspicious of the food in Wrigleyville. Perhaps unfairly, we generally assume that establishments in that neighborhood were more interested in pouring as many lame light beers as possible than in doing serious cuisine. After all, who notices the food? Shut up and watch the game! The folks at Serious Eats Chicago had the same initial reaction - it's nice not to be alone in our wrongness. After a quick survey of the neighborhood, they found some great food to be found within walking distance of a ballgame.

None of their choices are revelations (we've been to about half of them) but it was a good reminder that we shouldn't make stupid assumptions based on neighborhood stereotypes. We'd also forgotten how close most of them were to the field, assuming as we did that Wrigley exists in an alternate dimension about 3 blocks in diameter, surrounded entirely by bars.

Uncommon Ground is our favorite spot on their list for a pre-game meal, but don't forget Tac Quick, The Chicago Diner, the brand-new Rockit Burger Bar and Pizza Rustica. Check out the whole list for more ideas. And we pledge to never again opine that you can't get decent food in Wrigleyville.


Our own Karl Klockars remarked, in response to our headline, "There's a Taco Bell there, so like, duh." Taco Bell responded, even without an @mention. We're not sure we'd include them on the list of serious good eating in Wrigleyville, but when you need a bite after the game, you need a bite after the game.

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