Marion Street Cheese MarketFile 2008

According to the April 19 Chicago Reader, there actually are some restaurants worth leaving the city for. Luckily for foodies in our coverage area, a few are not far away.

Here are the ones that made the cut:

  • Autre Monde, 6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn

“Former Spiaggia wine steward John Aranza’s nerdtastic horrobilia decorates the bright, inviting, Berwyn storefront with a long communal table running down the front and a spacious bar in the back. … This is simple food, simply prepared, and when a server promises that plates are shareable, it’s true — from a crock of fatty pork rillettes and pickled Rainier cherries to a pair of long crostini topped with white bean puree and thick, fresh-cured sardine fillets.”

  • Johnnie’s Beef, 7500 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park

“Nobody goes to Johnnie’s for anything but the Italian beef sandwich, which is so ambrosial you will soon cease to eat it anywhere else because bad Italian beef shortens your life by blocking your arteries, and you want to live longer so you can eat more at Johnnie’s.”

  • Marion Street Cheese Market Café, 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park (written by’s David Hammond)

“Wine and beer flights are well paired with cheese and charcuterie, affording tiny tastes of many good things. Don’t come here expecting a bellyful; instead, seek to sample simple dishes like ham and swiss arancini or bison carpaccio, sip a tasty beverage or two, and leave feeling very satisfied but not stuffed.”

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