Knowing that Wednesday Journal likes to keep watch over new places to eat in our area, I want to point out that one of the best places to eat in Andersonville has relocated right across the street from the Lake Theatre. It is the Atlas Kafe — formerly the much larger (and now closed) Icosium Kafe at the corner of Clark and Foster — which is owned by a man born in Algeria who makes fabulous savory and sweet crepes, plus tea, coffee and smoothies.
The Icosium Kafe was one of my favorites places to eat in that former Swedish enclave-turned-seriously gentrified part of Chicago. While shopping in Downtown Oak Park a few weeks ago, I noticed the window menu, went in and discovered that it was the same owner. He has lived about three blocks away from our central business district for quite a while and wanted to end that long commute into the city, plus start to involve his older school-age children.
I came back for lunch with a friend. Served by the owner’s charming teenage son, we shared two outstanding savory choices — Crepe Alger and Crepe Paris — plus a delicious fig/rose petal jam sweet crepe for dessert and lovely mint tea.
This is the type of business we need to attract to our downtown. Oak Park is lucky that Forest Park did not snatch up the Atlas Kafe for its Madison Street restaurant row. I think this place is a real winner.
FYI: I am not related in any way to the owner, but I love supporting small businesses that provide great products and improve the quality of life in our community.