I know everyone's always talking about how good the 3100 block of north Central is for chow, but how many people talk about the 2800 north block? Granted, there's no Slovenian, no buffet and no middle-eastern grocery store. Hell, there's nothing really but these two spots: Asia Daily and Gorski Bakery and Deli. Yet, how Chicago to be able to purchase purple ice cream and polish sausage on the same trip.
Asia Daily's been open barely a month. I hope it lasts, but I got some bad feelings. Nothing to do with the place as you will see. It's just that there is nothing from the street that indicates that this is a full-station Filipino grocery store. More so, the logotype on the store's sign makes it look like a community newspaper or something. Only the Condiment Queen, with her inate sense for multiple hot sauces, sensed a food store inside.
I really need to go to Asia Daily with a Filipino friend of mine. It's hard to know what most of the stuff is, but believe me it all looked worthwhile. A few items even said "not to be sold outside the Philippines". How's that for authentic. Of course they had all the rainbow colored ice creams. In addition to the Filipino products they had a bunch of South Asian sambals and similiar spicy things--Zim would thrive.
Gorski Bakery and Deli has a huge sign. So huge I've been meaning to visit for ages as we transverse Central. But the big sign's no indication of the size of the place. Imagine Bobak's selection crammed into a two aisle place. OK, it's not Bobak's, but there was too many breads and rolls and deli goods to choose from AND no one spoke English. Explaining to me what was inside one of the donuts, she said "rouge" like french was our mutual language. Dave would be happy to know that they have Polish catsup. I was more interested in the 25 varieties of mustard that no one could explain to me. Between the confines and the language, it was not a place to linger. Still, I'll return if nothing else, for the just need to be pan fried, blintzes displayed near the register.
I do not have the exact addresses for Asia Daily or Gorski but they are both just north of Divesey on Central on the east side of the street.