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Consolidating the listing of Columbian in Chicago

RST | Dec 1, 200212:54 PM

I was going to append this list of Columbian restaurants and food-related businesses that I know of to the end of last week's discussion; but that thread is buried so far back that I thought it would be better to start a new one and link backwards and forwards.

Please add to this list if you know of any other places. I suspect that there are several more that we know nothing about: most likely in the Logan Square area, on the far-west stretches of Armitage and Diversey. And then of course, there might be a couple out in the suburbs.

Sabor a Cafe Columbian Restaurant
"Antojitos y platos de todas las regiones"
2435 W. Peterson (1/2 block west of Western)
(773) 878-6327
(I had a very enjoyable lunch here about a year ago just after it opened)

Rotisserie's Restaurant
"Ofrecemos consome, sancocho de gallina, churrasco, bandeja paisa etc"
3300 W. Fullerton Avenue
(773) 342-1050; (773) 342-1080
(VI turf; he should check it out. Highly recommended by Mario, the owner of Manantial de Vida coffee shop)

Flying Chicken Restaurant (Pollo Volador)
"Columbian Steak House-Churrasco/Pollo al carbon"
3811 N. Lincoln Avenue
(773) 477-1090/99
(Fairly well-known)

Las Tablas restaurant
2965 N. Lincoln
(773) 871-2414
(Seems to be a board favorite...?)

El Pueblito Viejo
5429 N. Lincoln
(773) 784-9135
(on the right side of Lincoln heading north; this is two blocks or so before California and on the Lincoln Ave "Korean strip".)

El Llano Restaurant
"Musica llanera en vivo los fines de semana"
3900 N. Lincoln Avenue
(773) 868-1708
(Fairly well-known)

La Esquinita Colombiana
3125 W. Montrose
(773) 478-2717
(Short-list + daily specials; very mom-and-popish; owners from Cali; could turn out to be a gem)

Cafeteria Siglo XX
"Ofrece los mas ricos platos de Colombia y Mexico"
3626 W. Lawrence Avenue
(773) 267-7129
(Actually the menu has more Mexican taqueria items than Colombian, but this is a major Colombian community hang-out in Albany Park. It's on the north side of Lawrence about 3 blocks west of Kimball: yes, you've all seen this place before and not recognized it as Colombian. The owner is from Tolima. This is the place to order the famous LECHON TOLIMENSE, which serves about 55 people, basing this on an 80 lb lechon, and costs $270.)

W. Montrose Avenue
(I know that there are a couple more Colombians on Montrose. There's one on the south side of the street, about 4 blocks or so east of Kedzie, and perhaps another two more "hiding" behind Mexican or Puerto-Rican; Any addresses to add, annieb?)

La Cumbamba
2311 W. North
(773) 384-9546
(William Restrepo's eccentric little Bucktown operation; I seriously didn't know whether or not to include this fairly well-known but "non-traditional" place on this list)


Bakeries and coffee shops:

(I suspect that there might be two or more Colombian bakeries within the city)

Colombian Bakery
(Just south of Pueblito Viejo, about two shops down, on same side of Lincoln Avenue; does anyone have a phone no/address?)

Mekato's Colombian Bakery
(I have heard this mentioned by a Colombian; is this the same place as the above?)

Manantial de vida coffee shop
4107 W. North Avenue
(773) 276-7751
(Not a true bakery, but they have a small deli case of Colombian sweets brought in from elsewhere; search the board for my post on the TAMAL TOLIMENSE available here. Kumis and other drinks available. Very modest but homey: I enjoy chatting with Mario and Adriana, the owners.)


In addition:
Are the ff still open? These are from very old lists.
La Fonda
4758 N. Clark
(773) 271-3935

Mi Llanura
2228 N. Lincoln
(773) 549-7241

Asi es Colombia
3910 N. Lincoln
(773) 348-7444
(I think that this is a bar...?)



I know that there must be a good half-dozen Colombain groceries around: I know that there are several in Albany Park on Lawrence and Montrose. I think that might be a couple more in the Logan Square area and perhaps on far-west Armitage and Diversey; for general South-American, of course, there is also La unica)

Joe's Liquors
"Ya llego la cerveza Aguila y Club Colombia, la avena Alpina y kumis"
3626 W. Lawrence Avenue
(773) 478-1078



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