Thanks to all who suggested food options for my family's visit to the north side of Chicago while we cleaned out my aunt's apartment. We didn't venture too far afield as we were pretty busy cleaning but we did manage to consume chow at or from the following:
First night, take out from El Pueblito on Clark. There may be better mexican but I can't get enough of the lengua (platter) and the asado burrito my son got was terrific as well. Ordered a second lengua platter to take to my aunt who doesn't love retirement home food.
Stopped at Ted's Fruit Market on Devon to pick up watermelon and papaya for a visit to relatives in the 'burbs. Very fresh and tasty plus nice international selection of spices, legumes, and produce. Picked up a good lemon roll at the jewish bakery next door.
Lunch at Southport Grocery and Cafe was enjoyed by all. I had a whitefish sandwich w/ broccoli/peanut salad, all very good. Others had the cuban sandwich and BLT.
Takeout from Ghareeb Nawaz after our other choices were closed for Ramadan. The chili chicken and samosas were standouts but everything we ordered was good. We ended up getting food from here again b/c we enjoyed it so much.
Dinner at Spacca Napoli. Nice atmosphere, good bottle of chianti and I loved the pizza. The crust is my idea of pizza perfection.
Andersonville Farmers Market, small but fun. I bought Wisconsin peaches, pretzel bread and croissants from Bennison's Bakery, and several types of tofu and sauces from Phoenix Bean.
At this point, there was a bit of a chowhound rebellion in my family so the next two meals happened without input from me: Lunch at Wolfy's, polish dog wasn't bad. Dinner, takeout stuffed pizza from Vince's Pizzeria & Taqueria on Devon. I'm not a stuffed fan but we had plenty of farmers market leftovers so no problem.
After a final stop at Chimney Cake Island for coconut and cinnamon kurtos(http://www.chimneycakeisland.com/menu...), we headed out of town, sad to go. Chicago is such a great food city and we didn't even scratch the surface.
Thanks to all who responded to my original "where to eat" post and other posters from whom I gleaned ideas.
1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Southport Grocery & Cafe
3552 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Ghareeb Nawaz Restaurant
2032 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Vince's Pizzeria & Taqueria
1527 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
El Pueblito Restaurant
6712 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626