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Taste Of Andersonville Hits The Strip. Which Route Will You Choose?

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Photo: Andersonville Chamber Facebook

It’s August and probably hot (though with this summer, one never knows). It’s a Wednesday evening. What could one do to brighten up a mid-week? How about considering the Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 12?

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Jessica Hammer explained that there has been a dinner crawl featuring neighborhood restaurants since 2009. Coincidentally, 2009 was also the first year of the Andersonville farmers market held each Wednesday on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland.

The dinner crawl has two routes. The salt route is primarily vegetarian, while the pepper route, though it contains some vegetarian options, is more diverse. The various restaurants on the crawl have sample portions to distribute to patrons; the combination of those samples would likely be sufficient for an entire meal. You can purchase a ticket for the salt or pepper route for $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. You can also purchase “the whole enchilada,” which would allow you to visit the restaurants on both routes for $55 in advance or $65 on the day of the event.

There are 300 tickets available for each route. “It is a fundraiser for us,” Hammer says, “but we are also donating $1 of each ticket purchased to Care for Real since they do so much with food and do so much in our community.”

You begin your evening at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, where you will receive your “passport” and a map of the participating restaurants. Then, you are on your own to visit the restaurants on your route. You have three hours in which to complete your route. You might go anywhere from the Wooden Spoon all the way up to the Coffee Studio and all points in between. Summerdale, Pork Shoppe and Candiality are new participants this year. You might even stop at Svea Restaurant to partake in a herring sampler, harkening back to the Swedish heritage of Andersonville.

Purchase tickets and get a full list of the participating restaurants at Andersonville.org.

So as you plan your farmers market purchases on Aug. 12, also purchase your ticket for the Taste of Andersonville where you can try new restaurants, visit an old favorite and support both the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Care for Real.

Bon appetit!


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