Posted by Kevin Kastner in Historical Posts
on Feb 22nd, 2009
Well, the first post took off more than I expected, so I feel that I should post a follow-up. I didn’t mean for the list to be exhaustive, and I also feared a North Side bias. However, I agree with most of the choices of the responders, and many of them are on the North Side. Without further ado, Part II of Places with Atmosphere:
. Yes, it’s difficult to find. Yes, it’s in a part of town that I avoid at all costs. However, they have succeeded in creating a place worth the effort.
. Get there early. Drink good beer and eat good fries. One of my favorite places in town.
Ralph’s Great Divide
. Perfect for cold weather. Cheesy potato soup is a must-have.
. In an old “show house” from the 20’s, with tiny little rooms. Great place for date night.
. It wasn’t suggested by anyone, but it deserves mention. When they light the cheese on fire, the fire can reach the dangling decorations. What’s wrong with a little danger with your meal?
. History: Check. Fun: Check. Driftwood chandelier: Check. Don’t forget to check out the back room if you need some space for a while.
. Just found out this gem of a store in Irvington is closing in 2 weeks. Get there before it does. Sad.
. Used books in a cool old place, and with a neat basement concert venue to boot.
. I’ve mentioned it before, but this place just adds layers of character.