Hearty entrees and libations from Longman & Eagle (photo by Steve Dolinsky)
I've lived in Bucktown for about 15 years, and I still remember how excited I was when I moved there. On weekdays, we would waltz into Soul Kitchen - and before that, the funky Wild Cherry - then head across the street to HotHouse to catch some obscure music act and drink cheap beer. Those days seem like a lifetime ago. The Soul Kitchen space is now a Francesca's Forno (make that gas-fired forno, by the way) and the opposite corners feature a bank and a Starbucks. ‚ But 10 years ago, it was still edgy, and we were just starting to get exciting places like Spring and Meritage (hey, can you tell me the name of the French place that was in the Meritage - now Duchamp - space before it?). Anyway, I would imagine the same sort of feeling is taking over the locals in Logan Square these days. They've had a few gems for a while now: Lula Cafe (one of my all-time favorite places) and down the street, Buona Terra for Italian standards and Hachi's Kitchen for more than respectable sushi in a surprisingly elegant room. But the dining and drinking landscape is changing pretty rapidly in the neighborhood, and two new standouts will certainly make 60647 that much more desirable.
Longman & Eagle hopes to recapture the era of the turn-of-the-century neighborhood inn.