There I was yesterday (Fat Tuesday), in line at the Alliance Bakery on Division Street, just killing an hour and searching for something sweet. Customers kept streaming in, picking up to-go orders of chocolate-covered or jam-filled paczki.
In honor of Lent this week, we are going vegetarian. I realize a lot of people will be ordering pepper-and-egg sandwiches from their favorite Italian beef stands until Easter, but if you're looking for something a little more interesting, head to West Rogers Park.
Eater reports that Stephanie Izard, of The Girl & the Goat, is planning to open another restaurant this Fall. The Little Goat will be a classic East Coast-style diner, with a few modern touches, just a few steps from the Goat mothership on West Randolph Street.
Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Carnival, it usually conjures up images of flying beads, masqueraded party-goers on floats, and general all-out debauchery. But you don’t need to attend a parade this week to join in the decadent festivities.