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At Big Jones, chef and co-owner Paul Fehribach cooks up Southern dishes rooted in history. His menu features recipes from old cookbooks, and he even affixes the date at the end of the dish descriptions (for example, Farmhouse Chicken and Dumplings, ca. 1920). But when it comes time to eat in his East Lakeview neighborhood, where he's lived for about seven years, Fehribach favors a mix of old and new. He recently shared his favorite spots with us, including some that dip into northern Lincoln Park.
Dinner Spot: It depends on if we're celebrating an occasion. If we are, we go to North Pond. For every day dinner, we like Matsuya or DMK Burger Bar. At North Pond we get the tasting menu, and at DMK, I get the number 4 with hatch green chilies and a fried egg. At Matsuya, I'm a big fan of the tempura udon.
Bar: The L & L Tavern. It's just your unassuming neighborhood dive. It always seems to be open, and there's always a late night crowd.
Sandwich: I like Pastoral, the wine and cheese shop. I forget the name of the sandwich, but the one with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese is my favorite sandwich there. [Ed. It's the Bocadillo De La Mancha]
Pizza: Pizza is kind of tough. My favorite is Great Lake around the corner from Big Jones in Andersonville. For New York-style I'll go to Café Luigi on Clark by Wrightwood.
Essential Neighborhood Spot: I'd probably say HB Home Bistro. I like their bread pudding dessert and the artichoke fritters.
Burger: I usually go to DMK. They're just really solid and creative.
Hot Dog: It's not in the neighborhood, but the only place I'll get a hot dog is Hot Doug's.
Taco: There are not a lot of options for real Mexican tacos in the neighborhood. I do like Del Seoul, which is Korean fusion.
Date Night: North Pond.
Pastry/Dessert: I'd say very solidly Bittersweet. They've got the best stuff around and really good macarons.
Bread: That's a tough thing to find in the neighborhood. I've been to Red Hen on Diversey and Pinegrove. I haven't been there in a long time but I always like their stuff.
Breakfast: I tend to wind up at Stella's Diner when I go out to breakfast. It's a greasy spoon diner, but they're really good at it.