The bun-filling staff at Huey's Hot Dogs in Andersonville delights diners with traditional hot dogs, embellished franks, and other casual American fare including old-fashioned milk shakes. Customers can dive into classic Chicago dogs, sink teeth into blue-cheese burgers, or sate sausages' wanderlust by pushing their bun boats over bowls of hearty chili.
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
A chance meeting at a cocktail party turned into a life change for Jim Dragatsis and Sandeep Malhotra who joined culinary forces in 2006 to create Marigold Restaurant, an Indian eatery infused with modern elements. To breathe life into their menu, the duo brought in Executive Chef Joe Moore, who has keenly and artistically crafted such entrees as tandoori barbecue lamb ribs, naanwiches, and curries seasoned with grilled fennel. This creative approach to Indian food earned the Uptown eatery a shout out in the 2011 Michelin Guide, and allowed them to upgrade to new digs in Andersonville in the fall of 2012. Though the location may have changed, guests can still dine on savory platters of tandoor-baked naan, house-made paneer, and fresh chutney while sipping on sweet mango lassi, Chakra Indian beer, or a variety of creative cocktails.
Sisters Marlene and Lidia Benitez opened La Concina to celebrate their two loves: authentic Mexican cooking and artist Frida Kahlo. Surrounded by portraits of Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, diners dig into dishes inspired by the painter, such as the signature bomba frida a dish that allows diners to fill corn tortillas to their liking with a bounty of ingredients, including cubed pork, ham, chorizo, pineapple, bell peppers, and a chile de arbol salsa. Praised by the Chicago Reader for its “hearty home-style cooking served up by a friendly staff,” the eatery also offers dishes plucked straight from the sisters' family cookbook, including grilled chicken breast in mole sauce with peanuts, almonds, and roasted sesame seeds. There's also a sizeable drink menu that includes the Kahlo margarita––a refreshing combination of tequila, amaretto, lime, and orange juice––which may be perfectly paired with one of the shop's spicier dishes, including a seared tilapia in a diabla sauce hot enough to elicit cease-and-desist letters from the sun.
A glass of cold sangria in one hand, a plate of food balanced in the other. The only reason to disrupt such a perfect combination might be to dance to the live band performing just a few feet away. That's the basic Midsommarfest formula, and every summer, nearly 50,000 people flock to Andersonville for this celebration of all things local. Going strong for the past half century, the fest takes over Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa with booths for food and crafts as well as five different stages. These showcase eclectic entertainments that truly reflect the neighborhood's charm: not just cover bands (though there are those, too), but a pet parade, Swedish music, dance troupes, and sets from blues, roots, and funk bands. All the fun also helps the neighborhood, and not just because stoplights are powered by laughter; proceeds go to benefit community causes.
At Fine Lines Hair Salon, a member of Intercoiffure, stylists have been enhancing hairdos with cuts, color, treatments, and products from brands such as L'Oréal Professionnel Majirel and Inoa. The European-trained stylists constantly hone their skills in order to deftly cut, blow-dry, and condition hair. In addition to services such as perms, full foils, and partial foils, the salon also offers a wide variety of skincare and beauty treatments.