Where the air was once filled with the pounding of hammers and the smell of hot iron, the sizzle of burgers and the scent of maple syrup now reign. Cafe Audrey resides in a historic former blacksmith’s shop whose interior delivers just about what the quaint brick building promises: white-painted wooden chairs and tables, lamps that resemble old kerosene lanterns, and walls lined with vintage photographs. There, families start the day or take a lunch break with soul-food staples such as shrimp po' boys and plates of broaster chicken—named with a portmanteau of “broken” and “toaster”—dipped in crisp, fluffy batter. On the all-day breakfast menu, huevos rancheros and chicken quesadillas add a touch of spice to the morning.
The Post-Tribune highlighted Cafe Audrey as part of the resurgence of the Fort Ben area. Owner Tammy Cunningham didn’t land there by accident: “I wanted a local feel. I wanted to be a part of the community,” she told the paper, adding that the café has built a fan base of “a lot of great word-of-mouth customers” since its 2011 opening.
Gramboli's Pizza serves stomachs with pies in hand-tossed (cheese only: $6.69–$14.54) and deep-dish (cheese only: $9.74–$13.29) varieties. The hand-tossed Gramboli's Special presents a mountain of pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions ($9.89–$20.94). DIY diners can choose a culinary destiny with a choice of cheeses, sauces, and toppings ($0.80–1.60/hand-tossed; $1–1.30-deep-dish), including olives, canadian bacon, anchovies, pineapple, and jalapeño peppers. Greener fare emerges from the kitchen dressed as salads, such as the grilled chicken ($6.25) and BLT ($6.25), making their way out to tables with a sidecar of dressing. Gramboli's also hops on the trend of food portability with sandwiches and wraps, such as a provolone-draped ham-and-cheese sub ($4.65).
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With more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant business and the “ability to make people cool,” Shayne and Jan Dye opened The Tie Dye Grill, a hip spot to grab a burger and fries. Peace signs and psychedelic swirls decorate the menu, which catalogs classic American eats, including Sweet Home Chicago hot dogs dressed with all the Windy City’s fixings, nine kinds of 10-ounce Angus burgers, and cold subs and fresh-toasted paninis filled with everything from ham, turkey, and bacon to lightly grilled vegetables. Appropriately, the eatery showcases tie-dyed decor, including tie-dyed tablecloths that used to be the capes of Grateful Dead members.
Each of the home-style dishes served at Zelma’s Restaurant is made fresh that day—the team of chefs here specializes in old-fashioned country cooking. They prepare fried fish and broasted chicken dinners, and the burgers, BLTs, and chicken sandwiches are all grilled to order, paired up with fries and coleslaw. There’s a 24-hour breakfast menu, too, so you can finally see what maple syrup tastes like past 3 p.m.