Food in Melrose Park


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  • Gary Poppins
    Gary Poppins's popcorn proprietor draws upon the tongue-pleasing know-how he garnered at the Culinary Institute of America to outfit freshly burst kernels in classic coatings and creative flavors, dreaming up creations that have been praised by New York's Daily News and snatched from the shelves of specialty stores. The shop mixes up 24 different flavors, from traditional Chicago-style favorites such as cheddar to honey-mustard popcorn that combines stone-ground mustard and the tears of a dramatic queen bee. The shop also purveys roasted nuts, available plain or frosted with a blend of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla that spreads its heavenly scent without the bitter taste of a pine-tree car air freshener.
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    10929 Franklin Ave
    Franklin Park, IL US
  • Wells Street Popcorn
    This bi-flavored Groupon busts out of a kernel and puffs up happy-heated. For $11, you get a two-pack popcorn canister (normally $19.95) from Wells Street Popcorn, the snacky specialist with four flavors of old-fashioned popped corn. Choose caramel, cheese, traditional, or Chicago mix popcorn to fill each 2/3 gallon canister, which weigh about 1.5 pounds when filled with caramel popcorn and has about as much popcorn as would fit inside 5.8 grapefruits, 1.8 cantaloupes, or 2.7 cantafruits.
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    1119 Lake St
    Oak Park, IL US
  • Formella Gourmet
    The story of Formella Gourmet begins more than 100 years ago, when Sicilian Enrico Formella immigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. While on the voyage across the Atlantic, he married his wife Rosina and unknowingly clinched his position as a global distributor of fine Italian food. It began with the couple?s giardiniera recipe, which ascended to stardom in the South Side of Chicago. That's where the couple put down roots. Since the fateful day in 1909 when Formella decided to make his family?s cooking his business, ownership of the empire has passed to three grandsons. Together since the first half of the 20th century, they?ve preserved the family?s recipes for pasta sauce, stuffed olives, bruschetta spreads, and escaping Chicago's intense Model-T traffic jams.
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    411 E Plainfield Rd.
    Countryside, IL US
  • TeaLula
    Preparing tea, particularly loose-leaf varietals, is an art far more complex than pouring a cup of hot water. It's also an art that the staff at TeaLula practice daily, in hopes of teaching visitors about the age-old beverage. Inside their quaint boutique, they've gathered teas from gardens around the world, picking out seasonal favorites as well as soothing standbys. Guests can sample different flavors from China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Taiwan simply by grabbing a seat at the tasting bar. For those who want to learn more about brewing recipes and different types of tea, the shop hosts classes led by Sheila Duda, a certified tea specialist.
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    11 S Fairview Ave.
    Park Ridge, IL US
  • Pop O Licious
    Day in and day out, Metra’s northwest train pulls into the Des Plaines stop, just opposite of Pop O Licious Popcorn. A brick building on the corner, the shop brandishes a bright blue and yellow sign with promises of fresh-made, gourmet popcorn. The family of popcorn pioneers creates more than 60 varieties of classic and flavored kernels each and every day, from staples such as butter, kettle corn, and caramel corn to innovative flavors including creamy dill, hot cinnamon, and even fruity tutty. For casual snacking, the shop owners can scoop the fresh-popped kernels into bags that come in four sizes, while gift-givers and musicians in need of a new drum can order their snack in a decorative tub. Beyond popcorn, Pop O Licious purveys Maurice Lenell cookies and handmade milk chocolates.
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    1460 Miner St.
    Des Plaines, IL US
  • Blanell Coffee Chicago Illinois
    The result of a variety of visits to Italy by two childhood friends sharing an intense love of coffee, Blanell Coffee was brewed on a hotplate of passion to deliver American audiences fine Italian coffees and accessories. The distributor dispenses coffees from brands such as Lucaffe, Pellini, Passalacqua, and New York Caffe. These brands cater to coffee connoisseurs that prefer espresso pods, pre-ground batches, grinding their own beans with their shaking teeth. To brighten drinks with flavors such as passion fruit, almond, and amaretto, Blanell Coffee also purveys syrups from Monin—a century-old French company.
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    1431 Tonne Rd
    Elk Grove Village, IL US
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