Restaurant Spotlight: Easy Livin at Easy Street
Being a Chicago Northside native has its perks, now don't get me wrong I've lived all over this city; from Tri-Taylor/Little Italy, Wrigley and Irving Park to my years in the South Loop while in college- but just over 2 years ago life brought me "home". You see I've always been a north-side kid, so when we decided to plant our roots just south of where I grew up, I knew there were so many new adventures to be had.
Portage Park is booming, its a place where thirty somethings are flocking from areas like Old Town, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. They've come for the yard, safe streets, good schools and what is turning out to be the "new" Chicago. Mom & Pop shops and restaurants have become the new norm of our everyday Portage Park Life. Local coffee shops, and ice cream shops have made this side of the city feel more like a small town than part of Chicago. You see the people here are invested, they are invested in their families and their community; and we're seeing it everyday with the opening of new hip & trendy restaurants with an emphasis on the people around them.
Word spreads fast in the "hood", talks of the "new" pizza place with amazing sangria were all over social media, and rolling off the tongues of neighbors and friends. What better than Aydin's 3rd birthday as an excuse to check out Portage Park's newest hangout "Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden".
( The beer garden is set to open later this month)
We picked A up from day school and headed to Easy Street (sounds glamorous doesn't it?) We were seated in a cozy booth, comfy for 2 1/2 patrons but easily accommodating for 5 or 6 adults.
We were greeted with home made chips- a HUGE hit for empty bellies and tiny hands to keep busy while we browsed the menu.
Next Stop SANGRIA- what was this amazing drink everyone had been gushing about? Our server recommended a mix of red and white, and so graciously brought us a "little sangria" for our main squeeze.
three cheers for Sangria!
Now Im a sucker for appetizers, and when checking out a new place I feel it only necessary to order multiples (ya know just to get the full scale of what the place is all about) we opted for the "Loaded Taco Style Tater Tots"- (a mouthful literally) and the Buffalo Rolls- self explanatory buffalo chicken in a crispy wonton roll.
Now any self respecting person would have stopped here- but we had already gone too far. We had to know what else was available!
We each ordered a sandwich and opted to share with the A. This was my only insert sad face here moment, there is no Kids menu
. Now ill chalk this one up to being new but the waitress was accommodating, and did offer some kid friendly options that the restaurants seems overly happy to make.
Andrew opted for the Beer Can Chicken with a side of Mac & Cheese, and I went full country with the Shredded Beef & Giardinera
(ok totally hungry looking at these)
soft and tender chicken roasted in a moist sauce- it was heaven sitting right there between my fingertips
Once again our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and after those first few bites we had succumb to to-go boxes and carried our defeat well.
From the location - Easy Street is located on Central Ave just south of Irving Park Rd
To the Staff- Super attentive and accommodating to all of our needs
To the AMAZING Food- there wasn't a thing we wouldn't try again, and we can't wait to get our hands on some of that pizza.
Easy Street is everything that a great neighborhood joint needs to be, good food, good service, great location, family friendly and a place you want to go back to over and over again.
If you're in Portage Park make sure to check out our newest (& current favorite) restaurant Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden
Livin is easy at Easy Street.
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