We rate a few Chicago neighborhoods on a scale of 1 to 10 for the things that matter most to foodies.
Grocery options: 7. Andy’s Fruit Ranch and Cermak Produce keep the salad bowl stocked; a handful of other supermercados and carnicerias feed Mexican cravings; and Middle Eastern ingredients can be found all along Kedzie.
Cheap eats: 9. Chicago Kalbi, Kangnam, Hourglass and Sogongdong Tofu House serve stellar Korean; Salam, Semiramis and Al Khayameih are standout Middle Eastern; plus great Latin American can be had at Pupuseria y Restaurante Cuscatleco, Con Sabor Cubano and El Huarachin Huarachon.
Swank spots: 2. Arun’s just keeps on ticking for those looking for fancy Thai.
Foodie factor: 18