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My first encounter with Nicholas Spencer was a couple of summer’s ago as I was browsing arouund some of Chicago’s farmer’s market hunting for some decent British style bacon. I had all but given up hope until I chanced upon his stall where he was selling packs of his own home made bacon and sausages. At that time he was selling through a few outlets such as Provenance up in Lincoln Square, but now he has launched his own shop up on Southport and Irving Park at 1405 W. Irving Park Rd. Website:

Today Spencer’s had a stall at the ‘Summer on Southport’ Festival , selling both sausage and bacon sandwiches, and also advertising the new shop. I just had to stop by and try one, in fact I had to go for a gut busting ‘Full Monty’ sandwich which was a combination of sausage and bacon for $10.


This was a great British sandwich, well it could not fail, great pork and herb British bangers, nice and herby, and some great British style back bacon. I had to adjust the sandwich so that you could see the  slices of bacon. I just had to add some brown sauce to the sandwich, not to add flavour, but because that is the tradition, and because they had some of the good stuff on the counter. I dont really have the words to describe how happy this sandwich made me, it was a little, or rather big, taste of home, and I am especially delighted to know that the the store is open so I will be heading up their midweek to have a look around and get some treats.


I walked up to find the shop and it is just on the corner of Southport and Irving Park road, by El it is probably closest to the Irving Park brown line station or the Sheridan Red line station.

You can also take the buses 80 Diversey, 9 Ashland, or 22 Clark Bus.

This could well be my new hunting ground for my expat treats and necessities.


Emerald City Coffee House

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Sheridan


The Emerald City Coffee house is right beneath the train tracks at the Sheridan CTA el station on the Red Line. You can walk straight into the shop without exiting the station. Of course instead of using the convenient method of taking the train here, you can use the walking method, which tonight for me was an hour from the Montrose Brown line station using a somewhat circuitous route. It was actually a lucky find as I had been heading to a different food outlet which was sadly closed. In fact as of now it is the resturant with no name as it let me down.

So this evening instead of sitting down to a plate of Moo Ping I was contemplating which panini to go with my latte, actually before that I was trying to figure out the answer to the ‘teaser’ on the counter to get my 25cent bonus.

I went in the end for a Chicken Bacon panini, with white cheddar, lettuce, mayo, and tomato on country sour dough bread, together with my latte, and a bag of chips it cost the princely sum of just under $10.

It was not at all bad, nice juicy chicken and a spicy mayo, together with the perfect amount of lettuce and tomato (which in my case is one slice of each). The coffee was good too, if this is the standard for this coffee house then I may drop off the red line at Sheridan in the future to read my book and chill out.

Other highlights were watching PC Plod tapping his feet to the songs on the radio.

And the answer to the teaser? “… the hero you’re dreaming of, We’ll live forever, Knowing together that we, Did it all for the glory of love.”

Classic from the Karate Kid film or rather from Peter Cetera, slightly more successful than his younger brother Et.

I’ll get me coat….

Emerald Coffee Shop is at 3938 N Sheridan Road (between Dakin St & Irving Park Rd) at the Sheridan Red Line stop

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