Southwest Side snub?
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org July 4, 2011 9:30PM
The Original Rainbow Cone at 9233 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. A favorite of many Southwest Siders, it didn't rank in the Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago" roundup. | File photo
Updated: October 30, 2011 12:40AM
By now you’ve likely heard that the best White Sox bar is on Chicago’s Near North Side.
Yep, no less of an authority than the Chicago Reader has deemed it so.
In fact, it looks as though the best of just about anything the city has to offer lies north of Interstate 55, according to that publication’s “Best of Chicago” roundup.
Looking for the best burger or beach? You won’t come across it in Southwest Side communities such as Beverly and Mount Greenwood. OK, in all fairness we searched high and low but couldn’t find a beach in Beverly, but how about Rainbow Beach or 57th Street Beach? They didn’t even get an honorable mention
Want to find the city’s top bartender, barber or bowling alley? Don’t bother looking along 95th Street or Western Avenue.
We hear your fist pounding and anguished cries and couldn’t agree with you more. It’s not our place to say the “Best” selections aren’t all fine establishments, but among the dozens of categories reviewed, there wasn’t one out this way that didn’t rise to the top?
There were a few in the bunch that came close.
Considering there isn’t — at least not yet — a casino within the city limits, the Reader reached beyond Hegewisch and across the state line to Hammond, Ind., where Horseshoe was found to be the best gambling establishment, but Harrah’s in Joliet was a runner-up. For the honor of best hot dog, Portillo’s was a runner-up.
We’re all scratching our heads over the pick for “Best Sox Bar,” with the Reader bestowing that title to a Streeterville bar, Timothy O’Toole’s. It also won the voting for best Bears bar.
It was good to see that Beverly’s own Cork & Kerry was at least mentioned as a runner-up in the Sox category, but how about giving McNally’s a nod? The bar at 111th Street and Western Avenue is a veritable Sox shrine and the kind of place where, should you accidentally walk in bleeding Cubbie blue, you’ll walk out just bleeding.
As for the city’s best ice cream, that honor went to Margie’s Candies, 1960 N. Western. In our humble opinion, that title should have headed in the opposite direction on Western, specifically to 9233 S. Western and the home of Rainbow Cone. We hope you know the wondrous combination by heart — a scoop each of chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, orange sherbert and Palmer House, itself an intriguing blend of New York vanilla, cherries and walnuts.
Here are a few more suggestions for an unashamedly Southwest Side-centric list of top picks:
Best vinyl selection: Beverly Records, 11612 S. Western
Best two-for-one hamburger deal: Cullinan’s Stadium Club, 11610 S. Western
Best beer and a movie: Wednesday nights at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.
Best carry-out fish: DiCola’s, 108th Street and Western
Best sweet potato pies and non-dairy sweet potato ice cream: Jimmy Jamm, 1844 W. 95th St.