Well, the first post took off more than I expected, so I feel that I should post a follow-up. Â I didn’t mean for the list to be exhaustive, and I also feared a North Side bias. Â However, I agree with most of the choices of the responders, and many of them are on the North Side. Â Without further ado, Part II of Places with Atmosphere:
Places with Atmosphere, Part II
Shallo’s. Â Yes, it’s difficult to find. Â Yes, it’s in a part of town that I avoid at all costs. Â However, they have succeeded in creating a place worth the effort.
Brugge. Â Get there early. Â Drink good beer and eat good fries. Â One of my favorite places in town.
Ralph’s Great Divide. Â Perfect for cold weather. Â Cheesy potato soup is a must-have.
Mama Carolla’s. Â In an old “show house” from the 20’s, with tiny little rooms. Â Great place for date night.
Greek Islands. Â It wasn’t suggested by anyone, but it deserves mention. Â When they light the cheese on fire, the fire can reach the dangling decorations. Â What’s wrong with a little danger with your meal?
Slippery Noodle. Â It’s amazing that I’d forgotten about this place.
Melody Inn. Â History: Check. Â Fun: Check. Â Driftwood chandelier: Check. Â Don’t forget to check out the back room if you need some space for a while.
Northside News. Â Best selection of magazines in town.
Duckpin Bowling. Â Of course! Â I went there on my wedding day. Â So fun.
Sleepy Hollow. Â Just found out this gem of a store in Irvington is closing in 2 weeks. Â Get there before it does. Â Sad.
Book Mama’s. Â Used books in a cool old place, and with a neat basement concert venue to boot.
Chatterbox. I’ve mentioned it before, but this place just adds layers of character.Â