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    Post #1 - October 15th, 2005, 10:33 am
    Post #1 - October 15th, 2005, 10:33 am Post #1 - October 15th, 2005, 10:33 am
    LTH,

    With brisk fall weather in the air, and in the mood for a heartier lunch, my thoughts turned to cevapcici on Bosnian pita. While I quite enjoy B & M Bakery m'th'su had recently told me about Fontana, a Bosnian bakery, grill, deli with limited seating for dine-in.

    Fontana Bakery
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    My cevapcici, a nice sized portion for $5, was quite good, served on a Bosnian bread w/tomato and onion.
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    In addition to baked goods and deli there are daily specials, though next time I plan on trying the 'hamburger', which is made from the same meat as cevapcici and, according to the attractive young woman at the next table, delicious. She really enjoyed her meal, starting with lifting up the 'burger', inhaling deeply and declaring "what a wonderful smell" My kind of person. :)

    Bread rack and part view of Daily Specials board.
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    I took two slices of burek home, meat and cheese, which, combined with a salad, made for a very nice light dinner.
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    After lunch I stopped at Cermak Produce on Kedzie. I had never been and thought the grocery, with it's emphasis on Hispanic products, quite a nice store. If I remember correctly there was some discussion about where to find Oaxacan string cheese, which they stock. Cermak Produce also had a nice selection of El Yucateco, including chipotle, but not the elusive jalapeno.

    Cermak Produce Oaxacan cheese/El Yucateco
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    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Fontana
    3424 W Irving Park
    Chicago, IL 60618
    773-279-9359

    Cermak Produce
    4234 N Kedzie
    Chicago, IL
    773-584-6120
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - October 16th, 2005, 7:42 pm
    Post #2 - October 16th, 2005, 7:42 pm Post #2 - October 16th, 2005, 7:42 pm
    hey G Wiv, thanks for this post and seal the deal photos! After reading about the Small World Inn near Tacos del Pacifico I was trying to organize a date night trek to the southeast side (which isn't so realistic as we live in Andersonville and I often work late) to try their cevapcicci (after a round of fish tacos of course and maybe even a pupusa or two) but now I know my husband and I can sample it much closer to home. The first time I ever had cevapcicci was at an after soccer game barbecue for my husband's team. (Which is rather mixed and mongrel for Chicago's adult soccer scene--their team consists of Serbs, Argentineans, Hyde Parkers [a new ethinc category? ha!], Mexicans, Japanese, Irish, etc. "Mighty" brought cavapcicci from Joe's sausage on Western--it was a sausage epiphany for me, but I also fell in love with the hard rolls he served them on. I never knew where he got them. I think you've hooked us up. Thanks!

    ps maybe one day I'll post on the diverse and sometimes amazing food to be found at these soccer tournaments all over Chicagoland . . .

    bjt
    "eating is an agricultural act" wendell berry
  • Post #3 - October 16th, 2005, 9:26 pm
    Post #3 - October 16th, 2005, 9:26 pm Post #3 - October 16th, 2005, 9:26 pm
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    Gary,

    While your assembled sandwich looks great, I have to admit to never seeing it presented that way in Eastern Europe.

    In my experience, cevapcici was served a flat bread (sort of pita-ish) maybe some onions and definitely ajvar. You got maybe 2-3 pieces on this bread, which you folded the bread around the sausages and ate while walking around. You would buy these from a guy who set up a grill along the sidewalk or from a cafe.

    When I do make cevapcici, I tend to follow the recipe in one of the Frugal Gourmet's books. I think it may be the one on our immigrant ancestors.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #4 - October 17th, 2005, 7:04 am
    Post #4 - October 17th, 2005, 7:04 am Post #4 - October 17th, 2005, 7:04 am
    Based on those pics, and being that I live close to Fontana, I decided to stop by on Sunday. Unfortunately, I got there at 3:00pm, right as they were closing. I guess it'll have to wait until I get back from my Medford/Portland trip.
    When I grow up, I'm going to Bovine University!
  • Post #5 - October 17th, 2005, 7:41 am
    Post #5 - October 17th, 2005, 7:41 am Post #5 - October 17th, 2005, 7:41 am
    bjt wrote:hey G Wiv, thanks for this post and seal the deal photos! After reading about the Small World Inn near Tacos del Pacifico I was trying to organize a date night trek

    BJT,

    Unfortunately, Meisa, Fontana and B & M Bakery all close relatively early.

    Another good choice for cevapcici is Bosanski Okusi on N Broadway, which stays open until 10pm, though I'd call before going anywhere near stated closing times.

    Couple of other places I've had, and enjoyed, cevapcici are Balkan Restaurant and Simplon Orient Express. Not sure of Balkan's hours, but Simplon, which is a full service restaurant with liquor, stays open late.

    bjt wrote:ps maybe one day I'll post on the diverse and sometimes amazing food to be found at these soccer tournaments all over Chicagoland . . .

    I'd love, as I'm sure many others would, to hear about the diverse and amazing food at the soccer matches. Looking forward to your post.

    Don't miss Tacos del Pacifico, the crisp scallop taco is amazing.

    Fontana
    3424 W Irving Park
    Chicago, IL 60618
    773-279-9359
    M-F 7am -8pm
    S-S 9am -3pm

    Meisa
    4908 W Irving
    Chicago, IL 60641
    773-545-6210
    M-F 7 -7
    Sat 11am -10pm
    Sunday Closed.

    B M Bakery
    1443 W Devon
    Chicago, IL 60660
    773-381-1321
    Not sure of Hours, but they close early.

    Bosanski Okusi
    6014 N Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60660
    773-743-7560
    10-10 7-days a week.

    Balkan Restaurant
    2321 W Lawrence Ave
    Chicago, IL
    773-878-7764
    cevapcici/roast lamb

    Simplon Orient Express
    4520 N Lincoln Ave.
    Chicago, IL. 60625
    773-275-0033
    Full service restaurant.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #6 - October 17th, 2005, 8:41 am
    Post #6 - October 17th, 2005, 8:41 am Post #6 - October 17th, 2005, 8:41 am
    LTH,

    Just a heads up on Bosanski Okusi. I was thinking of going there for lunch today, called to check they were open and the number has been disconnected. Bosanski may very well be out of business.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    [RIP ?]
    Bosanski Okusi
    6014 N Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60660
    773-743-7560
    10-10 7-days a week.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - October 17th, 2005, 9:03 am
    Post #7 - October 17th, 2005, 9:03 am Post #7 - October 17th, 2005, 9:03 am
    Let me take this opportunity to call attention to the restaurant Casino down on the (South-) East Side of town. Run by a Bosnian woman of Croatian ethnicity, goods cevaps have been had there.

    See the following thread:

    CASINO DINING on the Southeast side of Chicago
    http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=2163#2163

    Alas, I do not know if the restaurant is still in operation.

    Antonius
    Alle Nerven exzitiert von dem gewürzten Wein -- Anwandlung von Todesahndungen -- Doppeltgänger --
    - aus dem Tagebuch E.T.A. Hoffmanns, 6. Januar 1804.
    ________
    Na sir is na seachain an cath.
  • Post #8 - August 29th, 2006, 8:06 am
    Post #8 - August 29th, 2006, 8:06 am Post #8 - August 29th, 2006, 8:06 am
    LTH,

    Had a really terrific lunch yesterday at Fontana. I've been before, but today the Cevapcici sandwich on Serbian Pita (Lepina) simply clicked. Perfectly griddled fresh made bread, juicy cevapcici, one side of the pita coated with Avjar the other with house made Kajmak, a rich subtly tart type of clotted cream, and thinly sliced just ok tomatoes.

    Not exactly sure why this particular cevapcici sandwich was better than others I've had there, could be as simple as a hot sandwich on a rainy day, superior technique of the woman who made it or as ephemeral as me being more appreciative of the little pleasures in life.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow

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