City Provisions Deli | Ravenswood | Kosher/Jewish/Deli | Restaurant
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Deli from caterer Cleetus Friedman offering food and drink from local and sustainable sources. There's a full-service brunch on Sundays.

Our Review

Self-described "writer, performer, Jew" Cleetus Friedman got his start on the stage in Chicago, and his Ravenswood deli City Provisions is its own kind of arena, with an ensemble cast of fine products from Illinois and three neighboring states. Born of Friedman's catering business and monthly supper-club series, the market and deli has an unprecedented list of local vendors whose products are sold either packaged or prepared in sandwiches, sides, salads, and pastries: Seedling, Tomato Mountain, Snookelfritz, Spice House, Co-op Hot Sauce, North Shore, Death's Door, Koval, Three Floyd's, Dietzler Farms, Gunthorp, Metropolis, and many more. Any initial fears that the sandwiches are out of proportion to their not immodest price ($7.95-$9.95) should quickly dissolve: as long as you're not trying shove them down your piehole in three bites there's no reason not to be more than satisfied by ample layers of house-made smoked, roasted, or corned meats. (Michael "Pay more, eat less" Pollan would be proud.) Sides such as smashed sweet mashed celery root or curried red pepper polenta, or even the rare creation of distant provenance--say, sweet and snappy (and sustainably farmed) Laughing Bird shrimp salad--all offer some reason to feel both virtuous and gratified. The entire operation, down to Friedman's in-house butchering and processing (yielding precious lardo and three kinds of house-made bacon), showcases the enormous potential of the local food movement like no place else.

Mike Sula

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