Tasting notes by Amy Cavanaugh
Diversey Avenue in Logan Square is fast becoming a restaurant destination. The already-strong lineup of L’Patron, Fat Rice and Masa Azul recently got a new, delicious neighbor in Cellar Door Provisions. Marked by a sign in the window that says C.D.P., the new restaurant may be bare bones in terms of décor (the menu is scrawled on pieces of brown paper affixed to the wall), but it’s serving some of the best bread in Chicago.
Tony Bezsylko, Ethan Pikas and Justin Behlke, former coworkers at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op, change their menu frequently, so you never know quite what you’ll find. Crusty, slightly tangy bread forms the base for tartines, and on my visit I tried one with roasted garlic, oyster mushrooms and sorrel. The bread is also available as a side with butter, and even if you order a tartine, get the bread and butter as well—it’s a reminder of just how great a simple dish can be. Everything is made in-house, and sprouted rye transforms a smoked beet salad with shaved red onions into a surprisingly elegant dish for such a casual spot. At the counter, there’s a little case of pastries, like a perfect canele, its spongy center encased with a crunchy, caramelized exterior. You can buy pastries and bread to go, as well, and it’s not a bad idea to take a loaf home for dinner.
|Venue name:||Cellar Door Provisions|
3025 W Diversey Ave
|Cross street:||at Whipple St|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 8am-4pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Logan Square. Bus: 76.|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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- 4 star:1
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Cellar Door is delicious, if a bit precious. The baked good are incredible--there's a seasoned croissant baked around asparagus that's super delicious, the coffee is great, and even the bread and butter is delicious. It's definitely pricey and not somewhere you want to go to have an intimate meal, as there are only two two-top tables, then one large communal table that seats about 15.