Food crawl through California and Augusta in Humboldt Park

Chicago's best food new corner is Humboldt Park's California and Augusta, with pie, burgers and more
CC Ferns
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if you haven’t checked out the California and Augusta intersection in Humboldt Park lately, clear your schedule, pull on your loosest-fitting jeans and prepare to embark on one of Chicago’s most epic food crawls. Over the past year, a new dessert spot (with some of the best pies in the city), a revamped cocktail bar, a coffee shop and two restaurants joined stalwart Rootstock, turning the area into one of the most delicious neighborhoods in the city. 

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Coffee shops

C.C. Ferns Coffee

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Start with breakfast and ease into cocktail hour at Brendan Sodikoff’s ’70s-style coffee bar, which features Doughnut Vault treats and espresso, Rare Tea Cellar teas, and spiked steamed milk drinks and cigars. 

Pago Pago Shaved Ice
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Bars, Cocktail bars

California Clipper

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Sodikoff took over the ’30s-era cocktail bar last year, and it’s still wonderfully low-key with live music, a jukebox and glowing red lights—but now with better drinks. Try the elegant gin and raspberry Clover Club. 

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Double Cheeseburger and Fries
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Bars, Gastropubs

Haywood Tavern

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With a long bar, beautiful moulded ceiling and low lighting, Haywood Tavern feels like a place to relax after a long day at work. The excellent food, including gnocchi, roast chicken and a burger, is just another reason to want to hang out there. 

Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
Bars, Gastropubs

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

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The cozy wine and beer haven has anchored the intersection since 2009 with an impressive-yet-approachable booze selection and daily-changing small plates like pastas and charcuterie from chef Jeff Eichem.  

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Cafés

Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain

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The spinning stools lend a retro feel, but the flavors here aren’t stuck in time. Enjoy house-made sodas like a floral lavender grape and pies like blueberry-rose or key- lime-hibiscus.  

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