Last of Healthy Food

Just a few weeks before Christmas I heard that one of my favorite Chicago institutions, the Lithuanian restaurant Healthy Food in the Bridgeport neighborhood, was closing on December 15. I immediately called my friend Bonnie, to whom I had already broken the news that the beloved Gwen Frostic store was closed — oh, the bad tidings! We decided to meet at Healthy Food for lunch one last time and follow it up with some thrift store therapy at the Unique Thrift at 31st and Halsted.

Oh, Healthy Food. What’s not to love? The yummy, hearty food, the wood paneling, the quirky case full of amber jewelry, everything so cozy — the perfect place for a winter meal. I’ve loved it since I first went there in college. Of the old-school places in Chicago back then, there aren’t so many left now. So Bonnie, Lizzy and I had one last hurrah — what a great meal it was:

{delicious borscht}

{we made quick work of the bread basket}

{main courseĀ  — breaded pork chops and mashed potatoes in gravy}

{Lizzy had Lithuanian pancakes with strawberries}

{don’t skip dessert — homemade apricot napoleon cake for us and rhubarb pie for Bonnie}

Good-bye, Healthy Food! We’ll miss you.