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Elmhurst Epicureans, Our Ships Have Come In!

Add two more specialty shops to our growing list for fabulous local food.

Elmhurst, our culinary ships are sailing in so fast I can’t keep track of all our new food stores, specialty shops and bakeries. 

In the past year we have had new additions such as (105 S. York St.), (105 S. York), Good Earth (555 S. York), Rosalia’s Deli (241 N. York) and Heavenly Cupcakes (162 N. York). Add these to our old favorites like (116 W. Park Ave.) and this town is turning into an epicurean delight.

Well, we have two more places to add to our list. Elmhurst is finally getting a new bakery. Bleeding Heart Bakery, will be opening at 116 S. York in the next few weeks. Described on its web site as "local, sustainable, punk rock pastry," the designer cakes and cupcakes appear to have an avant-garde theme loaded with flashy colors and edgy designs.

There is still more to come. One of my most trusted sources informed me that a new Mariano’s Fresh Market is opening up on York Road in Elmhurst, and Mariano's owner, Nina Mariano, confirmed the good news with me this week. Browse the Web site for a full list of their departments, including produce, meat/seafood, specialty foods, pharmacy and more. We will be the third location after Vernon Hills and Arlington Heights, and according to some customer reviews on Yelp, we are in for a treat. 

One customer, listed under "best shopping experiences," gushes over the market.

“Mariano's is awesome. From the fresh-squeezed orange juice, cafe, fried dough, gelato bar, samples and fresh products, it makes grocery shopping fun!”

Elmhurst Patch will have much more on this new market, so stay tuned.

I am looking forward to these new places opening up in Elmhurst. There is something special about being able to shop locally to produce lovely meals at home. Elmhurst is such a wonderful city to enjoy on foot or on bike.  We are so lucky to be able to go such a short distance to sample these culinary delights!

Rex Choi July 15, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Was at the Mariano's in Vernon Hills a couple weeks ago.. I LOVE that they will be coming here!
Ken T July 15, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Any news on Good Earth? It's been closed for MONTHS!!!!!
Karen Chadra (Editor) July 15, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Nothing new since their brief comment to us in the spring: http://patch.com/A-gMBw At that time, we were told it would be open in May. I drive by there every day and scratch my head.
Renee Gough July 15, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Oh I cannot WAIT to see this place! My friend raves about Mariano's and couldn't stop talking about the gelato bar, baked goods and the way they go out of their way for their customers. Yay Elmhurst!
Renee Gough July 15, 2011 at 05:39 PM
I do exactly the same Karen!
KMCR July 15, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Where on York is Mariano's opening? (and ditto the head scratching about Good Earth-really miss it)
Karen Chadra (Editor) July 15, 2011 at 07:42 PM
A followup story will be coming as more information becomes available.
Beth Passarelli August 13, 2011 at 08:29 AM
Any update on the location of the new Mariano's? I was in the Arlington Heights store this week. It's HUGE! I think the old Good Earth space is too small.....?
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 14, 2011 at 03:43 AM
No updates yet. I haven't heard anyone mention the Good Earth location. They are still open and running, even if it is just the greenhouse. We're watching for any new developments on Mariano's, but these things often move slowly.
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 15, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Correction - Just drove by Good Earth. Nothing in the greenhouse and the place appears to be vacant.
Vincent Russell August 15, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Good Earth is one of the ugliest buildings in town, built right on top of the side walk and obstructs motorists views going westbound. How did this terrible building pass zoning codes. It is the eyesore of York and Vallette. Their business model was even uglier.

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