Honey Don't Forget the Milk just might be Chicago's smallest deli counter. As its quirky name suggests, the corner convenience store offers the staple supplies you need to pick up after your way home from work: a few household cleansers, some toiletries, bread, juice or, of course, a half-gallon of milk.
If you're craving something more substantial than chips or beef jerky, the mini-deli in back serves up Cuban-style grilled meat sandwiches for $2.50-$4. Not quite as tasty as Cafe Bolero's version but a few bucks cheaper and easy on the go, the grilled sub rolls come stuffed with your choice of ham, turkey, pastrami or, on Saturdays, steak, all topped with cheese and veggies. Seating for two is tacked onto the counter, so it looks like takeout's your best option.
Open since early 2007, the family-owned and operated independent business is shaping up into a true neighborhood establishment. On my first visit, I unwittingly crashed a grade schooler's birthday party. More welcoming than the 7-11 (and White Hens preceding them) in Logan Square, Honey Don't Forget the Milk may lack Slushees and Mountain Roast coffee but it does stash an assortment of toys, knickknacks and imported chocolate behind the counter to keep you and the kids coming back for more.
Centerstage Reviewer: Justin Sondak