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Dose Market: my favorite restaurants under one convenient roof

Ten dollars is a pricey entrance fee for Dose Market, the monthly food/fashion bazaar at the River East Art Center, but this is why I don’t think it’s unreasonable:

Ignoring the fashion aspect (I’m not the best arbiter of style), the food vendors here are the type of establishments I’d drive across town to investigate. It’s as if organizers obtained my shortlist of favorite restaurants/bakeries/delis and brought them to one location on a Sunday afternoon.

During the last edition in September, three of my go-to restaurants were serendipitously present: Franks ‘n’ Dawgs serving their killer Tur-doggin (turkey/date sausage, crispy duck confit, herb aioli), Pleasant House Bakery and their take on workaday British food (Cornish pasties, meat pies), plus Bill Kim introducing his bottled soy-balsamic “Seoul Sauce” at the Urban Belly booth (I made some killer stirfy the next day).

Past months have brought out names just as esteemed: Lillie’s Q, Mindy Segal’s Hot Chocolate, Panozzo’s Italian Deli, Black Dog Gelato, to name four.

The next Dose Market takes place this Sunday. Some vendors I wouldn't miss:

  • Saigon Sister does banh mi
  • Floriole’s indulgent desserts and savories 
  • A collaboration between Jo Snow (housemade colas, root beer) with X-Marx’s tuna melts 
  • Bagels from New York Bagel and Bialy + smoked salmon + Zingerman’s cream cheese 

Things do get expensive, though. A few laps around the indoor market, tasting this and that, and $25 could easily disappear in minutes. So bring a friend, share, sample everything.

Dose Market takes place Sunday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. (next to Fox & Obel). Admission is $10, advance tickets are $8 at dosemarket.com.

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