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The Spice House

Gourmet Shop, Restaurant, and Food
Old Town, Chicago
  • Kristina N.
    "Back of the Yards spice mix is awesome!!"(2 Tips)
    Jill S.
    "Back of the Yards seasoning."(2 Tips)
    Fallon D.
    "The freeze-dried corn is awesome."(2 Tips)
    Lawrence F.
    "szechuan peppercorn"(4 Tips)
33 Tips and reviews
  • spice mixes
  • yards
  • molecular gastronomy
  • great value
  • spicy food
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  • Chi_Shan @.
    Chi_Shan @chi_shanJanuary 31, 2013
    Lavender vanilla-sugar, White truffle salt, Trinidad lemon garlic pepper, Taylor Street Cheese Sprinkle-for starters! Try every spice, salt, seasonings, molecular gastronomy ingredients! They got it!
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine PunktFebruary 25, 2015
    Extraordinary selection of spices. Don't miss to take some seasonings with you which are typical for Chicago (like Deep Dish or Ukrainian Quarter seasoning).
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoDecember 29, 2011
    Follow the aroma to this spice shop specializing in the highest quality & variety of hand-selected & hand-prepared spices and herbs, both expected & exotic. Ask about the Chicago Neighborhood blends.
  • Jill S.
    Jill SpainhourMarch 20, 2012
    I used to work here during my college years and I LOVE IT. I still go back to get Argyle Street seasoning.., vanilla beans, Vanilla Paste, Back of the Yards seasoning.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GhisolfMarch 6, 2013
    Best spice merchant hands down! Always helpful staff. Great spice combos for the novice or accomplished cook.
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck DiesalApril 13, 2012
    Be sure to get a catalog, it's a great guide of the store!! The black lava rock salt is great with steaks!!!
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Jen
    JenFebruary 25, 2015
    An amazing shop for all your spice/seasoning needs. Great blends and wonderful, beautifully packaged combo boxes!
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 29, 2010
    The Spice House website contains and in-depth and interesting section about the history of spices called, "The Importance of Spices in World History."
  • Busy B.
    Busy BeeJuly 8, 2014
    Awesome place for whole spices.. Quality, great value and knowledgeable friendly staff..
  • A-Bomb
    A-BombDecember 30, 2015
    The breakfast sausage seasoning mix has added something to my vegetarian breakfasts that I didn't know I was missing :D
  • Fallon D.
    Fallon DoddsMarch 23, 2011
    I always stop in here before going out of town. Their gift boxes make the best thank you to parents and foodies.
  • Shelly B.
    Shelly BurkeNovember 9, 2013
    Very friendly staff, know where the spice is when you walk in and look like a fool trying to pronounce it. :)
  • Matt C.
    Matt CosentinoAugust 21, 2016
    Skip the grocery stores, the spices here are great and very reasonably priced.
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LymerFebruary 20, 2012
    Elenor is awesome. Talk to her if you're looking for advice... Especially about bitters!
  • Lawrence F.
    Lawrence Flack IIMarch 27, 2015
    Sichuan peppercorns, Portuguese cream salt, Virginia smokehouse seasoning, peppercorn Royale
  • venu v.
    venu vasudevanJanuary 17, 2011
    great selection of sea salts and bbq spreads. try the pink himalayan salt
  • Liz V.
    Liz VDecember 22, 2012
    The employees here are fantastic! So nice and really helpful.
  • Marshall R.
    I recommend the maple garlic blend!
  • L H.
    L HessAugust 16, 2011
    Pink peppercorns! Dried corn! Black salt! Truffles! The whole store smells like delicious!
  • Patty P.
    Patty Penzey ErdMarch 22, 2013
    Where else can you taste four different types of cinnamon?
  • Ingrida N.
    Ingrida NasvytisOctober 6, 2012
    Best ever! Could stay here all day.
  • Fallon D.
    Fallon DoddsMarch 23, 2011
    The freeze-dried corn is awesome. Add it to salads and be happy.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fabulous spices mixes and peices
  • Kyle J.
    Kyle JacksonDecember 4, 2011
    The Vulcan salt is amazing!
  • Anna Z.
    Anna Z.November 21, 2010
    Use the Pilsen Latino seasoning for great homemade guacamole.
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenAugust 14, 2014
    Best. Spices. Ever.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie ShehMay 15, 2010
    Look for testers and try stuff, there's a water cooler to clean yur palate/wash yur hands.
  • chgocdg
    chgocdgAugust 12, 2014
    Love service and selection
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellJanuary 15, 2012
    Lake shore dr seasoning is a must have!
  • Kristina N.
    Kristina NavarroMay 23, 2012
    Back of the Yards spice mix is awesome!!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HadawayApril 3, 2012
    Try the candied ginger.
  • Lawrence F.
    Lawrence Flack IIMarch 27, 2015
    szechuan peppercorn
  • Michael P.
    Michael PallaskeAugust 27, 2013
    It was spicy
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