Food Network’s Jeff Mauro shoots at Silver Cloud


Jeff Mauro with Kris Amundson

Food Network host of "Sandwich King," Jeff Mauro, chose Silver Cloud as the site for taping an upcoming episode of his show.

An Elmwood Park native, the "Sandwich King" chose Silver Cloud because of this previous dining experiences there.

Silver Cloud, the restaurant known for comfort food, is located at 1700 North Damen Ave. in Wicker Park.

Mauro's crew of 13, with 6 New Yorkers and 7 locals, taped the episode for the cable show on Tues., Mar. 5. It is expected to air in May or June.


Bonnie Woolman admires the 8-inch flaky chicken pot pie during the taping at Silver Cloud

Comfort food gives you unconditional love was the message of the patrons. Among them were Kevin Pearson and Jim Klish of Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI, who service the bar with Lakefront White, Fixed Gear and New Grist, an organic and gluten-free beer. According to Pearson, “Silver Cloud is known for its sloppy Joes and chicken pot pies.  . . but everything on the menu is fantastic”. 


This patron is enjoying toasted cheese sandwiches with tomato soup...the ultimate comfort food

Bonnie Woolman and Pat Ziegenfuss agreed, “In this wintery weather, it was well worth the trip for the pot pie. The 8-inch fluffy crust topped over the dish. The vegetables and white breast chicken were baked in a delicate, creamy white sauce.” Mac and cheese, tomato soup, tater tots, and a daily fish special are among the other comfort foods from which to choose.


Tucked in a corner, Pat Ziegenfuss is enjoying her creamy selection

Another diner, Stephanie McKennan, owner of Riley, across the street, stated, “If you take care of people, they always come back.” Coming to the Silver Cloud means experiencing comfort food in a rustic bar atmosphere, with beautifully restored high tin ceilings and comfy booths.

Established in 1994, Silver Cloud has been a Wicker Park staple. The large yellow neon sign was hung to attract the shoppers from the main intersection, of North, Miilwaukee and Damen, one very long block away, according to owner, Cynthia “Cy” Oldhem.  

During the last recession, after graduating from college, both Cy and her husband, unable to find work in their fields, worked in restaurants as waitress and bar tender respectively. They progressed by Cy opening Silver Cloud and her husband running Raven, a bar on Clark Street in Lincoln Park.  





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