Tinfoil HLP: One Stop Shop for Booze, Snacks, and Sandwiches

Just ask about their birthday candles

tinfoil liquor & grocery

Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery may look like just another average liquor store, but walk inside and you’ll find a very well curated selection of craft beers, high-end and specialty spirits, wine, rare sodas, and artisanal groceries (and sandwiches if you play your cards right). Under the direction of Jeremy Fall (Nighthawk Breakfast Bar), Tinfoil goes beyond a regular corner store. Inspired by local neighborhood bodegas, Tinfoil is Highland Park’s one stop convenience shop with a very retro vibe.

tinfoil liquor & grocery
(Courtesy of Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery)

If you love craft beer, this place has an extensive selection of local brews. Whiskey lovers can rejoice over the fully loaded arsenal of whiskey. Whatever your drink of choice is, Tinfoil’s friendly staff can help you find what you’re looking for or lead you to something new. Even if you don’t drink, you can take your pick from their selection of hard-to-find sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages.

tinfoil liquor & grocery
(Courtesy of Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery)

When you need more than a drink to satisfy you, Tinfoil also has a hidden deli that serves sandwiches and sides. Walk up to the counter and say the secret catch phrase (“do you sell birthday candles?”) and they’ll buzz you into the back door. Follow the nickel-tiled floor straight into the deli.

tinfoil liquor & grocery
(Courtesy of Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery)
tinfoil liquor & grocery
(Courtesy of Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery)

The speakeasy sandwich shop is a collaboration between Fall and chef Alvin Cailan (Egg Slut, Unit 120). The menu offers six different handcrafted sandwiches (along with a few add ons) and four side items, each of which feature fresh, local ingredients. The menu also provides beer recommendations that pair perfectly with each sandwich.

tinfoil liquor & grocery
(Courtesy of Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery)

The portions are huge – even the ¼ loaf is shareable. We recommend the corned beef sandwich and a side of macaroni salad. There’s no seating inside, so take your sammie home. Or if you have a non-alcoholic beverage, you can park yourself on the sidewalk bench next to Kitchen Mouse and enjoy your sammie al fresco.

Tinfoil: Liquor & Grocery is open from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. everyday.

Steffi Victorioso
Steffi Victorioso
Creative Writer at Happening In Highland Park

She’s a world traveler, culinary adventurer, and MMA enthusiast. Never one to back down, she doesn’t let a lactose intolerance get in the way of her love for pizza, milkshakes, or ice cream.

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