Slideshow: Serious Eats Chicago's New Year's Food Resolutions

To Reconnect with Korean Food
To Reconnect with Korean Food
"My 2012 resolution is to eat more Korean food. If you can't tell by my last name, I'm Korean, and I was raised on a blend of Korean and American food. The older I grew, the more my parents fed me and my sister American food—you know, pizza, Shake and Bake, Hamburger Helper, so we could fit into American culture a little bit better. But I always preferred Korean food. All I need is sticky white rice and my aunt's spectacular homemade kimchi. So for 2012, I want to return home. I want to eat much more Korean food, and I want you readers to hold me to it." —Dennis Lee, Over 21 Club and Lunch in the Loop

The spread at San Soo Gab San [blueyed/Flickr]

To Eat More Kimchi
To Eat More Kimchi
"I'm resolving to eat more healthfully in 2012. I plan to do this primarily through a drastically increased intake of kimchi. Rumor has it the Koreans staved off the SARS outbreak of 2003 due to their consumption of kimchi, so who knows what other wondrous properties it may hold. My thinking is, a year's worth of heavy kimchi-eating is bound to add that much time or more to my lifespan, right? And besides, I'll trade all of modern medical science for a constant drip of that garlicky cocktail of pungent, fermented, spicy, crunchy, cabbagey goodness that is kimchi. Now I appreciate this may have the side effect of turning good friends into enemies—but that leads me to my second resolution for 2012: always keep mints handy." —Roger Kamholz, Vegetarian Option

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

To Eat More Vegetables
To Eat More Vegetables
"Vegetables. I want to eat more and more of them. Instead of saying I want to eat less meat like I've been saying the past couple years (and really, I've just been eating more meat than less), I'm gonna give the vegetable angle a whirl. I'm hoping to cook and order more dishes that leave me craving roughage and plants like the Cauliflower at Girl & the Goat did the first time I had it." —Johnny Auer, Meet the Maker

Radishes from the Green City Market [Photograph: eataduckimust]

To Eat More Tacos
To Eat More Tacos
"Before I moved to Chicago, all I thought about were all the hot dogs and tacos I'd eat once I got here. I've more than made good on the hot dog front, but tacos have somehow fallen by the wayside. I don't know if I've become complacent and spoiled by the wealth of little taquerias and grocery stores putting them out, but this stops here. In 2012, I pledge to seek out tacos whenever I can—and the simpler the better. Cilantro, onion, lime, salsa, done. Nick's taco crusade will prove invaluable to my quest, but I should also just follow my nose. This is Chicago, after all." —Joe Roy, TGI Fry-Day

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

To Explore Different Neighborhoods
To Explore Different Neighborhoods
"Although I consider myself to be a pretty adventurous eater, there is one habit that I fall into over and over again: eating at the same restaurants. Whether it’s old standbys in my neighborhood or the same predictable places that every other twenty-something in the city is eating at, I don’t find myself exploring uncharted territory as often as I should. For 2012, I plan to step outside my Northwest-side comfort zone and head to neighborhoods I’ve never been to in an attempt to try new places. There are good eats that are not off the Blue Line and I’m going to make it my goal to find them in 2012." —Anna Deem, The Brunch Dish

Top Notch Beefburgers in the South Side neighborhood of Beverly [Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

To Eat more Korean Food
To Eat more Korean Food
"If there is one craving that I haven't been able to satiate as often as I'd like in 2011, it would definitely have to be Korean food. Whether it's bibimbap, jjigae (kimchi stew), kalbi (grilled shortribs) or pajeon (Korean-style pancakes), I want and crave it. Here's to hoping that I'll able visit Joongboo Market, Cho Sun Ok and San Soo Gab San more often this year... and more importantly, that this a New Year's resolution that I actually keep!" —Huge Galdones, contributor

Joong Boo Market [Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]