Is it just me, or do a lot of restaurants that advertise healthy meals always reference California in some way? I mean, I get it, a lot of you are healthy, sun-kissed, and attractive, so your food probably has at least a little to do with it. And the avocado thing. There's a lot of avocados in California, but does every sandwich with an avocado in it belong to the state of California?
[Photograph: Amber Gibson] Green Door Tavern has been around since 1921 and famously sold alcohol during Prohibition. The green door signified the presence of a speakeasy since money (green) was used to pay off the cops. I'd never really...
Just when I thought I was finished with nachos—boring and cheese-sodden as so many are—I found some restaurants around Chicago sparking new life into that old go-to.
Check out the most popular posts of the week on Serious Eats Chicago, including our staff picks for the best place to eat with a big group. Plus, we explore the cheap eats of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood, eat sandwiches in Hyde Park, and feast in the Willis Tower.
I know it's kind of hard to believe, but the little hunks of fried goodness pictured above are vegetables—not chicken, pork, or any other kind of meat. Not that you'll care much. Though it is completely vegetarian, this is still one greedy appetizer.
These pupusas are not going to knock you off your culinary high chair, but they are solid and comforting. Count on El Excelente to be just that.
A few upcoming food events in Chicago.
There aren't many restaurants that can boast a great Monday lunch crowd, but with simple Italian favorites and a lively atmosphere, I can see why Club Lago has always been a neighborhood favorite.
It's no secret that the neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood are stuffed with enticing options, but what is most exciting is the variety. Here you'll find old school German joints, cozy neighborhood gems, and perhaps the city's highest concentration of great Thai restaurants.
Chicago completely dominated The Daily Meal's best of list, with more doughnut shops in the top 25 than New York, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles combined.
Open every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. until December 13th, The Nosh is bringing 15 local food vendors, along with a number of food trucks, to Block Thirty Seven in the Loop.
Eating in The Willis Tower: My Three Day Chinese, Thanksgiving, and Half-Priced Sushi Bender at Market Creations
During orientation on my first day working in the Sears Tower, I learned about the largely building staff-focused Market Creations: "it's always Thanksgiving on one side and Chinese food on the other. They have sushi, too."
In a world populated with plenty of piles of greasy potatoes, this simple kale-stuffed breakfast stands out.
Sushi Sai doesn't have a street-facing sign, which makes it a little more secretive-looking. But once I stepped in, it turned out to be a typical sushi lunch bar, serving mostly sushi items and a few hot dishes.
One of the hard things about finding good Mexican food is that signs typically promise things that are not literally true. The outside promises a pastor cone, but then all they do is grill marinated pork on a flat top. But some places still use a trompo.
When I ordered the Don't Tell Tal, the cashier looked at me incredulously. She asked me I knew how big the sandwich was. I lied and told her I did, and, besides, I was hungry. Well, truth be told, I'm dumb. Don't get me wrong. The sandwich was delicious. I just didn't come anywhere close to finishing it.
"Comfort revisited" is the culinary mantra at Hearty, a restaurant rooted in reinvigorated nostalgia and a hefty dose of whimsy.
Some restaurants not only allow large parties, they embrace the crowd. In fact, they are more enjoyable the bigger the table. These are places where talking loudly and sampling your neighbors dish is encouraged.
Up the street at Publican Quality Meats, they're just waiting for the big party in the back to pay the bill and we can be seated right away. Bingo.
If you're looking for some of the most inventive, saucy, flagrantly fusion-style maki around, this hip North Side sushi spot has you covered.