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Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Chicago

Serious Eats Matt Kirouac 15 comments

From old-school ice cream parlors to newfangled scoop shops, Chicago's cone runneth over with sensational, scream-worthy ice cream destinations. More

4 Great Places to Try Canelés in Chicago

Serious Eats Cate Huguelet 3 comments

While everyone's been busy banging on about cronuts, wonuts, and other faddish, gut-busting sweets, a classy little cake has been creeping quietly onto the racks of some of Chicago's most gifted bakers. It's called the canelé, and if you haven't yet tried it, you'd be well-advised to pick one up post-haste. More

Chef Stephanie Izard's Kitchen Essentials

Serious Eats Jacqueline Raposo 4 comments

Chef Stephanie Izard's Chicago restaurants are full of tools and artifacts from her childhood. She took us on a tour of the equipment she cares about most. More

What It's Like to Work at a Hot Dog Cart

Serious Eats John Carruthers 22 comments

A few weeks ago, I decided to pull the trigger on a long-time dream of mine: stepping behind a cart as one of Chicago's hot dog-slinging vendors. After graduating from Hot Dog University, it was time to take cart life from theory to practice. I was ready to start selling some hot dogs. More

How I Got My Degree From Hot Dog University

Serious Eats John Carruthers 19 comments

I've been to college and have a master's degree, but to really learn how to run a hot dog cart, I needed to enroll in Hot Dog University. It was partly to get instruction on profit margins and strategy, partly to figure out the nuances that separate successful vendors from unsuccessful ones, and partly because I was really digging the idea of telling people I graduated from Hot Dog University. More

Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace on Where to Eat in Chicago

Serious Eats Amber Gibson 2 comments

At Grace, chef Curtis Duffy makes food that's so pretty it could be an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. When he's not at work, he mostly prefers to eat lighter, healthier fare, though he won't deny his kids an occasional Dairy Queen fix. More

The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 81 comments

Deep dish pizza is as accurately named as any food I know. Even if you've never experienced one in person, you already know to expect something imposing and thick, with generous layers of sauce and cheese. But which pizzeria in Chicago serves the best? I tried 13 different places to find out. More

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago, 2014 Edition

Serious Eats Matt Kirouac 4 comments

Coming off the most frigid winter most Chicagoans have ever experienced, we are extra hungry for some al fresco sunshine this year. Fortunately, the city is packed with some truly spectacular options, from tall rooftop bars to cozy neighborhood spots. More

RIP Hot Doug's: A Love Letter

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 17 comments

That ripple you felt through the encased meat world last week? It's true. Hot Doug's, Chicago's and perhaps the country's most famous hot dog stand, plans to close on October 4. More

Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger: What's the Best Burger at the Billy Goat?

Serious Eats Joe Roy 9 comments

What's the best burger at Chicago's iconic Billy Goat Tavern? Single, double, triple, or quadruple? Kaiser roll or kids' bun? What about adding bacon and caramelized onions? Nine burgers and two days later, I now feel confident to speak definitively on the matter. More

We Eat All of the Tortas at Xoco in Chicago

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

I've loved every torta I've tried from Xoco over the years, but which one is best? To figure out for sure, I decided to taste all the options side by side, hoping that this would allow me to tease out the best options from the pack. More

Where to Eat in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago

Serious Eats Tessa McLean 11 comments

Once the largest building in the world, the Merchandise Mart spans multiple blocks and feels like a little community of its own. More

Where to Eat Near the Willis Tower in Chicago

Serious Eats Dennis Lee 3 comments

It may officially be the second tallest building in North America and is no longer called the Sears Tower, but the Willis Tower is still one of the most crowded tourist attractions in Chicago. Here's where to eat. More

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Serious Eats Ed Levine Closed

Serious Eats is now more than seven years old, and like most seven year-olds we grow and change in spurts. Over the next few weeks and months, we're going to be making some changes at Serious Eats to focus on what we do best: helping you discover and create great food experiences. Here's what to expect. More

A Sandwich a Day: Sandwich de Bistec at Cafeteria Marcela

A Sandwich a Day Sarah Song 10 comments

Cafeteria Marcela in Logan Square is putting out great sandwiches in a friendly, no-frills environment, and the sandwich de bistec is an example of a relatively simple sandwich done extremely well, without pretension, and with plenty of soul. More

Lunch in the Loop: Try the Tot-zza Myza at Toppers Pizza

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 6 comments

Editor's Note: Whether you're a tourist or an office worker in downtown Chicago, you can get sick of eating at chain restaurants all day. So we've started a series to get you the lowdown on where to find a great... More

For Now, Stick to the Sausage at Gyros on the Spit

Joe Roy 6 comments

What Gyros on the Spit lacks in execution, it makes up for in potential. More

Chicago Chefs Go Gluttonous at Baconfest 2014

Events Dennis Lee 3 comments

Another glorious Baconfest Chicago has come and gone. For you uninitiated folks, Baconfest is exactly what it sounds like—it's a wild celebration of all things bacon. If it sounds gluttonous and insane, yes, it is gluttonous and and it is insane. More

A Sandwich a Day: Grown Up Grilled Cheese at Blue Door Farm Stand

A Sandwich a Day Sarah Song 2 comments

I was super psyched to try the Grown Up Grilled Cheese sandwich at the Blue Door Farm Stand, despite not knowing whether the Grown Up descriptor referred to me, the eater (wait, am I really an adult?) or to the sandwich itself (does this grilled cheese think it's better than others?). More

Charcoal Grilled Arrachera at Mezquite Pollo Express

Mike Gebert 9 comments

You might think that I could find a million places grilling arrachera for steak tacos. But in a decade of looking, I had only gotten close once... at a mainly chicken place. More

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