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Come Early and Come Often to Chief O'Neill's Sunday Brunch Buffet

Joe Roy 3 comments

A buffet can be okay. Sometimes you just want a hot meal with plenty of options so the kids get a few bites in between running around. The fact that the food is really, really good can make it worth seeking out. Case in point: the Sunday Brunch Buffet at Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant. More

Don't Miss the New Dumpling Stand at Joong Boo Market

Mike Gebert 10 comments

Joong Boo Market just got a little more accessible, with the opening just a few weeks ago of a dumpling stand next to the entrance. In the tiny metal and glass booth, a couple of cooks turn out exactly three items, all priced at $2 each. More

Bring an Extra Helping of Strategy to China Buffet in Avondale

Joe Roy 18 comments

All the cornstarch-thick dishes spooned over rice I've eaten in Chicago have merely been a warm up to the yet untackled culinary bastion of my youth: the Chinese buffet. More

The Brunch Dish: Finger-lickin' Weekend Fare at Honey Butter Fried Chicken

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 4 comments

Kiss your New Year's cleanses goodbye, there's fried chicken French toast to be had. Honey Butter Fried Chicken ups the comfort ante on brunch with a new selection of weekend brunch dishes. More

The Rotisserie Chicken Only Scratches the Peruvian Surface at D'Candela

Joe Roy 8 comments

I'm just as likely to stick to a place's specialty as anyone, but in D'Candela's case, you'd be well served to dig a little deeper. More

TGI Fry Day: Fried Chicken Wings at Joong Boo

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger 5 comments

There's no real reason these chicken wings from Joong Boo are so good, but I crave them like a five year old binging on yesterday's Halloween candy haul. More

First Impressions: Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Joe Roy 12 comments

It's too early for a full blown review, but at first blush, I like what I see at Honey Butter Fried Chicken. More

Snacking on Central Asian Cuisine at Chill Cafe

Chicago Mike Gebert 1 comment

There has been a boom in Central Asian restaurants in Chicago, often 24-hour ones for the cabbie market, on the northwest side in the last few years, all serving some minor variation on what people eat for a thousand miles in any direction in that part of the world: stewed lamb and rice, kabobs, dumplings. But for me one of this pretty new crop stands apart for the care with which the food is made, and the hints of spices from around the central Asian region which make it livelier than so much food from this part of the world. More

Scenes from Hot Doug's Book Signing

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

To celebrate the release of Hot Doug's: The Book, owner Doug Sohn invited all of the book's contributors to Revolution Brewery in Avondale for an afternoon of beer and sausages. More

We Eat Hot Doug's Bowl o' 40-Sausage Chili

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

Remember when a group of us showed up at Hot Doug's and ate every single thing on the menu? Imagine my surprise when I walked in to the Avondale joint this past weekend and came face to face with the Bowl o' 40-Sausage Chili ($6.00), a completely new kind of menu item. More

A Sandwich a Day: Steak Sandwich at Pork Shoppe

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 1 comment

A nice medium rare, with hints of garlic and Worcestershire, the steak sandwich at Pork Shoppe is hearty, without being heavy. More

Bar Eats: Chief O'Neill's is the Irish Pub 'You've Been Practicing For'

Josh Conley 5 comments

Dubbing itself, "The pub you've been practicing for," Chief O'Neill's has something for everyone. My advice is go for the drinks, but stay for the food. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Kuma's Corner

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 1 comment

Kuma's shines brightest when its dishes are executed with even a modicum of restraint- which, rather surprisingly, most of its deep fried output is. And while "restrained" is not your typical deep fried modifier, Kuma's has, and never will be, your typical place. More

A Sandwich a Day: Hate Beak from Kuma's Corner

A Sandwich a Day Joe Roy 5 comments

The last bite, sans top bun and topped with plenty of the accompanying blue cheese dressing was by far the best of all. Are open faced buffalo chicken sandwiches a thing? More

Deep Fried Chicago: Lee's Chop Suey

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 2 comments

Sometimes you don't want dishes celebrating the regional nuances of China- sometimes you want good old Chinese American dishes that you can drown in soy sauce and eat clumsily with chop sticks. In those moments of need, turn to Lee's Chop Suey. More

Market Tour: Joong Boo Market in Chicago

Market Tour Nick Kindelsperger 23 comments

Located on the northwest side on a sliver of land between the Kennedy Expressway and the Union Pacific Metra Line is Joong Boo Market, one of the most respected, and conveniently located, Korean markets in Chicago. Check out all of the unique products you can find with our tour around the shop. More

A Sandwich a Day: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich from Square Bar & Grill

A Sandwich a Day Joe Roy 1 comment

A moist chicken breast is breaded, fried, and doused in vinegary buffalo sauce. It's topped with a slice of tomato and a mound of bleu cheese, and the entire thing is housed in one of the better pretzel buns I've had. Squishy and warm, it added to the sandwich rather than being being there just for show. More

TGI Fry-Day: Deep Fried Milky Way from Square Bar & Grill

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy 4 comments

The Deep Fried Milky Way ($5.00) brings the full fair experience to a busy strip of Belmont Avenue, and as an added bonus, you can enjoy it off an actual plate, in the air conditioning. More

Chicago Tacos: Las Asadas Takes the Steak Taco Crown from La Pasadita

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

My only ordering advice when visiting Las Asadas is this: if it comes from a cow, you probably want to order it. Sure, there are plenty of other contenders for the steak taco crown in Chicago, but Las Asadas is up there with the best. More

A Sandwich a Day: Gyros Sandwich with Giardiniera at Niko's Gyros

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 5 comments

Can giardiniera improve every sandwich it touches? The glorious pickled concoction helps Italian beefs, so why couldn't it also bring some magic on a sandwich that genuinely needs some spice? Nick tests the theory at Niko's Gyros in Avondale. More

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