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The Brunch Dish: Sauce and Bread and Lots of Soul

The concept is simple: combine two adjoining businesses (Co-op Hot Sauce and Crumb Bread) to make one harmonious cafe. The resulting menu is more congruous than synchronized swimming, and weekend brunch features an array of saucy sandwiches, breakfast pastries, and nifty dishes that set Sauce and Bread miles apart (figuratively and literally) from Chicago's arsenal of brunch restaurants. More

The Brunch Dish: M. Henrietta

Dining at m.henrietta is like wrapping yourself in a blanket knit by your grandma. Everything about this cottage-esque Edgewater nook wafts of comfort, most especially the "screw the New Yearʼs resolutions" menu of sweet and savory indulgences. More

Chicago Tacos: Huaraches Doña Chio

Yes, I did visit Huaraches Doña Chio without ordering a huarache. It's nothing against the sandal-shaped piece of masa (which I love), but I had a grand theory I wanted to test out: if this place prepared the huaraches to order using fresh masa, wouldn't there be a high probability that it would do the same with tortillas? More

Behind the Sweets: Mara Jozefi Creates Transylvanian Pastries at Chimney Cake Island

Several years after inspiration struck, in December of 2010, Mara and Alex opened Chimney Cake Island near the intersection of Devon and Clark in Edgewater. Even though they are outside of their first year, they are still dealing with typical start-up problems but luckily Mara is putting out a consistently delicious pastry. And when I say delicious, I mean can't-stop-eating-this-thing-while-I'm-driving-and-now-there-are-walnuts-all-over-my-car delicious. More

Chicago Tacos: Taqueria Uptown

I'm on the lookout for the passionate taqueria that will take on al pastor and stand as a shiny beacon of grilled pork for the rest of the city. In that respect, Taqueria Uptown in Edgewater should be one of the good guys. It has been serving honest-to-goodness al pastor for years. More

Where to Drink Coffee in Chicago

Once upon a time it was hard to find a great cup of coffee in the Windy City—at least a cup of coffee anywhere other than at the "big kids" of Chicago roasting, Intelligentsia. And though the roaster's three shops still remain at the top of the city's—and country's—coffee game, they're at long last joined by constantly multiplying numbers of wonderful, small, serious (and not-so-serious) coffee bars ready to serve some of the finest brews in the midwest. Here's a tour of some of the city's must-sips. More

Gino's North: The Cheesiest Pizza in Chicago

In Chicago, the words Gino's and pizza can conjure up a few different images. For most people, thoughts will turn to Gino's East, one of the most well-known pizzerias in town. Others who've been around a few years might think of the now-defunct Gino's, a longtime downtown staple whose existence was actually responsible for the "East" in Gino's East. Loyola students and some residents on the far north side will instead think of Gino's North, a small, dark 70-plus-year-old bar with an 80-year-old woman named Peggy making pizzas. More

Huarache Glory at Huaraches Dona Chio in Chicago

The huarache, sort of like a Mexican version of pizza, is a sandal-shaped flatbread made of corn masa. My favorite is usually from Chicago's Maxwell Street Market, where sunbaked abuelas hand-pat big balls of corn meal with their crinkly-skinned hands, throwing their efforts on the grill until the air fills with corn perfume. More

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