I sometimes think the good American restaurant is rarer now than a dozen cuisines you could name from around the planet, because the food industry put so much energy into canned and frozen products that destroyed its good name. Central Kitchen & Tap is a friendly place that makes lots of classics, including an incredible pot roast sandwich, the proper old ways.
Jefferson Park, North Side
[Photographs: Titus Ruscitti] Chicago is a world class eating town. No doubt about it. But there are some things where the math just doesn't add up right. Take corned beef for example. I'm just not understanding of why we...
Rather than the usual Chicago street festival food (hot dogs, French fries, funnel cakes, etc), the Chicago Korean Festival is almost all Korean food. Being a fellow first generation Korean-American myself, I joined the fun.
The Route 21 ($12 with fries) at Gale Street Inn is a good steak sandwich. Marinated London broil, generously portioned on crunchy French bread, grilled onions, Swiss cheese, and chipotle butter.
A dessert with its own holiday must be pretty special, right? To truly understand why people go so nuts for these pastries, you need to line up outside Delightful Pastries' Jefferson Park storefront, where just inside young women fill cardboard boxes with dozens of the fresh creations, faces streaked with powdered sugar and eyes tired from the early wake-up call. It's part spectacle, part ritual, but that doesn't diminish how tasty these little spheres are.
Overly sweet ricotta filling, mushy chocolate chips, soggy casing. These are just some of the common offenses that plague this sweet treat. But five Chicago bakeries are doing the Don proud, serving up cannoli that stays true to Sicilian standards.
You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but a good cover may get you to open a book. If I see an old school pizzeria with a big neon sign, worn pleather seats, and pictures of restaurant-sponsored Little League teams, I'm going to dive in with high hopes. Pete's Pizzeria #2 has all the signs of a classically delicious pizza joint, but unfortunately the pizza comes up woefully short.
Serious Eats contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. Daniel also blogs about Chicagoland pizza with his friends on the Chicago Pizza Club blog. --The Mgmt. Pizza By Alex 5040-44 W....