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Sausage City: A Tasting of Paulina Meat Market's Bratwurst

Writing about the vast selection at Paulina's sausages is overwhelming for a single column. In fact, I had no idea what I'd do until I got there and noticed a chance to write about one thing they do a lot of, and do well. That thing is bratwurst. Paulina has probably the biggest selection I've ever seen (curry bratwurst, anyone?), both traditional varieties and inventive variations. More

Standing Room Only: Scooter's Frozen Custard

To order from the walk-up window at Scooter's Frozen Custard, just pull the string next to the window. It is connected to a bell inside, which clanks back and forth a few times, alerting the staff inside that you're ready. This is an operation built almost entirely on frozen custard, and it's a silky smooth foundation. More

Chicago: 5 Milkshakes We Love

Given Chicago's recent heat wave, perhaps it was only natural that I went running for the ice cream parlors. On the other hand, I sip malts in winter, spring, and fall, so the heat may just be an excuse for the calories. In any case, after searching high and low, north and south, here are five of the best milkshakes in the city of Chicago. More

Damn Good Frozen Custard from Scooter's in Chicago

Chicago is a great food city, one of my top three in the world, but it's a lousy ice cream and frozen custard 'burg. Until fairly recently you had to go to neighboring Wisconsin for standout frozen custard. But everything I tried at Scooter's, a six-year-old, seasonally open mom-and-pop frozen custard shop, was killer. More

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