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A Sandwich a Day: BLT at The Old Oak Tap

What is the Old Oak Tap doing serving a BLT in November? This version gets around that problem by subbing in fried green tomatoes. Coated in cornmeal, the thick slice is slightly crunchy and acidic. Along with extra crunchy strips of maplewood smoked bacon (the B ) and arugula (the L), the sandwich also adds a smear of pimento cheese. More

Deep Fried Chicago: The Fifty/50

You may have to chest bump your way through the crowded bar on the weekends or before/during/after The Game, but if you come for lunch or on a regular weeknight, you'll be rewarded with a low-key vibe and some of the better bar food in the area. More

A Sandwich a Day: Open Faced Tuna Melt at Bite Cafe

Bite Cafe's Open Faced Tuna Melt ($11.00) features a hearty mound of mayonnaise-drenched tuna salad dolloped on top of a thick slice of grilled sourdough bread. Tomato slices and pickled red onions serve as a buffer between the fish and an ample heap of cheddar cheese that's melted on top. As far as tuna melts go, this one's among the best to be found in Chicago. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Dana Benigno's Ukrainian Village

Every other week we like to bring you another installment of Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides, which detail the places local chefs and food writers actually frequent in their on 'hoods. Last time, Phil Rubino took us on a tour of Wrigleyville. This week, Dana Benigno, the Executive Director for Green City Market, dishes out some of her favorite places around the Ukrainian Village, with a little bit of West Town thrown in. More

Standing Room Only: Phil's Last Stand

The first thing you see when you walk into Phil's Last Stand on Chicago Avenue is Phil, or as he likes to refer to himself online, Fat Phil. Like Doug Sohn (Hot Doug's) and Eddie Lakin (Edzo's) before him, Phil always stands guard, taking every order, and making as many jokes as possible. While that obviously ensures a fun and freewheeling vibe, it's main advantage is quality control. Nothing gets by Phil without his approval. That turns out to be a very good thing. More

Chicago: 7 Favorite Taco Joints

In any big city, tacos are a great representation of what the local food scene has to offer. Small, simple, and versatile, this is street food at its finest. Or it's a popular chef (ahem, Paul Kahan) doing tacos at their cheffiest-finest. There's quite a bit of diversity on this list: from the homey, traditional carne asada and carnitas to kalbi (Korean short rib) to a crunchy fish taco. More

Photo of the Day: Pie Feast Aftermath at Hoosier Mama in Chicago

Yesterday morning at the end of our four-day trip to Chicago, Ed crossed an item off his list of "Things To Do Before I Die": try every pie* at Hoosier Mama, one of his favorite pie shops in the country. The table was graced with 13 kinds of pies, along with some muffins and savory hand pies. And no, Ed didn't eat them all by himself; he had help from five Serious Eaters. It was our first and best meal of the day. Owner Paula Haney's magical pie touch is still going strong. More

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