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A Sandwich a Day: La Dolce Vita at Letizia's Natural Bakery

A Sandwich a Day Tessa McLean Post a comment

Not all good sandwiches need to use inventive combinations and complicated ingredients. All a good sandwich needs is excellent ingredients that meld together well, and sometimes simplicity is the best way to show that. More

A Sandwich a Day: Torta Ahogada at Big Star

A Sandwich a Day Tessa McLean 4 comments

It's a very simple sandwich, but that's always been Big Star's strength—nothing too complicated. Just good ingredients and dynamic flavors. More

The Brunch Dish: Rodan is a Pleasant Asian Surprise in the a.m.

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac Post a comment

Asian gastropubs and brunch may not seem like the most seamless of bedfellows, but here they are jiving in tasteful tandem at Rodan. More

The Brunch Dish: Carnivorous Excess Excels at Links Taproom

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 6 comments

Links Taproom is the most carnivorous addition to the Chicago food scene since The Jungle. Fortunately, unlike Upton Sinclair's tale of meaty mayhem, the only horror at Links Taproom is the tension on your waistband after a few forkfuls of pork- and goat cheese-slathered french fries. More

A Sandwich a Day: Buffalo Chicken Wrap from Janik's Cafe

A Sandwich a Day Dennis Lee 3 comments

Overall, it's a typical Buffalo wrap, with the strong flavor of Frank's hot sauce, while the addition of corn adds little chewy sweet nuggets and the avocado adds a little fatty silk to tone down the vinegar. More

Chop Shop Does It All, But Does It Have The Chops?

Joe Roy Post a comment

Chop Shop has everything—a butcher counter that serves sandwiches by day, an upstairs restaurant with a seasonal menu by night, and on the evening we visited, a purple-hued, and possibly dry ice filled, event space in the back roughly the size of a city block. My grandpa, the butcher (God rest his soul), would be amazed at just how far the humble meat counter has come. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Monte Cristo from Delish Diner

A Sandwich a Day Dennis Lee 2 comments

It is a monster of a sandwich, so don't feel bad if you can only eat half of it. Share it with a friend, your mother, or a very hungry small child, even, because sharing is caring. More

Chili Day at The Nosh Brings the Heat

Events Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

The Nosh embraced fall this weekend, hosting Chili Day with a diverse collection of local restaurants. Thanks to the small sample sizes, I was able to try almost all of them. More

The Vegetarian Option: Mushrooms, Chicory, Egg & Grits at Carriage House

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson Post a comment

Although our waitress extolled the chicken & biscuit at the top of the menu as Carriage House's signature brunch dish, I made sure to order the hearty vegetarian option and had to guard the skillet from meat-eating friends. More

The Brunch Dish: Simplicity and Spice at Takito Kitchen

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 3 comments

Whereas sopes and ham & eggs at any random Mexican spot might be nothing more than humble hangover medicine, Takito manages to exhibit pristine flavors throughout its minimalist menu. More

TGI Fry-Day: Tempura Shrimp Bun at Oiistar

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

When Oiistar first opened, I assumed the Wicker Park shop was focused solely on ramen. That was fine with me, especially since all the noodles were being made by hand. But a recent visit revealed that the first section of the menu is devoted entirely to buns. More

Snapshots from The Nosh Food Festival

Events Dennis Lee Post a comment

The Nosh at Wicker Park is a new weekly food festival in the parking lot of the A.N. Pritzker school just off of Damen in Wicker Park. More

The Brunch Dish: Humble Hash Steps into the Spotlight at Hash

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac Post a comment

When it comes to brunch, hash is about as humble as it gets. Unlike some dishes that lend themselves easily to highfalutin interpretations (lobster Benedict, fried chicken pancakes, etc.), hash is sublime in its simplicity. That's not to suggest that humble hash can't be elevated and celebrated, as proven by aptly named newcomer Hash. More

A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef and Horsey Cheddar from Plenty Grocery and Deli

A Sandwich a Day Dennis Lee Post a comment

I always love little grocery stores that also function as restaurants, especially when they have countertops in the back. My neighborhood recently(ish) got a little grocery store that sells organic produce, meat, and other necessities called Plenty Grocery and Deli. More

Eat This Now: Crispy Redfish Tacos at Takito Kitchen

Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

After trying all of the tacos at Takito Kitchen, it's hard to pick an absolute favorite. Instead, I'm going with the Crispy Redfish Tacos ($11), which I think neatly sum up what I love about the place. More

The Brunch Dish: Carriage House Packs a Soulful Sucker Punch

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 5 comments

At Carriage House, chef Mark Steuer does a dandy job gussying up classic Southern flavors in a sleek way that almost makes everything feel light. But this is not light food. It may not be the type of "butter gone wild" food Paula Deen pigeonholed, but it packs a coy arterial punch, kinda like a taser wrapped in a doily. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Bangers & Lace

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 1 comment

The deep frier at Bangers & Lace is put through its paces—so much so that I had to be extra selective on a recent visit. It's not often that a restaurant deep fries more than this column can handle, but any time my hot oil cup runneth over is a win win for everyone. More

First Look: Takito Kitchen

First Look Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

What can the two-week old Takito Kichen in Wicker Park hope to do with tacos in a neighborhood already stuffed full of them? I sat down with executive chef David Dworshak to discuss what sets these menu items apart. More

A Sandwich a Day: Lamb and Beef Gyro at Covo Gyro Market

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

The lamb and beef gyro ($7.50) at Covo Gyro Market is the antidote to every middling, greasy, overstuffed, and disappointing gyro that uses slices cut from one of those uniform cylinders of meat. More

TGI Fry-Day: Dill Pickle Wings at The Monarch

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Yes, you read that correctly. You can purchase dill pickle wings ($10) at The Monarch. But are they any good? More

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