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Behind the Scenes at Greens & Gills' Aquaponic Farm in Chicago

Tessa McLean 3 comments

According to two childhood friends who own the aquaponic farm Greens & Gills, flavorful, local greens are transforming the way Chicago looks at produce. More

Is Pizza Castle the Second Best Pizzeria on Chicago's South Side?

Mike Gebert 16 comments

What's the best old school pizza on the South Side? That's an easy one for dedicated players of the Chicago foodie home game—Vito & Nick's. But here's a question: what's the second best old school pizza on the South Side? More

10 Comforting South Side Mexican Soups to Help You Warm Up

Titus Ruscitti 4 comments

You want to know a good way to judge a Mexican restaurant? Try its caldos. I always like to keep an eye out over winter to see what's out there, and here are ten specific offerings to try as winter wears on. More

South Side Eats: Check out the Saturday Lamb Sandwich Special at Small World Inn

Titus Ruscitti Post a comment

Small World's history goes back a few generations. It's been a local haunt for drinks, chit chat, and Yugoslavian food, specifically the countries that eventually became Serbia and Croatia. More

South Side Eats: Sizing Up El Solazo's Carne en su Jugo

Titus Ruscitti 8 comments

You may remember today's stop from the South Side taco roundup published last month, but there is more to this restaurant than just cochinita pibil tacos. More

We Eat Everything at Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies

Lindsey Howald Patton 10 comments

Sweet potatoes tend to start appearing on menus in the autumn, but on 95th in Beverly, a family-owned bakery makes the humble root vegetable the star ingredient all year long. More

South Side Eats: Tony's Italian Beef

Titus Ruscitti 5 comments

The place is a great example of "all in the family," as those are the only people who worked here when they first got rolling. Today they still offer Grandpa Tony's housemade Italian beef, but there are also lot more options than there were originally. Basically, if you like sandwiches, you'll find one for you. More

South Side Eats: Tacos de Canasta at El Conde SA

Titus Ruscitti 8 comments

[Photographs: Titus Ruscitti] When I saw some new banners announcing the arrival of tacos de canasta at El Conde SA in the cool old-school building that sits at the northeast side of Western and Ogden, I returned the next... More

South Side Eats: Grilled Biscuits and More at Ms. Biscuit

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Ms. Biscuit does both breakfast and lunch, with a menu featuring many of the typical soul food standards. While a couple of the skillets and combo plates looked tempting, you can't go into a place called Ms. Biscuit and not try an offering of their namesake dish. More

South Side Eats: Charcoal Grilled Chicken at El Pollo Real

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 9 comments

I'd been tempted for a while to get my behind inside and see if their claim of "100% Estillo en Sinaloa-style grilled chicken" was accurate. So do they do it the right here? Is there charcoal? Yes! and plenty of it! More

Eat This Now: Nuevo Leon's Refried Beans Are a Heart-Destroying Triumph

Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Can a restaurant's showstopper be an unassuming side dish? At Nuevo Leon, the answer is yes. What do we have to thank for this? Lard, mostly. More

South Side Eats: Mama Nena's Shrimp House

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 9 comments

Two things you won't find a shortage of on the South Side are Mexican-owned mom and pop spots and fried shrimp shacks. Over on 43rd street, just West of Ashland in the shadow of the Union Stock Yards, you'll find the two combined at Mama Nena's Shrimp House. More

South Side Eats: 12 Essential Dishes Below 35th Street in Chicago

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Some of the most quintessential Chicago eats are below 35th street: The best rib tips and hot links in the city; my absolute favorite old-school burger; birria better than any other I've ever sampled. Get the picture? More

Bar Eats: Three Aces Delivers 'Tatted Up Italian Fare'

Josh Conley 1 comment

A friendly rockabilly/punk/hipster-esque neighborhood joint, with an almost speakeasy feel, a pool table in back, and a menu of tatted-up Italian fare that may cause some double-takes. More

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sub at Conte di Savoia

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 3 comments

Since browsing the aisles for sea-salted capers and fresh mozzarella is known to stimulate the appetite, luckily they are fully prepared with a deli counter that turns out great, no-frills sandwiches More

Bar Eats: Savor Tator Tots in the Dark at Skylark

Josh Conley 1 comment

I would describe the food as somewhere between Midwest comfort and upscale cafeteria. And that is in no way a slam. More

A Sandwich a Day: Tuna Steak at Medici on 57th

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley Post a comment

The tuna steak at Medici is like laying up in front of the 18th water hazard when you already have a stroke on your opponent: it is effective, it is calculated, and it is safe. More

Standing Room Only: Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

Fat Johnnie's is mostly known as the home of the mother-in-law, a strange South Side original, where a hot dog's right and natural place on a bun is replaced by a cornmeal tamale. In theory, this should not work. And yet, miraculously, somehow the mother-in-law does. More

Serious Eats Chicago's New Year's Food Resolutions

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

Take a look at our food resolutions for 2012, and then let us know yours. Are there any cuisines that you'd like to feast on or any neighborhoods you can't wait to explore? Let us know! More

Don't Leave Chicago Without Eating: Goat from Birrieria Zaragoza

James Boo 3 comments

Birria tatemada, which at Zaragoza translates roughly to "roasted goat," reflects the family's inspired adaptation of Jalisco's native birria, one that followsa devoted cooking process More

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