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Solid and Dependable Japanese at Kikuya in Hyde Park

Eric Singerman Post a comment

If only for the soup, some eel, and anything fried, Kikuya in Hyde Park is a restaurant worth checking out. More

A10 is a Hyde Park Restaurant Worth Caring About

Eric Singerman 1 comment

I don't think I've ever heard anyone talk about restaurants they care about in Hyde Park. Instead, you usually hear people adamantly professing how little they care for the local restaurants. Admittedly, Hyde Park's restaurant scene is about as hip and happening as people who use the phrase "hip and happening" un-ironically. Well, with the opening of A10, there might actually be something worth caring about. More

A Sandwich A Day: Don't Tell Tal at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 4 comments

When I ordered the Don't Tell Tal, the cashier looked at me incredulously. She asked me I knew how big the sandwich was. I lied and told her I did, and, besides, I was hungry. Well, truth be told, I'm dumb. Don't get me wrong. The sandwich was delicious. I just didn't come anywhere close to finishing it. More

Sizing up the Solid Fare at The Medici on 57th in Hyde Park

Eric Singerman 7 comments

While Chicago may not be a college town, per se, Hyde Park is certainly a "college neighborhood." In a way, The Med is Hyde Park's answer to a the prototypical college town restaurant. The walls are covered with unrelated, incoherent, yet somehow interesting art, and the art is covered with unrelated, incoherent, and not-so-interesting graffiti. This is unadorned, but solidly good food. More

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Shawarma at The Nile

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 1 comment

Shawarma often has the potential to leave you heavy and bogged down afterwards, but the abundance of vegetables in this version from The Nile kept this from happening. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Tandoori Chicken Sandwich at Rajun Cajun

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 1 comment

Though unexpected, the deep flavors of Indian spices mix well with the fattiness of Southern soul food. Moist chicken, bright red with spice, played well with tangy raw onion and juicy tomatoes. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Grilled Steak at Bonjour Bakery & Cafe

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 1 comment

Better known for their varied display of pastries and baked goods, I thought I would check out what Bonjour Bakery & Cafe had to offer in the way of savory options. More

When College Freshmen Cook: The Hearth Brings Underground Dining to The University of Chicago

Chicago Eric Singerman 8 comments

Robert figured that on a college budget, most University of Chicago students won't have an opportunity any time soon to eat food from the world's best restaurants, so why not bring it to them? Students joke that with his random lottery that selects the diners, it's harder to get a spot at one of his dinners than it is to get into the school. 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

A Sandwich A Day: The Vegetable Sandwich at The Sitdown

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 1 comment

There are reasons clichés are employed so often—they work. Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and the refreshing and peppery crunch of arugula are all familiar flavors, but no less delicious because of this. The addition of melted havarti cheese oozing out the sides of the toasted italian bread certainly helps. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Little Pecorino at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 1 comment

While the turkey sandwiches of my youth were riddled with mounds of dry, barely-swallowable turkey, The Little Pecorino at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe is propelled forward by a great blend of pesto, mayo, roasted red peppers, and, of course, pecorino. More

Where to Eat Near the University of Chicago

Chicago Max Falkowitz 29 comments

U of C first years, welcome to Hyde Park, one of the coolest, most interesting neighborhoods in the Midwest—and not just because it's the president's home town. More

Chicago: 5 Milkshakes We Love

Chicago Anthony Todd 6 comments

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

Chicago: Medici on 57th - Hyde Park's Oldest Pizzeria Is Far From Its Best

Daniel Zemans 7 comments

Good restaurants have long been scarce in Hyde Park, the southside Chicago neighborhood of my youth. Things have gotten a little better in recent years, but it's still not much of a food destination. There are, however, a nice variety of pizzerias. Giordano's (reviewed here) and Edwardo's (reviewed here) both offer stuffed pies, while Italian Fiesta (reviewed here) serves thin crust, and Caffe Florian (reviewed here) has some excellent deep dish. But predating all those places is Medici on 57th, which has been serving pizza for more than 45 years. More

Meeting Barack Obama's Nemesis: The Dixie Kitchen/Calypso Café Johnnycake

Michael Nagrant 9 comments

Many a president has had a regretful dalliance. For Kennedy, it was Marilyn. For Clinton it was Monica. And for Obama: a cornmeal pancake. In 2001, Obama appeared on Chicago's citizen reviewing program Check, Please! and talked about gorging on... More

Edwardo's Natural Pizza: No Longer Great, But Still Very Good

Daniel Zemans 9 comments

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, 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. Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant... More

Italian Fiesta Pizzeria: The Obamas' Chicago Pizza Favorite, Reviewed

Daniel Zemans 15 comments

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, 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. But President-Elect Appears to... More

Italian Fiesta Pizzeria Serves Barack Obama's Favorite Pizza

Adam Kuban 3 comments

The family that owns and cooks at Chicago's Italian Fiesta Pizzeria, which has a location in President-elect Barack Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood, is being flown out to D.C. to cook up a batch of its thin-crust pies. The pizzas will... More

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