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Lunch in the Loop: Pat's Pizza in the South Loop

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 7 comments

My quest to find good pizza in the Loop has been kind of frustrating. Pizza should be a pretty great lunch food. But a lot of places in the Loop that struggle with the basics. Is Pat's Pizza on South Clark the place I'm looking for? More

The Vegetarian Option: Mercat a la Planxa

The Vegetarian Option Amber Gibson Post a comment

Mercat is a great place for vegetarians to dine because the expansive tapas menu has such a strong vegetable selection. Under "verduras," there are seven dishes that could easily comprise a filling and flavorful meal. Even the traditional tapas section of the menu has vegetarian bites sprinkles in. More

Behind the Scenes: Menu Tasting with Jose Garces and Cory Morris at Mercat a la Planxa

Amber Gibson 1 comment

At Mercat a la Planxa, Iron Chef Jose Garces may be the executive chef, but it's chef Cory Morris who is in charge of the kitchen on a day-to-day basis. Garces is only in town intermittently, but he makes sure to stop by Mercat for a full menu tasting at least once a quarter, when Morris presents him with a series of new dishes he'd like to add to the menu. More

Where to Eat Near McCormick Place in Chicago

Neighborhood Guides Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

No matter if you need to try deep dish for the first time or are want to dig deeper into some of the city's more underrated spots, there are loads of great eats around Chicago's McCormick Place. More

Wild Side: Corn Smut and Cow Head at Maxwell Street Market

Dennis Lee 1 comment

Frankly, corn smut (otherwise known as huitlacoche) can look a little scary, because it's jet black and mushy, and an infected corn kernel doesn't always scream "eat me!" But in Mexico it's a delicacy, and what's good for Mexico is good for me. More

The Brunch Dish: The Sweet Beat of Bongo Room

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 6 comments

When it comes to brunch in Chicago, it doesn't get more over-the-top than this place, a bastion of overindulgence, hedonism, and guilt. If you're looking for lighter brunch fare, you'd be better off eating an actual drum than dining at this gluttonous Mecca. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Ryan McCaskey's South Loop

Neighborhood Guides Amber Gibson Post a comment

McCaskey is a staunch believer in his neighborhood and with Acadia, he's become a pioneer, building a restaurant that boasts the South Loop's only Michelin star. Checkout where else he loves to eat around the area. More

The Brunch Dish: Eggs With a Side of Pomp and Circumstance at Acadia

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 7 comments

The brunch ritual is often mired in screaming children and heinous portions of over-stuffed, over-syrup'd French toast. So it's a welcome relief when a place like Acadia launches brunch, gussying up the weekend tradition with some welcome pomp and circumstance. More

The Brunch Dish: L'Eggo my Waffles

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 2 comments

Waffles is a whimsical homage to the namesake breakfast staple, and it's the best thing to happen to waffles since Eggo. More

Behind the Sweets: Acadia's Thomas Raquel Creates Banana Bread Macarons

Behind the Sweets Lindsey Becker 1 comment

As I expected from someone who worked with macaron perfectionists like Pierre Hermé and Laurent Gras, Thomas has worked extensively on perfecting the macaron and so had a lot to say about the petite French confection. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Hackney's Printer's Row

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 4 comments

The suburb-sized portions are topped only by the improbably low prices (especially on craft beer!), and the dining room bustles with the energy of regulars and first-timers alike. More

TGI Fry-Day: Mixto Croquetas at Mercat a la Planxa

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

You can go big at Mercat a la Planxa and have a fine time. But I tend to stick to the smaller menu items, especially the traditional tapas portion of the menu, where almost everything is fried. More

Standing Room Only: Mary Lee's Smokehouse

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Unlike most barbecue joints using aquarium-style smokers, Mary Lee's location in the South Loop near Chinatown and McCormick Place is downright convenient. But how does it hold up to the Uncle John's of the world? More

Lunch in the Loop: Eleven City Diner

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 8 comments

Every time I walk into Eleven City Diner for lunch, I always remember to laugh. It's a lot of fun. The a shiny Jewish diner has a tall, airy space, along with a soda fountain, a full bar, and enormous portions. More

The Vegetarian Option: Chicago Curry House

The Vegetarian Option Roger Kamholz Post a comment

Nepalese cuisine is often sold as a package deal with Indian. But can Nepalese food stand on its own amid Chicago's diverse dining landscape? To investigate, I recently ordered a largely Nepalese—and all-vegetarian—meal at Chicago Curry House. More

Chicago Tacos: Flaco's Tacos

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

I'll travel anywhere and endure any hardship to experience a great taco. But even after trying all of Flaco's offerings, I couldn't find one worthy taco in the bunch. More

A Sandwich a Day: Sausage and Peppers from Panozzo's Italian Market

A Sandwich a Day Joe Roy Post a comment

Two links of juicy, fennel-forward housemade Italian sausage, your choice of cheese (I chose mozzarella), sweet peppers and onions, and house marinara are barely contained in a crusty Red Hen sub bun. I added their house giardiniera ($.50) to give a spicy, acidic kick to the sandwich, which you can think of basically as an Italian double dog. More

Knockout Noodles: Cafe Bionda

Knockout Noodles Roger Kamholz Post a comment

Nestled along the borderlands between the South Loop and Chinatown, Cafe Bionda serves a menu of comforting and familiar Italian fare. Butcher paper covers the tabletops in the cozy dining room, which lies adjacent to the dark-wood bar that greets you on your way in. More

A Sandwich a Day: Beef Tenderloin & Portobello Sandwich at Bongo Room

A Sandwich a Day Daniel Zemans Post a comment

Bongo Room is, rightfully, known for having some of the best pancakes in Chicago. But if you find yourself there and in a mood for something savory, this beef tenderloin and portobello sandwich is eagerly waiting to be eaten. More

A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll at Acadia in Chicago

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

Acadia's lobster roll ($16) is as stripped down and sparse as the surroundings. Succulent and sweet lobster come tossed with only a little paprika, chive, and warm butter. More

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