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Eat This Now: Gumbo Ya-Ya at Big Jones

Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Is it just me, or is there something transfixing about this bowl of gumbo ya-ya ($13) at Big Jones? I mean, no matter how long you gaze, you'll never see what's lurking underneath. But for lovers of gumbo made with extra-dark roux, this is the sign of potential greatness. More

Svea Restaurant Keeps the Swedish Flame Alive in Andersonville

Mike Gebert 5 comments

There are still signs of Swedish Chicago in Andersonville, but they're getting fewer all the time. In fact, there's only one Swedish restaurant left in the area, a rustic little diner open for breakfast and lunch called Svea. More

Swap Sushi for Hearty Home-Style Japanese at Sunshine Café

Lindsey Howald Patton 4 comments

The Japan National Tourism Organization thinks it's silly that we act like sushi is what its country's food is all about. So check out Sunshine Café's offerings of steaming, home-style noodle bowls, donburi, crisp-skinned fish, tempura, pickled vegetables, fresh tofu, and goma da re-soaked greens. More

A First Slice Pie Café Crawl

Lindsey Howald Patton 1 comment

First Slice Pie Café offers a simpler, old-fashioned slice that hearkens to picnics and church potlucks of the Midwest. All three North Side locations serve basically the same menu of homemade sweets and savory fare. More

Smoked Trout Tacos at Kopi: A Traveler's Cafe

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton Post a comment

These tacos are what you'd get if you took a crustless Victorian high tea sandwich and mated it with a taco just south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Dialed-up flavors of smoked fish, dill and mayo pair with earthy corn, spicy chipotle, and creamy guacamole. More

Deep Fried Chicago: The Boarding House Lunch at Big Jones

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 2 comments

The chicken doesn't taste as much as a homage to Ms. Lewis as it tastes like lunch, pure and simple, and wonderful in its lack of pretentiousness. More

Sampling the Small Plates at Anteprima

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton Post a comment

This rustic Italian establishment in the heart of Andersonville has one of the better small plate menus I've seen, with fair prices, one eye on the wine list, and portions that don't leave you hungry. More

A Sandwich a Day: Croque Monsieur at Brasserie 54

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 2 comments

Brasserie 54 is an LM "neighborhood French restaurant and bar" in the heart of Andersonville that offers solid French fare in a very approachable setting More

A Sandwich a Day: Falafel with Baba Ghannouj Wrap at Taste of Lebanon

A Sandwich a Day Nathan Lurz 5 comments

Taste of Lebanon elevates a simple sandwich to new heights with great ingredients and a fine touch. More

Bar Eats: Check Out the Cicchetti at Ombra

Josh Conley Post a comment

Largely a Venetian thing, cicchetti are essentially Italian tapas, small shared fare to linger over, preferably with a glass of white wine. However, if Venice is not in your immediate future, you can find a nice rendering of the concept right here in Chicago, at Ombra. More

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Koubideh Wrap at Reza's

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley Post a comment

Robert Duvall liked the smell of napalm in the morning. I might also suggest a late-morning stroll up Clark Street in Andersonville, where you can instead find yourself inhaling the aromas of fresh kebabs lapping up open flames pouring out of Reza's. More

A Sandwich a Day: Tongol Tuna at Pauline's

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley Post a comment

It is the Goldilocks of tuna sandwiches—not too creamy, not too dry, not too salty, not too oniony, and, ultimately, not too exciting. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Panino di Pollo e Peperonata at Johnny Brown Bag

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley Post a comment

Johnny Brown Bag has had staying power possibly because it's exactly what you think it's not. It is a cozy little BYO restaurant, complete with a menu of small plates, pizzas, pastas, and, yes, sandwiches. More

Bar Eats: Hopleaf, the Johnny Depp of Belgian Pubs

Josh Conley 16 comments

The wonderful, Belgian-inspired menu, features mussels, frites, and an aioli that offers free self-improvement seminars to other aiolis. More

A Sandwich a Day: The North Park Special at Svea

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley Post a comment

This is about as perfect a sandwich as you could hope for to counter the impending winter. The size of Rainier cherries, these beef meatballs are tender, moist nuggets of pure happiness. More

A Sandwich a Day: The William F. at Jerry's Sandwiches

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 1 comment

The William F. is like a culinary double ought; it scatters buckshot flavors all over the place, bound to score some hits. More

A Sandwich a Day: The New Yorker at JB's Deli

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 3 comments

Never judge a book by its cover. Always, however, judge a pharmacy by its overstuffed sandwiches. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Duck Reuben at Hopleaf

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 6 comments

The Duck Reuben at Hopleaf is an upscale, playful take on the classic, kind of like a vintage two-flat getting the granite countertop makeover. More

A Sandwich a Day: Pork Belly Breakfast Sandwich at Vincent

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 8 comments

If I could make one suggestion, it would be that instead of the dainty fingerling potatoes,pork belly breakfast sandwich, the pork belly breakfast sandwich from Vincent should be paired with a can of PBR and a side of Advil. More

Sausage City: Vincent's Housemade Breakfast Sausage

Sausage City Blake Royer Post a comment

As much as Chicago is a great sausage city, it's still a rare occurrence to see it house-made on menus in restaurants. But there is one regular exception to this rule, and that's breakfast sausage. More

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