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In Search of Seolleongtang at Han Bat

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton Post a comment

Seolleongtang is the main focus of the entire restaurant. No bibimbap, no bulgogi. Instead, this simple, comforting oxbone stock swimming with meat bits and noodles is what you come for. More

A Whirlwind Eating Tour of Chicago: 9 Restaurants and 16 Dishes

Chicago Liz Bomze 5 comments

Chicago lived up to the food hype I'd heard so much about. There wasn't a dud bite over the 5-day stretch, from the stunning hibiscus-lemongrass agua fresca at XOCO, to the harissa and prune pork pate at Publican Quality Meats, to the dreamy pies I ate (for breakfast!) at Bang Bang Pie Shop and Hoosier Mama Pie Company. More

College Tours: Best Cheap Eats Near the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Like the ever growing and diverse student body, UIC has an incredible array of options nearby, from old-school Italian joints to a collection of new restaurants setting up in the growing neighborhoods. It's one of the best places to eat cheaply in Chicago. 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

The Over 21 Club: Gene and Georgetti

The Over 21 Club Dennis Lee 2 comments

Before this assignment, SE Chicago editor (Nick Kindelsperger) sat me down and said, "You have a budget." The words that I heard in my mind were, "No steak." I raised my tangerine-sized fists to the air in defiant agony, but that didn't make the budget any bigger. Life is hard. More

First Look: Jam's New Logan Square Location

First Look Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

After closing its very popular Ukrainian Village location over a month ago, Jam quietly showed off its flashy new Logan Square digs this past weekend. Though not officially open, I decided to stop by for a couple of visits to see how the menu had changed since the move. More

The Billy Goat's Bun Problem: Would Another Bun Work Better Than the Kaiser Roll?

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 39 comments

The Billy Goat Tavern is the sort of Chicago landmark that one hopes never changes. Well, I'd like to change one thing. See, all this fame isn't exactly the same thing as acclaim, and I think I know why. More

A Sandwich a Day: Jibarito from Borinquen

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Borinquen's rendition of the jibarito is still alive and well, especially if you stop by during the busy lunch rush. Freshly fried to order, the plantains are slathered with mayonnaise, topped with cheese and lettuce, and then stuffed with the meat of your choice. Steak is popular and good, but I have hard time ever saying no to the crispy roast pork. More

Welcome to Serious Eats: Chicago

Ed Levine 19 comments

I've spent more than forty years looking for the best eats in Chicago, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that our first city site (besides our hometown of New York) is the food-blessed Windy City. More

Chicago: Roots Handmade Pizza Does the Quad Cities Proud

Slice: Chicago Daniel Zemans 9 comments

Chicago: Massive Burgers Make for a Good Lunch Deal at Benny's Chop House

AHT: Chicago Daniel Zemans 10 comments

Eating a whole one might kill any hopes of a productive afternoon, but the mammoth burgers at Benny's Chop House, which are a bit more creative than the typical steakhouse offering, are worth checking out. More

Daily Slice: Abigail's American Bistro, Highland Park, Illinois

Daily Slice Daniel Zemans 6 comments

I went to Abigail's to review their outstanding burger for AHT, but when I saw the menu featured a daily flatbread, I had to expand my order. On the day of my visit, the special went for $12 and was topped with a mixture of red and gold beets, goat cheese, black olives, arugula, a lemon-truffle vinaigrette, and Parmesan. At first glance, I worried the pile of greenery on top of the flatbread would ruin the plate, but the fresh leaves and lightly acidic vinaigrette actually served to balance out a rich, earthy appetizer. More

A Sandwich a Day: Beef Brisket Barbecue at Smoque in Chicago

A Sandwich a Day James Boo 7 comments

A relative newcomer to the barbecue trail, Chicago's Smoque has quickly made a name for itself with meticulously studied barbecue staples. Believe the hype: The Irving Park smoke joint's beef brisket sandwich ($7.45), a standout in what is historically a pork rib town, is perfectly executed. More

Chicago: 7 Pumpkin Sweets We Love

Michell Eloy 2 comments

It's gourd season, ya'll! That's right. It's that time of year when pumpkins overwhelm grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. And if there's one thing Chicagoans are crazy about, it's their pumpkin goods. Here are 7 pumpkin sweets we love in the Windy City. More

Chicago Essential: Great Lake

Slice: Chicago Daniel Zemans 9 comments

How good is the pizza at Great Lake? If you meet someone who has eaten there and they do not tell you they had one of the best pizza of their lives, you probably don't want to listen to anything that person has to say about food. More

Chicago: Abigail's Is Still Going Strong on the North Shore

AHT: Chicago Daniel Zemans 9 comments

There's only one burger on the menu at Abigail's American Bistro and it's good enough that if for some reason you find yourself there twice in one day, it's worth getting for lunch and dinner. More

Chicago Essential: Coalfire

Slice: Chicago Daniel Zemans 6 comments

Coalfire was an early pebble in the recent avalanche of pizzerias in Chicago that do not fit into the city's traditions of tavern, deep dish, or stuffed pizza. And from the time it opened, the place has remained a favorite for many in town. Across the board, I think Coalfire features some of the best ingredients in town but, unfortunately, that's not enough for me to overlook the flawed crust. More

Hangover Helper: Brunch Dog at Franks 'n Dawgs in Chicago

Hangover Helper Dennis Lee Post a comment

The Brunch Dog at Franks 'n Dawgs is quite possibly all of the best components of brunch combined into one sandwich. It starts with a giant Slagel Farms breakfast sausage, topped with cob-smoked bacon, a fried egg, and then it's all drizzled with maple mayo. The combination is gloriously salty, greasy, eggy, and sweet, all at the same time, and will cure a hangover immediately upon consumption. More

A Sandwich a Day: Fried Fish Sandwich from Cellars Market in Chicago

A Sandwich a Day Dennis Lee 4 comments

Tucked away in the windowless basement of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is a cafeteria known as Cellar's Market. Even though it's in the basement of the CBOT, it's open to the public and often frequented by office workers in the vicinity. I heard about it from some excited coworkers who were looking for variety in their lunch options. Contrary to popular belief, we don't eat deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Italian beef every day. More

Daily Slice: Jimmy's Pizza Cafe, Chicago

Daily Slice Daniel Zemans 2 comments

The list of places that put out good New York slices in Chicago is a short one, but it recently got a little longer when Jimmy Kang opened Jimmy's Pizza Café in Lincoln Square. More

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