Though we'd like to see more great Chinese restaurants around Chicago, it's great to realize how many options there truly are. We asked our contributors to pick out their favorite, and of the eight replies, seven of them were different.
'Lao Hunan' on Serious Eats
Over the course of a year, I eat more french fries and onion rings than is probably currently legal per person in New York City. But just when potatoes and onions start to weigh me down (literally and figuratively), I come across a deep fried dish that renews my Quixotic quest of slogging through Chicago's fryers.
Purple Chinese eggplant is cut into wide batons, coated in a salty and spicy tempura-style batter, fried to a crisp, and tossed with dried red chilies and slivered green onions. The eggplant holds its shape surprisingly well, though each bite gives way to a smooth and creamy center.
Every year LTHForum.com releases an updated list of "Great Neighborhood Restaurants," which celebrates the many amazing local establishments around town. Though you can endlessly debate what was included and was left off, it's always a fascinating mix of old school joints and new chef-driven concepts.
Armed with this guide, you'll be able to find fried fish that meets all your Lenten wants and needs in all corners of the city. But here's the thing: whether you're observing Lent or not, fried fish is delicious, and everyone could use to get more of it in their lives. This guide can help.
Choosing my favorite dishes from Tony Hu's restaurants was not an easy thing to do, especially since there were about a dozen dishes not featured here that almost made the cut. But the following dishes are the ones that I can't stop dreaming about.
It was hard to keep track of every single restaurant opening of 2011. In fact, some of these places feel like such institutions, it's kind of amazing that they only opened this year. While there are undoubtedly restaurants that I unfairly left off the list, here are the ones that I couldn't wait to get back to.
Check out what local bloggers have been eating around the Chicago area.