If it can be smoked and doesn't have bones (sorry rib tips), it can probably be stuffed between two slices of bread, slathered in sauce, and devoured. We covered pulled pork on Monday, but here are some of our other favorite barbecue sandwiches in Chicago.
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Does anyone know when the great pretzel invasion of Chicago began? Regardless, what's especially interesting is that there are now numerous styles of pretzels to dig into.
It was clear from the moment I moved here that Chicago cared about its hot dogs more than any other place I'd ever been. And after five years of searching, here are my ten favorite Chicago-style hot dogs.
When it comes to hot dogs, Chicagoans have opinions. We care where they are made, who serves them, and what tops them. We will drive all over the city to satisfy a craving, passing lesser stands that just aren't quite good enough.
Why are Chicago chefs so obsessed with ramps? Well, they are our city's namesake, but they also make a tasty flavor accent for anything from risotto to lobster tacos.
It's a brisket sandwich's birthright to be a meaty mess, with juicy smoke-laden meat punctuated by crunchy burnt ends. Fortunately, chef Kevin Hickey knows this.
For the third year in a row, Chicago Gourmet—an epic weekend of feasting in Millennium Park—was launched with a burger competition, also known as the Hamburger Hop. For the first year, I decided to try all of them.
Carrie Nahabedian has been turning out graceful plates at Naha since 2000, but when she's not serving up Mediterranean-influenced American dishes, you'll find her in Streeterville and the Gold Coast, where she's made her home for the past 12 years
Where is the best ice cream in the city? That's the question we asked our contributors. The picks ranged from new restaurants in the Gold Coast to classic joints on the South Side.
Last night, some of the best chefs in Chicago set up shop in Lincoln Park for the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit, which helps raise money for educational initiatives at the market. The original plan was to try and eat every single dish, but considering there were over 80 restaurants at the event, I had to make do with sampling as much as I could. I did pretty well.
If you could only have one last bite in Chicago, what would it be? It's a completely hypothetical question, one that is obviously meant to get a reaction, but it's something worth thinking about every now and again. We asked all the contributors on Serious Eats: Chicago to come up with one dish they'd eat if they only had one last meal in Chicago.
The best part about grilled cheese is that simplicity is part of the deal. This sandwich is as good now as it was when we were eight years old. But even we were surprised by how many great grilled cheese sandwiches there are out there. This list is by no means complete, but here are 21 grilled sandwiches we are currently infatuated with in Chicago
Chef Kevin Hickey may spend his days in the Gold Coast, cooking elegant comfort food at his brand new restaurant, Allium, but after service is over, he returns to Bridgeport, the same neighborhood he grew up in. As you can imagine, this makes him one of the best guides possible to the South Side neighborhood, because not only has opinions on where to eat, but he also knows the families behind the establishments.
Here's the thing: Most people think that the Chicago dog has an inflexible formula, one set down from on high, which mandates a certain seven toppings that must be included or the whole deal is off. But the reality I've encountered over the many years I've been searching for the best hot dog in Chicago is far more varied and interesting. Here's the guide to make sense of it all.