Regardless of whether you devour dips with gusto or just want a tiny bit to complement your fried fare, there's no shortage of options around town, ranging from fudge desserts to mayo packed with Indian flavors.
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While Chicago is associated with one particular style of hot dog, in practice we're more of an equal opportunity hot dog admirer. Honestly, we'll try pretty much anything on top of a sausage—just so long as it's good. That's especially true now, as chefs around town have decided to experiment with the hot dog, topping it with ingredients we'd never even consider as possibilities.
I decided to take a ride on the Blue Line to O'Hare, tracking the options from the moment you leave the Loop to the point you arrive at your gate. There are more options than I could have imagined.
Whether you're looking for tacos, hot dogs, or Latin American/Korean fusion, Bucktown has so much to offer.
We love the dishes where the bacon is everywhere and nowhere, so all you can detect is the haunting aroma of smoke and the salty profile of the cure. But we are not immune to the pleasures of the occasional bacon overload, just so long as each calorie-laden fatty bite is worth the extra mile on the treadmill.
Now, we love Southern-style fried chicken, with its crispy and well seasoned crust, but we also know that numerous other cuisines have their own equally delicious way with the bird.
I feel safe in saying that Belly Shack is not the best place to watch a Bears game. But perhaps you should think about getting your pre-game food here, because every Sunday during the NFL season Belly Shack is serving chicken wings.
As soon as I felt the first snap of a cold wind I immediately started to crave a huge bowl of soup. You know, the kind that warms you up and fortifies you for the rest of the day. Here are 13 flavorful and dynamic bowls to help you greet fall.
BQ2GO, Bill Kim's to go operation, almost seems like the opposite of BellyQ. Instead of a celebration of fire and meat in all its smoky, fatty glory, BQ2GO favors fresh vegetables and salads.
Once left exclusively to the DQ's of the world, the soft-serve machine is now showing up in some very unexpected places. But this isn't your plain old vanilla cone. No, each place has adapted the dessert to its own vision, pairing it with ingredients traditional to cuisines of Thailand, Mexico, and Italy.
Of all of Chicago's original sandwich creations, none is as unique or beguiling as the jibarito. Here are ten different options, all distinct, and ready for you to devour.
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 pale fries themselves evoke straight-from-the-fryer McDonald's: delicately crisp on the outside, pillowy on the inside, and just as addictive. The fries are tossed in togarashi, a Japanese chili pepper blend that usually contains, among other things, red chili pepper, sansho, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, ground ginger, and nori. Garnished with finely julienned cilantro and served with a curry mayonnaise, these fries do their best to evade establishing any sort of flavor frame of reference.
Once you get past the messiness factor, the Asian pork meatball sandwich's toppings of noodles soaked in chili paste and the coolness of the mint just clicks.
The half-mile stretch of Western Avenue just north of the Blue Line stop (roughly from Cortland to Belden) is not exactly the most elegant road. But while it is easy to zoom by without noticing the scenery, you'd also miss one of my favorite places to eat in the city
[Photograph: Michael Nagrant] One thing that can temper he icy sheets of Chicago's blustery winters, where Lake Michigan squalls and sharp winds rip between skyscrapers, is the perfect bowl of soup. There have been many suitors over the years...