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Looking for a Horseshoe Sandwich in Chicago? Visit 6 Degrees in Bucktown

Joe Roy 11 comments

Though prolific downstate, it seems the only real place to find a horseshoe in Chicago is at Springfield ex-pat owned 6 Degrees, a nondescript bar on a sleepy stretch of Damen. I like a big pile of cheesy meat fries as much as the next person, but the horseshoe is so much more than that. Deftly ordered with the proper protein, it's a surprisingly balanced beer soaker of a dinner. More

A Sandwich A Day: Croque Madame at Birchwood Kitchen

A Sandwich a Day Tessa McLean Post a comment

If you love this French sandwich, Birchwood is a place worthy of creating it. More

This Valentine's Day, Get More Than Your Just Desserts at Margie's Candies

Joe Roy 4 comments

Though Margie's Candies is known for its dessert, dinner is on offer here, too. With Valentine's Day coming up, I figured it was time to stop in to see if you can make a whole night of it at Margie's. More

A Sandwich A Day: Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich at Northside Bar & Grill

A Sandwich a Day Tessa McLean 1 comment

We have pretty high standards for fried chicken in this city these days, but that doesn't mean the average bar can't take on the challenge. More

A Sandwich a Day: Cajun Catfish Pita at Cooking Fools

A Sandwich a Day Dennis Lee 1 comment

Cooking Fools is a little spot on North Avenue in Bucktown where people can take cooking classes or throw get-togethers. But when you step in, the first thing you'll see is the refrigerated take-out case where you can pick up some pre-made food. More

A Sandwich A Day: Turkey Panini at Feast

A Sandwich a Day Tessa McLean Post a comment

Feast is one of those restaurants you can usually count on. It may not be in your best bites of the year list, but you'll leave satisfied and definitely full. More

Eat This Now: Zapp's Voodoo Potato Chips at Bon Bon Sandwiches

Nick Kindelsperger 20 comments

How could a simple bag of chips be so good? Well, I'm not completely sure. All I can say is that my wife and I finished an entire bag of the chips after we'd already eaten an incredible dinner at Sylvain. More

A Sandwich A Day: Spicy Italian at Chop Shop

A Sandwich a Day Tessa McLean 3 comments

There's no shortage of good Italian sandwiches in Chicago—but please go get one immediately from Chop Shop. More

Eat This Now: Singapore Noodles with Chinese BBQ Pork at The Bento Box

Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Visiting The Bento Box may require all kinds of qualifications and explanations, but enjoying these noodles is, fortunately, a carefree experience. More

Tackling Two Different Bibimbaps at Smalls and En Hakkore

Mike Gebert 3 comments

This is a tale of two radically different versions of the same dish, the Korean bowl of rice, vegetables, meat and egg. Is one right and one wrong? Or is it all good? Let's find out. More

Snapshots From the 9th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

Events Dennis Lee Post a comment

Last Sunday was the 9th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest here in Chicago, and this year, they titled it "The Clash of the Pietins." For me, it's one of the more fun events every year because the contest showcases home cooks rather than professional ones. More

Chicago Tacos: Paratha Tacos at En Hakkore

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

These aren't necessarily "Korean tacos." Instead of a corn tortilla, En Hakkore uses a paratha, which is an Indian flatbread. The paratha is flaky, almost like a scallion pancake, but with none of the grease. It evokes the softest flour tortilla you can imagine. More

TGI Fry-Day: Chicken Thigh Flautas at Belly Shack

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Though you can never quite predict what Belly Shack will next have on its menu (hot dogs, jibaritos, and chicken wings?), I've learned to just accept whatever the special is and order it. But the general excellence of the food here didn't prepare me for the flautas. More

Eat This Now: Magret de Canard au Poivre at Le Bouchon

Joe Roy Post a comment

Given the choice between steak and duck breast, I'll always choose the latter. Cooked medium rare, each has that chewy, knife and fork necessity mouthfeel, but when I get a hankering for gamey richness, nothing else will do. More

Long Live the Low-Frills, French Bistro Feel at Le Bouchon

Chicago Joe Roy 2 comments

Pretension is at a negative here; after twenty continuous years in business as other restaurants fade in and out of the scene, Le Bouchon's "you get what you get" vibe is refreshing. More

A Sandwich a Day: Roast Chicken Pita at Nick's Pit Stop

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Like Chicken Planet in the Loop, Nick's Pit Stop has an enormous gas grill up front, and at any one time, a dozen birds are sizzling over the fire. More

14 Cheap Eats We Love in Chicago's Bucktown

Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

Whether you're looking for tacos, hot dogs, or Latin American/Korean fusion, Bucktown has so much to offer. More

A Sandwich a Day: Steak Sandwich at Irazu

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

Man, people love Irazu. And I don't mean that it's always busy—which it is—but that people have some genuine connection to the place. More

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Beef at Jay's Beef

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Though a relatively new addition to North Ave. (it opened in 2007), Jay's Beef actually has some serious history behind it. More

A Sandwich a Day: The 3XL Corned Beef at Vienna Beef

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 5 comments

The beauty here is in the simplicity. Take a whopping nine ounces of warm, thinly-sliced corn beef and answer two questions: Mustard? Yes, please. Bread? Dark rye for me. And that's the sandwich. More

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