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We Eat All the Fries at Edzo's in Chicago

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 3 comments

To commemorate the end of Amy's momentous quest for the best cheese fries in Chicago, we needed an equally epic and ridiculous finale. We couldn't think of anything more foolish than attempting to eat all the fry combinations at Edzo's Burger Shop. More

TGI Fry-Day: Vegetarian Salad at The Athenian Room

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

I'm not sure what is more hilarious: the fact that The Athenian Room has something called a vegetarian salad ($7.00) on its menu, or that the salad in question arrives topped with a whole bunch of thick cut fries. I know this: it shouldn't work. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer at the Chicago French Market

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 7 comments

Perhaps the best thing about these fries is their independent singularity. Rather than being able to rely on an exceptional hot dog to carry them to greatness, Frietkoten's fries have the chops to stand unadorned, front and center. More

Standing Room Only: Belgian Frites Await at Backwoods

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

Backwoods is located in the "back" of Wood, a small plates restaurant on Halsted, and it serves only one thing: Belgian frites. But how do they hold up? More

TGI Fry-Day: Togarashi Spiced Fries from Belly Shack

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy 1 comment

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. More

Standing Room Only: Phil's Last Stand

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

The first thing you see when you walk into Phil's Last Stand on Chicago Avenue is Phil, or as he likes to refer to himself online, Fat Phil. Like Doug Sohn (Hot Doug's) and Eddie Lakin (Edzo's) before him, Phil always stands guard, taking every order, and making as many jokes as possible. While that obviously ensures a fun and freewheeling vibe, it's main advantage is quality control. Nothing gets by Phil without his approval. That turns out to be a very good thing. More

Standing Room Only: U.B. Dogs in the Loop

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

U.B. Dogs opened over the summer, and it's one of the new school hot dog stands that still does things the old way. And damn, does it try hard. Besides the hot dog, polish, and the bread, just about everything is made in house, right down to the condiments. More

Standing Room Only: Al's Under the "L" Hot Dogs & Polish

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 5 comments

As you can tell, Al's Under the "L" Hot Dogs & Polish isn't literally underneath the L, but the whole building does shake when the train rolls by, and that's good enough for me. Featuring a menu of Chicago classics, including minimalist-style hot dogs and Polish sausages loaded with caramelized onions, Al's feels like the kind of place that's been around for years. More

TGI Fry-Day: Beef Fat Fries at Longman & Eagle

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy Post a comment

It was crunchy, creamy, rich, salty: everything a fry should be. Oh, and did I mention that the fries are fried in beef fat? More

Standing Room Only: Mr. D's Shish-Kabobs

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Mr. D's in the far northwestern neighborhood of Montclare excels at items that most stands don't even attempt—steak sandwiches and grilled shish kabobs. Plus, they have some of the best fries around. More

Standing Room Only: That's-A-Burger

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 19 comments

One of the best burgers in Chicago, easily. That's-A-Burger 2134 E. 71st Street, Chicago IL 60649 (map); 773-878-9898 The Short Order: Perfectly proportioned burgers griddled to order. Want Fries with That? These delicious, highly seasoned fries come with every order.... More

Standing Room Only: Susie's Drive Thru

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 12 comments

"Susie's is a veritable wonderland of grease and the only advice I have is to submit." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Susie's Drive Thru 4126 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago IL 60641; 773-283-6544‎ The Short Order: Eclectic diner fare, with incredible milkshakes. Want... More

Standing Room Only: Polish Sausages at Jim's Original

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

"I'm not a native of the region, so my introduction to the sausage came through Chris Farley's antics on Saturday Night Live." Jim's Original 1250 S. Union Ave, Chicago IL 60607 (map); 312-733-7820 The Short Order: Perfectly grilled polish sausages... More

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