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A Whirlwind Eating Tour of Chicago: 9 Restaurants and 16 Dishes

Chicago Liz Bomze 5 comments

Chicago lived up to the food hype I'd heard so much about. There wasn't a dud bite over the 5-day stretch, from the stunning hibiscus-lemongrass agua fresca at XOCO, to the harissa and prune pork pate at Publican Quality Meats, to the dreamy pies I ate (for breakfast!) at Bang Bang Pie Shop and Hoosier Mama Pie Company. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Girl & the Goat

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 2 comments

It could be that the flavors here are more resolute, or that they're painted with broader strokes. Whatever it is, I was continually struck throughout the meal with just how often, and how inventively, the kitchen utilized the deep fryer. More

Snapshots from the Food & Wine Chef Showcase in Chicago

Chicago Dennis Lee 3 comments

This past Monday, I had the unique opportunity to visit the Food & Wine Chef Showcase, hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Featuring over twenty Chicago area restaurants and chefs, it was a truly impressive exhibition of food and wine. More

Behind the Scenes: Making Roasted Pig Face at Girl & the Goat

Chicago Huge Galdones 5 comments

The wood oven roasted pig face at Girl & the Goat is exactly what it sounds like: parts of a pig's face are roasted in a wood fired oven. I couldn't wait to get behind the scenes to document how this dish is made from scratch. More

Bourdain Spends 'Layover' in Chicago

News Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

If there is one lesson to learn from Anthony Bourdain's recent visit to Chicago for an episode of his new show, The Layover, it's that restaurants need to play it cool. When Budacki's Drive-In attempted to offer a discount to attract a crowd to the taping, Bourdain canceled the shoot, writing that he was "unhappy that shoot was advertised as a 'personal appearance' and marketing device." More

Scenes from the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

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. More

Unexpected Spots for Gluten-Free Dining in Chicago

Chicago Rachel Gillman 2 comments

After struggling for years with a sensitive stomach, I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant. Initially I assumed I could never enjoy a traditional restaurant visit again. Fortunately, I was wrong. Very wrong. I'm continually amazed and impressed by the number of Chicago restaurants that cater to food allergies. Here's my list of unexpected spots for gluten-free dining. More

Staff Picks: Our Last Bites in Chicago

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 8 comments

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. More

How to Cook Like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones

Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: It's the ultimate rock question of allegiance. Do you want to hold her hand or spend the night together? The feud will probably never die, but two prominent rock critics and two chefs are taking the fight to the kitchen to see what happens there. More

Gift Guide: For Chicagoans (Expat and Otherwise)

Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

With the holiday season now in full swing, we've put together a little collection of some of our favorite products from the Windy City, including a collection of food, t-shirts, cookbooks, and other products that we'd enjoy receiving in the mail (hint, hint). So, whether you currently reside in the city or live far away and want a little taste of home, check it out and let us know what you think. More

Making Barrel-Aged Manhattans at Stephanie Izard's Girl and the Goat

Chicago Anthony Todd 5 comments

Barrel-aged cocktails are all the rage, so it would make sense that one of the hottest restaurants in America, Top-Chef winner and Food & Wine Best New Chef Stephanie Izard's Girl and the Goat, would be jumping on the bandwagon. But, with mixologist Ben Schiller at the helm, simply following a trend isn't enough. It has to be done right. We got a chance to help Schiller prepare one of the first batches of G&TG's barrel-aged Manhattans. More

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