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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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.
Don't let anyone fool you: choosing the perfect place to take an out of town guest requires planning. It may sound easy, but you're looking for something more than just an excellent meal. While the restaurant has to serve knockout food (that's a given), it simultaneously has to showcase something unique about the city.
Whether you're looking for tacos, hot dogs, or Latin American/Korean fusion, Bucktown has so much to offer.
In this month's version of "We Drink All the Hot Chocolate at..." we go on a little soul-warming vacation south of the border with the five hot chocolates at Xoco (just kidding: this is not actually a new column we're starting...or is it?).
For a time there, it felt like every restaurant was contractually obligated to serve a Caesar salad. Luckily, a new wave of restaurants have reclaimed the salad, lavishing attention on the once neglected dish.
It's hard to think of another dish as comforting or familiar as macaroni and cheese. But even though it's generally regarded as a simple dish comprised of two components, there are a shocking number of ways to get the job done. No matter your personal preference, there's a macaroni and cheese in Chicago out there for you.
I would like to propose a new holiday tradition for you and two to three out of town guests. Instead of walking around in the cold looking at a zoo covered in lights, I suggest a significantly warmer activity in the form of seven different kinds of steamy and delicious hot chocolate at Mindy's Hot Chocolate.
River North, the neighborhood just north of the Chicago River, has no shortage of exceptional restaurants. But eating cheaply here is a totally different prospect, one that requires planning and some serious detective skills.
Since it opened in 2005, no one has ever seriously questioned the quality of the desserts coming out of Mindy Segal's Hot Chocolate in Bucktown. But the savory menu is not to be missed, especially since it was completely revamped a few months ago.
Yes, some people may think of rhubarb as more of an ingredient to cover up or ignore rather than feature, but I found eight restaurants in Chicago not only brave enough to spotlight this spring and summertime vegetable, but places that do it so well that I am now craving rhubarb.
Haven't made a reservation for Mother's Day brunch yet? Don't fear! We've tracked down some excellent options that either don't take them, or still have some openings (as of this exact moment). The picks are from all over town and specialize in different aspects of a good brunch, so you should be able to find the one that works best for your mom.
A few weeks ago, chef Kevin Hickey gave us his neighborhood guide to Bridgeport (who could forget his account of kicking Bill Veeck's wooden leg). Today the torch gets passed on to Julia Kramer, the associate food editor and restaurant critic at Time Out Chicago, where she has worked since 2008.
We live in an era when people are willing to get out of bed just to go stand in line for an hour or more to eat breakfast. When diners show that kind of commitment to getting a good meal, expectations rise accordingly. Fortunately, when it comes to pancakes, Chicago's restaurants are up for the challenge.
As cookie-cutter and generic as Valentine's Day may seem, it's important to remember that romance is a deeply personal experience. So, it makes sense that what constitutes as a "romantic" restaurant depends entirely on the couple. Each of our contributors picked out the one place they'd most like to spend time with their significant other.
Check out the most popular posts over the past week, including our picks for the best tamales, hot chocolate, and other Christmas related foods. Plus, panini at The Purple Pig, where to eat hot dogs in the suburbs, and fried mac and cheese.
From silky gourmet Valhrona cocoa to complex Mexican spices, there are more variations on hot chocolate in Chicago than you can shake a candy cane at. Here are some of our favorites.
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.
I knew the main reason Ed wanted to have a launch party in Chicago was so that he would have an excuse to get as many of his favorite Chicago restaurants together in the same room as possible. Picking one was an impossibility, but our preliminary list quickly grew to the point where there were almost as many restaurants as potential guests. In the end, we settled on four amazing places .