Considering the amount of effort lavished on their drink menus, it makes sense that bars would eventually get around to crafting better snacks. And by better I mean that the snacks are now made of pork.
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If it can be smoked and doesn't have bones (sorry rib tips), it can probably be stuffed between two slices of bread, slathered in sauce, and devoured. We covered pulled pork on Monday, but here are some of our other favorite barbecue sandwiches in Chicago.
Pulled pork is the most ubiquitous barbecue in Chicago, but it's not always the best. While it took some effort to track down, there is pulled pork worth celebrating here.
After a fire caused significant damages back in May, Lillie's Q finally reopened last night in Bucktown.
When the Chicago French Market opened on the ground floor of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in 2009, I initially had mixed feelings about the project. But it's now hard to think of another place in Chicago where you can find such a wide variety of excellent food options in such a small area.
Here's some good news for Chicago barbecue fans: A couple weeks after Lillie's Q main location on North Ave. closed due to a fire, the restaurant's stand in the Chicago French Market reopened last Friday.
Wicker Park is home to a satisfying mix of cuisines, including established stalwarts and an ever expanding list of new projects. Luckily, many of the places are focused on serving the neighborhood, meaning that finding a stunning, and affordable, meal is easy.
Over the course of a year, I eat more french fries and onion rings than is probably currently legal per person in New York City. But just when potatoes and onions start to weigh me down (literally and figuratively), I come across a deep fried dish that renews my Quixotic quest of slogging through Chicago's fryers.
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.
For the latest round of Staff Picks, contributors were asked to name their favorite chicken dish in the city. It seemed liked an easy question, but our contributors wrestled with the idea. These picks became personal, and, for that matter, mostly fried.
These are the eleven bites that stuck out amongst the other 120-odd things we tried over the weekend at Chicago Gourmet. From sandwiches to salads to carbonated fruits (yes, carbonated fruits), here are the bites we'd happily stand in line again for.
After a week of feasting on rib tips and hot links, one would think that the last thing I'd want to do is eat more barbecue. But I'm reasonably sure I will always make an exception for some tri-tip from Lillie's Q.
Fresh from the fryer, the pickles are kosher salted (bonus points!) and come to the table on a brown paper lined mini sheet pan with a baby Mason jar full of house made ranch dressing.
Chicago now has barbecue to satisfy the cravings of the most judicious barbecue enthusiast—no matter what part of the country he or she is from. While we don't have the same kind of per capita concentration of some barbecue capitals, when I looked at the big barbecue categories (ribs, pulled pork, brisket), I found truly excellent examples of each.