Lincoln Square's Nhu' Lan Bakery recently revamped its interior, putting its menu offerings beyond the bánh mì on more prominent display.
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We don't want to get all hyperbolic, but we're unsure if any other neighborhood equals Lakeview in the quantity and diversity of its cheap eats. Sure, the Chicago classics are covered, including some of the best examples of burgers, hot dogs, and pizza in the city. But what we love the is the mix of new and old.
You know Sarah Grueneberg as the executive chef at Spiaggia, where she turns out elegant Italian plates, and as the bubbly runner-up on Top Chef Texas. When not at Spiaggia, you can find her studying Italian cuisine in Italy or eating her way through her Lakeview neighborhood.
I thought I knew all there was to know about the bánh mì, but in the past few years, a number of new places have opened around Chicago hoping to appeal to the sandwich's growing fan base. I decided to sample the scene, to see if there was anything I was missing.
Every once in a while you come across a sandwich that so grabs your attention that you wonder whether you'd ever want to eat anything else. We asked all of our contributors to pick out their favorite sandwich in Chicago, and the picks are as diverse as you'd expect, from gut-busting behemoths to nicely proportioned ones.
Gone are the days when tofu is dismissed merely as a bland meat substitute, something you probably should be eating even if you'd really rather not. The transition required some coaching from the cuisines that have been happily using tofu for ages, not because they had to, but because it tasted good. Here are ten of our favorite tofu dishes from around Chicago.