There's been an uptick in in-house pickling this summer in Chicago, especially in spots that take their drinks seriously. Here are eight creative local takes on crisp, classic veggies-in-brine.
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One mouthful gives you the warmth and creaminess of the coconut; the next is all-out chicken stew; then you snag a caramelized onion and it's a salty little explosion of flavor in your mouth.
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.
Now, we love Southern-style fried chicken, with its crispy and well seasoned crust, but we also know that numerous other cuisines have their own equally delicious way with the bird.
The Country Bird at Pecking order is ripe with thoughtful flavors and loved up with Filipino spices. It is then adorned with smoky, shaved Gouda and fresh Roma tomatoes.
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.