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Rock the Footlong Hot Dog at Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 2 comments

Since Chuck's is on Michigan Avenue, tourist central, I thought a $14 hot dog was going to be a fancy interpretation, especially with that price. Turns out I was wrong. This footlong Vienna Beef hot dog is the real deal. More

Chicagoland: Mabenka's Hearty Polish-Lithuanian Fare

Jennifer Olvera 2 comments

Mabenka Restaurant & Banquets in Burbank serves a hearty mix of Polish and Lithuanian fare. More

A Sandwich a Day: Sausage and Peppers from Panozzo's Italian Market

A Sandwich a Day Joe Roy Post a comment

Two links of juicy, fennel-forward housemade Italian sausage, your choice of cheese (I chose mozzarella), sweet peppers and onions, and house marinara are barely contained in a crusty Red Hen sub bun. I added their house giardiniera ($.50) to give a spicy, acidic kick to the sandwich, which you can think of basically as an Italian double dog. More

Sausage City: Kurowski's Sausage Shop in Avondale

Sausage City Blake Royer 9 comments

Walking into Kurowski's and ordering "kielbasa" would probably get you laughed out of the store. Because that's like walking into Baskin Robbins and ordering "ice cream." Kielbasa really just means sausage, so to navigate Kurowski's, you'd better come prepared with some more specific instructions. More

Sausage City: Alpine Kielbasa at Gene's Sausage Shop

Sausage City Blake Royer 4 comments

Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square is a towering, multi-story ode to good eating: 40 varieties of house-made sausages and cured meats (many of which are smoked at their large Belmont location), a full service staff of butchers who cut to order, a stock of hard to find game meats, a tremendous selection of beer and wine, and a carefully curated grocery from near and far. More

Standing Room Only: Pop's Italian Beef

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

"This impossibly tender beef is one of the best I've sampled in Chicago." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Pop's Italian Beef 10337 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago IL 60655 (map); 773-239-1243 The Short Order: Succulent Italian beef with crunchy giardineria . Want Fries... More

Standing Room Only: Roma's Italian Beef & Sausage

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Roma's Italian Beef & Sausage 4237 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago IL 60641 (map); 773-725-5715 The Short Order: Perfectly executed Italian beef and Italian sausage combo. Want Fries with That? Fries are standard. Want Ketchup? Maybe for... More

Standing Room Only: Uncle John's Barbecue

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

"There is no polite way to attack rib tips. Dig in with both hands and hope you have enough napkins." [Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Uncle John's Barbecue 337 E 69th Street, Chicago IL 60637 (map) 773-892-1233 The Short Order: Saucy and... More

Standing Room Only: Polish Sausages at Jim's Original

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

"I'm not a native of the region, so my introduction to the sausage came through Chris Farley's antics on Saturday Night Live." Jim's Original 1250 S. Union Ave, Chicago IL 60607 (map); 312-733-7820 The Short Order: Perfectly grilled polish sausages... More

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