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Good Phở and No Lines at Phở Tàu Bay in Uptown

Mike Gebert 4 comments

Why would you open yet another phở place there, at the very end of a strip full of phở places? Phở Tàu Bay has survived a year and more. And it's become a regular stop for me on Argyle, because it's easy. While people are lining up at Tank Noodle or one of the others, you can always get a seat. More

Wild Side: From Head to Foot at Ba Le in Uptown

Dennis Lee 8 comments

Sure, Ba La serves an exceptional bánh mì, but did you know it also had pickled chicken feet on menu? More

Wild Side: Cow Trotters and Lamb Brains at Shan Restaurant

Dennis Lee 1 comment

If you're up for it and want to try something more along the wild side of things, go hang out at Shan Restaurant and give brains and feet a crack. Don't worry. You won't become a lamb zombie. More

Get Your Dim Sum Gateway Drugs at Chiu Quon Bakery

Mike Gebert 5 comments

If dim sum has a gateway drug, it's surely char siu bao, the barbecued pork bun, candy-sweet pork in a ball of cotton candy-like steamed flour. More

Does Reservoir Raise the Bar on Uptown Bar Eats?

Lindsey Howald Patton 3 comments

Reservoir opened last year with an ambition to take its food up a step from Uptown's everyman vibe. Yet there's an odd combination of high and low-brow going on that could be a kink in the concept or just a mission to appeal to every craft drink-loving patron who might wander in. More

Stir Fried Noodles Worth Your Time at Siam Noodle & Rice

Joe Roy 2 comments

If you make the trek up to Siam Noodle & Rice, and you can somehow pull yourself away from nearby Sun Wah, Tank Noodle, or Ba Le, you'll be rewarded with some pretty solid offerings- especially of the stir fried noodle variety. More

Stuff Yourself on Delicious Tradition at Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Lindsey Howald Patton Post a comment

The restaurant faces a historic corner of Lawrence Avenue, where the glittering emerald lights of the Green Mill twinkle. Although Demera has only been open since 2007, it's already an Uptown neighborhood mainstay in its own right. More

The Brunch Dish: Filipino Flair at Pecking Order

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac Post a comment

Far from the froufrou or overcrowded brunch spots elsewhere in the city, Pecking Order succeeds by keeping things simple and supremely satisfying, imbuing brunch staples with a punch of Filipino flair. More

A Bowl of Good Stuff at Pecking Order

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton Post a comment

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. More

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Beef Bánh Mì at Pho 888

A Sandwich a Day Nathan Lurz Post a comment

Pho 888 offers a delicate but filling take on the Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich. More

Behind the Sweets: Bill Millholland Rolls Up Some Sticky Buns at Baker & Nosh

Behind the Sweets Lindsey Becker 1 comment

Years of experience go into a sticky bun worth going out of your way for: Baker & Nosh's fulfills all of the usual sticky bun requirements (buttery, tacky goo and crunchy pecans), but it's also made with a fantastic brioche dough, so instead of being Cinnabon-soft, there's a little more crispy, buttery crust here than your usual bun. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Phờ Xe Tăng, aka, Tank Noodle Restaurant

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 3 comments

Until I find someone knowledgable in Southeast Asian food that's willing to guide me through Tank Noodle's extensive offerings, I'm stuck doing this the old fashioned way: working through the menu one item at a time. But with dishes approaching the mid 200s, it helps to do things systematically. And I can't think of any better place to start than with items straight from the deep fryer. More

TGI Fry-Day: Salt & Pepper Shrimp from Silver Seafood

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy 8 comments

Whole shrimp are tossed with a mix of cornstarch, salt, and five spice powder, deep fried until crispy, and stir-fried with jalapeños, red pepper, and garlic. I'm sure that for those in the know, the delicately seasoned and expertly cooked shrimp and accompanying mound of rice would make for a great lunch. But I felt like I needed an instruction booklet for where to begin. More

A Sandwich a Day: Torta del Pastor from Carmela's Taqueria

A Sandwich a Day Joe Roy 5 comments

The al pastor spit dominates the taqueria. Central in its placement and comically oversized for its surroundings, you'll spot (and smell) its wares halfway down the block. You'd be missing the point not to order something sliced from the orange-hued cone. More

TGI Fry-Day: Shrimp Egg Roll from Ba Le

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy 1 comment

Encased in glass and heat lamp lit from above are a selection of egg rolls and other fried appetizers. Generally, the first rule of TGI Fry-Day is "heat lamp = bad," but given the quality of Ba Le's bánh mì sandwiches, I figured I'd trust their judgment and give something a try. More

Knockout Noodles: Sun Wah BBQ

Knockout Noodles Roger Kamholz 3 comments

It was with a conflicted heart that I made my (wildly overdue) inaugural visit to Sun Wah BBQ recently with the express intent to eat noodles. Would it be laughably misguided of me to finally hit up such a well-known haven of grilled meats and subsist solely on its slurpables? Turns out, it's not the crippling dilemma I thought it'd be. More

TGI Fry-Day: Cánh Gà Sốt Me (Vietnamese Chicken Wings) from Nhà Hàng Việt Nam

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy 5 comments

The wings were crispy, with the skin achieving the crackly, fat-rendering induced texture most wing places screw up. Beyond the fish sauce, I think I tasted garlic, sambal oelek, and lime juice, but I'll never really know for sure. More

Knockout Noodles: Phở 777

Knockout Noodles Roger Kamholz 3 comments

Willfully ignoring for a moment my slippery grasp of even the most basic tenets of the Vietnamese language, I'm going to go ahead and translate Phở 777 as "noodle-soup jackpot." And despite that slippery grasp (read: no knowledge of whatsoever), I feel like I'm on to something. More

The Over 21 Club: Sun Wah BBQ

The Over 21 Club Dennis Lee 3 comments

I could be wrong, but when people think of Chicago institutions, they tend to think of steakhouses, hot dog joints, and the like. But Sun Wah BBQ has been open for years. Though it really isn't a secret, it has stood the tough test of time for a reason, and that reason is The Peking duck. More

The Brunch Dish: Breakfast Burritos Deliver at Tweet

The Brunch Dish Anna Deem 1 comment

It takes a determined soul to brave the endless brunch lines at Uptown's Tweet, but I figured an unseasonably warm Sunday morning was the perfect time to see if Tweet lived up to its reputation. Approximately one hour and one cocktail later, I finally found myself seated with a menu in hand. Upon noticing that Tweet had not one, but SIX different variations of a breakfast burrito on their menu, I knew I had to try one—but which one? More

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