'uptown' on Serious Eats

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

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

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

TGI Fry-Day: Shrimp Egg Roll from Ba Le

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

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

Knockout Noodles: Phở 777

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

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

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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