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Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees

A’s List: Get a Taste of Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees Another year, another class of James Beard nominees from Chicago. Some names you’ll recognize as previous nominees, while others are new in the game. Nevertheless, if you haven’t checked them out by now, it’s time to make a reservation. Here’s our cheat sheet on […]

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Apr 19, 2018 07:55 PM
Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners, Cocktail Class & Late-night

Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners at Bistro Campagne In case you needed another reason to revisit one of Lincoln Square’s most enduring gems, Bistro Campagne just rolled out a new monthly dinner series that promises to get guests a front-row seat to all the culinary action. Executive chef Luke Creagon and beverage director Alex Uribe have created […]

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Apr 15, 2018 11:18 PM
Weekly Planner: Cooking Classes and New Brunche Locations

The Moonlighter Launches Brunch One of the newest brunch menus in town can now be savored at Logan Square newcomer The Moonlighter. Available every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m., brunch features inventive comfort fare by chef Mickey Neeley, whose menu boasts the likes of corn flake-crusted bananas Foster French toast with vanilla bean pudding […]

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Mar 26, 2018 09:12 PM

Sweet of the Week: Rice Pudding at Dillman's Restaurant

Far too often, rice pudding gets overlooked, deemed nursing home food not fit for anyone with functioning teeth. This reputation is unfortunate and undeserved. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for rice pudding. I'll admit the first time I saw it in a container in our refrigerator when I was young, I was weirded out. My dad loved it, and once I finally got over the idea of a pudding made with rice, I discovered that goddamn I love it. And why not? It's simply a custardy sweet pudding studded with tender, plump grains of rice, oftentimes flecked with cinnamon and raisins. It's almost like a sweet breakfast porridge. Nowadays, it's still rare to find rice pudding on restaurant menus, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see it at spankin' new Dillman's The new Chicago restaurant. After a recent lunch at the sprawling restaurant, the rice pudding turned out to be the highlight of the meal.

The rice pudding at Dillman's is not anything outre or contemporary, just a classic preparation of a classic dessert. The texture of the pudding is perfectly silky and rich, each bite absolutely brimming with rice. True to form, an ample dosage of cinnamon is sprinkled on top and the pudding is dotted with juicy raisins, providing a splash of fruity flavor throughout. Served in a sundae glass, even the presentation looks nostalgic. This isn't a reinvention of the rice pudding wheel, but an apt homage to a deserving classic.

Rice pudding at Dillman's
(Rice pudding and chocolate cream pie at Dillman's)

Neighborhoods: River North

Red hot restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff opens a contemporary casual eatery in the space that was once home to Steve's Deli. Though Dillman's specializes in classic Jewish deli fare (think house-made...

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