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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 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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