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Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM
Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM

Sweet of the Week: Cookie Dough at County Barbeque

When I was younger, I used to regard cookie dough as a viable snack in and of itself. My mom would buy mini tubs of cookie dough, which I'm pretty sure was meant to be scooped onto cookie sheets and, you know, baked. But instead, she let my siblings and I just eat it with spoons. Which in retrospect is pretty heinous, not only in terms of being completely and utterly grotesque, but by the fact that it's probably not too safe to consume raw ingredients by the spoonful. But let's face it, if there's any reason to worth sickness, it's cookie dough. I've long regarded cookie dough as more delicious than actual baked cookies. There's just something so sublime and saccharine about the creamy texture, toothsome chocolate chips, sugary crackle, and buttery undertones that make me feel alive. Once I grew old enough to know better, I cut way back on my cookie dough consumption. Until County Barbeque came along and changed everything. Not only is this the first instance where I've seen a restaurant offer cookie dough on the menu, but said dough is damn delicious, taking my right back to my childhood days of ridiculous overindulgence. 


Cookie dough at County
(Cookie dough at County Barbeque) 


The quintessential nostalgia dessert, County's cookie dough is literally served by the spoonful. The dessert is served in heaping dollops large enough to share. Or stuff into your mouth in one gaping bite. The flavor and texture is perfectly akin to everyone's favorite youthful memories, butter-rich, doughy, and riddled with crunchy morsels of chocolate chips. The best part is that it's safe to eat, free of potentially lethal raw ingredients unsafe to consume in vast quanities. So I can feel even better about my cookie dough consumption/obsession. 


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Little Italy, UIC

David Morton and Michael Kornick open a chef-driven BBQ joint in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Gennaro's Italian restaurant. There are 40 seats inside and 50 seats on...

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