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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Sweet of the Week: Banana Cream Pie Concrete at Scooter's Frozen Custard

Before summer trickles away and our dessert appetites shift from ice cream to hot chocolate, I am desperately trying to eat as much iced sweets as possible. Not that I completely do away with ice cream in the cooler months or anything, I just think it's more socially acceptable to binge when it's hot out and everyone expects it. One of the essential summer staples in Chicago is Scooter's Frozen Custard, a seasonal dessert haunt in Lakeview revered for their buttery thick custards that serve to outdo even the most decadent of ice cream sundaes. By infusing their custards with egg yolk, the resulting treat is thicker, denser, slightly warmer, and smoother than most ice cream. This also endears it to the concrete treatment, a sort of hodgepodge sundae made by mashing up toppings with custard until it's all one big cohesive and indulgent mess. My favorite of their concretes is the banana cream pie variety, a hefty dish that serves to exponentially raise the bar on banana cream pie itself. 


Scooter's Frozen Custard
(Scooter's Frozen Custard)


The concrete formula goes like this at Scooter's Frozen Custard: select a custard flavor first, add in your desired toppings or opt for a pre-selected flavor combo, and select a size. Bear in mind that the large size is comparable to a Trenta beverage at Starbucks, and it's a LOT to mess around with. My go-to is the banana cream pie concrete. Made with a vanilla custard base, it's all blended with fresh banana slices and graham cracker crumbs, resulting in all the same toasty, nutty, fruity, and creamy flavors of a silken banana cream pie, but so much better because it's all entirely immersed in frozen custard and whipped cream. Before summer fades away, make sure you swing by Scooter's for a warm-weather fix and properly bid the season adieu. 


Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Lakeview



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