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5411 Empanadas: First Taste

5411 Empanadas: First Taste: Empanadas will always have a special place in my carb-loving heart. My infatuation all started at Epcot, where one of my fondest Disney memories actually centered around the South American hot pocket. I remember exploring Epcot’s multifaceted food pavilion with my family, stopping in one of their South American restaurants (maybe […]

Sweet of the Week: Pistachio Soft-Serve at Mercadito

Pistachio Soft-Serve: Pistachio Soft-Serve at Mercadito Fish   August didn’t quite shape up to be the “dog days” we all have come to expect of late summer in Chicago, but that hardly stifles my incessant screams for ice cream. I’m obnoxious about it, regardless of temperature. In particular, there is nothing more scream-worthy than soft-serve. […]

Weekend Planner: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival, Grilled Cheese Day Decadence, and Cocktail Carts at Travelle

Weekend Planner: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Pastoral‘s fourth annual Artisan Producer Festival is this Saturday, April 12, at the Chicago French Market. The free-to-attend festival brings together upwards of 100 food artisans from across the world, gathered en masse in the West Loop to showcase their wholesome wares. It’s the Epcot of worldly artisanal foods. The […]

First Taste: Grand Tour Chicago Restaurant

Roger Herring takes diners on an international tour of flavors with this new Lincoln Square spot Grand Tour Chicago Restaurant.   I compare places to Epcot a lot. Eataly is the Epcot of Italian food, the Chicago French Market is the Epcot of West Loop lunch fare, Navy Pier is the Epcot of awfulness, etc. But Grand Tour really is the […]

Chili Dog Chicago’s Best, Fries, & More

Get your chili and Chili Dog fix in honor of National Chili Day on February 27 here’s a roundup of top spots. here’s a roundup of top spots. Apropos that National Chili Day falls on February 27, a time of year when we could all use a shot to the arm of spice and warmth. […]

Mindy Segal’s Bakery

Mindy Segal’s Bakery: Mindy Segal’s forthcoming Logan Square bakery is the biggest thing to happen to baked goods in Chicago since locals realized doughnuts were queue-worthy. When an award-winning, nationally recognized pastry chef throws her hat in the bakery ring, it’s a big deal. While Segal has long offered cookies, brownies, and other baked goods […]

After the Indulgence: Donut Fest Recap

After the Indulgence: Donut Fest Recap Donut Fest made its debut January 26 at Chop Shop’s 1st Ward event space, featuring a hodgepodge of doughnut purveyors from across Chicago, all vying for love from the public and the judges. Donut Fest Recap: Like a tsunami of fried dough and treacly glaze, the first annual Donut […]

Guide to Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week is actually a two-week affair taking place January 24 through February 6 at restaurants all over town and the suburbs. Participants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at bargain prices. Chicago Restaurant Week is actually a two-week affair taking place January 24 through February 6 at restaurants all over town and […]

Sweet of the Week: Palmer Bread Pudding at Lockwood Dining Chicago

News: Dining Chicago If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the chef who makes bread pudding with brownies and doughnuts was actively trying to kill me. Such extravagance seems like brutal overkill, more on par with state fair freakshow food than an elegant restaurant dessert. But lo and behold, when dining Chicago Lockwood, an opulent […]

So here is my night at NEXT Chicago Steak and I don’t to need to listen to Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin for a long time.

So here is my night at NEXT Chicago Steak and I don’t to need to listen to Frank Sinatra Dean Martin  for a long time. “The Food Dude” Here’s the  thing: a great  Steakhouse is not  about  the  steak. Not  really.  The steak is a given… it  must  be great.      Ours  is a minimum 30-day dry-aged  Prime […]