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Eleven City Diner’s Lincoln Park Sister to Open Next Week

The South Loop’s bastion of delicatessen and diner dreams is about to expand to Lincoln Park when Eleven City Diner opens Eleven Lincoln Park on June 25. For owner Brad Rubin, the new location is an opportunity to enhance the casual family restaurant scene in Chicago, something he’s been yearning for since childhood. Reared on old school diners and […]

City Provisions Delicatessen closes

Restaurants usually don’t send out press releases when they close, but Cleetus Friedman, unique in this as he has been in everything, has sent out the sad notice that he closed his Lincoln Square delicatessen, City Provisions, yesterday. Friedman wrote: While I gave everything I had every day of the week to all of my […]

Bite into the history of the Jewish deli

Jewish delicatessens such as Manny’s in the South Loop and Steve’s in River North are rare these days and getting more rare. That wasn’t always the case. Once, delicatessens were nearly as central to the Jewish-American experience as synagogues. Ted Merwin, associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., a […]

Kaufman’s reopens Oct. 29

Mazel tov, deli fans! After being closed by fire for nearly a year, Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen is slated to reopen on Oct. 29, the owners announced this week, bagels, rye bread, corned beef and all. “We’ve been assured by our contractor, architect, rabbi, priest, suppliers, the village elders and our neighbors that the 29th […]

Happy New Year! 14 eateries for the Jewish High Holidays

No need to fuss over fixing meals for the Jewish High Holidays — restaurants will do it for you. A variety of Chicago eateries are prepared to serve traditional-style menus for the two nights of the Rosh Hashana, dinner preceding Yom Kippur and suppers for breaking your fast afterwards. Unless otherwise mentioned, Rosh Hashana menus […]

Friday food porn: Bring on the balls!

Matzo-ball soup, filled with chicken and carrots, $7.39 a bowl at Steve’s Deli in River North. Or buy it buy it by the gallon from their Passover catering menu, $50.32 plus $1.99 per matzo ball.

Eat this! Latkes, crispy symbols of Hanukkah

What it is: Latke in Yiddish means “pancake.” They can be made from anything — from matzo meal to cheese — but most people use the term to refer to Jewish-style kartofl latkes, crispy cakes made from finely grated potatoes fried in oil, and commonly served during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. Jewish kartofl latkes […]

National Hot Dog Month: Five top Chicago franks to try

During National Hot Dog Month in July, why not visit some area sausage makers and try some great locally made dogs?

Why eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day?

They don’t eat corned beef and cabbage in Ireland, and they don’t dye their rivers green either. The Chicago River will get its annual dye job at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

Friday food porn: Do it Canadian style

The signature Montreal-style smoked-meat sandwich at Furmare Meats in the Chicago French Market features French Canada’s answer to pastrami: well-marbled beef brisket cured, naturally smoked, peppered and slow-cooked on the the West Loop premises daily ($8.99). The meat is also sold by the pound, in case you want to stock up for Superbowl noshing.