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Friday food porn: Cheesey indulgences

Lock 21, a raw cow’s milk, bloomy rind, farmstead cheese made in the style of a Camembert by cheesemaker Brian Schlatter at Canal Junction Cheese in Defiance, Ohio, and aged 60 days. Giles Schnierle of the Great American Cheese Collection describes it as having a “pleasant lemon tang, soft and creamy, complexly flavored with hints […]

Friday food porn: Sweet porking

At Sable Kitchen & Bar in River North, Chef Heather Terhune simmers bacon, onions, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, maple syrup and brewed coffee until it becomes a savory jam, which she serves with creamy brie cheese and toasted baguette slices, $13.

Friday food porn: Nutty indulgences

The newly opened Katherine Anne Confections cafe in Logan Square blends milk and semisweet chocolates with freshly toasted ground hazelnuts, and hazelnut butter and a touch of white pepper to create these indulgent truffles, three for $9.50.

Friday food porn: String ’em along

“Chitarra” pasta with Abruzzese spaghetti, bacon, egg yolk, cacciocavallo cheese and a sprinkle of black pepper, $12 — a take on spaghetti alla carbonara at Bar Umbriago in River North.

Friday food porn: Musseling in

Prince Edward Island mussels in tomato broth with sourdough croutons and rouille, $10, at Trademark Tavern & Tap in Lombard.

Friday food porn: Hot chick!

Cantonese crispy chicken, a bone-in half chicken marinated and fried, $13.99, one of the Yue cuisine dishes from Chef Mark Tsang, a native of Canton Province in southern China, at Koi in Evanston.

Friday food porn: A decade of meat

Ancho beef or ribeye, one of 16 cuts of meat served in unlimited portions at Fogo de Chao in River North. The churrascaria is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Chicago and a recent $750,000 renovation and expansion, which added private dining rooms, a restyled bar/lounge and expanded the salad bar. In honor of the occasion, […]

Friday food porn: You can watch!

Specially-trained caesar-salad baristas — they call them “Caesaristas” — mix up the greens tableside at David Burke’s Primehouse in River North. Lunch options (available as part of 30-minute meal) are “classic,” topped with items such as grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled filet mignon or seared ahi tuna; “creative,” featuring butter-poached lobster, smoked salmon or crab […]

Friday food porn: Fritter away

Fontina cheese and prosciutto, coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried crisp and golden at English in River North. The appetizer fritters, $6, are served with Creole aioli and microgreens.

Friday food porn: Porked!

As if we needed proof that the bacon trend has reached its nadir, Bakers Square restaurants jump on the porcine bandwagon with the “Salty Hog,” a bacon-topped pie. A blue-ribbon winner at the American Pie Council’s 2011 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., the pie has finally made it to the chain’s menus this month, […]