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Friday food porn: Love is like a red, red drink

Named for British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who once boasted, “I’ve taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me,” the Churchill bloody mary, $12 at Old Town Pour House comes in a 20-ounce goblet filled with house-made bloody mix and Effen Cucumber, Tito’s Handmade, Stoli Hot or your preferred vodka, and […]

Friday food porn: Lovely lamb

Coffee- and cinnamon-rubbed rack of lamb, served over eggplant puree with baby artichokes, lipstick peppers and olive jus, $35 at Epic in River North.

Friday food porn: Layer it on!

The towering 23-layer chocolate cake, $14, a decadent signature of Pastry Chef Hillary Rikower at Michael Jordan’s Steak House on the Magnificent Mile.

Friday food porn: Succulent sausage

Not your Sheboygan sausage: House-made bratwurst blending pork and duck meat, served with a ribollita cake, sunny-side up egg and duck crackling, $15 ($12 for lunch) at Hubbard Inn in River North.

Friday food porn: O Oysters, come and walk with us

Celebrate National Oyster Day, Sunday, Aug. 5, at Benny’s Chop House in the River North. Specialty oysters from Delaware Bay, New Brunswick, Cape Cod and other regions are available at $14.99 a half dozen and $26.99 a dozen. For a deal, though, have a belated celebration at the steakhouse’s weekly Oyster Wednesday, when the mollusks […]

Friday food porn: Space station Oswego

The “Space Station” at Oswego’s galaxy-themed Shef Brothers will fill up those empty spaces. The appetizer features five orders of mashed potatoes, five orders of fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, lettuce and tomato, drizzled with ranch dressing and barbecue sauce, all topped with a deep-fried meatball, $16.99.

Friday food porn: Middle Eastern delight

A lovely cool meal for hot nights, the vegetarian combination plate at Pita Inn in Glenview, Skokie and Wheeling features hummus, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh, falafel, stuffed grape leaves and Jerusalem salad, served with house-made pita bread, $6.99. After sunset during Ramadan, which began last night and continues through Aug. 18, expect to see many Muslim […]

Fryday food porn: Hand-cut happiness

Happy National French Fry Day! These beauties are hand-cut and twice fried at Gene & Jude’s in River Grove, just as they have daily since the 1940s. Then they’re wrapped up with your hot dog for $2.28. (Yes, there’s a hot dog under that mound!) Last year, Every Day with Rachael Ray named Gene & […]

Friday food porn: The colors of cool

Chicago’s Original Rainbow Cone: layered chocolate, strawberry, “Palmer House” (cherry-walnut-studded vanilla), pistachio and orange sherbet. Hand-packed cones at the Beverly parlor range from baby-sized ($1.49) to large ($4.09), but buy it by the quart ($8.09): In this weather, you’ll want to bathe in it! (Can’t make down to Beverly? They’ll be at Taste of Chicago, […]

Friday food porn: Meat me

Among the selection’s at the an evening ale and sandwich bar at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in River North are cheese and charcuterie plates with regional cheeses from Italico (Bel Gioioso, Denmark, Wis.), Cowda (Great American Cheese, Chicago), Mindora Blue (Mindoro/Swiss Valley, Mindoro, Wis.), Roasted Wild Rice Gouda (Echten’s Cheese, Center City, Minn.), Smoked White […]