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Chicago’s best food trucks?

There are food trucks and then there are food trucks. There are the old-fashioned roach coaches selling coffee and plastic-wrapped sandwiches that tend to serve construction sites and factories. There are every kid’s’ summer loves, ringing through the neighborhoods with ice cream on a stick. Then there are the new gourmet trucks that ply River […]

Six Chicago spots for 2012 Super Bowl indulgence

Sunday, Feb. 5, marks Super Bowl XLVI: the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Here’s a few places where Chicagoland food and football fans can indulge in both. Cantina 46 on the Gold Coast goes beyond screening the pigskin plays to roasting a whole pig in a Cuban Caja box. $30 gets you […]

More love for canned beer

“Don’t struggle with trading your pint glass for a can — just think of it as a mini keg and tap up!” says Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville and Gurnee. Canned-beer celebrations continue this week, with National Beer Can Appreciation Day tomorrow. Canned beer first debuted on January 24, 1935, thanks to a process invented […]

Friday food porn: Hot chick!

Smoking hot chicken tikka, tender chunks of chicken breast marinated in distinctive, blended spices with lemon juice and yogurt, and roasted in a clay oven ($12.95) — a specialty of Himalayan Restaurant, an Indian and Nepali eatery with locations in Niles, Gurnee and Bloomingdale. The smoky, tandoor-roasted chicken is also available a creamy tomato-onion sauce […]

Friday food porn: Can you take all of Big Timmy?

Two half-pound beef patties, layered with cheddar, Jack, mozzarella and Swiss cheeses, piled with strips of bacon and onion straws and dressed with barbecue sauce, lettuce and red onion, then served with french fries and onion rings.

Eat this! (St. Patrick’s Day edition): Guinness, an iconic taste of Ireland

What it is: After shamrocks and leprechauns, the most distinctive icon of Ireland in the world may be a glass of Guinness stout, a rich, dark beer made with roasted, malted barley and hops, topped with a creamy white head. Where it comes from: Guinness dates to 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease […]

Hair of the dog: Chicago New Year’s Day brunch bunch

Feed your hangover and get a little of the hair of the dog that bit you at New Year’s Day brunch. 33 Club, Old Town, noon to 4 p.m. A la carte brunch items include hand-sliced smoked salmon, whole wheat banana pancakes, challah french toast, eggs benedict and omelets. Dunlays on the Square, Logan Square, […]

Ach du Lieber, it’s Oktoberfest in Chikago

  Oktoberfest season continues, with a lot of Chicago places that aren’t remotely German the rest of the year going all oompah. Prost! on Paulina, West Lakeview, 6 p.m. TONIGHT. The restaurants and bars around the Brown Line’s Paulina L stop host an Oktoberfest pub crawl, beginng at The night begins at Frasca Pizzeria and […]