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Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Even Pres. Barack Obama agrees: “You shouldn’t put ketchup on your hot dog.” (All the Republicans are now rushing out for Heinz.) Hot dogs are our national treasure, even though they are uniquely regional. In 2010, one of Chicago’s more unique dog recipes was served to politicians attending the annual congressional picnic. Mike Payne went […]

Friday food porn: Spring wiener

Classic Chicago: A natural-casing Vienna Beef hot dog on a poppyseed bun, with pickle spear, tomato wedges, chopped onion, yellow mustard, sport peppers, neon-green relish and a dash of celery salt, $2.25 at The Dog House, a walk-up stand in Irving Park, now open for the season.

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

8 great holiday entertaining recipes from Chicago chefs

Holiday cooking and entertaining season has come upon us. If you’re looking for new ideas for your own holiday parties or dishes to take along to friends’, try these terrific recipes from Chicago chefs. Lillie’s Q, Wicker Park, pimento cheese, a Southern party spread. Shokran, Irving Park, zaalouk, Moroccan eggplant spread. Rhapsody, Loop, arancini, Italian […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

10 Chicago Mother’s Day freebies

Cherishing your mother needn’t break the budget. Just about every restaurant in town is offering brunch or dinner specials for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, but these sweeten the pot with free items for Mom.

10 uncommon Easter events in Chicago

Try something a little different this Easter, with these out-of-the-ordinary options.

Friday food porn: Spring things

The Fishguy Market in Irving Park is known for its fresh and smoked seafood, but owner Bill Dugan wants people to know he’s also stocking seasonal items such as wild mushrooms foraged in the Pacific Northwest and wild produce from Cape Cod and the Midwest. This spring’s selection includes the golden morels and black trumpets […]

Eat this! Kefta, spicy meaty morsels from the Middle East

Ubiquitous throughout the Middle East, kefta is highly seasoned ground meat, typically shaped into meatballs, logs or small patties.

Lent in Chicago, 2011: Fish fries and beyond

Lent, the season of the fish fry, is here. Check out these spots for your meatless Friday fish fix. The Cafe at the Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays, all-you-can-eat buffet offers baked haddock, fried cod, popcorn shrimp, fried clams, soup or salad and more, $12.95, $6.95 children under 10. Chevy […]