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Steak & Eggs in Chicago Top Spots

Steak & Eggs in Chicago Steak & Eggs in Chicago Valois: For Steak & Eggs this uber old-school cafeteria-style restaurant in Hyde Park has been slinging steak and eggs and other all-American staples for decades. It recently spiked in popularity due to President Obama’s vocal adoration of the restaurant, which is easy to understand once you […]

Fried Ice Cream at Gogi: Sweet of the Week

. . . Fried Ice Cream at Gogi: Sweet of the Week . . . . ..…………………………..See Full Story . . . Fried ice cream and I go way back. I first remember encountering this quasi-oximoron at a tacky Mexican chain in New Hampshire called Margarita’s. The restaurant served scoops of ice creams rolled in […]

Antique Taco Blows Out the Margarita Candle for Their First Birthday

  I can’t believe it’s been one year since I learned of Antique Taco, the restaurant with the atypical antique store-meets-taqueria concept. I’ll admit that when I first heard about it, I was confused. So it’s all the more impressive that not only was the restaurant able to execute each element with aplomb, but they’ve managed […]

Korean Cuisine Crosses Borders at En Hakkore


10 top New Year’s Day brunches in Chicago

Happy New Year! Sop up your hangover this New Year’s Day with a hearty brunch and the hair of the dog that bit you. Cantina 46, Gold Coast, 11:a.m. to 4 p.m., $15. Start the new year off with a Latin-style pig roast. Guest chef Troy Graves cooks conchita pibil in a Cuban Caja box […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Happy Chinese New Year, Chicago!

Gung hay fat choy! The Asian Lunar New Year, 4709, The Year of the Rabbit, hops into Chicago this week with firecackers, parades, traditional dragon parades and lion dances. Local restaurants will offer symbolic dishes, including half-moon-shaped dumplings, long noodles, whole fish and glutinous rice cakes. Most often hailed as Chinese New Year in America, […]

Join the fight for life: Dine out on Thursday

The single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country, the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life, takes place Thursday, April 29. A portion of your meal check at a variety of Chicago and suburban restaurants will benefit AIDSCare Progressive Services, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Chicagoans with HIV/AIDS through housing,

Gung hay fat choy! Chicago Chinese New Year celebrations

With a clash of cymbals and the bang of drums and firecrackers, as well as traditional dragon parades and lion dances, the Asian New Year will explode into the Chicago area on Sunday, Feb. 14, with a variety of events at restaurants and around town. Chinese legend says the noise and dancing animals chase away […]

Sushi vs. kimbap and other ethnic culinary conundrums

  My husband brought back sushi for our late supper the other night, from the Tokyo Lunch Boxes stand at Super H-Mart, the huge Korean supermarket in the ethnic-shopping mecca of Niles. It was all elaborate rolls, which is what’s left when you’re going for the end-of-the-day, two-for-one, markdown, pre-made specials. Spicy mayo-based sauce figured […]