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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, […]

Eat this! Six hot recipes for summer in Chicago

Try some of our favorite hot-weather recipes for food and libations from local chefs and mixologists. LaSalle Power, River North, Cucumber watermelon salad, a great combination of sweet and savory flavors, with feta, paprika, cucumbers and watermelon. Texas de Brazil, River North and Schaumburg, Grape salad, a salad of fruit and gorgonzola that goes especially […]

Eat this! Quinoa is a drink, too

What it is: Last week, we told you about quinoa. Now, there’s a vodka made from it. The spirits, made by Fair, a French company, are produced from Fair Trade-certified ingredients and comply with organic farming methods. Where it comes from: The vodka is made from Bolivian quinoa, cultivated by a cooperative of 1,200 farmers. […]

Eat this! Five fish recipes for Lent

t’s Ash Wednesday, the start of the abstemious season of Lent. You might be giving up meat on Fridays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Check out these recipes from Chicago restaurants.

Chicago celebrates a meaty month of May

Here’s what a few Chicago restaurants are doing to celebrate meat in May.

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.

Six romantic Valentine’s Day recipes from Chicago chefs

Cooking for that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few of our favorite romantic recipes from Chicagoland restaurants. Bistro 110, Magnificent Mile: Mussels with coriander and lemon, an aphrodisiac. The Chicago Firehouse, South Loop: Bananas Foster, will add fire to any romance. Ethiopian Diamond, Edgewater and Rogers Park: Doro tibs wat, spicy finger […]

The Food Dude does the Hamburger Hop

Who makes the best burgers in town? We found out at the Illinois Restaurant Association’s Hamburger Hop this fall. Featured in this video are: John Coletta, Quartino, River North Dirk Flanigan, Gage, Loop Kevin Hickey, Four Seasons, Streeterville Ryan Laroche, NoMi, Magnificent Mile Steve Palmer, and Steve Lawhorn, Palmer Place, LaGrange Chad Starling, Aria, Loop […]

Happy anniversary, ChicaGourmets!

It’s a lucky 13 for Chicagoland’s oldest and largest general dining club, some 700 members strong….

Bring on the Chicago barbecue bonanza!

I can see that, when even Mr. Zee’s, a Greek snack shop in Morton Grove has rebranded itself as Mr. Gee’s B.B.Q. on Demand, the barbecue trend might be getting a little ridiculous. But I think it’s fantastic — bring it on! All styles, all flavors, the more the merrier. Let’s have Kansas City-style, St. Louis-style, Texas-style, South Carolina-style, you-name-it-style … heck, we can even encompass Western Kentucky barbecued mutton.