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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, […]

Santa comes to Chicago for breakfast and dinner

Santa Claus is having a busy social season in Chicago this month and invites families to join him at a variety of holiday breakfasts and dinners around town. The Chicago Park District hosts dinner with Santa at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. in Albany Park, 773-478-9744 ($10) […]

2011 St. Joseph’s Day Tables: Where to feast in Chicago

Chicago Roman Catholics will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph this weekend with an array of charitable events. Here’s a list of St. Joseph’s Tables.

Do only barbarians put ketchup on hot dogs?

Chicagoans aren’t the only ones who think ketchup on hot dogs is abominable. (Part 7 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Origins of neon relish and other Chicago hot dog conundrums

The Chicago hot dog — with the white of the onions, the red of the tomatoes, the brilliant green relish — “It’s like a work of art.” A look at the condiments. (Part 6 of a series in honor of National hot dog month.)

Know your wiener!

A top-notch Chicago-style red hot is more than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, you can’t achieve a great banquet on a bun without a fine frank at its core. (Part 3 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Eat this! The Chicago hot dog, born in the Great Depression

The “banquet on a bun” had its origins in a Maxwell Street vegetable cart. (Part 2 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

The best Chicago restaurants ever? Really?

What would you add to the list? What would you leave off?

20 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

  Celebrate the ‘Celtic Muse’ at Davenport’s, Wicker Park, 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, March 19, $15 plus two-drink minimum. Gillian Kelly and Claire Bigley perform Irish favorites such as “The Nightingale,” “Finnegan’s Wake,” and “The Rising of the Moon.” $3 Harps and Guinness, too. Visit the Irish American Heritage Center, Irving Park, through March 20. […]

60 more Chicagoland restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Is there anyone left cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home? Most restaurants used to close on Thanksgiving, but no more. Last week I ran a list of 25 Chicagoland restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner and apparently only scratched the surface. I’ve heard from dozens more Chicago and suburban restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving. So here […]