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Chicago Restaurant Weeks offer dining deals

  Have you participated in a Restaurant Week? Did you think it was a good deal? Through Jan. 31, during Chicago Originals Restaurant Week member restaurants offer special three- and four-course menus for $29.10. Participating restaurants include Cafe Bernard in Lincoln Park, Co-Si-Na Grill in Edgewater, Dinotto Ristorante in Old Town Oceanique in Evanston and […]

Top 10 Chicago restaurant recipes of 2009

The Dining Chicago blog hasn’t been around a whole year yet, and our weekly “Eat this!” recipe column has been going an even shorter time, but that isn’t going to stop us from giving you a list of our most popular recipes from 2009. The list below contains our most-visited recipes from local restaurants. Petterino’s, […]

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for Chicago restaurants

What changes would you like to see in the local restaurant scene this year? Here are the top 10 resolutions I wish Chicago restaurants would adopt in 2010. Tone it down. Diners shouldn’t have to risk their hearing to eat in your restaurant. Put up baffling, lower the volume on the sound system, do whatever […]

Could you eat nothing but pizza for a month?

UPDATE: After all, Scharoff didn’t eat pizza the day after winning his bet — being too stuffed from tailgating at the Bears game, and he didn’t profit from his winnings: In an act of generosity, the two men decided to donate the $2,000 stakes to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Congratulations, Pizza Boy! Could you […]

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve eaten lately?

Here’s mine: Yes, that’s a pizza with macaroni on it. I’m not a snob about chain restaurants. I’ve been known to defend McDonald’s — for more than just its clean restrooms. I have eaten happily at mid-priced national chains, like the Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s. But I wouldn’t have been tempted by CiCi’s Pizza Buffet […]

How can we save the Jewish deli?

The Sun-Times recently wrote about the disappearing Jewish delicatessen, a phenomenon chronicled in David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen,” based on his similarly named blog. Reporter Mike Thomas clearly isn’t too familiar with Jewish deli food (claiming much of it is […]

Can you eat local for two weeks?

Green City Market challenges you to eat local. During the market’s challenge period, Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Sept. 23, participants sign a pledge to make a conscious effort to choose foods grown in Illinois, the adjoining states and Michigan. If you’re ever going to go the locavore route, now’s the time — the height of […]

What do you get when you order a ‘Chicago cocktail’?

  The Chicago cocktail, a brandy-based libation, dates back to at least the 19th century, though I haven’t been able to pinpoint it any more distinctly than that. The simplest version of the drink goes as follows: Chicago cocktail Lemon slice Powdered sugar 2 ounces brandy 1/4 teaspoon orange liqueur (such as curacao or triple […]

What’s your favorite Chicago burger?

      Chicago isn’t exactly a burger town. Hot dogs and Italian beefs and pizza tend to drown out the local meat patties, which is not to say we don’t have some great ones here. I confess I can take burgers or leave them — I’ll almost never order one anywhere I can get […]

Are you a food nazi?

  RedEye jumped on food groupies this week, interviewing celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Rick Tramonto of Tru, who say their fans are so rabid they invent fake emergencies or show up at their kids’ soccer games in order to get the chefs’ autographs. Supplementing the story, a sidebar cruelly skewered […]