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Chicago’s Best and Brightest Crudite Plates

Chicago’s Best and Brightest Crudite Plates .   Cafe Marie-Jeanne: Everybody loves sour cream and onion dip. At Cafe Marie-Jeanne, chef Mike Simmons freshens up the iconic party dip with a whole garden’s worth of fresh veggies. The housemade sour cream and onion dip, made with fresh cheese and creme fraiche, comes with whatever assorted items […]

Halsted Street Chicago Becomes Lettuce Entertain You’s Very Own Magnificent Mile

Halsted Street Chicago Becomes Lettuce Entertain You’s Very Own Magnificent Mile         SEE FULL STORY     A few years ago, Halsted Street in Lincoln Park was but a shell of the burgeoning dining and drinking Mecca it is today. In fact, the neighborhood at large was maligned as a bit of […]

Easy New Year’s Resolutions

Chicago Restaurants That Make it Easy to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions A new year means a new opportunity to make new year’s resolutions and eat healthier. Fortunately in Chicago, restaurants make it easy to do so without sacrificing flavor. New year, new attitude. Notably, an attitude mindful about eating healthier after a months-long spree […]

Sweet of the Week: Butterscotch Pudding at Stella Barra

Do You Love Butterscotch Pudding?   Can we talk about pudding for a minute? This is quintessential comfort food at its finest. From a velvety soft texture to its sultry smooth, borderline cloying flavors, it personifies what it means to be innately comforting. And yet, it is criminally overlooked for other attention hogs like doughnuts […]

What to Eat This Week: Wild Boar Chili, New Fall Menu at Southport Grocery & Cafe, Beachy Eats at Summer House Santa Monica Restaurant and Pizza Next Door at Stella Barra

(Wild boar chili at State and Lake Chicago Tavern) New dishes and drinks are constantly debuting in Chicago restaurants, cafes, bars, and bakeries, which means there are lots of new things to eat around town. Here are some ideas for what to eat this week. News flash: the weather in Chicago is frigid. It’s days […]