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Lent in Chicago, 2011: Fish fries and beyond

Lent, the season of the fish fry, is here. Check out these spots for your meatless Friday fish fix. The Cafe at the Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays, all-you-can-eat buffet offers baked haddock, fried cod, popcorn shrimp, fried clams, soup or salad and more, $12.95, $6.95 children under 10. Chevy […]

Tramonto tells all

Former Chicago chef Rick Tramonto, late of Trio in Evanston, Tru in Streeterville and Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood in Wheeling, tells the story of his life in a new book due out next month, “Scars of a Chef: The Searing Story of a Top Chef Marked Forever by the Grit and Grace of Life in […]

55 Chicago-area restaurants open Christmas Day 2010

You don’t have to cook on Christmas Day in Chicago. Scores of restaurants and bars will be open to serve you, many serving special holiday meals. Call ahead to check on hours and menus; reservations may be required. 33 Club, Old Town, American 676 Restaurant and Bar, Loop, American Allgauer’s Restaurant, Alsip, American Ann Sather, […]

45 places in Chicago to eat Thanksgiving dinner 2010

Whether you’re on the North Side, the South Side or in the suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicago-area restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts for almost every budget. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry […]

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.)

Tramonto says ta-ta to Tru

Chef Rick Tramonto announced on Twitter today that he was leaving Tru.

The best Chicago restaurants ever? Really?

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