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Blog Post Archive

Leela Punyaratabandhu, author of Bangkok, talks street food, real Thai food, and shares a recipe for crispy water spinach salad

I don’t publish anything on Thai food before running it past Friend of the Food Chain Leela Punyaratabandhu. In English, no one is writing more authoritatively on the subject than she.…

A GT Prime chef creates a sticky-sweet pairing for foie gras

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Make Dana Cree's donut ice cream

Publican-brand pastry chef Dana Cree's cookbook Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream is out now, and it should be priority one for cooks who've dreamed of making their own frozen dairy products only to be foiled by ice cream enemy number one: ice itself. Show More Summary

Ryuu Asian BBQ fills Logan Square’s tabletop-grilling void

Cooking over an open fire in restaurant kitchens has been big this past year, so it's only logical that letting diners grill their own food would be the next step. Of course, Korean barbecue joints have been doing this for years, so the concept is hardly new.…

A wonderland of fruit pizza and Colombian pastry in Albany Park

Name two great tastes that taste great together. Chocolate and peanut butter, of course. Burgers and fries.…

Murasaki Sake Lounge is a fountain of Japanese whiskey

A few weeks ago I pointed out that the tightly focused booze list at  Kitsune doesn't quite stand up to the wildly imaginative food at Iliana Regan's izakaya. If you have ambitions of washing down your okonomiyaki with any Japanese whiskeys, you only have a choice of two: Nikka's popular coffee grain and Taketsuru expressions.…

A tiny takeout joint in a Wilmette strip mall serves some of the most lovingly made Pakistani food in the Chicago area

If I told you a takeout joint in a Wilmette strip mall served the most exciting Pakistani food north of Granville, would you take the Brown Line, transfer to the Purple Line, ride that to Central, then wait a half hour for the 201 to...Show More Summary

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya is the dependably good bowl Wicker Park doesn’t need

Unlike say, barbecue joints, the growing abundance of new ramen spots around town is a seemingly unstoppable restaurant trend I've started to get behind. Gone are the days when the conventional wisdom held that Santouka in Arlington Heights's Mitsuwa Marketplace food court was the only acceptable bowl in the region, if not the midwest.…

Eat Trump’s immigration ban: Ten Chicago restaurants that wouldn’t exist in a white nationalist America

There have been plenty of occasions over the last few months when I've sat down to write about ersatz Chinese food, or half-assed barbecue, or yet another costly multicourse tasting menu, when I've been hit by one thought that stops me midsentence: Who the hell can eat at a time like this? …

Myron Mixon’s Smoke Show BBQ vs. Rylon’s Smokehouse is a no-contest barbecue showdown

Over the last three years or so, I've written about nearly 20 new barbecue restaurants.…

With Futatsuki, Chicago’s far north side has great ramen again

It seems churlish to complain about the lack of ramen on the far north side when we've got so much pho and also a fair amount of matzo ball soup, but I can't help feeling a twinge of envy when I read about all the exciting new ramen joints opening in Logan Square and Wicker Park.…

Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine serves up abundant wonders in Uptown

Tucked between a Payless and a branch bank in Uptown, there's a tiny glass storefront, the most distinguishing features of which are the sacks of brown teff flour stacked by the dozens in the window. This new, unnamed bakery specializes in the tangy, spongy, fermented flatbread injera, milled from that grain native to the Ethiopian highlands.…

A Logan Square Peruvian restaurant rises from the dead under another name

The bad news is that 4 Suyos, one of my favorite Peruvian restaurants—which I loved for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and BYOB policy as much as its excellent food—is closed. The good news is that I only realized it was gone when I went to Tumi, a Peruvian restaurant that, it turns out, occupies the old 4 Suyos space.…

Cafe Tola is building an empanada empire

Somehow over the last four years I slept on Lakeview's postage stamp-sized Cafe Tola. Maybe I just blinked and missed the tiny, 400-square-foot empanada emporium on the Southport corridor.…

The textural pleasures of shaved noodles at Chinatown’s Slurp Slurp

By now, the steeliest of us may by inured to Chinese-style hand-pulled noodles, aka lamian. The absorbing figure eight ballet of arms and dough in the production of tensile wheat soup noodles was, a few years back, a star attraction in Chinatown, where chefs did the dance in full view of their fans at places like Hing Kee and Sing's Noodle House. Show More Summary

Pulqueria Chicago steams lamb barbacoa in the style of Hidalgo

Berwyn's Pulqueria Chicago has the sort of broad, comprehensive menu that usually makes my eyes glaze over.…

Plan a pilgrimage to Al-Sufara Grills for live charcoal action

Thick smoke billows above a Palos Hills strip mall, and it's only the aroma of sizzling lamb and chicken that silences the reflexive alarms. Friend of the Food Chain Titus Ruscitti recently effused over Al-Sufara Grills, a newcomer to the teeming southwest-suburban Middle Eastern food mecca, an endorsement that put the restaurant right at the top of my priorities.…

Where the founder of Chicago’s Strange Foods Festival loves to eat

The upcoming Strange Foods Festival started with an Instagram account.…

The proof is in the crust of Union Squared’s Detroit-style pizza

My search for a Detroit-style pizza in Chicago that bests the chain squares from Jet's continues. I already told you about the Logan Squares at Paulie Gee's—limited edition, almost faithfully executed, buttery, cheesy-crusted wonders that suffer from one fatal flaw: cold sauce.…

A sandwich designed for vampires at Revival Food Hall’s Danke

The chalkboard menu at Revival Food Hall's Danke doesn't specifically say what species of gore is in the blood paté. But given it appears on a sandwich called the Backyard Dracula, the natural assumption is that it's human.…

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