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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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Ron Swanson is the spirit animal of Whisk

When chefs and brothers Rick and David Rodriguez decided to open a restaurant, they were inspired by Ron Swanson, the Parks and Recreation character with a deep love for breakfast food. Thus was born Whisk, which combines brunch, burgers, and breakfast for dinner, all with a Mexican spin.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Korean joint Hal Mae Bo Ssam serves up funky, briny, porky goodness

For anyone who's ever eaten Korean barbecue bo ssam is not an unfamiliar delivery system. Literally meaning "wrapped," it also refers to a particular dish—a feast, actually—particularly if soju is involved.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Where to get your Black Friday Bourbon County brews and more food news

Your food future doesn't begin and end with an impending Thanksgiving feast. There's plenty of post-turkey eating (and drinking) to be done.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Bartender-author Greg Seider teaches us how to make cocktails that don't suck

Put me in a home kitchen and I could kludge almost anything to at least edibility with some wine, garlic, and rosemary. But having grown up in the era of the Pina Colada song, the low point for mixology in America, I've never felt like I had a comparable intuitive sense of the principles of cocktails.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Who you calling polak, Polak Eatery?

One way to call attention to your small neighborhood restaurant is to give it a name that could be perceived as an ethnic slur. It's even better if you're a member of said ethnicity, and can cover yourself with the old, "It's ok. I'm _______.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Theaster Gates brings the coffee shop to Washington Park

One of the great milestones in the life of a celebrity is the opening of a restaurant. Theaster Gates reached that point in June when the Currency Exchange Cafe opened in Washington Park, next door to the Arts Incubator he developed last year as part of the Arts + Public Life Initiative at the University of Chicago.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Is Umami Burger the most overrated burger chain in town?

Umami, aka the fifth taste, is a real thing, much to the irritation of antifoodists who dismiss it as a term of pretension among vocabulary-starved food writers. It was discovered in 1908 by Tokyo chemist Kikunae Ikeda, who determined glutamic acid provided the main flavor in dashi.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

River North's Paris Club is satisfying—but how long will it last?

There was once a great French restaurant in River North, owned by Lettuce Entertain You and run by Chef Jean Joho. Not great in the Michelin sense, perfection of technique and high-end service—for that you went into the Loop to Joho's Everest.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Toast your own damn artisanal toast at Baker Miller

Aimee Levitt's piece on Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse for the Food Issue covers the history and concept of this Lincoln Square spot devoted to baking from grains milled in house, including a picture of its quaint, wooden hand-operated mills. Show More Summary

Lincoln Square's Gideon Welles gets bar food right

Artistic renderings of the stern-looking Gideon Welles, Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, decorate the walls and menus at Gideon Welles Craft Beer Bar and Kitchen. The space looks much like it did when it was occupied by 42 Degrees...Show More Summary

Wrigleyville diner Rice 'n Bread is putting an American spin on Korean short-rib patties

Remember Hamburger King? The Wrigleyville greasy spoon that was Korean owned but more Japanese in spirit?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The Michelin Guide is still your dad (and more food news)

So first off: congratulations to the recipients of the two well-deserved new stars on the 2015 Michelin list for Chicago. Grace, which has both food and service that truly live up to the top level of fine dining anywhere in America, has joined Alinea as the only two restaurants in Chicago with three stars.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Wisconsin vs. meat (part two): The end of Black Earth Meats

Yesterday's story was about a Wisconsin state agency's alleged unfair treatment of artisanal meat producer Bolzano Artisan Meats. The story of Black Earth Meats isn't about that kind of internecine agency warfare.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Is peri peri chicken the next battle in the poultry wars?

There's a new chicken joint in Skokie that specializes in Portuguese-style peri peri chicken. Peri peri—or pili pili or piri piri—refers to the red African bird's eye chile peppers the chicken is marinated and sauced in.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Wisconsin vs. meat, (part one): The end of Bolzano

A Chicagoan wandering the Dane County Farmers' Market, the vast farmers' market that wraps around all four sides of the state capitol in Madison on Wednesdays and Saturdays, could be forgiven for thinking that if there's an artisanal food paradise, its name is Wisconsin. Show More Summary

Is Brobagel the New York bagel place the city has been waiting for?

In order for a bagel to be truly a bagel, as opposed to a round dinner roll with a hole in the middle, it needs to be boiled before it's baked. When you do this, the bagel develops a tough, shiny crust that contrasts pleasingly with the soft, bready interior.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Restaurant-quality seafood at retail in Villa Park

Over the past 40 years Villa Park-based Supreme Lobster, which supplies fresh fish to many of the top restaurants and retailers in Chicago, from Grace to Eataly, as well as vast quantities of frozen product in the food-service sector, has grown into the largest fish distributor in the U.S. Show More Summary

Gotta get gumbo at Three Chefs

When I was at Brown Sugar Bakery, the subject of this piece, I asked owner Stephanie Hart, and anyone else standing in her shop at the time, for suggestions of other places to eat in the area. One suggestion I immediately received was a place called Three Chefs, located on Halsted near 81st Street.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

South-side baker Stephanie Hart is a new Food Network star

My first thought on meeting Stephanie Hart at her Grand Crossing cake shop, Brown Sugar Bakery, was that if I was casting a reality TV show, I'd put her on TV, no question. This wasn't a random thought, because she actually is goingShow More Summary

Jean Banchet nominees show a scene that's doing just fine, thank you

The annual Jean Banchet Awards, which honor the best in fine dining in Chicago at a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in January, announced nominees this morning after soliciting diner opinions for the past few weeks. Last year...Show More Summary

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