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Crown Tap and Best Intentions are dive bars no more

Earlier this year, Marble and Crown Tap Room, two beloved dive bars in adjacent northwest-side neighborhoods, closed their doors to loyal customers to make improvements that would help them better fulfill the desires of the area’s changing demographics. Show More Summary

Where to eat and drink near the Pitchfork Music Festival and Union Park

As Pitchfork Music Festival attendees flood Union Park this weekend, the Near West Side becomes the center of the city's universe for three days and nights. For those unfamiliar with the neighborhood's dining and drinking establishments—out-of-towners,...Show More Summary

Goddess and the Baker serves up a better version of the salad-and-sandwich lunch spot

The Loop, as you may have noticed, is lousy with Potbellies, Paneras, Corner Bakeries, Einsteins, Au Bon Pains, and Pret a Mangers at every corner, all eager to feed and nourish hoards of office workers as efficiently as possible and...Show More Summary

Luke's Lobster serves a proper lobster roll in the Loop

Things I don't get: lobster rolls. … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

TV's 'best new restaurant' comes to Chicago

Dolce Italian arrived in Chicago this spring with the distinction of being the second incarnation of a Miami restaurant that was named the best new restaurant in America on a Bravo reality program called Best New Restaurant. (A moreShow More Summary

Dolo joins Chinatown's dim sum renaissance

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The best Maine crab-and-crawfish boil in Chinatown

I arrived late at Dolo Restaurant and Bar, located a little southwest of the primary Chinese restaurant area that spans Archer and Cermak in Chinatown, and my friends had already been through the menu and decided on some things to order. Show More Summary

An important lesson about dining at Bom Bolla in Wicker Park

Several of my friends had spoken highly on social media of their experiences at Bom Bolla, a new cava bar—that is, a wine bar focused on sparkling wine from Spain—from the owners of Pops for Champagne. As food gets more ornate in Chicago,...Show More Summary

Rick Bayless shares his recipe for red chile short rib soup

Rick Bayless has published nine cookbooks since 1987's Authentic Mexican. I've cooked out of all of them, and I've not once come across a bunk recipe.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

A new pho and banh mi spot on Lawrence shows the simple virtues of Vietnamese food

Several years ago I was in Santa Cruz, California, and discovered something I hadn't expected to see anywhere this side of Saigon: fast food banh mi chains. But if you thought about it, the Vietnamese-French fusion sandwich, with its...Show More Summary

Eat like the Obamas this Thursday, and other summer events

The solstice has passed, and by the ancient laws of the mysterious Druid sect that really runs our food scene, that means the season of outdoor events featuring celebrated chefs, beer, and sunshine has officially begun. There are some...Show More Summary

Defending the Cherry Circle Room against the Blackhawk hordes

A couple of weeks ago there were events showing off the renovated public areas of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, opposite Millennium Park, and I could have gone to the ribbon cutting with Mayor Emanuel, but it was a hectic week and, anyway, I don't really like crowds. Show More Summary

Swallow your shame at Taco in a Bag

That's pretty much true of all the bags, which makes them an improvement over other "failure piles" like poutine, where the key ingredients tend to degrade under the toppings. The Pizza in a Bag is commendable too, with bolognese, mozzarella, parmesan, and deep-fried pepperoni slices that amount to meat chips.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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