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A Table, Donkey and Stick chef tarts up crabapples

Crabapples are technically edible, but as anyone who's bitten into one can tell you, most aren't anything you'd really want to eat.…

Seattle-style sticky meats go Chipotle at Glaze Teriyaki

Every city has its own exportable signature-food cliches. We have our deep dish.…

Author Dave Hoekstra on being a white writer trying to document the black experience

Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Dave Hoekstra, author, WGN weekend radio host, and former Reader contributor. "Sense of place is really important to me. I was at the Sun-Times for 29 years and did a midwest travel column for 14 of them.…

Laura Frankel's Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes aren't just for Shabbat

The slow cooker is a crucial piece of kitchen equipment for folks keeping kosher, particularly on the Sabbath when they aren't supposed to work or tend the fire. The simple solution for putting together a hot and ready midday meal is to assemble it in the slow cooker Friday night, and the next day, there it is. Show More Summary

Pick the sauerkraut off your Reuben and make a shandy

"I'm actually not a fan of sauerkraut," Chris Kyles says. "I love Reuben sandwiches, but I usually pick off half the sauerkraut."…

Fall for the autumnal 20th Century Cocktail

Having spent months reading about how Lillet Blanc served over ice is the perfect summer drink, I finally picked up a bottle several weeks ago. (I've always been a procrastinator.)…

Make a River Roast dinner for two last for weeks

It's a good thing I didn't reread Mike Sula's review of River Roast before my boyfriend and I headed there for his birthday dinner (his choice). The gimmick behind the sprawling Levy Restaurant is family-style dinners centered on a big hunk o' beef, fish, or poultry, and Sula found the last two "the most disappointing things on the menu"—the chicken especially:  …

Raise a glass to the cocktail recipe comic book Cocktails for Dingdongs

It's fall cookbook season again, and with that comes another round of local food books that I'll be cooking from. There are new books from Graham Elliot, kosher chef Laura Frankel, frequent Rick Bayless collaborator and Trib columnist...Show More Summary

The Biscuit Man's roasted lamb naan roll is a subcontinental surprise

Speaking of bar food, ever since Lakeview's Long Room opened its kitchen, Sidecar, this summer, I've been wondering if slinger consumption has taken a hit across the street at the Diner Grill. Late night the little window to the side of the barroom has been manned by chefs Kyle Schrage and Jim Torres, calling themselves Beard & Belly.…

Skip the fish and go French at Nami Sushi Bar

I don't know about you, but I can't count the times I've been working through a Kewpie-drenched spider roll when I'm interrupted by a hankering for fine French charcuterie—because it's never happened before. And yet there I was at Ravenswood's...Show More Summary

Fooditor, "the total Chicago food experience," launches

Michael Gebert—former Grub Street Chicago editor, longtime Reader freelancer, and now editor of the new website Fooditor, which he launched yesterday—has been writing and making videos about Chicago's food scene for quite a while now. Show More Summary

It's not a wedding without a Polish meat hut

Polish weddings require stamina. There you are flapping your way through the Chicken Dance when hunger strikes.…

Pac-Man meets a Donkey Kong potato at Level 257 in Schaumburg

Would it surprise you to learn that the food at Level 257, a gargantuan Pac-Man-themed Dave & Busters-style arcade-slash-bowling alley-slash-restaurant at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, isn't very good? How do you like the sound of a "Filet Mig-nom," an unpronounceable $34 steak served with a Donkey Kong barrel potato?…

Do the Cha Cha Cha at Jinya Ramen Bar

By now we've all gotten used to the idea that when it comes to ramen there's nothing to fear from chains. The long-standing dominance of Santouka in the Mitsuwa Marketplace food court and the rise of Misoya in Mount Prospect have conditioned us into thinking that these imports can offer predictable consistency and quality.…

Behold the mother of all cheese cakes

Cheese-wheel wedding cakes have been a thing for at least a few years, but for me they've always existed in some photo-filtered Pinterest fairyland. So I was adrenalized when my friends Tim and Pat asked me to help put one together for their nuptials.…

Southern meets Mexican at the General, a western-themed saloon in Logan Square

There's a lot going on at the General, a bar/taqueria/general store in Logan Square that, like the neighborhood, is named after General John A. Logan. It's a western-themed saloon serving locally sourced food with southern and Mexican influences.…

Niles' other Korean supermarket has a hidden food court full of treasures

Most local Korean food court aficionados are familiar with the varied delights at the Super H Mart in Niles and the more tightly focused offerings at Avondale's Joong Boo Market. You don't often as hear much about the food court at Assi Plaza in Niles, a mostly Korean supermarket that's slightly smaller than the former but dwarfs the latter. …

Charbroiling oysters with Tommy Cvitanovich of New Orleans' Drago's

Yesterday I ran an interview with Daniel Notkin, oyster marketer and conservationist from Montreal, whom I met at Shaw's Oysterfest last week. Today, from the other end of North America's oyster habitats, I speak with Tommy Cvitanovich,...Show More Summary

Talking and shucking with Montreal's champion oyster shucker Daniel Notkin

Shaw's Oysterfest is an annual event held near the long-time River North crab house of the same name, and besides local oyster shuckers (like, well, Shaw's), they bring in oyster purveyors of various types from all over the country... or, in this case, the country directly to our north.…

Celebrating the tomato, moules frites, Filipino culture, and other food events

It's hardly one of the city's big events, but precisely because it's modest and homey it's one of my favorite celebrations of the changing of the seasons in Chicago—and if I don't go, it at least inspires me to do a little bit of it at home. Show More Summary

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