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Blog Profile / The Food Chain

Filed Under:United States / Chicago
Posts on Regator:1500
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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

How Fat Rice is building America's best Portuguese wine list

I recently interviewed wine retailer Craig Perman with a couple of other wine people for my podcast, and he mentioned that he had helped Fat Rice build a Portuguese-wine-based list—helped in the sense that he took Fat Rice owners Abraham...Show More Summary

The Southern Pitch food truck serves soul food with a side of history

Don Curry hands me a business card from MacCormac College, a business college in the Loop where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship. Frankly, though, his commitment to the idea of entrepreneurship, especially for African-Americans...Show More Summary

Tsu Kiji Fish Market is no Tsukiji Fish Market

A part of me feels it's unfair to criticize a Japanese restaurant for broad and unfocused menus, especially since a place like Japonais by Morimoto executes one so well, and by early reports the new giant on the block Momotaro seems very promising. Usually that's not the case.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Filipino pop-ups, grasshopper tacos, a haunted Goat, and more food news and events

Remember when I wrote about this Filipino dinner, and then a chef who helped with it, Julia Pham, was in last year's People Issue? Well, Pham's Relish Underground Dining will be collaborating with AC Boral of So Good & Delicious on "a 6-course Southern comfort food and Southern Rap journey" on Friday, October 24.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Morton Grove's Tava has the Indian buffet you've been looking for

As a general rule, the Indian buffet exists as a kind of a challenge to your intestinal mettle. The promise of cheap, repeating shovel loads of chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, chana masala, and dal makhani can interrupt the neural...Show More Summary

What to eat and see this weekend at Open House Chicago

As far as I'm concerned Open House Chicago, held this weekend, is one of the great events of the year for inveterate snoops and spies like myself. You get to go inside dozens of buildings all over the city whose insides you don't normally...Show More Summary

Webster's Wine Bar: Telegraph, transformed

What's in a name, anyway? Webster's Wine Bar, which for nearly 20 years occupied a two-story space on Webster near the Chicago River, moved this summer into the former Telegraph Wine Bar space in Logan Square.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Alice's Bar-B-Q is still smoking in Bronzeville

Earlier this month when I wrote about Bronzeville's new Puerto Rican joint Maracas, I made a note to point out that despite the ongoing gentrification in the neighborhood, one old, reliable joint is still going strong. Alice's Bar-B-Q...Show More Summary

See what the sushi chefs are slicing up at Momotaro

Jeff Ramsey, the head sushi chef at Momotaro, which opens tonight, waxed poetic about the fish from Japanese waters for a small audience of food journalists. "The waters of Japan are especially nutrient rich," he said.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

First look at Momotaro—sushi, robata, and izakaya

A friend is in Japan this week and tweeted a picture of a bowl of beautifully marbled raw beef with raw onion and soy mirin dipping sauce, marveling at how simple and yet remarkable such a dish could be. A little while later he tweeted an important clarification: actually, it wasn't beef, it was horse.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

We ate at Chicago's first Olive Garden so now you don't have to

Would it surprise you to learn that there was a 45-minute wait for a table for two at the goddamned Olive Garden last Tuesday night? True, this particular Olive Garden is the first ever to exist within Chicago city limits—hey, if middle-income...Show More Summary

Mexican food meets Japanese food—and more things to read, eat, and drink

One of you feels like Japanese food, the other feels like Mexican food... and for just one day, you can both be happy.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Previewing the normal Italian-American at Formento's

About the time three of us were munching on the house-made braunschweiger (pork liver) at Tete Charcuterie, we were talking about Formento's, the upcoming Italian-American throwback/tribute place coming in December from the team behind the Bristol, which also partners (with the Boka Group) in Balena. Show More Summary

The jibarito goes to the south side at Maracas

Sometime in the last year, a restaurant of fairly historic importance closed its doors and—at least as far as the food media were concerned—nobody noticed. Borinquen, in Humboldt Park, was the alleged home of the jibarito, a notoriously...Show More Summary

A tribute to Hot Doug (with video)

By now there's been enough written about Hot Doug's (which closes today for good) that people who got in line at 2 AM could have still been reading tributes to it by the time they got to the front of the line. Does anybody need more from one more hot dog-lovin' writer?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The best of the 2014 Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is one of my favorite events of the year; the offerings from the hundred-odd distilleries that participate always include new spirits from distilleries I already know and like, new spirits from brand-new...Show More Summary

A mobile barbecue podcast needs some dough

I can think of only one time that I've ever been on radio or TV (a small sample, admittedly) when there was really first-class food in the green room. That was at WGN Radio a few months back, and the other guest was Barry Sorkin of Smoque...Show More Summary

What I saw (and ate) as a judge at the Hamburger Hop

The official photographer looked a little miffed that I kept taking photographs of the photographers, especially with my $100 pocket camera, but I got a kick out of it. The most amusing thing, though, was the idea of being lined up in...Show More Summary

Barbecue heaven is for real and it's in Kentucky

All that bad barbecue I wrote about last week put me in a coma. But I did see a bright shining light while I was out, and heard a pleasant southern drawl beckoning me toward it.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this sto...

The raw bar at the Ravenswood Mariano's is shucking some great bivalves

I'm in danger of becoming a champion of mega grocery chain Mariano's, if only for the quality of the prepared food stalls in the new Ravenswood store. I've already professed my strong like for the barbecue, a damn sight better than the majority of new independent restaurants purporting to smoke meat.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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