I've been on a five-year quest to bring the freshest seafood in America to Chicago. The East Coast, however, has proved a tough riddle to crack. So when my alarm sounded at 2:30 a.m., I had no problem rising. I was on my way to New York City's Hunts Point Fish Market to solve the puzzle.
Since opening in 2011, Chicago's NEXT restaurant has changed its entire concept nine times. It's a formula that seems to be working.
Chicago is a food town that has an almost allergic reaction to pretension. Restaurants that make it here can't rely solely on brand name decorators, media hype or reality-TV chefs. They have to be the real deal, serving great food, or they don't stay in business.
Cooking is an experience that involves all of senses. The sounds of a meat grinder processing pork sausage, the smell of fresh butter lightly browning in a pan of herbs and garlic to baste a golden brown piece of lamb... Knowing what it means when someone says, "It must taste of the ocean."
From classic franks to artisan wieners with toppings like kimchi, here are the nation's best hot dogs.
It's the ultimate American side dish prepared the way we love them -- fried and salted.
When it comes to barbecue, Chicago isn't usually the first city to come to mind. "Chicago Style" barbecue is a questionable mix of techniques often involving a combination of dry rub, sauce, and usually some slow roasting or even boiling of ribs.
"A great outdoor restaurant is more than patio tables and umbrellas; it must thoughtfully create a sense of personality and character," says celebrity...
We took on the challenge of figuring out your food, so all you have to focus on is getting your groove on. We scoured our database to round up the best grub in the area worth checking out.
While the city's haute dining scene is poppin' off at the moment, on my latest trip to Chicago I largely stuck to tradition, vowing to return and take the gastro route on my next trip.
You might have to plan ahead for these guys, and it's really not all that long until the heat gets to the unbearable point one might expect in late July or early August.
An ideal Chicago evening during the spring consists of dining al fresco, but getting a reservation can prove to be nearly impossible. So we've rounded up a few amazing restaurant patios where your wait for an outdoor seat might come in at under an hour.
My grandma makes a mean pan-fried milkfish, and her pork and daikon soup is pretty legit. But she lives in southern Taiwan, and Grandma J's Local Kitchen is less than a mile down the street. Sorry, Ah-Ma, when Sunday Funday rolled around last week, Grandma J's was the superior option.
Cookie dough made tableside? It's not too good to be true! At moto, we not only play with our food, but we encourage our guests to do the same.
I asked where some of the best, high-end chefs in Chicago go after work for some good grease. Take note for some yummy, down and dirty spots. I know where I am going!