Located on N. Western Avenue, the Belly Shack with its tasty, albeit greasy food and laissez-faire atmosphere is a great place to eat creatively and get trashed at a low cost. Just bring some antacids.
One review touted Rokito's chic interior as a symbol of an up-and-coming Uptown gastronomic scene. Shame on them -- dry, grainy pork and oily chips do not contribute to anyone's "scene."
This blog will be about pairing tons of cheap wine and beer with the amazing food Chicago has to offer. This blog will be about dinner partying. First stop: Irazu, a Costa Rican restaurant in Bucktown.
I've long heard that Chicago has become a culinary mecca so naturally I was curious to check out some places when visiting friends the other week. Two places made a particularly vivid impression.
Jennifer Olvera has written perhaps the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the Chicago food scene ever written. I spoke with her recently about the making of the book and her own personal haunts in Chicago.
A handful of tips from our disciples led us to this potential hidden gem burger in Little Italy, the Davanti Burger at Davanti Enoteca.
If you're a burger lover, you've undoubtedly noticed the trend of restaurants flaunting "Kobe" beef burgers, usually with inflated price tags. ChicagoBurgerBible.com is here to help clarify.
This old-fashioned red-and-white-striped hamburger stand is exactly the type of place that would catch the eye of any burger junkie: small, rundown, and boasting "The Original Char-Broiled Hamburgers."
Grant Achatz is known for his sophistication, originality, creativity and surprise. A meal at Alinea has been elevated from the rankings of mere food to being hailed as art, sculpture, even a spiritual experience.
We took our first bite into Lockdown's juicy patties and immediately knew we were dealing with Elite meat. We heard this Ukrainian Village burger bar was good, but we didn't expect it to be this good.
At last year's James Beard Foundation Awards, Avenues' chef Curtis Duffy was tapped to cook for the ceremony. Today, Duffy finds himself among the Beard honoree elite.
Though Sprout Executive Chef Dale Levitski has made it perfectly clear that children are not welcome at his brand-new Sunday brunch, his menu reflects some of his favorite childhood dishes.
Chicago's got one of the most outstanding restaurant scenes this side of anywhere. By example, these restaurants showed me how to put food and flavors together, how to craft a dish and a meal.
To kick off Women's History Month, I kicked it Monday with the Chicago chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails -- better known as LUPEC -- at Bar DeVille.
Paul Virant has just been named Perennial's new executive chef and partner. With the name change to Perennial Virant will come other changes such as a new cuisine approach.
Three of Chicago's nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards are pretty much celebrities in their own right.