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Chicago's Cupcake Craze Here To Stay? Sprinkles Coming In May

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Can Candace and Charles Nelson, owners of Sprinkles, The Original Cupcake Bakery, prove the cupcake craze is here to stay? The former investment ba...

Happy Birthday Chicago: The Top Ten Things We Love About Chicago On Its 173rd Birthday (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today is Chicago's 173rd birthday--and if we do say so ourselves, the city is looking pretty good. Take away the budget shortfalls and corruption, pus...

Restaurant Week Chicago 2010: Best And Worst Deals

The A.V. Club Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Restaurant Week can be tough to navigate. With 160 participating restaurants at various price points putting together three-course menus for lunch and...

Restaurant Week Chicago 2010: The Best Places To Try During Restaurant Week 2010 (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While every day is a day to celebrate food in Chicago, Restaurant Week is upon us and can convince some of the most frugal foodies in the city to bran...

Tamalli Refines Mexican Street Food

Ben Goldberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ben Goldberger

There's a worthy Mexican restaurant every other block in Chicago it seems, but Tamalli strives to bring more than the standard burrito and quesadilla ...

Hot Dog Road Trip: A Patriotic Party Plan

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Meathead

If you're planning a cookout for this most patriotic of days, here's an opportunity to celebrate the American dream. Because hot dog culture is American history.

Taste Of Chicago Holding First-Ever Public Preview: Eat The Taste Early

Chicago Tribune | Phil Vettel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, the City of Chicago is throwing a Taste Preview that, for the first time, will be open to the public....

Chicago's Great Neighborhood Restaurant Awards Announced

LTHForum.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

What is a restaurant and what makes it great? Easy to know when you experience it, but a little harder to define in the abstract. However you do it, t...

Detroit-Style Deli Comes To Chicago

Hungry | Dave Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It is with the giddy smile of a little school girl that I happily report to you that a "Detroit Style" deli has finally made it's way west of Orchard ...

Best Roast Chicken in Chicago: Confessions of a Cholesterol Counter

Flora Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Flora Lazar

There's only one place I have found where the chicken is so perfectly seasoned and so reliably moist that I simply cannot get myself to move beyond it to try other things on the menu.

Corn Porn: Learning to Love Smut

Flora Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Flora Lazar

If corn is king, then chef-turned-farmer Tracey Vowell is engaged in regicide. Ever since she left Rick Bayless' Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolabompo, where she was managing chef, Vowell has been "hijacking corn, a singular act of subversion" as she puts it.

The Queen of Confitures

Flora Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Flora Lazar

Christine Ferber's widely-used moniker, the queen of jams, hardly describes her influence on contemporary gastronomy, especially on the Chicago culinary scene.

Farming Chicago

Progress Illinois | Adam Doster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

was just past 9 am and the sun was already beating down on the dozen or so teens assembled in a small corner of Chicago's Grant Park. Wisely, Jessica...

See What All The Fuss Is About: The Counter Burger In Lincoln Park

Gapers Block | Lori Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today is the grand opening of Counter Burger, a create-your-own burger joint (part of a California-based chain) on Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park. D...

Top Chef Chicago Love Fest

Flora Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Flora Lazar

Just when it began to look as if cable television's top rated food show had vanished from the streets of Chicago, Top Chef is wheeling a 48-foot semi-trailer with a full kitchen to the city that hosted its fourth and most recent season.

A Garden Grows In Cabrini

Chi Town Daily News | Mary Brophy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eventually, the land at City Farm in Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood will sell for millions of dollars and a development deal. But for now, it s...

Where To Find Chicago's Tastiest Pretzels

Decider | Will Petty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When it comes to all things big, soft, and chewy, it's natural to begin at the ballpark, where grabbing a beer, a dog and, yes, a pretzel is still the...

El Bulli Chicago-Style

Flora Lazar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Flora Lazar

If you've tried unsuccessfully to get a reservation at Spain's legendary El Bulli restaurant, dubbed by list makers as the best restaurant in the world, you're probably not alone. Now, however, you can stay in Chicago and still get a great taste of desserts El Bulli style at Nomi.

Dig Into Refined Bayou Grub At Big Jones In Andersonville

Yelp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

I adore this place! I'm not a born Southern, but I consider myself a lover of it's food. This place is the best to hit Andersonville since whenever. W...

Rick Bayless: Chicago's Official Mexican chef?

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

In a town with at least a handful of hot Latino chefs and restaurateurs - and where 1.44 million of its 1.8 million Hispanics are of Mexican descent - when you look at all the Mexican chefs who are referred to as Mexican food experts in Chicago's media, there's no list - it's just Rick Bayless.

Is Urban Belly Chicago's Answer to Momofuku?

Steve Dolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Dolinsky

In what must surely be the best first-day opening of any restaurant in Chicago, Urban Belly has swung for the fences, and has hit it out of the park.

Cool Down With Custom Ice Cream In Wicker Park

Time Out Chicago | Heather Shouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Looking for honey-sweetened, low-fat peach ice cream with fresh raspberries mixed in? Got a craving for sugar-free green-tea soy ice cream topped with...

You Can't Nosh On Nostalgia

Michael Nagrant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Nagrant

In the last year, national magazines have lauded Lou Mitchell's and Margie's Candies as the best breakfast and ice cream spots in Chicago. If anyone saw the Top Chef episode where they showed the disgusting curdled egg white laden poaching liquid in the kitchen at Mitchell's, I don't think they'd agree.

Green City Market Founder Abby Mandel Dies

Chicago Tribune | Karen Klages | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For those who flock to the now legendary Green City Market Wednesday and Saturday mornings, take a minute to thank the culinary gods for Abby Mandel w...

Bourdain Shooting "No Reservations" In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Reader's intrepid food writer Mike Sula reports that Anthony Bourdain has been eating his way around Chicago for an upcoming episode of his Travel...