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The Best Drinks We Drank in July

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Frozen beverages are our best friends these days. Humidity: not so much. Gin and mint and ice? Oh, yeah. Rum? Give it to us in slushie form. More

The Best Sweets We Ate in July

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Pecorino. Gelato. Together. Pecorino gelato. Would you try it? It turns out that the stuff—served at Carapina in Florence, Italy—is amazing. But that wasn't the only mind-blowing dessert we tried in July: we also ate some fantastic durian shaved ice, chocolate babka, and a masterful coffee-coconut popsicle. We celebrated peach season with pies, Melba, and more. More

The Best Things We Ate in July

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When Serious Eaters travel, we tend to see the journey as a challenge of the appetite, sometimes packing in extra meals just to make sure we squeeze every delicious bite out of a trip to Thailand or Montreal or Italy. Sure, there are tourist attractions to visit, but we're really in it for the khao soi, the foie gras sandwiches, and the awesome stewed tripe. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in May

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This month, Carrie went to Mexico, Jamie went to Philly, and Kenji went to Japan by way of Coney Island, so you know our best bites are gonna be interesting. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in April

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Kenji experiences the magic of Chicago pizza, Maggie goes renegade with two best bites, Jamie cooked a Passover Seder for 17 people, and more of the best things we ate this month. More

Staff Picks: What's the Most Underrated Restaurant in Chicago?

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We may publish content about Chicago restaurants nearly every weekday of the year, but there are still restaurants that, for whatever reason, don't get the attention they deserve. More

Staff Picks: What's Your Favorite Quick-and-Easy Lunch?

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Even though we work at a food blog, we don't always have the time or inclination to prepare a glamorous lunch. Sometimes our midday meal is a matter of convenience or a pressing need to clear out the whatever's kicking around the fridge—hey,we're only human! Here are our go-to lunches when we're in the market for something quick, easy, and delicious. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in March

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What's that old saying about March? "In like a lion, out like a lamb?" Yeah, that's kind of how this month went for us...except for the part where we ate lions (that was last month). But we did eat all sorts other great things, including Robyn's victorious return to pizza-eating and the best gumbo Nick has ever had in his life. Click through to see all of the best things we ate this month! More

Staff Picks: What's the Best Burger in Chicago?

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There's never been a better time for burgers in Chicago. Sure, there are an insane number of options, but there also are dozens of different styles. So no matter whether you like your burgers enormous and grilled or thin and griddled, there is an all-beef patty out there for you. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in February

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February may be the shortest month, but that doesn't mean Serious Eats skrimped out on what we ate. From multiple instances of barbecued brisket to, um...bobcat, here's a look at the best things we ate all month. More

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Recipes for Entertaining

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In the dead of winter, there's nothing better than hunkering down over a big 'ol meal with your nearest and dearest (assuming you can convince them to leave the house in the midst of yet another Polar Vortex). Then again, for those who live in more temperate climates, any day ending in "y" is an excuse to throw a dinner party. So with that in mind, we asked our editors for their go-to dish when entertaining. More

Staff Picks: What's Your Favorite Soup in Chicago?

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Hang in there, Chicago. While we are still dealing with something that is honestly being referred to as a "Polar Plunge," it's supposed to get better by the end of the week. In the meantime, you should eat some soup. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in January

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January is a tricky month: for some, it's detox time after a hearty holiday eating season, but for many, it's still really freaking cold outside —think stew weather, not salad. For most of our staffers, January was a month like any else: filled with delicious bites from all corners of the globe, from Iberico carpaccio in the fabled ham's homeland in Spain, to a life-changing English muffin at a neighborhood favorite in Napa. More

Staff Picks: What's Your Recipe Deal-Breaker?

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Maybe it's deep-frying. Maybe it's hidden recipes-within-recipes. Maybe it's hard-to-find ingredients that you'll only use once. Everyone has a recipe deal-breaker. Here are ours. More

Staff Picks: What's the Best Delivery Option in Chicago?

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Why and when you order delivery is a personal decision. Perhaps you've been working too hard or don't want to face the cold. Regardless, here are some of our favorite options in Chicago. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate All Year, 2013 Edition

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It's hard enough to narrow down our best bites every month, let alone for an entire year, but after weeks of deliberation, we persevered. Here are the very best things SE staffers ate in 2013. More

Staff Picks: Best Chicago Restaurant for a Large Group?

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Some restaurants not only allow large parties, they embrace the crowd. In fact, they are more enjoyable the bigger the table. These are places where talking loudly and sampling your neighbors dish is encouraged. More

Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in October

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Fall is officially upon us this month, and the SE staff is taking the seasonal shift in stride (try saying that 10 times fast!). Soups and stews started making their appearances this month, along with at least two big hunka hunks of meat, biscuits, and a wintry citrus salad thrown in for good measure, too. More

Staff Picks: What's the Scariest Food You've Ever Eaten?

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With Halloween just around the corner, this installment of Staff Picks is all about things that go bump in the night. You know, like offal, live octopus, unidentifiable gelatinous things, and...smoothies? More

Staff Picks: The Best Dessert in Chicago

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The arrival of autumn signals the end of the dainty and the arrival of the hearty (and meaty) feast. And as we all know, every feast must end with something sweet, and the more options the better. Let's dig into the best desserts in Chicago. More

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