'Pilsen' on Serious Eats

First Look: A Glass of Cocktail History at Punch House in Chicago

"Punch is a loan word from the Hindi language, from the word meaning five," explains Will Duncan, the beverage manager at Punch House. "Punch is a balance of five flavors; it always balances strong, weak, bitter, sour, and sweet." This is the first of many lessons in history and mixology to be learned at Punch House, Chicago's first punch-focused cocktail bar, owned by the team behind The Empty Bottle and Longman & Eagle. More

Chicago Tacos: Carnitas Uruapan

Walk into any of the most well-known carnitas places in Chicago, and you won't see a menu or be given a rundown of the daily specials. Instead, you'll be asked how many pounds of fried pork you want. Luckily, Carnitas Uruapan in Pilsen solves that problem by offering a carnitas taco on its everyday menu. More

Sugar Rush: Strawberry Sundae from Nightwood

The wacky spring weather Chicago has experienced over the past two months has at least one silvery lining: the arrival of the strawberry sundae ($10) at Nightwood. Pastry chef Matthew Rice jumped at the chance to transform simple berries into his strawberry sundae—an elegant, balanced version of a childhood favorite. More

TGI Fry-Day: Carnitas Mixtas from Carnitas Don Pedro

The meaty costillas had a satisfying crunch that made way to a meltingly tender center. The thin slivers of buche added a nice spring to each bite. And the cuero was simply lip-smacking: the scored strips of pork jello coated everything it touched with liquified collagen. Two days later, I'm still licking my fingers. More

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