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'Staff Picks' on Serious Eats
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.
Team Serious Eats goes far and wide when we eat out for work, but when we're "off duty," you're more likely to find us closer to home at bars. Where do we eat when it's just for fun? Here are our favorite tried-and-true local restaurants.
We're already looking forward to all of the burger goodness that's sure to come in the new year, but before we officially shut the book on 2013, we're taking a moment to remember the best burgers we ate in 2013.
Take a look at all of the burgers that surprised us the most this year, from a shockingly decent McDonald's cheeseburger to a magically delicious veggie burger.
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.
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?
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.
Serious Eaters clung on to the last bits of summer this month, feasting on lobster rolls, heirloom tomatoes, and fancy grapes before the first frost. Click through to see our best bites in the slideshow above, and let us know what the best thing you ate this month was in the comments!
A burger by itself is pretty great, but add an awesome side, and you've really got something. This time around, we're giving props to our favorite stand-out side orders, from foie gras fries to sweet potato tots.
Whether you're hittin' the books or the bar, late night grinds and grinding hangovers have at least one thing in common—they require a whole lot of fuel. Also, college. These are the items that we simply couldn't have survived without.
Sure, we love to casually graze on dainty small plates, but there are those rare occasions when all that fussing over a forkful just doesn't cut it. Perhaps we just ran a marathon or simply passed on last night's dessert. Regardless, the reason isn't as important as the fact that we need to eat a WHOLE LOT OF FOOD RIGHT NOW.
As summer winds down, we polished off some late-summer treats, from beachfront chilaquiles to a savory BLT ice cream (really, it works).
From French toast to homemade veggie lasagna, we have some pretty interesting late-night cravings. What about you?
What are our top breakfasts in New York? Bagels, egg and cheese, and pastries right this way.
July was hot, but not too hot to indulge in dessert. We ate mochi cakes in San Francisco, peanut butter pie in New York, and experimented with pelamushi, a traditional Georgian dessert made from grape juice cooked with flour, corn flour, and sugar. See these and more in the slideshow above!
Sometimes all you want is a great burger and the beverage that goes alongside it isn't too important. But other times, access to a wide variety of awesome beer is equally crucial to eating a delicious burger. For those times, we've compiled a list of a few favorite spots across the nation to simultaneously satisfy a craving for an exceptional pint and a delicious beef patty. Click through the slideshow to see all of our picks.
From a super-simple at-home ceviche to a faraway feast in Croatia (plus two different octopus dishes!), these were our favorite bites this month.
Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles...and maybe a squirt of mayo, mustard, or ketchup. The standard toppings will never cease to be tasty, but sometimes, you want a burger with a bit more personality. For those occasions, here are a dozen creatively-topped burgers that really work. Check out the slideshow to see all of the unique burger toppings.