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Dip into It: 9 Sauces, Condiments, and Dressings We Love in Chicago

Chicago Molly Durham 2 comments

Regardless of whether you devour dips with gusto or just want a tiny bit to complement your fried fare, there's no shortage of options around town, ranging from fudge desserts to mayo packed with Indian flavors. More

10 Essential Mexican Dishes in Chicago for Cinco de Mayo

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 5 comments

After five years in Chicago, I've tired more than my fair share of Mexican restaurants (probably in the hundreds right now). So with Cinco de Mayo coming up on Sunday, I decided to pick out the essential Mexican dishes in Chicago. More

A Whirlwind Eating Tour of Chicago: 9 Restaurants and 16 Dishes

Chicago Liz Bomze 5 comments

Chicago lived up to the food hype I'd heard so much about. There wasn't a dud bite over the 5-day stretch, from the stunning hibiscus-lemongrass agua fresca at XOCO, to the harissa and prune pork pate at Publican Quality Meats, to the dreamy pies I ate (for breakfast!) at Bang Bang Pie Shop and Hoosier Mama Pie Company. More

8 Chilaquiles We Love in Chicago

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Few breakfasts excite me more than chilaquiles. While some people head straight for the maple syrup or all of the bacon and eggs in the morning, I crave spice and acid to help wake me up, and this dish gets that done like few others can. More

We Drink All the Hot Chocolate at Xoco

Chicago Lindsey Becker 1 comment

In this month's version of "We Drink All the Hot Chocolate at..." we go on a little soul-warming vacation south of the border with the five hot chocolates at Xoco (just kidding: this is not actually a new column we're starting...or is it?). More

Knockout Noodles: The Best Noodle Dishes of 2012 in Chicago

Chicago Roger Kamholz Post a comment

Boy, my Atkins diet has not been going well. Yes sir, I've been hitting the carbs pretty hard this past year in search of Chicago's best noodles. And looking back on 12 months' worth of Knockout Noodles columns, I feel confident when I say this is an exciting time to be a noodle lover in this town. More

13 Warming Soups We Love in Chicago

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 8 comments

As soon as I felt the first snap of a cold wind I immediately started to crave a huge bowl of soup. You know, the kind that warms you up and fortifies you for the rest of the day. Here are 13 flavorful and dynamic bowls to help you greet fall. More

Staff Picks: The Best Places to Brunch in Chicago

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 13 comments

Brunch is the great unifier, a meal specifically designed for everyone. But when we asked our contributors to pick out their favorite spot to brunch, every single person picked a different place. We're taking this to mean that there has never been a better time to brunch in town, as these many great picks prove. More

Knockout Noodles: Pork Belly Vermicelli Caldo at Xoco

Chicago Roger Kamholz Post a comment

Xoco has been one of my go-to lunch spots since the busy River North restaurant began firing its tortas, caldos, and housemade hot chocolates. But it's been hard to pull myself away from the tasty tortas in order to sample its broth-based offerings. Well, it was until I read the description for Xoco's pork belly vermicelli (fideos). More

7 Non-Traditional Soft-Serve Desserts in Chicago

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team Post a comment

Once left exclusively to the DQ's of the world, the soft-serve machine is now showing up in some very unexpected places. But this isn't your plain old vanilla cone. No, each place has adapted the dessert to its own vision, pairing it with ingredients traditional to cuisines of Thailand, Mexico, and Italy. More

10 Touristy Spots in Chicago That Are Actually Good

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 23 comments

When visiting a new city, I feel like I'm always caught in the that strange middle ground of wanting to sample the iconic local food specialties, while simultaneously avoiding the kind of restaurants that prey on my naivety and take all my money. These are the places that that offer an unmistakable glimpse at Chicago, while also dishing out great food. More

The Vegetarian Option: Xoco's Woodland Mushroom Torta

Chicago Roger Kamholz 1 comment

In a crowd of tortas featuring fillings like pork carnitas, chorizo, braised short ribs, and the like, the woodland mushrooms and vegetarian black beans manage to more than hold their own. Every Xoco fan—herbivore or otherwise—should give this torta a spin. More

Put an Egg on It: Dishes We Love in Chicago with Eggs on Them

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 6 comments

Put an Egg on It was born out of a very simple question: do all foods taste better with an egg on them? As far as savory courses are concerned, the answer seems to be almost a definite yes. (Very unscientific calculations were in the 99 percent range.) It doesn't matter if the egg is fried, poached, or cooked in a thousand dollar sous vide machine, that plump yolk—which should slowly erupt like molten lava—improves just about everything it touches. More

Laura's Chicago Gluten-Free Survival Guide

Chicago Laura Staugaitis 3 comments

Like any mortal, I occasionally crave a fat slice of chocolate cake, but most of the time, I like to seek out all the wonderful cuisines that so happen to also be free of gluten. Here's a tour of some of my favorite places. More

A Sandwich a Day: Open-Face Breakfast Torta from Xoco

Chicago Joe Roy Post a comment

A half bolillo roll spread with ranchero salsa subs in for crust and sauce. It's slid into a wood-fired oven, where it remains until everything is crisp and bubbling. More

The Top 10 Chicago A Sandwich a Day Posts in 2011

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Here are the ten most popular A Sandwich a Day posts from out short stint here in 2011. Turns out I completely underestimated Chicago's sandwich scene, as there are great sandwiches in just about every neighborhood. The diversity was also striking. Sandwiches were overloaded and excessive, or sleek and minimal. More

9 Hot Chocolates We Love in Chicago

Chicago Kate Bernot 3 comments

From silky gourmet Valhrona cocoa to complex Mexican spices, there are more variations on hot chocolate in Chicago than you can shake a candy cane at. Here are some of our favorites. More

Hangover Helper: Chilaquiles from Xoco in Chicago

Chicago Carey Jones 12 comments

With salty chips and gooey toppings, chilaquiles are just about the perfect hangover food. And the chilaquiles from Xoco in Chicago, Rick Bayless's casual operation, are just about the best I've ever had. More

Dinner Tonight: Roasted Mushroom Torta with Goat Cheese and Black Beans

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 10 comments

As this site has already established, some of the best sandwiches in the country are coming from Rick Bayless's casual newish eatery, Xoco. Occasionally Mexican tortas can feel unwieldy, and unnecessarily messy, but not these. More

A Sandwich A Day: Chorizo Torta at Xoco in Chicago

Chicago Carey Jones 9 comments

There are breakfast sandwiches born of convenience, and then there are breakfast sandwiches that are worth getting up early for. It shouldn't surprise anyone who's eaten at Rick Bayless's Xoco that the Chorizo-Egg Torta ($7.50) is one of the latter. More

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