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Jamaican Jerk Chicken at Claire's Korner in Evanston

Chicago Mike Gebert 4 comments

Claire's Korner, on the west side of Evanston, serves up a cafeteria line of Jamaican classics six days a week. There's just a few seats, so the assumption is you're taking it to go and either way it comes in a styrofoam container. More

Eat This Now: Roast Beef Sandwich with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing at Al's Deli

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

When I first heard about Al's Deli, I imagined some kind of kitschy version of a French deli, one with more polish than personality. In fact, it's just the opposite. Al's is the kind of idiosyncratic place that most neighborhood sandwich shops only wish they could be. More

12 Burgers with Unusual Toppings That Really Work

A Hamburger Today Erin Jackson 10 comments

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. More

Deep Fried Chicago: We Eat All the Fried Food at Wiener & Still Champion

Chicago Joe Roy 1 comment

Wiener & Still Champion has been on my list since I started writing about fried food, and I finally bit the bullet and braved the Kennedy and Edens the other night to see what all the fuss was about. Since it's such a jaunt for me, I decided to go all out and order every house made fried item, because why the hell not? More

A Sandwich a Day: Bacon Loretta at Sarkis Cafe

Chicago Molly Durham Post a comment

Sarkis Cafe is often confused with Sarks in the Park in Lincoln Park, but they aren't the same thing. Sure they serve some similar sandwiches and breakfast all day, but Sarkis doesn't deliver and it's been around forever. More

Underground Dining at Feast & Imbibe in Evanston

Chicago Amber Gibson Post a comment

Feast & Imbibe is an underground restaurant juxtaposing a casual atmosphere with a multi-course tasting menu presented by chef D'Andre Carter and beverage pairings by sommelier Heather Bublick. More

A Sandwich a Day: Oyster Po'Boy at Dixie Kitchen

Chicago Josh Conley Post a comment

The salty brine of the oysters is cut by a subtle sweetness in the cornbread dusting, and they are fried up nice and crunchy, then piled high on a French roll. More

Devour Best-Ever Lemon Fries at Cross-Rhodes in Evanston, IL

Chicago Jennifer Olvera 4 comments

Cross-Rhodes, a Greek diner in Evanston, serves lemon-bathed, feta-showered fries, plus other brightly flavored Mediterranean musts. More

The Vegetarian Option: Tagliatelle al Tartufo at Pensiero

Chicago Amber Gibson 1 comment

The most glamorous entree at Pensiero is not a meat dish, but pasta. Your server will wheel a cart tableside and toss housemade tagliatelle along with a mix of wild mushrooms and pistachios in a wheel of Grana Padano, scraping off plenty of the grainy hard cheese to incorporate into the pasta. More

A Sandwich a Day: Fried Whitefish Sandwich at Found

Chicago Amber Gibson 1 comment

Upon first glance, it might appear that this sandwich would require a knife and fork to eat. It is, after all, listed under "knife and fork sandwiches" on the menu. I am proud to report that I managed to eat this with my hands without getting messy. More

The Vegetarian Option: Vegetarienne Crêpe at Crêperie Saint Germain

Chicago Amber Gibson Post a comment

If you're looking for meatless options at Crêperie Saint Germain, you could order a colorful beet salad or perhaps sweet potato gnocchi. But this is a crêperie, so naturally, you must order a crêpe. More

The Vegetarian Option: Sweet Corn and Green Chile Tamale at Frontera Fresco

Chicago Amber Gibson Post a comment

With all that's on offer, it's easy to overlook the tamales on Frontera Fresco's menu. More

A Sandwich a Day: Squash and Mushroom with Kale Tofu Pesto Sandwich at Found

Chicago Amber Gibson 3 comments

Most sandwich places now offer vegetarian options, whether that be a simple grilled cheese or a slightly more exotic Caprese or portobello filling. However, never have I had as tasty and hearty a vegetarian sandwich as the squash and mushroom with kale tofu pesto ($9) at Amy Morton's new restaurant, Found, in Evanston. More

A Sandwich a Day: Burmese Coconut Curry with Pork at Soulwich

Chicago Amber Gibson Post a comment

Soulwich in Evanston specializes in Southeast Asian-inspired sandwiches—think bánh mì with a twist. All sauces are made in-house, and there are eight different sandwiches ranging from wasabi teriyaki to sesame chili tuna. More

Standing Room Only: Half Pound Burger Worth the Wait at Mustard's Last Stand

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

Mustard's Last Stand is one of a number of hot dog joints in Chicago with a questionably funny name. Though this time it also functions as a fair warning. Sure, it proudly announces our city's love of the yellow condiment over its more famous tomato-based cousin. But more importantly, this is also your last chance to fill up before catching a football or basketball game at Northwestern University in Evanston. More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Northwestern University

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 17 comments

Our College Tour series continues with Northwestern University. With a main campus in Evanston and a downtown campus in Streeterville, there are loads of options. More

Burger City Guides: Eddie Lakin's Favorite Burgers in Chicago

A Hamburger Today Allegra Ben-Amotz 3 comments

When we asked Eddie Lakin, founder and chef of burger joint Edzo's, to share his top five burgers in the city, he selected a sample that represents the ultimate classics as well as some surprising new-school hits. For a multi-napkin extravaganza, check out Eddie Lakin's favorite burgers in Chi-town. More

Chicago Burger Tour with George Motz: Edzo's, M Burger, and Top Notch

A Hamburger Today Nick Kindelsperger 19 comments

When George Motz asked if I wanted to go on a burger tour, I had to say yes. I mean, wasn't I practically required to go? How could I turn down the chance to eat an inordinate amount of ground beef around Chicago with the man that literally wrote the book on the subject? More

Chicago: Excellent Fusion Burgers at bopNgrill

Chicago Daniel Zemans 5 comments

After a slow first few months, bopNgrill has established itself among the top tier of burgerias in the Chicago area for their quality griddled burgers made with freshly ground beef and innovative toppings. More

Excellent Burgers and a Cornucopia of Fried Deliciousness at Wiener and Still Champion

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 6 comments

Wiener and Still Champion might be one of the more innovative burger and hot dog stands around. And that's not even taking into account specials like the Luther Burger (bacon cheeseburger with a doughnut bun) and the weekly innovative dipping sauces ranging from Candied Ginger Balsamic to Spring Dill. But as appealing as the specials are, the regular menu is so diverse and exciting, there's little reason to even get to the specials. More

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