Take it With You: The Best Culinary Souvenirs

I try to buy honey wherever I travel. It lasts basically forever, it small, and is generally inexpensive. Mind you, this is often car travel, I'd be more cautious about putting honey in a checked bag.

Win a Serious Eats Edition KettlePizza Baking Steel Combo for Father's Day!

My dad: pepperoni.
Me (also a dad): pepperoni and red onion.

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

David Burke Primehouse?

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Open Thread: What Oreo Flavor Do You Wish Existed?

I'd love a malted chocolate filling.

Down South: Southern Rock Star Jason Isbell on Cracker Barrel, Cornbread Poetry, and More

Truly one of the best songwriters working today. A gem from his newest, off "Tour of Duty"

"I've been eatin' like I'm out on bail,
Collard greens, and chicken wings, and oysters by the pail."

And Outfit may be my favorite song ever.

Potatoes! 36 Potato Recipes We Love

Eating and shopping

Annually my wife and I, plus a few friends make a trip downtown to shop and see Christmas decorations. My highlight is generally Saturday dinner (Publican, Frontera, the late Brasserie Jo), but this year, we're forgoing a reservation anywhere to fit in more shopping. I've read the cheap eats guide to Michigan/State, but we don't necessarily need to be that cheap. What other suggestions do you have for Saturday evening, most likely in the River North area without waiting too long (I'm afraid the Purple Pig is out for this reason--am I right?). Is the Lobby Bar at the James Hotel for a David Burke burger reasonable? What else within a block or two of Michigan is an option?


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