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Pulled pork nachos are definitely where it's at, with some garlicky refried black beans and some fresh hot salsa, damn
I grew up eating pretty straightforward midwestern Americanized fare, hot dogs, mac & cheese, spaghetti, Chef Boyardee cans, casseroles featuring "Cream Of..." soups, etc. But my wife and I are both pretty adventurous with what we cook and serve at home (sometimes more so than 2 of our 3 kids would like). She cooks Filipino Adobo pork all the time; I'd love to try a bunch of adobo variants!
I benchmark takeout places by their Mongolian Beef generally.
Bridgeport Bakery = bacon buns. The donuts are fine too but bacon buns are where it's at. Gotta get there early though.
Or maybe I'm giving away a south side secret? If this post suddenly disappears you'll know why ;)
It really is good on just about anything. I think most recently I put it on some Phillipine pork adobo.
A robust holiday porter, post-boil, as I was chilling it to pitching temperature. Going to be a fun New Years Eve.
Chili chicken (or mutton masala depending on my mood) with naan (plus some of their raita and hot sauce) at Baba Palace (334 W. Chicago) was one of my goto lunches when my office was in the area. $7, enough to feed both me and my hangover, and though their dishes might not stack up to some Devon Ave. favorites they are fine, and the naan is very good.
It's so easy to overdo it when you're making a pizza at home just 'cause it's so hard NOT to. I like to put Italian sausage on there, mushroom, onion, maybe some garlic or thinly sliced fresh chilies from time to time.
My mom's pretty straightforward sage/bread stuffing (we call it stuffing even when it's really dressing, sorry) recipe IS the flavor of Thanksgiving to me. Not making it to Mom's this year but I'll be making the stuffing--I make it *nearly* as well as Mom does.
I don't live far from either Three Floyds or Flossmoor Station but my favorite Chicago-area brewery might be Two Brothers.
Nobody wanted to be the guy who picked a polish with fries at Jim's for $3.25? Great list though, I want to try those potato tacos!
I just ate some Mongolian Beef with lo mein noodles and a healthy dose of sriracha for lunch! (though I think some chili oil might have done better for the Mongolian Beef, it was delicious) I guess my favorite thing to put it on is anything vaguely Asian that ought to have a little kick but doesn't. Laab, curries, noodles, soups, whatever.
So much deliciousness can come from the pig, it's hard to choose. My favorite might be different every day. Today, I am craving the breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches that you can get just about anywhere in the midwest EXCEPT for Chicago apparently. So I'll say that.
oh man it has been too long since I've had the Oaxacan tamale at Maxwell Street Market.
man, that's a lot more Thanksgiving recipes than I remember from last year! So much good stuff. My mom and sister are both on gluten free diets, so the GF recipes are standing out to me (especially the corn/scallion pancakes) but I think I'm definitely going to be making big batches of that onion confit for the 2 different Thanksgiving dinners I'll be attending (what a pig I am!)
On Tuesday of this week the last 2 of the list were combined; Cemitas Puebla and Smoque teamed up to offer smoked brisket cemitas at Smoque that evening. Wish I'd been able to make it 'cause it sounds fantastic. Though I understand they'll be doing it again in a few weeks at Cemitas Puebla.
Nice article. 6 months ago, I'd never heard of Gose. But for whatever reason, members of my homebrew club seem to have been obsessed with the style this year, and I've tried at least 4 or 5 different homebrewed versions over the spring and summer. "The Gatorade of beers," some of the guys call it. I hope to brew either a Gose or a Berliner Weisse before the summer's out.
I just like it in a tumbler with ice, but I've made any number of (probably sazerac-inspired) off-the-cuff cocktails with Pernod, Peychaud bitters and brown liquor with various accompaniments.
A classic that I've never managed to get myself to, despite being a far south-sider these days (well, south suburbanite, but well within striking distance of V&N regardless). Is there a "Serious Eats effect"? 'cause those glamor shots are speaking to me and I feel that I need to get to this place pretty soon.
Nice one Kenji! I still say the triple-decker bun isn't necessary tastewise but you have a point in that it wouldn't be recognizably a Big Mac without it.
There are similar pizzas, even to the unusual slicing style, served in south suburban Chicago and northwestern Indiana (as I see has been mentioned by previous commenter Garvey). The slicing style seems to be the only thing differentiating it from the pizzas I grew up with in Quincy, IL. I'd call it a variant of the standard midwestern pizza rather than a separate style, not to take anything away from my friends in the Quad Cities.
Louisiana Hot Sauce. Not really a dipping condiment I guess but you can splash it over the fries like you would a malt vinegar. It's excellent on really crisp well-done fries.
Alternatively, BBQ sauce, but with some hot sauce mixed in.
Good writeup, thanks, I just picked up my first-ever slice of pepperoni the other day (normally I get sausage) since it had just come out and the pan was being placed behind the glass while I was waiting in line. How can you resist a hot fresh slice like that? I requested a corner slice because the edges are so great, as you mentioned. I may have to get pepperoni from now on. Not only was there great coverage, and the textural element you mentioned, but even the flavor of the pepperoni seemed to enhance all the other elements, bread, cheese, sauce, into a more delicious whole. And I'm not normally a pepperoni guy.
@car1fsu if those pics are making your heart explode then you definitely don't want to see the pork belly po-boy I had there on Friday.
And agreeing with @turb0dog, though I get the burger more often than anything else, this is a place known for their seafood and for good reason. This is, however, AHT, so I expect the burger to be the focus.
This was the first thing I ever learned to cook when I was 5 years old, and in my family we called it "Hobo eggs" for some reason
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