• Location: Chicago, IL
  • Favorite foods: sweet potatoes, chickpeas, all shellfish, apples, dark chocolate

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The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

During the Polar Vortex, deep dish took on a whole new meaning for me. Glad to see some picks outside the most traditional; I knew there had to be better options than Uno and Gino's.

Staff Picks: What's the Most Underrated Restaurant in Chicago?

Cafe con Leche in Logan Square is surprisingly good. I feel like it rarely gets any buzz. Lately I'm also into Dante's Pizzeria.

Best place in Chicago for a Birthday dinner?

Sorry if I missed the point that you would like a place with a cookbook. Both Slurping Turtle (Talashi's Noodles) and Girl and the Goat (Girl in the Kitchen) still stand. I would also add Frontera Grill since you can cook from any of the awesome Bayless cookbooks at home or Perrenial Virant, as the chef has a cookbook called Preservation Kitchen.

Best place in Chicago for a Birthday dinner?

I have so many follow up questions, such as price point, where you have already dined, and if you mind waiting. Without knowing any of that, here are a few ideas to get things rolling:

1. Slurping Turtle has been my selected birthday dinner spot previously. Best ramen in the city, plus great sushi. The location is convenient for tourists.

2. Yusho is one of my favorites in the city for Asian food that is unlike most other spots. The seafood, grilled options, and tempura vegetables are all amazing.

3. Tanta is a new place getting a lot of well-deserved buzz. It is upscale Peruvian.

4. If you haven't been, it's hard to go wrong with Girl and the Goat or Avec.

Serious Cheese: What's the Deal with Raw Milk Cheese?

When I was pregnant and avoiding raw milk cheeses, per doctor recommendations, my local Whole Foods told me they didn't carry any. Is this usually the case?

Where is the Best Sushi in Chicago?

I really wish Lawrence Fish Market delivered to my house...

Cellar Door Provisions Serves Sensational Bread in Logan Square

I believe they're making their own cheese too. Great addition to the area!

Rehearsal Dinner Help! Chicago

Places I have been for events that might work:
The Bedford
Belly Q
Chicago Q
Revolution Brewing

What's Your Favorite Restaurant in the West Loop?

Graziano's for lunch! Nellcote and RM for a girls' night. Maude's for a date. Belly Q for a group.

Alinea and 'Babygate:' Should Babies Be Allowed in Fine Dining?

I am not sure that complaining on Twitter is the most professional approach. I don't Tweet, but wasn't there a less gossipy way to handle the situation?

And for the record, I draw the line at if a restaurant has high chairs. Plenty of nice places near me do not, which as the parent of an infant, I take as a clear cue that kids aren't welcome.

The Serious Eats Chicago Cold Weather Survival Guide

Just saw on Facebook that Graziano's is open and now doing delivery. That wouldn't be a bad lunch option if you're homebound.

Hey Chicago, What Should We Eat in 2014?

Mexican food on the West/ Northwest Side, Chinese food outside of Chinatown, and food artisans all over the city.

Pilsen upscale Mexican restaurant?

De Colores is delicious and beautiful. Would be a great date spot.

What's the Best New Chicago Restaurant of 2013?

Did Fat Rice open in 2013? That's the best place I tried this year.

Open Thread: Which Chicago Chef Would Cook Your Dream Thanksgiving?

Considering how good the roast chicken at The Lobby is, I'm thinking that Lee Wolen would be a good choice. I wouldn't mind side dishes from Bill Kim and Rick Bayless to add some spice to my Thanksgiving spread, either!

We Try All the New Biscuit Sandwiches at Bang Bang Pie Shop

I assure you, having consumed many, those are biscuits.

Need Chicago dining help

Xoco may be too casual, but it's delicious and not any harder to get into than The Purple Pig. They do have wine and beer, as well.

Vermilion may be a good option because it seems fairly easy to get into, and the Latin American/ Indian hybrid is quite fantastic.

And maybe Mercadito for great Mexican food, although it can be very loud.

First Impressions: Honey Butter Fried Chicken

I like my chicken from non-factory farms and served in a non-fast food setting. $8 doesn't sound terribly expensive to me, especially when a plain old deli sandwich can easily cost that much these days. I guess I won't have to battle some of you for a seat, which is fine by me.