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July

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

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.

Eat This Now: Tonkotsu Ramen from Strings Ramen in Chinatown

It's a good day for ramen, with winter's return.

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

That will be awesome, I'm sure!

Chicago: Schwa or Girl and the Goat?

Agreed with that advice!

Rehearsal Dinner Help! Chicago

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

This Valentine's Day, Get More Than Your Just Desserts at Margie's Candies

What a cute kid:)

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.

Eat This Now: Zapp's Voodoo Potato Chips at Bon Bon Sandwiches

Those chips are the best!

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!

Visit MacArthur's for the Whole Soul Food Experience (Along with Some Good Fried Chicken)

Glad to see the West Side getting some positive attention.

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

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

The Serious Eats Guide to Tacos on Chicago's South Side

Epic list. Love it.

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.

Pizza in Indianapolis

Besides Bazbeaux, I'm looking for pizza recommendations in the Indianapolis area. I'll be traveling around the state a bit, so any awesome places within an hour or two would work as well. Thanks!

Teaching Fractions and Cooking - No stove

I'm teaching a unit on cooking with fractions to my "life skills math" students. I want to give them some hands-on cooking experiences, but my school only has microwaves. I could bring a blender or food processor from home.

I'm looking for easy, somewhat healthy recipes they could make. I've done Rice Krispie treats and caramel corn before, but I'd like some new ideas.

Thanks!

Chicago Dining- Lettuce Entertain You

As a wedding gift, my husband and I received a $50 Lettuce Entertain You gift card (Chicago-chain). We're kind of new to the city and could use some advice on the best use of this card. We'd like the best meal possible without adding any of our own money. We're especially interested in the L20 lounge (not tasting menu), but the prices are not online.) Thanks!

Where to Eat and Drink in Milwaukee

Milwaukee's food scene has been growing leaps and bounds in the last decade or so, and we have everything from dive bars only serving a Friday fish fry to restaurants with James Beard award-winning chefs. And yes, we have lots and lots of beer and cheese and meat, too. More

Bone-In Pork Chop Sandwich

Chicago has its fair share of iconic dishes, from deep dish to the Chicago-style hot dog, but not all of these unique eats are well known outside of the city limits. Allow me to introduce one of the strangest: the bone-in pork chop sandwich. Yep, you read that right. This sandwich features a pork chop with its bone still firmly attached. More

Dinner Tonight: Indian Burrito with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Tomato

My wife has demanded politely suggested I create something like this, but I valiantly resisted for four months. Though the beloved oversized Mexican dish (or is it Californian?) shares certain similarities with the kati roll, it's not exactly the same thing. And if I couldn't track down the authentic paratha used in the original, I thought, then it wasn't worth making. Then I got over it. More

Indian Burrito with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Tomato

My wife has demanded politely suggested I create something like this, but I valiantly resisted for four months. Though the beloved oversized Mexican dish (or is it Californian?) shares certain similarities with the kati roll, it's not exactly the same thing. And if I couldn't track down the authentic paratha used in the original, I thought, then it wasn't worth making. Then I got over it. More

Dinner Tonight: Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Shiitake Mushrooms and Pumpkin Seed Sauce

Whenever I'm looking for a side dish to pair with steak, my mind tends to gravitate toward mushrooms, since the two are such a fantastic pair. The only problem is a visual one: both are brown, making for a monochromatic dish. Steakhouses solve this problem by adding a completely unnecessary sprig of parsley; I decided to go all in and add as much green as possible, in the form of a lime-heavy pumpkin seed pesto. More

Pan-Fried Noodles with Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Carrot

Why go to the trouble of boiling noodles, draining them in a colander, rinsing them under cold water, draining them again, and then stir-frying them? Sure, sometimes I love making things needlessly difficult for myself, but this is not one of those cases. Instead, I was after a crunchy noodle base, which would maintain its integrity even after toppings and a strong sauce are poured on top. More