When people in 48 of America's 50 great states hear "tenderloin," they probably think filet mignon. Then there's Indiana and Iowa, where the word means a crisply fried juicy cutlet of pork loin on a pillowy hamburger bun. Here's where you can get the best tastes of Austrian schnitzel transformed into deep-fried Americana.
While nobody is exactly sure where the Coney Island hot dog originated, no other state has embraced this variation on the chili dog more than Michigan. While you'll find Coney dogs all over the state, three cities seem to take the dish more seriously than others.
While you'll encounter a weekly fish fry all over the country, few places take the event quite as seriously as Wisconsin. During Lent, it sometimes feels like it's hard to find a restaurant that doesn't serve a Friday fish fry. I've tried them all over the state, and here are my 10 favorite options.
[Photographs: Titus Ruscitti] The torta sandwich is as common in Mexican restaurants these days as tacos or burritos. Rick Bayless's Xoco made them fashionable, but they've always been a lunchtime favorite of Chicago's Mexican community. Dona Torta in Little...
The Friday fish fry is a staple of the Great Lakes region. While it is fact that no state takes the Friday fish fry more seriously than Wisconsin, there are some options around Chicago. To see it done right, head to Steve's Lounge in Hegewisch.
With Lent in full swing and my love of tacos a year-round thing, now is as good a time as any to put together a fish taco roundup. Since we already have a solid fried fish taco list, I set out to find 11 options that avoided the fryer completely.
Albany Park has everything from Korean and Mexican to Middle Eastern. It's one of the city's larger melting pots, and the restaurant options can be a little overwhelming if you're just driving around trying to pick a place. I decided to go with my gut instinct on this one.
Iit might not of been as satisfying as my favorite version of this dish served New Orleans, but the jambalaya at Sizzlin'Skillets was still quite enjoyable.
I'm anti chicken strips. I don't even have kids yet, but one rule I already have in place should they ever arrive is no chicken strips after five. You can imagine the skepticism I had one day while driving by a new place on 79th St. with chicken strips in its name. So why are they good?
I'd like to welcome Las Quecas to Chicago, which is the first outlet of the quesadilleria outside of Cancun. I stopped into try the specialty of the house, and also got the chance to talk to chef Ambrocia about what led to his decision to open here.
Chicago has some really nice new butcher shops, but they lack the neighborhood atmosphere (and friendly prices) that a place like Joseph's Finest Meats in the northwest neighborhood of Dunning brings. As soon as you step inside and grab your ticket, you're greeted with a hello. The sweet sound of saw blades in use is the only music.
Some things are just meant to be, like me finding out that an old South Side favorite is back and just as the big game approaches.
The new Soluri & Sons Deli on Halsted Street in Bridgeport has picked up right where it left off. Once a popular stop in the '90s, it has returned with subs that are simple and satisfying.
You want to know a good way to judge a Mexican restaurant? Try its caldos. I always like to keep an eye out over winter to see what's out there, and here are ten specific offerings to try as winter wears on.
Add up the great hospitality, relaxing atmosphere, and the chance to experience one of the world's rarer cuisines, and you have a spot that's a true city treasure.
Next time you need to pick someone up out by Midway or want to eat something other than airport food before hopping an early flight, keep Sammy's Kitchen in mind.
Alambres show up here and there in the Chicagoland. Exact preparation can vary by region and restaurant, but here the dish includes chopped meats, vegetables, and lots of cheese mixed together with bacon.
These pupusas are not going to knock you off your culinary high chair, but they are solid and comforting. Count on El Excelente to be just that.
One of the best ways to experience the unique cuisine at Cafe Trinidad in Bronzeville is in a roti, which one might describe as a burrito from the islands.
Small World's history goes back a few generations. It's been a local haunt for drinks, chit chat, and Yugoslavian food, specifically the countries that eventually became Serbia and Croatia.
You may remember today's stop from the South Side taco roundup published last month, but there is more to this restaurant than just cochinita pibil tacos.
I'm excited to report that the wonderful Little Village staple Delicias Mexicanas has opened a second location. Now it's easier to find hot dogs con tocino—that is, hot dogs wrapped in bacon.
[Photographs: Titus Ruscitti] Chicago is a world class eating town. No doubt about it. But there are some things where the math just doesn't add up right. Take corned beef for example. I'm just not understanding of why we...
Happy National Taco Day! Here's 25 options from the South Side to help fill in all the lists that neglected an entire chunk of the city. Ready. Set. Taco!
The place is a great example of "all in the family," as those are the only people who worked here when they first got rolling. Today they still offer Grandpa Tony's housemade Italian beef, but there are also lot more options than there were originally. Basically, if you like sandwiches, you'll find one for you.
"The Depression Dog is a unique Chicago treat full of history and terrific for anyone who doesn't want a salad-topped hot dog." Past Weeks' Dogs Papaya Dog24-Hour DogSlaw DogPuka DogThe Philly ComboTijuana Dogs When we think of a Chicago hot dog, we normally think of the classic dragged-through-the-garden jumbo dog piled high with various vegetables and neon green relish on a poppy seed bun. But a few old-school hot dog stands still serve what may very well be the original Chicago dog, what some refer to as the "Minimalist" or "Depression Dog." A Depression Dog features a regular-sized (eight per pound) natural casing all-beef frank instead of the jumbo (six per pound) dogs that often come on a standard Chicago...