I love food and everything about food.
I made this recipe the first year it was posted to SE, and every year since. Its become my "signature" dish for Thanksgiving, even if we aren't hosting for that year I still have to make a batch. Its in the oven right now doing its thing and never fails to be the best thing on the table (I'm so humble! :)) With all the butter, bread, and sausage its definitely a once-a-year dish but I look forward to it all year long!
Er, veggie has 2 "g"s and "since I graduated". I swear I went to college.
RU rah rah! I crushed an unholy number of Fat Vegggie Indians between 98-02. This time coincided with my vegetarian days, which were helped along by working at Brower. Not that Brower was bad by any means, but just being around so much cooking meat all at once sent me to the salad bar on a daily basis. And then to the Grease Trucks like that made any sense, I don't know. How has it been nearly 12 years since I graduate? Sigh.
Great list. Once we start thawing out more I can't wait to hit up a few of these places... the La Bomba truck will be something I look forward to on a warm sunny day!
It is also my friend's 30th birthday so we are making a cake shaped like a stadium, a "snack stadium", two kinds of wings, a brisket, and two cocktails (one for each of the teams). Its gonna be a big party. Sliders would be great.
Irazu and Cemitas Puebla are the to-go places here. In Logan Square, you can also get Dante's Pizza delivered. Its a good east-coast style pizza. But options can be limited and they only come in one size. I'm still trying to find the best late-night pizza delivery.
Beef tenderloin roast
My buddy says this is his favorite Italian beef in Chicago. I can't wait to try for myself.
Howdy, neighbor! Thank you for all the great Logan Square reviews and recommendations. I've enjoyed discovering my new-ish neighborhood all year. I got lunch with the mister at Punta Cana this week; amazing! Merry Christmas and looking forward to more reviews next year.
Finally went here today - and it is amazing. Gyros jibarito = delicious, and the goat stew + pigeon peas was tender, flavorful, and exciting. Thank you for prodding me to go here as I live literally around the corner and just never ventured in!
Bone-in, medium rare and salty, fatty, perfect.
A beef tenderloin. I once overcooked a gorgeous D'artagnan beef tenderloin at Christmas and ruined it, we're talking a $350 piece of meat, and I've never been able to live it down. I am reminded every year of the time I "ruined Christmas dinner". I need to avenge my mistake.
A porchetta roast
Tony's Finer Foods has a brand called "Antonio's" and it is great. Crunchy vegetables (serranos, celery, carrots, the occasional olive) and its very spicy and pickled. Love it!
I moved here 3 years ago and I have officially become hooked on giardiniera. I put that sh*t on everything. EVERYTHING. If I ever move out I will pack an entire box of hot giardiniara and take it with me. It's more precious than gold in my house.
i've tried fried intestines at another restaurant (at Tango Sur) and even with a liberal amount of lemon and salt, you could still taste what it was. I'm an adventurous eater myself and that was too much. I also tried duck balls at Longman & Eagle a while back, and while the plating was excellent (paired with pickled cherries and big, sweet green peas - visually, very clever) the little duck nards weren't my favorite thing. Oh well. Always get points for trying right?
I had their fried chicken (light and dark) the other day. The chicken was juicy and the coating was well-seasoned but slightly burnt-tasting on my order. I just need to try it again to see if it was a fluke. I wasn't a fan of the fries though. Mine tasted too much like 5-spice, which isn't bad, but with the banana-ketchup I wasn't a fan of the combo. The brisket was tasty and I neeeed to try the pulled pork. Love the not-slaw of the day too.
San Soo Gab San (247 North Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60625) is one of our favorite pig-out spots. The insane amount of banchan, the kalbi and other meats grilled in front of you, plus any appetizer... plus they give you soup and rice as well. Its a ridiculous amount of Korean food.
I'll second the Chicago comments; you could argue that Kuma's really started the burger trend in Chicago but so many other places have taken that torch and ran with it. Owen & Engine, Bad Apple, Cobra Lounge, Longman & Eagle, DMK, etc. I guess I should just consider myself lucky that I live in a city with so many burger options and maybe its better to keep my favorites out of a "best of" list so I can continue to get a table there :)
That is a LOT of butter to add to a dry-aged steak. Does it taste like funky, beefy steak, or buttery meat?
Besides my own awesome deck, I love getting a sandwich from Half Italian or Brown Sack and enjoying it in Palmer Square Park in Logan Square, or near the Eagle statue in the center of Logan Square. Palmer is quiet, and a great place to toss around a frisbee or play with all the neighborhood dogs. The square is awesome for people watching and choosing which awesome restaurant or bar to visit later when you want a cocktail.
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