How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Stumbling Into the Beer Business

"2) There's nothing interesting about them.

Many of my local breweries make what's essentially available all over the country. At the end of the day, beer is like sex and nachos: Even when it's boring or bad, it's still pretty good. While I have a soft spot for beers brewed in my childhood home, many have nothing unique going for them except that they're brewed locally. "

In a perfect world this would be totally backward; it would be more efficient to get you basic session IPA (not everything needs to be a sichuan, saison, etc., etc. after all) from your local brewery than from across the country but the involvement of big distributors distorts that.

Your Beer Bucket List: 20 Must-Try Styles

@theace: Your holy grail comparison might be apt if he was recommending Dark Lord. Zombie Dust is readily available to millions of Americans. It's called the upper Midwest, come visit us!

7 Great Beers for the Christmas Beer Hater

@Justin Carroll: I just came to say Great Lakes Christmas Ale is one of my favorite beers period!
It's expensive but a good holiday treat.

How to Make 15 Minute Stovetop Roast Turkey and Mole Enchiladas

Yeah...a 15 minute recipe contingent on a 7 HOUR recipe.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that, Kenji. My condolences.

Forget Al Dente: Braised Green Beans Are Where It's At

I'm glad to see this since green beans are, like, the one green vegetable my husband will eat and I'm not a huge fan of super crunch half raw ones.

Toasting Nuts? The Microwave is Your Best Friend

This is good news for me cause I'm a total scatterbrain and I ALWAYS FORGET I'm toasting nuts!
Irradiated a bunch of walnuts just the other day.

Is it Really Necessary to Add Garlic After the Onions When Sautéing?

It's also more efficient to add it later. While you pan and oil are heating, you chop up an onion real quick and throw it in. Then while that cooks you peel and chop the garlic.

Manner Matters: Can I Bring My Own Tonic Water?

This letter is weird. The vast, vast, vast majority of restaurants would make your G&T with Schwepps. Why go to the ONE that makes its own tonic and order a G&T? Why not try any of the other, no doubt extensive, options such a bar would offer?

Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace on Where to Eat in Chicago

Nhu Lan's bahn mi are better the Ba Le's, imo.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago, 2014 Edition

Also- I think the fish is superior to the chicken at Parsons. Honey Butter beats them on chicken. But you're right- the hushpuppies are to die for.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago, 2014 Edition

I love teasing my fellow Chicagoans about being so desperate for some sun that they'll eat on a crowded sidewalk with a bus belching fumes in their face, but some of these places look great!

Easy Home Bar: 5 Fun 2-Ingredient Drinks

Geez people, the article isn't that long. Try reading it before complaining about something already addressed.

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

Born and raised in Texas. Never knew what real Mexican food was until I moved to Chicago. Growing up we just called the cheesy enchiladas and stuff Mexican.

The Best Food to Order at Panda Express

@Ocean: Vs. the 3 comments on "Chinese Greens 101: Stir-Fried Choy Sum With Minced Garlic" directly above.
Wonder why all the highbrows haven't flocked over there to comment on authentic Chinese?

RIP Hot Doug's: A Love Letter

I too had the experience of ordering too much and not having enough cash. Needless to say I was embarrassed about holding up the whole line but Doug was totally chill about it and insisted that we get our whole order for what cash we had.

6 Puff Pastry Waffle Variations

Of course then we would have missed the epic frozen puff pastry thread.

6 Puff Pastry Waffle Variations

Maybe a little late to ask but why puff pastry? Why not like Pillsbury pizza dough or something? Just curious.

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Puff Pastry

Leave it to Serious Eats to do a thorough job of feeding the troll.

Manner Matters: How to Order When Out to Dinner

Given I don't do a lot of "fine dining" but- most appetizers nowadays are enough to be a meal for one person. Don't most people just order a couple and share?

Where to Eat Near the Willis Tower in Chicago

Wow Dennis, you really covered it. When I start working downtown again in a month or so this will come in handy!

Dinner in Chicago

You could go over to Randolph Street and wander around. That's where Girl and the Goat, Grace, Avec, etc. are. I like Au Cheval personally.

Put an Egg on It! 40 Egg-Topped Recipes We Love for Spring

The stuffed avocado is brilliant. Have to try that for breakfast this week.

13 Fantastic Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Chicago

I never said everything in life was about politics or that I think companies should be boycotted (or supported) based on their CEOs personal beliefs. Personally I thought the whole Chick-fil-a back and forth was pretty silly.
That said I think it’s pretty obvious that, as unlikely as it may seem to you, the availability of certain chicken sandwiches in Chicago is in fact about politics. Specifically, there is no Chick-fil-a in the First Ward because Moreno disagreed with their politics while there is Leghorn which goes out of its way to explicitly support LGBT rights.

13 Fantastic Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Chicago

I think a lot of the current renaissance can be traced back to the bigotry of Chik-fil-a. People realized there was a market to sell an awesome chicken sandwich without the religion and conservative politics.

Mr. G's In Logan Square Closed

Went by there for a dog today and there was an eviction notice on the door. The curse continues!
What with the Boulangarie closing too there are a few less choices for "Cheap Eats We Love in Logan Square".

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