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Win a Chicago Drink Deck with 52 Bar Discounts

The Aviary. I haven't had an occasion special enough to warrant a visit yet.

When College Freshmen Cook: The Hearth Brings Underground Dining to The University of Chicago

Of course this all happens after I graduate. Though at least I had the "luxury" of a MaxP kitchen while there.

A Sandwich a Day: Hook at Reno

I ate this for brunch yesterday, and I totally agree with your review. Different from a traditional NY bagel and lox sandwich, but delicious in its own right. So glad that this place is now open.

A Sandwich a Day: Corned Beef and Swiss from Triple Play Carvery at U.S. Cellular Field

My favorite dish at the stadium is beer.

Last time I went to a game, we went to Morrie O'Malley's first - great suggestion!

NYers in Chicago looking for dessert and coffee!

You have to go to Mindy's Hot Chocolate. It's a dessert experience unlike any other - and a total Chicago landmark. Owner Mindy Segal won the James Beard for best pastry chef this year, and is guaranteed to knock your socks off. The restaurant is in the Wicker Park neighborhood on the northwest side, and will take you about 20 minutes total travel time on the Blue Line train. You'll definitely need a reservation (but they take reservations just for dessert).

Chicago: Balena Takes Neo-Neapolitan Pizza to the Masses

Perfect timing, Nick - I'm going to Balena for dinner tonight. Looks like I'll definitely have to get pizza now

Standing Room Only: Morrie O'Malley's Hot Dogs

I love A-1! Definitely will have to check out that steak sandwich now.

Lunch in the Loop: Westminster Hot Dog

Hmm, Dennis, I didn't realize that my wild, unbridled spirit had a wiener shaped hole deep inside of it that needed filling...

I think I'll skip this place and just plan a trip up to Hot Doug's.

Charting My Cravings During Vegan Month


Josie's Restaurant has great vegan brunch options and two locations in the city (and also non-vegan options, so everyone can get brunch together). I go whenever I'm in NYC, and it's great to be able to order real brunch along with everyone else instead of having to get something specially-prepared. You should definitely check it out.

Super Bowl Giveaway: 10-Pound Box of Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Throwing a huge party, featuring Kenji's guacamole!

My 14 Favorite Dishes from Chicago's Chinatown (Tony Hu Edition)

I'm eating leftovers from Lao Sze Chuan as I'm reading this. Obviously having Three Chili Chicken

Cook the Book: 'Kosher Revolution'

Tie between a potato knish and matzo ball soup.

Gift Guide: Kitchen Starter Kit For Recent College Grads

As a recent grad, I'm definitely going to pass this list along to my parents for some holiday gift hints!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

Wusthof santoku. I use it for absolutely everything. There's nothing this knife can't cut!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Straight out of the bottle! (jk) I love adding it to jarred marinara - it gives a much better kick than crushed red pepper flakes.

The Corn Tortillas of Chicago: How Many Brands Are Available?

Nick, how do all these tortillas stack up in terms of taste? Do you have a favorite brand?


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