| Apr 30, 2009
Epic Burger"Epic Burger (with cheese, egg, bacon)", $8.56
Epic Burger has primo real estate--not only is it close to Loop-area businesses, it's on the ground floor of the ginormous student dorm of Roosevelt, DePaul and Columbia College Chicago....
| Aug 27, 2009
The mythology and pedestal that Kuma's Corner built up then perched on, high above Chicago's burger scene, has been well-earned. Publications, blogs, Yelp enthusiasts -- anyone with a keyboard and a stomach lining -- are quick to proclaim the burgers at...
| May 16, 2010
DOWNS, Ill. — We're standing by the chickens. There are white and brown hens, 70 in all, strutting along the lush green backyard and pecking for grubs. Not far away are two pregnant pigs named Mortadella and Pancetta. There's a greenhouse —...
| Jul 11, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Many coastal towns in California and Hawaii might lay claim, but only one has "Surf City USA" on its government stationery. Welcome to Huntington Beach, in sunny and placid Orange County, a town that sits on 81/2 miles...
| Feb 10, 2010
| 7:24 AM
Kevin Pang, Chicago Tribune's Cheeseburger Bureau Chief, spent 2009 chronicling the city's burger scene. Watch all the episodes of "The Cheeseburger Show" above and read his dispatches below.
| Mar 10, 2011
Recipe 695 in Auguste Escoffier's "Le Guide Culinaire" is Puree Palestine, a sunchoke and roasted hazelnut soup. The five-sentence recipe, much like the 5,011 others in the book, is rather vague. Few recipes even call for salt. Dubbed "Escoffier" for...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 13 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The secret to Rick Bayless' extraordinary choriqueso isn't the house-made chorizo -- tangy, spiced crumbled pork, its chili-powder-dyed oil seeped into the bread's crevices. Nor is it the roasted...
| Apr 16, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 16 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The Cemitas Atomica
This Pueblan paean to the pig is glorious excess defined, three interpretations of pork in a sandwich requiring a snakelike unhinging of jaw to devour. Three slices of Krakus ham, a guajillo...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 11:30 AM
The timing was strange. After chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin stars at Ria last November, shocking the Chicago dining scene but mostly himself, McLeod unexpectedly left the restaurant three months later. The Elysian Hotel’s press release noted...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Lynn Hauldren, 89, the advertising copywriter who became the inspiration for the Empire Carpet Man in the 1970s and helped launch the company's signature jingle into national recognition, died Tuesday, according to an Empire spokesperson.