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  • The Cheap Eater: Taco in a Bag

    The Cheap Eater: Taco in a Bag
    Scene: Monday afternoon, Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. A girl at a kiosk sells smartphone cases to no one in particular. A man sells plush dolls at a free-standing cart to no one in particular. Two teens walk out of Spencer Gifts, giggling. The food...
  • Restaurant review: Osteria Langhe ★★

    Restaurant review: Osteria Langhe ★&#9733
    At some point, Chicago's Italian restaurants lost their focus, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Going back 30 years, Italian restaurants in town self-identified as "Northern Italian" or "Southern Italian." These were grotesquely oversimplified terms;...
  • Chefs from Lillie's Q, Boka ready for Ramen Battle

    Chefs from Lillie's Q, Boka ready for Ramen Battle
    Nearly each month, Yusho (2853 N. Kedzie, 773-904-8558) has held a Ramen Battle, in which local chefs battle show off their creations. For the restaurant's seventh competition, chefs Charlie McKenna of Lillie’s Q and Lee Wolen of Boka will go head...
  • It's National Sandwich Day. I like these sandwiches.

    It's National Sandwich Day. I like these sandwiches.
    Today is supposedly National Sandwich Day, another one of those made-up nonsense holidays conceived by the restaurant industry (Thursday, by the way, is National Nacho Day). But you know what? I'll play along. Please note: This is not an authoratative...
  • How to get Chicago Gourmet tickets, free

    How to get Chicago Gourmet tickets, free
    The Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet will run Sept. 27 and 28 in Millennium Park. But your chance to earn a free ticket starts today. The annual Dine Around, through which diners can earn one-day admission to Chicago Gourmet by eating at five...
  • Looking for organic beers? There are more choices every year

    Looking for organic beers? There are more choices every year
    Looking for organic craft beer to go along with the biodynamic veggies, organic farmhouse cheese and grass-fed organic beef on your shopping list? A few years ago there were only a few certified organic brews, but more brewers are tackling the challenge...
  • Monday food links: Purple Pig, deep fried Thanksgiving

    Monday food links: Purple Pig, deep fried Thanksgiving
    News and notes from a snowy Monday: - Purple Pig restaurateur Scott Harris is suing his partners, including Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Bannos Sr. and Jr., alleging embezzlement. [Crain's] - Del Taco, briefly in Chicago several years back before closing its...
  • Wines for sipping away the dog days of summer

    Wines for sipping away the dog days of summer
    Old man alert. I'd always thought that the phrase "dog days of summer" referred to the way dogs lazed around on the front porch most of the day come July and August. I got the time period right, just not the allusion. "Dog days," it turns out, is a term...
  • Restaurant review: Bohemian House ★★

    Restaurant review: Bohemian House ★★
    At one point there were as many as a dozen Czech restaurants in the Chicago area, most of them grouped along Cermak Road (named after a Czech-born former Chicago mayor), in Cicero and Berwyn, and along Ogden Avenue in Brookfield. I used to call the area...
  • Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced

    Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced
    The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence, which honor culinary distinction in the Chicago area, announced its nominees Thursday. There are four nominees in each of the 12 restaurant and chef categories; this year, for the first time, public input...
  • 'Chef Says' dishes up quips from the kitchen

    'Chef Says' dishes up quips from the kitchen
    The boss plopped "The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom," on my desk and growled, "Gimme 300 words." "Yes, Boss," I whimpered back. Having consumed inordinate amounts of those cooking and restaurant-rehab shows larding TV and the Web,...