Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lahmacun at Pide ve Lahmacun

There are only a handful of Turkish restaurants in Chicago, and of those, only a few serve lahmacun. It’s essentially a thin, crispy pizza-like disc topped with minced lamb and beef. It’s one of only two things that are served at the tiny Pide ve Lahmacun on Irving Park Road, and the key to enjoying it is to use up those colorful condiments that arrive alongside.


Videography courtesy Todd Rosenberg Photography (@toddrphoto)

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Smoke Daddy Celebrates 20 Years of BBQ

Filed Under: Blog , Bucktown/ Wicker Park , news

Slow-roasted ribs will be the star of the birthday celebration.

A Wicker Park barbecue joint is celebrating two decades of bringing Southern flavors to Chicago the way it knows best – by combining good food with good company. From May 15th to May 17th, The Smoke Daddy (1804 W. Division St.) will host a 20th birthday party complete with three days of specials, music and most importantly, plenty of smoked pork.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

The Cellar A Well-Hidden Surprise in Evanston


The New England lobster roll is worth coming back for.


By Emily Wickwire

Hapless Intern


For the better part of my time at college, I’ve found myself intrigued by a tiny bistro crammed between a printing store and a Sports Clips on Evanston’s Clark Street. It’s a place I’ve passed by hundreds of times, but knew only as the closet-sized Zagat bearer, a restaurant that never came up in conversation with peers, yet was persistently packed with them. I’d see a fellow journalism classmate there with friends, while my former student adviser was actually one of the employees, seating guests while manning the host stand. Conspicuous despite the fact that, in a town known as the dining capital of the North Shore, it was just so darn inconspicuous. Read More

Friday, May 9, 2014

Beer of the Week: Ommegang Hop House

This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is thinking of Cooperstown, NY – home of Ommegang, one of the best Belgian-style breweries in the U.S. Their Hop House is out now, and with our sudden blast of warm weather, he says it’s a perfect match for both lighter eating and drinking. Hope you enjoy it. Cheers.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Edible, Elegant Fundraiser at Grace Restaurant for American Food Conference

Filed Under: Blog , Dinner , news

A dish by Jessica Largey, Chef de Cuisine at Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, and one of the featured chefs for the fundraiser. (Photo courtesy Ashley Sears)

American food conferences don’t come cheap, and if you want to try to avoid having a corporate logo on every table, menu and fork, sometimes you have to go out and raise the money yourself. That’s partly why on Sunday, June 15th, Breville is presenting the “Future of American Food” dinner at Grace (652 W. Randolph St) to raise money for the upcoming “Roots of American Food” conference in September here in Chicago. The two-day conference is co-curated by Christopher Kostow (of Meadowood in St. Helena, CA) and Stephen Torres, and will take place September 7th and 8th. Read More

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ultimate Vancouver Culinary Tour, Sept. 6-9

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I'm going to be eating and drinking in Vancouver Sept. 6-9. Wanna come with?

I’m going to be eating and drinking in Vancouver Sept. 6-9. Wanna come with?

After our successful (and incredibly delicious) eating and drinking trip to New Orleans in March, I’ve decided to plan another group trip. This time, we’re going to visit one of my favorite cities in the world: Vancouver. The thing I love about this jewel, tucked into the corner of British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast, is the amalgam of ocean, mountains, forest, park and gleaming, all-glass skyline. But the heavily-influenced Asian food and locally-produced wine and spirits are just as impressive; this time around, I’ve curated a three-night, four-day trip that will leave you wanting a lot more. It’s scheduled for September 6 – 9, and all you’ll need to arrange is airfare. Read More