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Andros Taverna Brings Modern Greek to Logan Square

Chicago finally gets the modern Greek restaurant it deserves. Former Lettuce Entertain You/RPM Chef Doug Psaltis and his wife have changed the playing field with a couple of dishes at their new Greek restaurant in Logan Square. Andros Taverna 2542 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-365-1900 https://androstaverna.com

Amazing Thai Food Hidden in Back of Edgewater Market

Hidden in the back of a Thai market in Edgewater, there’s a tiny steam table holding homemade curries and salads. While it appeals mainly to ex-pats, anyone longing for the fiery, funky flavors of Thailand will appreciate it. Talard Thai Asian Market 5353 N. Broadway 773-942-6566 https://talard-thai-asian-market.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

Khmer Food in Chicago

This mother-daughter business is preparing seriously delicious, homemade dishes rooted in Cambodia. Mona Sang’s mom is a survivor of the deadly Khmer Rouge from the late 1970s. The two women routinely get up at 4 a.m. to prepare these dishes. 24-hour notice required; order via website. www.monabellacatering.com

Canadian Chef Brings Nanaimo Bars to Chicago

The Nanaimo Bar – a delicious dessert treat from British Columbia – has finally arrived in Chicago. I went to Dear Margaret (where the Chef is a native of Ontario, and grew up eating them) to see how he makes them. Dear Margaret 2965 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-360-8213 https://www.dearmargaretchi.com​

Lahmacun at Turkish Cafe & Bakkal

One of my favorite street snacks in Turkey is lahmacun (lah-mah-ZHOON) because it’s portable and delicious. Just please don’t call it Turkish pizza. I found an excellent version at a cafe in Ravenswood, where it’s just $5.00! See the video to learn how they make it, and more important, how to eat it. Turkish Cafe … Continued

Pizza Night!

This week I ordered everything I needed from The Dill Pickle Co-Op in Logan Square, but I didn’t have to drive there. I just ordered via Mercato, and had the sauce, anchovy paste, mushrooms, mozz, flour and sausage delivered to my front door. I made two pies: one using Underground Meats’ ‘nduja (a spicy, spreadable … Continued

Lou Malnati’s Turns 50

The iconic deep-dish pizzeria turns 50 on St. Patrick’s Day. There are now more than 60 locations, with most in Illinois. I spoke with Lou’s son – President and CEO Marc Malnati – about that first day in business, when he was just 15 years old. They now ship all over the country. To find … Continued

Tuna Poke & Seafood Ceviche from Dirk’s Fish

This week I was longing for Florida. Because while our temps dropped in Chicago, I couldn’t help but think about how often I stopped by Goatfeathers, the local seafood market near our Airbnb in Santa Rosa Beach. Several times a week I’d stop in for a pound of yellowfin tuna, some local grouper and at … Continued