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Food Writing in Chicago

JeffB | May 9, 200312:17 PM

This topic comes up now and again, and I don't mean to start trouble, but I was just again reminded that Chicago has little, if any good food journalism. The St. Petersburg Times (, one of the last great regional newspapers, had not one but 2 featured food-related articles this week that I found remarkable. Earlier this week, on Wednesday, the paper's fine ex-Chicagoan dining critic Chris Sherman had a front page (!) piece that followed a quality-obsessed seafood restaurant procurer around the stone crab, grouper, shrimp and produce sources of Florida. The article is a lesson on why truly fresh fish is still more of an ideal than a reality here. Today, there is another feature, from a different writer, sampling the soul food scene, including information on an apparently "grey market" car detailing and BBQ joint with a pit master who enjoys smoking smaller, more arboreal creatures than one usually sees at Famous Dave's. The places profiled would never get mentioned in our locals, because they are in "dangerous" neighborhoods. Anyway, if you are bored and want to see what a little paper in a little town can do, take a look.

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