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Chicago Area

Find the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream, and more in Chicago and its suburbs. We also have tags for many of the individual cities in the region, which you can browse here.

What Is the Difference Between a Chicago Dog and a Regular Hot Dog?

Prime hot dog season may be over, but there's no law that says they can only be enjoyed in summer. And the classic Chicago dog is hefty enough to be a great tailgating main course. But what exactly...
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Patel's, Wow

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by Querencia 15 hours ago

Chicago Chowhound: What with pandemic etc I had not been to Devon Avenue in a while. This morning I was blown away by Patel's (Indian supermarket) which has improved its time during pandemic with a...

New York Times' "The Restaurant List 2021" List

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by patsully 11 days ago

A new top 50 list, unranked thankfully. "Together they reflect the rich mosaic of American dining — from the melding of Thai curry and Texas brisket in the Pacific Northwest, to heritage crab r...

Smoked butt

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by twodales2 11 days ago

Is there a smoked butt shortage? I've checked about 5 shops and can't find it anywhere. Considering calling Rose's in Barrington to see if I can pick some up out there. Or maybe Paulina Market? I...

A Secret Society Of Chicago Bakers Meets Every Month — And It’s Keeping Beloved Bakeries Alive

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by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

" ... Keeping costs low at the bakeries means the baked goods cost less, too. And the group is responsible for ensuring historical bakeries stick around for more generations. The bakeries don’t ...

Loop restaurants

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by twodales2 25 days ago

Any recommendations for a business dinner restaurant in the Loop or nearby for tomorrow night? (Not the Gage.) So many aren't open on a Tuesday including Millers Pub. Trattoria 10 is gone. Bandera...

Europe's Just Eat Takeaway to buy U.S. delivery firm Grubhub for $7.3 billion

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"."..Running an operation on the other side of the Atlantic, which Maloney will continue to oversee, means Just Eat boss Jitse Groen will have to maintain Grubhub’s sales force and keep the spigot ...

Road trip: Chicago to the Dells

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by twodales2 19 days ago

Any new suggestions for places to stop for meals from Chicago to the Wisconsin Dells? We will be going via Rockford and Madison. Anything from Cheap 'n Cheerful to Fancy pants will do. Thanks

Nabisco Strike Ends After Union Members Approve New Contract

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by Melanie Wong 20 days ago

Nabisco workers went back to work on September 19 ending a 40-day strike. Rallying slogans were #NoContractNoCookies and #NoContractNoSnacks. Guess one can return to buying Oreos, Ritz crackers and...

El Milagro Corn Tortilla Shortage - Redux

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by masha 2 months ago

As some of you may remember, early in the pandemic it was virtually impossible to find El Milagro brand corn tortillas in the Chicago area stores -- a combination of pandemic-related panic buying a...

Pork chop sandwich

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by Ramon 17 years ago

Hey, I'm a life time north sider so my experience here is near null. What is a classic south side pork chop sandwich and where can I get the best? I'm obsessed, even saying it over and over in ...

How to ghost Grubhub and order your restaurant takeout ethically

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by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

" . . . a recent report revealed that Grubhub, which owns food delivery services like Seamless, Eat24, MenuPages, and AllMenus, has been buying domain names to set up dummy websites that resemble ...

Engadget: Chicago sues DoorDash and GrubHub, alleging deceptive business practices

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

". . . Specifically, the city claims that both DoorDash and GrubHub have consistently advertised delivery services from restaurants that never consented to a listing on their platforms. The city al...

Grubhub - DoorDash - Seamless Delivery Service Fraud

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by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Last night Pim Techamuanvivit discovered that Grubhub, Seamless and Yelp delivery services have fake listings for her San Francisco restaurant, Kin Khao, to accept food orders on their sites. Her r...

Restos adding credit card processing fees to your bill...

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by gutreactions 5 months ago

I have noticed it more and more. Restaurants are posting up to a 3% processing fee to your final bill. I guess its an effort to defray some of the loss eateries incur to credit card companies. They...

Chicago's Ethnic Food Shopping

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by Querencia 5 months ago

I wanted to put this on Chicago board but it seems to be going on Markets & Stores. For anyone who may be new in town: 1) Indian grocery neighborhood is Devon Avenue for a few blocks west of Wester...

Cost of dining out rising rapidly...

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by gutreactions 2 months ago

Restaurants of all types have been raising their prices across the board. Just noticed one of our local spots posting their weekend specials. One was: Pat La Frieda Porterhouse for 2, $110. With si...

Chicken Wing prices rising: another pandemic shortage?

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by gutreactions 6 months ago

Craving chicken wings? The price of wings is rising fast, according to industry sources. Almost double what they were just a few months ago. Restaurants and markets have had to adjust their menu pr...

Scharffen Berger chocolate

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by solon 4 months ago

I used to buy Scharffen Berger chocolate at the late Treasure Island stores. I think Cost Plus World Market also used to have it, but it doesn’t appear on their web site. Have anyone seen it in Ch...

Pequod's Evanston, IL

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by EDANTES 4 months ago

Asked at hotel for best local deep dish and was offered Lou Malnati's, Giordano's, and Pequods, with much debate and discussion among staff. Since we'd been to malnati's before we chose Pequods,...