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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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Scharffen Berger chocolate

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by solon 3 days 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...

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

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by gutreactions 11 days 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...

Chicken Wing prices rising: another pandemic shortage?

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by gutreactions 1 month 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...

Sur La Table prepares for bankruptcy

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by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . For companies like Sur La Table that offer classes and other in-store experiences, the nationwide shutdown has been even more pernicious. . ."

Chicago's Ethnic Food Shopping

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by Querencia 23 days 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...

Carne Asada at a Market in Chicago?

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by sugarcanejane 1 month ago

Hello, I'm looking to find carne asada, to grill at home, in the Chicago area. I bought some taco meat from Pete's Produce and was underwhelmed. Would love some recommendations.

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 ...

Pizza on Paulina--Does Anyone Remember?

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by Fred 16 years ago

Way back in the 60's there was an outstanding pizza restaurant on Paulina just north of Howard St. The name was 'Villa Girgente' (sp?) but we just called the place 'Villa'. I went there often in...

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...

2021 Chicago Michelin Stars

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by masha 2 months ago

The 2021 Michelin Stars for Chicago were announced today. New to the list were Ever and Moody Tongue with 2 stars, and Porto with 1 star. The only restaurants to drop off the list were those that...

Chicago - 2021 Michelin Bib Gourmands Announced

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by masha 2 months ago

Michelin has awarded Bib Gourmands to 58 Chicago restaurants, including 10 new ones. See this article from the Trib. Evidently the 2021 Michelin stars for Chicago will be announced on Thursday.

Chick's - Still around?

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by tablefor1 13 years ago

Does anyone remember a place called Chick's - a greasy hamburger vienna beef hot dog place, right off of a highway exit that served the most amazing grilled onions on the burger and stuffed just th...

Dressel Cakes

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by sandy-p 16 years ago

Are they still around? You could buy their chocolate whipped cream cake in the frozen department of the store. Or better yet go to their discount store thought they went out of business quite awhil...

Golden Ox Chicago

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by Tracey9569 4 months ago

Has anybody ever gotten any recipes from Golden Ox Chicago? I would be forever grateful! It was the best German food in Chicago.

Tacos de Cabeza: A Street Food Hit?

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by Querencia 4 months ago

Does anyone have experience with a food cart business that hangs out at North Clark & Ainslie---sign on cart reads Tacos de Cabeza. The owner seems to have a flourishing reputation as when I am wai...

Where to find: Corn Juice?

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by kirikara 4 months ago

Need corn juice for a recipe. I dont have access to fresh corn, anyone know where I can decent corn juice?

Shaoxing Rice Wine (Unsalted) in Chicago

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by nikkib99 4 months ago

Does anyone know where I can find Shaoxing Rice Wine (Unsalted) in Chicago? I have gone to 3 Asian markets - Park to Shop(formerly Hong Kong market), another Park to Shop(formerly Richwell market) ...

Stellar "Topolobampo at Home" dinner

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by masha 5 months ago

I know that, even before the pandemic, the Chicago board has been moribund for years as to restaurant chatter (other than nostalgia) but, if anyone is still reading it, here's a shout-out to the To...

Italian bread search - "ciopa"

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by bubby 14 years ago

I'm in search of a type of Italian bread my family once was able to purchase from local bakeris a few decades back on the south side/Roseland neighborhood. Ciopa Description: A type of crusty, ...