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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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where did I eat this?

by Marie 20 years ago

I had some very good Lemon Pepper Chicken at an Italian restaurant around 1975 Ruby in Melrose Park a while ago but for the life of me can't recall the name of the place. Anyone help me out? Thanks...

West Burbs, DeMarco's

by Bill Pisarra 20 years ago

Couple of years back a fellow paisan tipped me to DeMarco's in Itasca, little Italian place in a strip mall. Loved it. And a lot of the diners around me were speaking Italian, which is not a bad si...

Le Francais

by Lee Abrams 20 years ago

How does the new Le Francais with Jean Banchet back compare to the Banchet-less and the original Banchet version?


by Michele 20 years ago

Has anyone been to the new "Zealous" that opened up on Superior? or can anyone add anything about the old location?

Does the spirit of Due live on anywhere?

by Kevelor 20 years ago

I've been on the road for a number of years and made a pilgrimage back to my favorite Chicago pizza place--Due's--to enjoy and impress my bride to be. It was a very, very sad time. Sold out to a ch...

belize home cooking

by adamstoler 20 years ago

in the 6900 block(?) of n broadway tucked away on the west side of the street is a little bright lighted restaurant that specializes in the cooking of the owners' homeland-belize... expect somethin...

Mucho Gousto Bar/Restaurant

by B. Sagorski 20 years ago

Has anyone ever heard of a bar in Chicago called Mucho Gousto? They are supposed to have some awesome margarittas there. I was told it was near Ed Debevic's.

original gino's east pizzeria

by adamstoler 21 years ago

i understand that the original gino's east has moved into the former planet hollywood. can anyone clarify(these are reasonable suspicions)that the original is/was the one one n rush st about the 90...

Lou Malnati's

by Jennifer Johnston 21 years ago

OK-I need to say that among all the "Usual Suspects" mentioned earlier-Lou Malnati's is the best. Perfect crust, fresh tasting tomato sauce (on top) and a LOT of high quality sausage and cheese. ...

potstickers and other chinese dumplings

by Toni Donahue 21 years ago

Can anyone offer suggestions on a good place for chinese dumplings on the north side? They are my current obsession and addiction. The best places I've found have been Big Bowl, not north enough ...


by Tom Jones 20 years ago

I'm from out of town but whenever I'm in Chicago I eat here as much as possible. I was recently in town for four days and ate there 5 times. Ate the same thing: mozarella beef and fries.

The Luigi Sandwich

by Terri 21 years ago

The Luigi Sandwich from Bar Louie (Bucktown on Damen) is my idea of sandwich perfection. Warm sliced steak with lettuce, onions, tomato, olive oil and mayo on an italian roll. Order it with chees...

New NW Japanese

by Anne Kamykowski 21 years ago

Went to Family Sushi, @ Addison & Pulaski for lunch. Has any one else gone there? Thought it was good, a little below Midori & Daruma but certainly OK. price is maybe a little less. Haven't trie...

Chicago junk food rules!

by dongstadden 21 years ago

i will be in chicago for new years, and i was wondering where i can get the best italian beefs. why is it that you can only get these in chicago? also, does anyone have suggestions for taco-b...

Chicago Breakfasts

by Jill 21 years ago

I lived in CHicago for about 5 years, about 6 years ago. Last night I had a dream about having breakfast at Lou Mitchell's...cheddar and apple omelet...mmmm... It was so real, I expected to w...


by DICK COMMER 21 years ago

Heading for the Windy City...would like four of the best restaurants in the downtown area. Any thoughts?

early morning dining

by Bryan 21 years ago

Help! I work third-shift and finding someplace that doesn't just serve breakfast is virtually impossible? Any ideas?


by pete 21 years ago


Tace Burrito House

by Toni Donahue 21 years ago

OK so the name isn't that creative. The food isn't either. But I don't want creativity, I want a great big fresh steak burrito and this place has it. Taco Burrito House or TBH on Broadway, ju...


by Tom Armitage 21 years ago

My recent stay in Chicago started with dinner at Blackbird (more on that in another post). The chef there, Paul Kahan, suggested that I try Aubriot, and spoke with admiration and respect about its...

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