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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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Grocery Delivery During CV Emergency

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by Querencia 7 months ago

I would be grateful if people who know about this would post. Which Chicago stores are delivering? Do I start with the website of the store (eg Jewel, Potash) or of a delivery service (eg Instacar...

Tim Tams are available in Chicago -

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by weinstein5 5 years ago

I discovered Tim Tams, the Australian Cookies, on a business trip to Australia and have been missing them ever since. Now they are now available in Chicago - I found them at the Target in Evanston ...

James Beard Award finalists 2020...

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by gutreactions 6 months ago

The restaurant business is in a wildly fluid state right now, yet the James Beard Foundation has decided to publish their list of 2020 finalists. They have also postponed the awards ceremony to Sep...

Smithfield shutting a U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages

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by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . Slaughterhouse shutdowns are disrupting the U.S. food supply chain, crimping availability of meat at retail stores and leaving farmers without outlets for their livestock. Smithfield ext...

Little Free Libraries >>> Little Free Pantries

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by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Little free pantries are springing up in the time of coronavirus and mass unemployment. Previous discussion of little free pantry movement: https://www.chowhound.com/post/free-pantry-san-jose-1...

Chicago Tribune pre-2008 chocolate mousse recipe?

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by jojojovich 2 years ago

Reading the Chicago Tribune one day long ago, they featured a chocolate mousse recipe which featured ground pecan, and which resulted in a recipe that was SO rich and delicious I actually held onto...

Braciole - Cas & Lou's

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by h.b. 18 years ago

There once was an Italian place called Cas & Lou's, around Irving Park Road. It had wonderful braciole. I had it some 25 years ago and still remember its taste. Does anyone know if the place sti...

Caputo's

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by Querencia 8 months ago

Yesterday I made a happy run to Caputo's so thought I would post it in case anybody doesn't know about it. There are several branches in suburbs but only one is "in" the city (across the street, a...

How to ghost Grubhub and order your restaurant takeout ethically

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by Melanie Wong 1 year 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 ...

Gourmet Food for Train Trip

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by Budstone 10 months ago

looking at the Empire Builder train ride from Chicago to Seattle and would like ideas for really good gourmet food for the trip. Will be taking a collapsable cooler and dry ice. Can you sneak (like...

Wildberry Cafe

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by bighound 11 months ago

read some very good reviews for this spot and it was near our hotel so for our last breakfast in Chicago went to Wildberry Cafe. Despite our intention to eat a light meal we got huge portions. my t...

Cicero Rye Bread

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by astroguy 13 years ago

I grew up in Chicago in the 50's and 60's and remember The dark crusted rye bread from a bakery call "Cicero Rye' Later when I moved to Kansas City, the bakery would mail loves of bread to me. Ab...

Grubhub - DoorDash - Seamless Delivery Service Fraud

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months 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...

Giordano's Pizza

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by bighound 11 months ago

First dinner in Chicago is at Giordano's for deep dish pizza. To our surprise, there was a line out the door despite being in an office building. They have a clever system where you order your pi...

30th Birthday - Chicago

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by jnk89 11 months ago

Hi 'hounds...this is my first post on here, but I have utilized the discussion board to see if there's been any recent questions re: affordable group dinners. I just moved back to Chicago this ...

Sally's Barbecue

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by Bob Fagelson 17 years ago

There was a barbecue joint in Chicago. It began on the west side but eventually moved to north Western Ave. The name was Sally's. If anyone has the formula for their barbecue sauce, I would be eter...

Chinese Restaurants Are Closing

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by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

" . . . the share of Chinese restaurants in the top 20 metropolitan areas has been consistently falling. Five years ago, an average of 7.3 percent of all restaurants in these areas were Chinese, co...

Cozy Corner Breakfast Boutique-Oak Park

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by bighound 11 months ago

After very extensive research and a long train ride to the end of the line we chose Sunday morning breakfast at Cozy Corner Breakfast Boutique in Oak Park., a small but bustling spot in a residenti...

Villa Girgente

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by AslK 10 months ago

After seeing article on Villa Girgente, does anyone know the name of the rib restaurant down the block on Paulina?

Lefse

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by jean34 11 months ago

Hello! Does anyone know of a market or a restaurant in the Chicago area selling Lefse?