Snackin' on Damen

By Miguel |

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Last summer, one of my close friends moved from Ukrainian Village to Ravenswood. As I was helping her move, I couldn’t help but notice all the amazing finger foods on offer stretching along Damen between Chicago and Montrose. Here’re a few of my highlights:

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Noel |

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Some of my most memorable restaurant experiences are going to the places that I frequent often. The owners or waiters recognize us, and we are greeted warmly, hence the reason I keep coming back.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Aaron |

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My aspirations of one day becoming a champion pitmaster came to an abrupt end with the first bite of the pulled pork sandwich from South Moon BBQ (Hinckley, Il.). There aren't enough adjectives to describe how titillating this sandwich is. Subtly smoked and sauced with a deft hand, this behemoth might be the most memorable BBQ experience I've encountered in my 34 years*. A perfect ratio of fresh baked bun to pork to sauce, complimented perfectly by any of four sides makes for one hearty meal.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Patti |

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There are some foods at any given restaurant you frequent that are just addicting. Such are the chicken tenders appetizer at The Wild Rover in Frankfort.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Jen |

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If you've read my other post, you already know that this girl is a big fan of pork products and finely crafted cocktails. One place that delivers on both of those promises is The Bristol in Bucktown. Owner/Chef Chris Pandel likes to know where his food comes from, and I appreciate that's he's done all the legwork in finding the freshest local farms to which he decides his daily menu. Additionally, Chef Pandel uses the “nose-to-tail” sustainable practice of butchering, meaning the entire animal is used.

My Most Memorable Experience At a Restaurant Was… Impossible to Pick

By Don |

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My most memorable experience at a restaurant was… impossible to pick. So here is a top 4, in no particular order.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Michael |

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There are few things in life that make me happier than a good burger and a beer. The Bad Apple in Lincoln Square has both of these in abundance. Their menu is fantastic, and they have something for everybody. I have gone there with the guys, both late night and at lunchtime. I have gone there with my wife and kids. I’ve gotten carryout for my co-workers, who now request it every time we have a meeting after 5:00. It’s high-quality food at reasonable prices in an atmosphere that is far from stuffy.

Camela's Taqueria Keeps Me Coming Back and Back and Back...

By Brian |

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Some restaurants are so utterly addicting that they make me reconsider the notion of ever cooking again. These places simply put my cooking to shame. Why go through the trouble of cooking an unsatisfying meal and then cleaning all the subsequently soiled pots, pans, and plates 3 times a day for 7 days a week? There's no joy in that. Why not just pay others to do a much better job? This is the inevitable thought process that I have whenever I eat at Carmela's Taqueria.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Jennifer |

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The restaurant that keeps me coming back is Union Sushi in River North. The artfully crafted small bites, lunch Bento, and Japanese Barbeque prepared by Chef Chao and his team are unmatched when it comes to refined “Sushi + Barbeque”.

My Perfect Meal

By Pete |

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For me, any perfect meal needs to start with a great cocktail. I'm a whiskey lover, and I tend to judge a restaurant by how well they make a “classic” cocktail like the Manhattan.

Lots of restaurants know how to make them well, but Sable in River North takes the cake. All I asked for was a Jim Beam Rye Manhattan, and what I got in return was the smoothest, most enjoyable whiskey cocktail I've ever had. (The meal that followed was pretty killer, too).

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