Hong Kong Dim Sum

By Rupert Vaughan |

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Cai is a typical Hong Kong style dim sum restaurant. It has no décor to speak of, and is brightly lit with plastic tablecloths to allow for quick and easy cleanup. It is a massive open space on the second floor of the Chinatown Square mall, making it fairly loud on weekends just from conversation.

Beta Beer

By Amy Cavanaugh |

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Allium, which is located in the Four Seasons Hotel, serves two of my favorite foods in Chicago – a house made Chicago-style hot dog that places all the toppings on the size so you can customize it yourself and a miso butterscotch milkshake that’s the ideal sweet-salty dessert. On Tuesday, October 16, the restaurant debuts its latest menu item, a beer that Executive Chef Kevin Hickey brewed with Begyle Brewing Company, which is based in Ravenswood.

No Bull

By Jim Macchione |

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The first time I walked into the Del Toro Tequila Bar, I didn’t know what to expect. A ton of new restaurants were popping up in Pilsen and Bridgeport, each fulfilling its own niche. In addition to Nana and its excellent organic fare about a mile south on Halsted Street, there was also Jason Vincent’s outstanding Nightwood , a mere thirty feet from Del Toro’s front door.

It's a Wrap: Falafill and Trencherman Collaborate on an Autumnal Falafel

By Amy Cavanaugh |

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I live right around the corner from the Lakeview location of Falafill, but even if I didn’t, I’d make a trek for the restaurant’s pita pockets. The falafel rounds are nicely spiced and always perfectly crisped on the outside, and the toppings bar includes fresh Jerusalem salad, a variety of pickles, and a selection of tangy sauces. But the real draw is the chef collaboration wraps, in which noteworthy chefs from around the city create a falafel sandwich.

Follow that Food Truck!

By Carmen Schmidt |

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We’re back for the twelfth season of Check, Please! This season, we’re starting off with a show that features Chicagoland’s rolling restaurants – food trucks! This September, a gaggle of food trucks parked outside of the WTTW Studios as more than 1,000 guests sampled the tasty truck offerings. As The O’My’s played, and people enjoyed savory and sweet bites, the merriment ensued as our production staff visited each of the trucks to record interviews and capture the fun of this new phenomenon.

Falafel Brothers

By Maggie Ness |

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Falafel! Tabouleh! Schwarma! Oh, my! The Falafel Brothers have brought Middle Eastern cuisine to the Chicago street scene with their fresh ingredients and twist on traditional Mediterranean dishes. While their wraps and appetizers look like typical Middle Eastern items, it’s their family recipes that make these sandwiches special.

Don Rafa

By Maggie Ness |

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The Don Rafa dynasty in Chicago dates back to 1956 so it’s no surprise that this truck is taking the streets by storm! With an expertise in traditional Mexican cuisine, Don Rafa is bringing their quality food to a location near you.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Bethany |

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My favorite go to restaurant is called Al Dente located on Irving Park near Pulaski. It is a little off the beaten path, but it is probably one of the best restaurants you will go to in Chicago. This restaurant is one where you will never get bored. The owner Javier Perez has worked in some of the highest rated restaurants in Chicago such as Spiaggia and Cibo Matta. As a result, the cuisine offered at Al Dente is a little eclectic.

Bergstein’s NY Deli

By Maggie Ness |

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If you’re looking for a quality deli sandwich with a New York-style experience, Bergstein’s is the truck to track. As natives of New York, the Bergstein family missed the convenience of a corned beef sandwich, potato pancake and matzo ball soup at any hour of the day, so they brought the experience to us with their deli truck.

e.leaven

By Maggie Ness |

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No, e.leaven is not a typo or play on the number between ten and twelve. The noun “Leaven” means an element such as yeast that causes dough to rise, and an element that produces an altering or transforming influence. This concept combined with the owner’s first initial “E” gives e.leaven its name.

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