Blog

  • Logan Square Crawl

    I recently organized a “crawl” through three spots in Logan Square for a Midwest-based corporation, having its quarterly Team Leader retreat in Chicago. On a...

  • Austin BBQ Day Trip

    Interested in taking a small group down to Austin for the day? I recently organized an intensive barbecue sojourn to Central Texas that had us...

  • MingHin Cuisine

    There are only a handful of places I like for dim sum in Chicago’s Chinatown. Phoenix is the stalwart – and much-needed renovation in 2014...

  • Crisp

    Is there a better fried chicken in Chicago? Probably not. Although there are certainly different styles (I love the Carolina-style at Roost, as well as...

  • Fumare Meats

    Say what you will about Montreal smoked meat, but Schwartz’s – that legendary icon – is nothing more than a tourist trap. On my most...

  • Au Cheval

    An upscale take on the American diner with great cocktails, matzo ball soup and yes, those cheeseburgers. During brunch (and after midnight) check out the...

  • The Purple Pig

    Jimmy Bannos, Jr. has restaurants in his blood. His father launched Heaven on Seven, where the young Bannos grew up, then he trained in New...

  • Billy Sunday

    In a city awash in cocktail bars focusing on bitters, tinctures, rare spirits and low lighting, Billy Sunday stands out for its, well, Midwestern hospitality....

  • Armenian, Brazilian & Vietnamese Food (Boston Calling)

    I spent the day in Boston with my friend and colleague Marco Werman, host of both PRI’s The World as well as Boston Calling, a...

  • Group Tour: New Orleans

    ...

  • Let Someone Else Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

    I realize not everyone wants to go all-in and cook like a maniac on Thanksgiving, and fortunately, a lot of restaurants feel your pain (actually,...