Holiday season is here, and for many of us, that means visitors from out of town and you can take the gang to a pig roast, now that Mercat a la Planxa and Sunda offer these gluttonous feasts. All you need is a few days' notice, and a big appetite.
Orland Park has plenty of fast food options, even a few independent restaurants, but there's nothing quite like Q Restaurant, which occupies a large, stand-alone building next to a strip mall. The menu fuses French and Vietnamese flavors in a one-of-a-kind setting.
November 23, 2013 (EVANSTON, Ill.) - Pie is something a lot of recreational bakers love to make this time of year and it's a good idea to learn a few techniques from the experts. A new cookbook from Hoosier Mama Pie, one of the city's best pie shops is now available, which you can probably find at their brand new pie shop in Evanston.
November 23, 2013 (CHICAGO) - If you thought planning for Thanksgiving was stressful, imagine adding another holiday on the same day, which is the case for Chicago's Jewish population, which must contend with the first night of Hanukah falling on the night before Thanksgiving. Potato pancakes, or latkes are typically served for the holiday, check out two very different versions in the city.
November 22, 2013 - There are a half dozen "Just Turkey" franchises in Chicago, most of them on the South Side and in the south suburbs, which sell turkey-inspired sandwiches, ribs and chili throughout the year, but in November, they gear up for Thanksgiving by frying a whole lot of birds.
November 16, 2013 (CHICAGO) - A lot of chefs like to pair beer with their food, but few take the task as literally as Cleetus Friedman. The chef of Fountainhead, in Ravenswood, not only designs dishes to be served with beer, but also cooks with beer and crafts his own custom brews.
November 16, 2013 (EVANSTON, Ill.) - It's hard to beat the smell and taste of freshly-baked bread, and it's even better when every loaf is handmade. At Hewn in Evanston everything on the shelves is the result of old world techniques.
November 15, 2013 (CHICAGO) - Minelli's Italian Butcher opened on Chicago's West Side 55 years ago, eventually moved to Niles in 1978 and is still in business, but at Chop Shop, the next generation is re-establishing a meat and sausage-focused business in Wicker Park where the butcher shop is just a fraction of what's going on.
November 9, 2013 (MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill.) - Ramen has moved way beyond the days of a cheap, college dorm room dinner. These days, chefs are pouring great ingredients into their bowls, many of which, including at Ramen Misoya in Mount Prospect, are based on Japanese recipes.
November 8, 2013 (CHICAGO) - Pilsen has been going through a renaissance lately, at least in terms of bars and restaurants and Dusek's is the latest ambitious addition to 18th Street, to say the least.
November 2, 2013 (FRANKFORT, Ill.) - South suburban Frankfort is home to plenty of fast food chains, but not a lot of independent restaurants with cutting-edge menus. The Hungry Hound says that all changed a few months ago, thanks to the Dancing Marlin.