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Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013
Since everyone loves a good top 10 reflecting longingly on the year that was, I bring you Chewables’ Top 10 “best of” Chicago 2013. Drumroll please: Best restaurant: North Pond. Yes, I am fully aware that this is not a new Chicago restaurant, and that “best of” restaurants are typically either new or by Grant... Read more »

Belly Shack: A Unique Concept with Decent Execution

Belly Shack: A Unique Concept with Decent Execution
Tucked under the rumble of the Western Blue Line station, Belly Shack serves fast-food style Asian-Latin American fusion with a Korean bent. It’s a small space, where customers order menu items by number at the counter, and then either take food to go or eat at one of the few dimly lit tables. The atmosphere... Read more »

Healthy Eating Out: Italian

Healthy Eating Out: Italian
When it comes to eating healthy out, Italian food gets a particularly bad rap: pasta and bread and cheese, oh my! But I’m here to tell you that Italian food need not be the forbidden fruit or path straight to dieting hell. Rather, it’s just misunderstood. Strip away excessive American portions and alterations, and Italian,... Read more »
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Chicago’s Best Happy Hour is at Shaw’s Oyster Bar

Chicago’s Best Happy Hour is at Shaw’s Oyster Bar
If you ever find yourself off work before 6pm, do yourself a favor and head down to the Oyster Bar at Shaw’s Crab House, the famous Chicago institution, for happy hour. It’s the best in Chicago, at least for those of us of a certain age who are more excited by half price oysters than... Read more »

Dale Levitski, the Self-Proclaimed Reality TV Show Grandpa, on Frog n Snail, Seasonal Eating, and Lakeview

 Dale Levitski, the Self-Proclaimed Reality TV Show Grandpa, on Frog n Snail, Seasonal Eating, and Lakeview
On a cold, rainy day this past week (seriously, where is spring?), I sat down to speak with celebrity chef Dale Levitski at his restaurant, Frog n Snail. The restaurant had just celebrated its one-year anniversary and Dale a significant birthday (he started Frog’s dinner service on his birthday last year). Despite the weather outside,... Read more »

Does Very Good + Meh = Good Enough? A Dinner at Bar Toma

Does Very Good + Meh = Good Enough? A Dinner at Bar Toma
There was a lot of buzz surrounding Bar Toma when it first opened, but on a recent Friday night I was able to get in last minute – at 7:30 pm – with a table of 4. Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled. I’d been wanting to try Bar Toma and didn’t have to... Read more »
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What Happened When I Finally Gave Flat Top Grill a Chance (spoiler: I liked it)

What Happened When I Finally Gave Flat Top Grill a Chance (spoiler: I liked it)
I don’t know what I had against Flat Top Grill. I had been to one years before and liked it enough. But every time the hubby suggested the one just down the street from our apartment, I always turned him down. It sounds exactly like your kind of food, he would tell me. I was... Read more »

Roti + Common Threads: Working Together to Create a Healthier World

Roti + Common Threads: Working Together to Create a Healthier World
Both healthy Mediterranean restaurant, Roti, and local not-for-profit, Common Threads, are trying to make the make the world a healthier place, one meal at a time. With similar missions, they’ve joined forces to help raise money for Common Thread’s programming, which uses cooking classes to educate children on the importance of nutrition and well being,... Read more »

My First "Belly" Encounter

My First "Belly" Encounter
Anyone who pays a modicum of attention to the Chicago restaurant scene has heard of the “Belly” restaurants: Urban Belly, Belly Shack, and, now, BellyQ. Just 8 weeks old, BellyQ, located in West Loop in the old One SixtyBlue space, aims to put a modern twist on traditional Asian barbecue, educating its customers in the... Read more »
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The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe

The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe
I don’t often rave about a restaurant. One, it would be disingenuous, and two, it would be annoying. But newly opened Wicker Park raw, seafood, and absinthe (legal) bar, The Savoy, deserves an unabashed rant. It is excellent. And reasonably priced. So here goes…. Executive chef Brian Greene (who could not have been sweeter when... Read more »
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    Chewables Chicago is dedicated to healthy eating in Chicago. To exploring the amazing and diverse food places Chicago has to offer without packing on the pounds. The majority of entries are challenges, restaurants reviewed for healthy and flavorful options. Of course, occasionally it’s worth going all out (hello Alinea), and the splurges entries ensure you know when. Sprinkled throughout are eating and fitness tips, recipes, and classic restaurant reviews.
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