Category: Chicago food landscape

Buona Italian Beef Sandwich: a Chicago original

Buona Italian Beef Sandwich: a Chicago original
“A few things are undisputed about the Italian Beef Sandwich: it originated on the “Sout” Side of Chicago by Italian immigrants, is served in hundreds of places around the city and when made correctly should leave a trail of juice down your arm.” USA TODAY The Italian Beef Sandwich may just be the most Chicago of... Read more »

Mariano's Bannockburn: A sneak peek

Mariano's Bannockburn: A sneak peek
“I only eat sushi from Mariano’s – for real it is our family fave” …Amanda Puck Mariano’s will open its Bannockburn supermarket at 6:00 am, on Tuesday, October 10. From the outside, the store looks like many of the other suburban Mariano’s but inside the new market will reflect the community and has added some offerings... Read more »

Bon Appetit names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year

Bon Appetit  names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year
Ditch the deep dish, there’s a whole lot more to Chicago’s dining scene It’s no surprise to Chicago Eats that Chicago has been named the Restaurant City of the Year by Bon Appetit magazine. A statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday says it all: “Chicago’s thriving culinary scene is not only the nation’s best, but... Read more »
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Cruz Blanca Brewery: an authentic taste of Mexico in the West Loop

Cruz Blanca Brewery: an authentic taste of Mexico in the West Loop
Rick Bayless has done it again. His casual style Taqueria and Brewery, Cruz Blanca Cerveceria, which opened a little over a year ago in the West Loop (904 W. Randolph) is packing them in. The restaurant, that was four years in the making, was inspired by Emil Dercher, the brewer who left France to go... Read more »

Chicago Eats Top 8 Doughnut Shops

Chicago Eats Top 8 Doughnut Shops
 Donuts or doughnuts, either way you spell it, are hot When it comes to doughnuts, Chicago is not lacking in places to get your doughnut fix. Doughnuts have been around for many moons and seem to be getting hotter every day. According to the NEW York Post (June 1, 2014), “Early 19th century: Legend has... Read more »

Michael Jordan’s Steak House burgers are a slam dunk

Michael Jordan’s Steak House burgers are a slam dunk
For the past three years, Michael Jordan’s Steak House has been celebrating the month of May, National Hamburger month, with a different burger for each day. The burgers are named after various Chicago neighborhoods like the Pilsen Burger (May 9), the Taylor Street burger (May 29) and others; or famous people and politicians such as... Read more »
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James Beard awards names 30 Chicago restaurant and chef semifinalists

James Beard awards names 30 Chicago restaurant and chef semifinalists
The James Beard Foundation announced today its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists. The semifinalists are selected from over 24,000 entries in 21 categories from ten different regions across the U.S. Winners of the awards will be announced in Chicago at the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of... Read more »

Whole Foods Market opens in Chicago's Englewood Community

Whole Foods Market opens in Chicago's Englewood Community
The long awaited Whole Foods Market officially opened their doors today in Englewood. The area, on the South Side of Chicago, that has been called a “food desert” for many years will now have access to high-quality foods and produce. The question, on the minds of many, is can residents afford the price? Whole Foods... Read more »

Marianos new Lakeview digs: much more than a grocery store

Bob Mariano (center) cuts the ribbon opening the Lakeview Mariano's grocery store. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Mariano’s store #38 officially opened in Lakeview yesterday. The grocery chain that has taken Chicago by storm since it opened its first Chicago area location in Arlington Heights only a short six years ago knows what the public wants. Their newest store at 3030 N. Broadway is a combination dining destination and supermarket. The two-story... Read more »
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Taste of Chicago the numbers are in: What did we eat?

Taste of Chicago the numbers are in: What did we eat?
The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago is history winding down on Sunday, July 10 with an estimated 1.4 million people attending–on par with the numbers for 2015 and higher than the 1.1 million attendees for 2014. Chicago delivered beautiful weather for the fest that featured more than 200 menu items from 67 food restaurants and... Read more »