Category: Food

McDonald's to offer Mighty Wings in Chicago: One problem, they're not fast food

McDonald's to offer Mighty Wings in Chicago: One problem, they're not fast food
McDonald’s is well known for offering strange foods that probably shouldn’t be offered in a quick service restaurant – items like pizza, gazpacho and banana pie. (No, I am not making those last two up. The link leads you to a HowStuffWorks article on them.) With their newest offering, McDonald’s is heading into the world... Read more »

Mayan Apocalypse Week: Time to pick out your last meal

Mayan Apocalypse Week: Time to pick out your last meal
This week at Going for Gusto, we’re celebrating Mayan Apocalypse Week. Supposedly, the Mayan calendar predicted that the world is going to end Friday, Dec. 21. Or there’s going to be a big party. Or something. It’s all very confusing. While nobody really believes this is going to happen, it does give us a chance... Read more »

Surprise! Guy Fieri disagrees with New York Times' review of his Times Square restaurant

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Guy Fieri finally had answer on Thursday to  Pete Wells’ review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar on Tuesday, which consisted entirely of unflattering questions. Fieri sent Yahoo! Shine the following statement: “I wholeheartedly disagree with The New York Times’ review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. I’m proud of the food we put out,... Read more »
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Flamin' Hot Cheetos banned: The 5 bagged chips I'd hate to see be chopped next

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos have been leaving their trademark red trail all over the news lately as some schools throughout the U.S. have set their sights on eliminating the snack – which was one-half of the inspiration for the awesome viral video above – from within their walls. According to a recent Chicago Tribune article by... Read more »

Bacon shortage predicted for 2013: 5 ways you can help

Bacon shortage predicted for 2013: 5 ways you can help
Maybe the Mayans were right after all. Except, instead of the Earth being in peril in December 2012, they were referring to bacon. Hey, crazier things have happened. Have you seen the movie 2012? John Cusack and company outdrive the destruction of a city and then fly a plane into the Himalayas. According to a... Read more »

The Popinator: The greatest invention involving popcorn EVER

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No introduction is necessary for this one. Happy Thursday! Enjoy! • Joe Grace is a writer and journalist who lives in Chicago with his wife. If he were U.S. king, it would be mandated that all offices came equipped with a Popinator. One day. One day. PREVIOUS POST: Talk Like a Pirate Day: The 5... Read more »
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Bar Toma and the trouble with a negative restaurant review

Bar Toma and the trouble with a negative restaurant review
I’ll admit I’m not a particularly talented food reviewer. I certainly enjoy eating food and writing about it as evidenced by my posts on Balena, Pie Hole and The Counter, but I also realize I simply don’t have the palate for reviewing food well. I try my best, but restaurant food to me falls into... Read more »

Balena: Pizza, pasta, octopus and overall awesomeness

Balena: Pizza, pasta, octopus and overall awesomeness
I visited Balena, 1633 N. Halsted St., on Monday night with my wife and sister-in-law. Balena – which I would describe as a hip Italian restaurant – has received good reviews from both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine since opening. And from my first steps into the restaurant, I got a good vibe from... Read more »

Sprecher Brewery tour paradise for this root beer fan

Sprecher Brewery tour paradise for this root beer fan
As I wrote in yesterday’s post, my wife and I used a weekend trip to Milwaukee to take a tour of Sprecher Brewery, which makes my favorite root beer in the world. Like many things in life, I didn’t recognize root beer soda for the awesome drink it is when we first met during my... Read more »
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Best Wisconsin butter burger not too far from Chicago

Best Wisconsin butter burger not too far from Chicago
I love burgers, however I don’t eat them very often these days – maybe one ever six months or so – since as I get older I prefer my arteries run more like an empty lazy river than a sink pipe at a busy restaurant. But because I eat burgers so infrequently, when I do... Read more »