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Bagel and Lox at Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen

Bagel and Lox at Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen

You’re going to have to forgive Kaufman’s its high-gloss update and shelves of gourmet packaged goods. Look deep into the menu and you’ll find a through-line to a much older vision of what Eastern European Jewish immigrants wanted — endless choice. How much fat do you want on your corned beef? What about the pickles? Half sours … Read more

Jibarito at Borinquen Lounge

Jibarito at Borinquen Lounge

In 1996, Juan “Peter” Figueroa, the owner of a Puerto Rican restaurant in Humboldt Park, came up with a curious invention inspired by a sandwich from his home island: a pile of thinly sliced marinated pork, beef, or chicken topped with cheese, onion, tomato, shredded lettuce, and garlic aïoli and pressed between two flattened pieces … Read more

Beijing Duck Dinner at Sun Wah BBQ

Beijing Duck Dinner at Sun Wah BBQ

Sun Wah BBQ’s Hong Kong–inspired version of the beloved Beijing specialty makes for an epic night out. The experience at this Asia on Argyle spot, which opened in 1987, starts with the whole roasted duck being carved tableside. For the first course, you stuff the duck’s crackly, mahogany skin and juicy meat into steamed buns … Read more

Pączki at Dinkel’s Bakery

Pączki at Dinkel’s Bakery

Let New Orleans have its Mardi Gras parade. We celebrate Fat Tuesday here by actually getting fat — eating as many pączki as we can. If you’re planning to pig out on this Polish filled doughnut, first learn to pronounce the name: “punch-key.” Then try one at the nearly 100-year-old Dinkel’s, which sells them on the six … Read more