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Best Popcorn in Chicago

POPPING OFF: Popcorn was designated by the Illinois General Assembly as the official snack food of Illinois in 2003—a well-deserved honor. Popularized more than a century ago by pushcart vendors, popcorn in Chicago predates deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, two mayors Daley, and even the Cubs curse.

Duckfat Tavern & Grill mini-review

When Flamingo’s Fine Mexican Seafood in Mount Prospect closed last year, taking its famed fish tacos with it, we lost a surprisingly good restaurant. Fret not—Flamingo’s skilled chef, Jorge Almaraz, is back on the scene, heading up the kitchen at a comfortable west suburban corner tap. This time, Almaraz shows off his versatility with a … Read more

Benny’s Chop House: mini-review

In this town, crowd-pleasing Italian fare is a hop, skip, and a jumbo crab cake away from crowd-pleasing steak houses. So it’s no surprise that Ben-ny Siddu (Volare) latched on to beef. Prime aged steaks, seafood, a global wine list, and signature cocktails sound familiar, but Siddu snagged a star-studded team to execute the plan: … Read more

Pork Shoppe: mini-review

Any barbecue joint whose menu boasts “No prefabricated crap” had better bring its A game. On paper, Avondale’s Pork Shoppe has reason to be cocky: Its meat, smoked for hours in a blend of hardwoods, comes from local farms in Forreston, Illinois. The chef, Jason Heiman (Tizi Melloul), developed the menu, which includes “hot-out-the-smoker” pulled … Read more

M Burger mini-review

Double cheeseburger and fries at M Burger  Streeterville, rejoice—the Lettuce Entertain You team has carved a nook out of the Tru kitchen for M Burger, a walk-up counter offering delectably inexpensive burgers, fries, shakes, and nothing else. Tim Hockett, a Lettuce corporate chef, led the charge by creating the signature M Burger (all-natural Midwest beef … Read more

Longman & Eagle—Chicago magazine mini-review

Bruce Finkelman and Peter Toalson, the masterminds behind Empty Bottle and Bite Cafe, give the gastropub a new spin at this trifecta restaurant, bar, and inn—and tackle all three with tenacious attention to quality. The executive chef, Jared Wentworth, offers the familiar (sloppy Joe, Kobe burger), as well as what some might consider the more … Read more