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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

Barg at Noon O Kabab

Barg at Noon O Kabab

Chicago’s go-to spot for Persian food has been steadily expanding since it opened in 1997. Originally little more than a shack, it now occupies an expansive location that handles both dine in and catering. As the restaurant’s name suggests, boldly flavored grilled and skewered meats get top billing, and the barg — juicy filet mignon seasoned with … Read more

Polish Sausage at Express Grill

Polish Sausage at Express Grill

You can get a Maxwell Street–style Polish anywhere in this city, but there’s really only one worth traveling for. Express Grill, hard by the Dan Ryan Expressway just north of the street the sausage is named after, serves up a charred, smoky link on a squishy hot dog bun that’s been slathered with yellow mustard. … Read more

Garrett Mix at Garrett Popcorn Shops

Garrett Mix at Garrett Popcorn Shops

It was Garrett’s customers — yes, Chicagoans ourselves — who invented the immensely popular sweet-savory Garrett Mix. For years, patrons frequently requested extra paper bags to mix what were then Garrett’s two signature flavors, the tangy cheddar-coated CheeseCorn and the crunchy CaramelCrisp. So, in 1977, the shop started selling the flavors premixed. That mix is available in bags at … Read more