| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
| Oct 15, 2013
Q: I had some wonderfully sweet, savory and slightly crunchy chicken wings at a restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, called Phnom Penh. Any chance you could get me their recipe, or find a restaurant in Chicago that offers something similar?...
| Jul 26, 2013
Data should be illuminative, not off-putting. At the Chicago Tribune News Applications team, we try to help that light shine a little brighter.
Accomplishing that means taking advantage of the online medium to tell stories. The building blocks we use...
| Jul 2, 2013
Q: Would you know if the Ramova Grill is still in operation? It was located at 35th and Halsted not too far from the Ramova Theater. Also is the theater still there?
—Alice Bowen, North Olmsted, Ohio.
A: The Ramova Grill closed in 2012, ending a...
| Mar 22, 2013
For the first time in this column's history, we give thumbs up to three new fast-food menu items.
Spinach Power Salad: The name makes it sound veg-heavy, but this salad should satisfy greens-resisting carnivores. The bed is baby spinach....
| Jan 31, 2013
On Super Bowl Sunday, chicken wing bones denuded of their hot sauce-coated skin and flesh will pile high in living rooms across America. Eating Buffalo wings is perhaps the second most carnal act in American gastronomy (baby back ribs still retain the top...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 4:32 PM
When he was visiting from New York recently, Dan Pashman interviewed me for "The Sporkful," the award-winning podcast that takes a basic, practical look at all things ingestible. Our topic for mastication and rumination was the bag lunch: Eric argues........
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Mar 28, 2013
Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos, an hour's drive south of Mexico City, can claim in its culinary heritage a curious dish unfamiliar to many Chicagoans: tacos acorazados. This style of taco is a beloved regional idiosyncrasy, but also something Paula...
| Mar 7, 2013
Around this time last year, Beverly Kim was something of a minor television celebrity on "Top Chef." Several Saturdays ago, we found Kim calling out dinner orders from a cavernous and modern West Town kitchen, a space that would be the envy of every...
| Feb 7, 2013
The fried fish sandwich exists for the same reasons the fried chicken sandwich or the fried pork chop sandwich or the fried steak sandwich exists — justifying fried food as lunch by placing it between two slices of bread.
| Feb 15, 2013
The story began in June 2011, when I heard rumblings Curtis Duffy was leaving Avenues restaurant for his own venture. I moonlight as a filmmaker on the side, and thought documenting the building of his restaurant would be fascinating to watch.