Food & Dining

Dinner and a show

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 1/22 8:45A Mike Sula
Theater doesn't have to make you hangry. All too often, a night out at the theater means compromising on an acceptable dinner.…

Getting Lay'd: Lessons in potato chip diplomacy

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 1/15 9:41A Mike Sula
Notes from a Thai and Chinese crisp tasting It's 2020, and weed is legal, and the world is ending, and there's nothing else to do but eat potato chips.…

Skip the hangover with Dry January

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 1/7 8:30A Micco Caporale
The five best places to indulge in booze-free concoctions in Chicago Come January 1, it doesn't matter how much any of us have had to drink—we're all suffering from a holiday hangover. No wonder Dry...

Too much grub in your guts? Just doogh it

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/20 11:24A Mike Sula
Join the yogurt soda generation. Lately I've been in the habit of powering through the morning with what squishier types like to call a "smoothie."…

Dig these dank ferments from Co-op Sauce

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/20 11:00A Mike Sula
Mike Bancroft's vinegar and shoyu show he's more than just a hot sauce boss. At any given time I probably have about a half dozen or so Co-op Hot Sauces in my kitchen.…

How to make cannabis caramel corn

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/20 8:00A Mike Sula
Co-Op Sauce's jefe offers a crackerjack update on the city's oldest snack. Cracker Jack officially debuted at the World's Columbian Exposition, but its founder (if not inventor) Frederick Rueckheim...

Getting ‘Eddie Johnson drunk’ at Ceres Cafe

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/12 6:30A Maya Dukmasova
Chicagoans seek psychic relief by making a mockery of the fired police superintendent. "Humor can often be the most disarming thing and put people in a position where they're questioning things that...

The city’s first Thai supermarket in 12 years is open

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/11 6:00A Mike Sula
Talard Thai Asian Market in Edgewater is the one stop for holy basil, fresh durian, and every flavor of Mama-brand instant noodles. Ka Pow" is the accidental way Ocimum tenuiflorum, aka holy basil,...

Soup season is nigh at Souper Bowl 3 Peat

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/6 10:32A Mike Sula
Kimski Chef Won Kim hosts a superstar lineup of more than soup cooks. Won Kim likes surprises, so he only knows three of the soups on deck for Monday's Souper Bowl 3 Peat at the Co-Prosperity Sphere:...

Christmas around the world

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 12/4 12:00A Reader staff
Spend the holiday on a culinary trip around the globe without leaving Chicago. Al Bawadi Grill — Middle Eastern Must-have dish: Makdous, aka oil-cured baby eggplants stuffed with crushed walnuts, red...

Cambodia on a bun

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 11/27 10:00A Mike Sula
Hermosa’s Ethan Lim looks around the globe and asks “will it sandwich?” Ethan Lim's family members were apprehensive about the Cambodian fried chicken sandwich. Among Lim's parents and nine siblings...

There's Khmer food right under your nose at Googoo's Table

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 11/24 10:16A Mike Sula
This Chinese restaurant in Hermosa hides a few Cambodian dishes on its broad menu. This week I wrote about the extraordinary sandwich artist Ethan Lim and his efforts to "sandwich" dishes that aren't...

Chef Abu Hani is back in the kitchen at Sheeba Mandi House

Chicago Reader (Food & Drink) 11/20 12:00A Mike Sula
Albany Park has a new Yemeni restaurant from a veteran Yemeni restaurateur. Abu Hani opened his first restaurant in 2000, when he was an ambitious 17-year-old student at Theodore Roosevelt High...
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