Off the El Eats

Let me start off by saying that I am not someone who uses the word “juice” as a verb or views it as a lifestyle — or even a meal replacement for that matter.    …

Off the El Eats

Asian fusion restaurants seem to be all over Chicago. It’s not difficult to find somewhere that offers kimchi burgers, tacos stuffed with Korean BBQ or an Asian take on the Spanish tradition of tapas. Del …

Off the El Eats

Chicago has a lot of Italian restaurants to choose from, and I’m always excited to try a new one. I’d heard of Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave.), which is considered one of Chicago’s best Italian …

Off the El Eats

It’s hard to get the whole squad together for dinner, but it’s even more difficult to unanimously agree on a place to eat. Narrowing the options to one type of cuisine out of the numerous …

Off the El Eats

OpenTable, an online reservation site, has been sending me regular emails asking where I will “valen-dine.” Reservations get pretty competitive this close to Valentine’s Day, so don’t be that person to wait until the last …

Off the El Eats

The Bourgeois Pig Cafe (738 W. Fullerton Ave.) off the Fullerton Red Line stop has been on my list of places to try since last year. Its charming name attracted me first, but I became …

Arts & Entertainment

It may be difficult to think of a hot dog as a gourmet item instead of something relegated to street stands and ballparks. But in a city with a fierce commitment to its own style …

Arts & Entertainment

When I think of Italian food, a heaping plate of pasta or Neapolitan-style pizza comes to mind. However, Italian sandwiches should not be overlooked. In Italy, a panino or tostino is traditionally served for a …