The Windy City of Chicago offers some of the country's most exciting cuisine. You'll drool over its 10 Best Hot Dogs, BBQ joints, and even seafood.

Why choose one restaurant for dinner when you could choose dozens? There’s a food hall and farmer’s market renaissance happening around the country, and if you visit any of these locations, you’ll want to make sure you start with an empty stomach.

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Posted by on July 11th, 2016

Photo by Travis/Flickr

Photo by Travis/Flickr

Filet mignon and roast chicken have their place, but for more adventurous diners, it’s all about the offal.
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Posted by on January 25th, 2016

RJ Grunts. All photos by Jeff Pearl.

RJ Grunts. All photos by Jeff Pearl.

Chicago is an interesting place. Everyone complains about the weather, but it’s not so much the weather as the people. I mean, if you go to Minneapolis, people go out and enjoy the snow and the cold. If you hit up Madison, you’re likely to be overrun by some obnoxious cross country skiers. That being said, the winter for most Chicagoans means hibernation. The only time most of my friends leave their apartments with the exception of work is to eat out. Then, from some combination of wanting to be warm and not wanting to bring their monster coats to the bar, everyone just heads home after dinner. So, here’s my list of places to hit up for the winter. Most of them have some kind of warm food, warm environment, or they’ll just make you so full that you’d never want to do anything other than go home and sleep after anyways. (more…)

Posted by on December 3rd, 2013

Photo by Seth Anderson

Photo by Seth Anderson

We all know Chicago is famous for deep-dish pizza and hot dogs — but what about its sushi? As sushi’s popularity has skyrocketed, the city has met the demand with some truly noteworthy sushi restaurants. With the help of Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup and Devin Ruddy of Gears, Beers, and Grub, we compiled a list of Chicago’s hottest sushi spots. Ittadakimasu!

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Posted by on October 15th, 2013

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Photo by jeffreyw

By most standards, the United States is a young nation. But its food history is storied, diverse, and notoriously proud. Different regions lay claim to certain foods — some controversially — for their role in helping shape that area’s identity.

From the Hoosier State’s decadent sugar cream pie and San Francisco’s notoriously sour sourdough bread, to Louisiana crawfish boils and Maine lobster, to Chicago’s legendary deep dish pizza and Italian beef, these iconic foods each convey a strong sense of place. Luckily, you don’t have to buy five plane tickets to sample them. All you need is a hearty appetite and an address. (more…)

Posted by on October 3rd, 2013

Salmon at Devon Seafood. Photos by Jeff Pearl

Salmon at Devon Seafood. Photos by Jeff Pearl

Any Chicagoan can see that the closest body of water is not anywhere you’d want to go fishing. My sister and brother-in-law went kayaking down the Chicago River last year and probably saw more dead fish than live ones. All that aside, there are some spots in Chicago that take large measures to serve up solid seafood options year round. Here are my ten favorites. (more…)

Posted by on September 24th, 2013

Photo by Joshishi

Photo by Joshishi

Thai food isn’t hard to come by in Chicago — with such an abundance of selections to choose from, your cravings can be fulfilled by a number of different restaurants. But which are the best? Here at Menuism, we made it our mission to find first-rate Thai restaurants that set the standards in quality and service. Applying the knowledge of popular food bloggers, Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup and Maris Callahan of My Daily Find Chicago, we put together a list of Chicago’s best Thai restaurants. Happy eating!

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Posted by on August 22nd, 2013

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Photo by foodnerd

When it comes to barbecue, Chicago isn’t usually the first city to come to mind. “Chicago Style” barbecue is a questionable mix of techniques often involving a combination of dry rub, sauce, and usually some slow roasting or even boiling of ribs. Plenty of places just choose to incorporate a mix of other popular barbecue styles. Either way, I’ve had a lot of barbecue that doesn’t cut it, so I hope that my list of Chicago’s Best BBQ Spots will save you some time.
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Posted by on August 6th, 2013

Whole Snapper at El Barco. Photos by Jeff Pearl.

Whole Snapper at El Barco. Photos by Jeff Pearl.

Despite the recent rain showers, I think it’s about time I put out my list of favorite outdoor dining options in Chicago. You might have to plan ahead for these guys, and it’s really not all that long until the heat gets to the unbearable point one might expect in late July or early August. That being said, the glory days of Chicago weather are upon us for the next few weeks. Go for a run during the day so that you can gorge yourself by night at some of these great spots.

10) El Barco Mariscos

It’s hard to miss the big sign with the fish just off of Ashland that practically screams EL BARCO! The inside is packed with large parties drinking heavily and making noise. The patio is lively as well, but in a more tolerable quantity. Go for the fried whole red snapper, and you won’t be sorry. (more…)

Posted by on July 1st, 2013

Photo by Crissy Terawaki Kawamoto

Photo by Crissy Terawaki Kawamoto

Finding food late at night doesn’t always have to end with an unsatisfying drive-thru run. Chicago’s dining scene is rich and vibrant, and there are dining options available that cater to the late-night crowd. Next time you pull a late-nighter, refuel at one of these recommended restaurants. Today’s post features the expertise of Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup and Jeff Pearl of Jeff Eats Chicago. Let your growling stomach lead the way!

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Posted by on June 5th, 2013

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