Tag Archive | "Chicago"

Rick Bayless’ Mexican Sandwiches Make Chicago My Kind Of Town

Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Rick Bayless’ Mexican Sandwiches Make Chicago My Kind Of Town

Chicago’s “it” chef, Rick Bayless, has opened his first new restaurant in 20 years, and wouldn’t you know, it’s a sandwich shop.  The master of authentic Mexican cuisine has already earned his place among the nation’s most acclaimed chefs, but in opening Xoco, Chef Bayless wanted to offer the simple, fresh, affordable flavors reminiscent of [...]

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Cow + Sheep + Pig = Ćevapčići

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Cow + Sheep + Pig = Ćevapčići

They call it the ćevapčići- a traditional Balkan sandwich, that consists of several types of grilled minced meat and spices. Popular street-food in Eastern Europe, this flavorful little number has also made quite a name for itself as summer festival street-food here in Chicago. As noted on the cheeky banner hanging above the meat stand, [...]

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The Chicago Dog

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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The Chicago Dog

Yes, there’s a hot dog under there. Folks, this is a Chicago Dog: boiled all-beef (most favorably, Vienna brand) served atop a poppy-seed bun, with (ready?) yellow mustard, chopped raw white onion, “Nuclear” green sweet-relish, a dill pickle spear (mine’s hidden in the photo), chopped or sliced tomato, hot peppers, and celery salt. NO ketchup. [...]

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The United States Of Sandwiches (Part 2)

Friday, May 15, 2009

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The United States Of Sandwiches (Part 2)

Southern BBQ, outside of Savannah Despite the talk about urban multiculturalism, the most complex culinary unions in this country were in the rural south, where Afro-Caribbean slaves and European landowners entwined their open-fire cooking techniques and native ingredients into “plantation”-style cooking.  There is probably no better example of this hybrid than the all-day affair of [...]

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Portillo’s: Chicago’s ‘Cheese’ Steak

Friday, April 24, 2009

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Portillo’s: Chicago’s ‘Cheese’ Steak

The sole Portillo’s in Chicago-proper has come a long way from its Villa Park, IL roots. Originally dubbed, “The Dog House,” Portillo’s began as a less-than modest hot dog stand in 1963, operating out of a 6′ x 12′ trailer without a bathroom or running water. Since then, they have exploded into over thirty Illinois [...]

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Some Like it Hot: Borinquen’s Jibarito

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Some Like it Hot: Borinquen’s Jibarito

Sometimes, two forces come together with just the right amount of seduction, and the unlikely elements fuse, erupting in a climax so intense that even the most staunch nihilist will moan, “God!” in testament. I’m speaking, of course, of Borinquen’s Jibarito- a delight literally invented at the Humbolt Park nook in Chicago, which has been [...]

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Al’s Beef: Checkmate

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Al’s Beef: Checkmate

Somewhere on south Taylor St*, in Chicago’s Little Italy, Al’s Beef has been producing, arguably one of the best sandwiches in America since 1938. A sandwich so noteworthy, that Travel and Leisure, Esquire, the History Channel and countless others, have documented its stature and sang its praises in a quite unprecedented way- as far as [...]

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Love Your ‘Belly: A Peek Inside Potbelly Sandwich Works

Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Love Your ‘Belly: A Peek Inside Potbelly Sandwich Works

We don’t like to discriminate here at Unbreaded, so when a sandwich chain is good, we’ll say so. Chicago-founded (and since expanded) Potbelly Sandwich Works makes the cut. Pictured above is the “veggie on wheat,” a delightfully understated sandwich with mushrooms, and three cheeses: American, Provolone and Swiss, all toasted together in a gooey mélange. [...]

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