the food guy Jun 15

The Food Guy: Spirit Elephant in Winnetka

Vegan means not only meat-free, but also no dairy or seafood. So there are lots of air quotes on the menu when talking about “burgers,” “calamari” or “pie.” But the chefs in one North Shore restaurant...

  • the food guy Apr 28

    The Food Guy: A Trio of New Restaurants in Lakeview

    The former Southport Lanes in Lakeview is now three different concepts, offering a variety of dining experiences.

  • the food guy Apr 20

    The Food Guy: Chicago Restaurants Expanding Into Los Angeles

    A number of successful Chicago restaurant groups have slowly been adding to their portfolios on the West Coast.

  • the food guy Apr 13

    The Food Guy: Uncle John's Bar-B-Que

    South Side barbecue tradition is alive and well at Uncle John’s, which occupies a sliver of a space between a cellular store and a taco joint, in a Homewood gas station parking lot.

  • Mar 30

    The Food Guy: A Taste of Poland at Smakosz in Jefferson Park

    With cool weather still very much a part of the next month or so, you might want to try warming up with a traditional Polish feast. You know that means pierogis, but also lots of potato dishes and hearty soups. Polish culture is as synonymous with Chicago as Malört, dibs and potholes. And you don’t necessarily have to lineup...

  • Mar 24

    The Food Guy: Honeypie in Edgewater

    NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky has loved Hoosier Mama Pie Company and Bang Bang Pie, but after a recent visit to Edgewater, I realized there’s yet another pie shop worth shouting about.

  • Mar 16

    The Food Guy: Loop Restaurant Thinking Outside the Box for St. Patrick's Day

    This St. Patrick’s Day, the owners of The Gage near Millennium Park are sticking to the basics, putting more emphasis on high-quality seafood and spirits.

  • Mar 10

    The Food Guy: Hashem Branching Into the US

    A popular Middle Eastern restaurant group with more than 100 years in business has opened two locations in the Chicago area – one in Bridgeview and the other in Orland Park.

  • Mar 3

    The Food Guy: French Renaissance in Chicago

    NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky says three new French restaurants – Obélix, Le Select and Le Tour – are all vying for your attention – some with splashy interiors while others are more down-to-earth.

  • Feb 23

    The Food Guy: Virtue

    When Black History Month started, NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky took a closer look at a South Side barbecue tradition. With the month ending, he turns his attention to another Southern tradition: home cooking. And he says one restaurant in Hyde Park takes a deep dive into Southern traditions, while avoiding the usual soul food clichés. He s...
  • Feb 16

    The Food Guy: A Taste of New Orleans

    Mardi Gras is underway in New Orleans, leading up to Fat Tuesday next week. NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky says there’s a legendary restaurant in Homewood, where they’ve been partying the last 50 years. The Maple Tree Inn opened in 1974, moving from Beverly to Blue Island, then more recently, to larger digs in Homewood. But the mission has&#...
  • Feb 9

    The Food Guy: Deep Pan Pizza – a Twist on Chicago-Style Deep Dish

    While NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky usually ignores made-up food holidays, he can’t resist an opportunity to talk about pizza. So he’s going deep this week, with a pair of next generation, deep pan pizzas, in celebration of National Pizza Day. As Chicagoans know, old school joints like My Pi and Lou Malnati’s do deep-dish. They push their.....
  • Feb 3

    The Food Guy: Barbecue in Chicago and Black History Month

    Black History Month is underway, and NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky says if you’re going to take a look back at Chicago’s Black history, you have to look closely at barbecue. Specifically, the method of cooking. It’s unlike Texas or Carolina ‘Q and unique to Chicago. The Great Migration brought tens of thousands of families to Chicago in......
  • Feb 3

    The Food Guy: Slab BBQ

    Black History Month is underway, and NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky says if you’re going to take a look back at Chicago’s Black history, you have to look closely at barbecue.

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