I'm looking to get some ~$20 bottles of wine made from North American-native grapes, such as Scuppernong, Niagara, Catawba, Baco Noir, and Norton. [more inside]
Seeking your ideas for interesting, unusual, hip and/or daring food choices in Chicago for a business luncheon on Friday. [more inside]
Where can I eat as I travel from O'Hare to Champaign, IL on a Friday night, and then from Champaign to Midway on Sunday late afternoon? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are considering moving to the Twin Cities. [more inside]
A relative recently had a bran-new baby; she has been missing and craving hot dogs and good beer, so that is what I want to send to her home. But it's turning out to be hard to find! [more inside]
What kind of food donations can I send to the UIC faculty strike headquarters? [more inside]
Inspired by this and this, I am looking to compile a list of the "best" places to get cuisine of a specific nationality or region or ethnicity in Chicago. [more inside]
My SO and I are planning a long weekend trip up to Chicago with another couple in the fall. Wondering about the places to stay and things to do. We will most likely be driving so we'll have a car to get around town, so where we stay doesn't neccesarily have to be in the hub of all the touristy crap that we'll no doubt want to do at some point. I'm more concerned about other things. Details inside. [more inside]
Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)? [more inside]
I am returning from Chicago to NY on a foodie's birthday. What, if anything, can I bring back for him? Limitations/details inside. [more inside]
Help me plan a food tour of Chicago's south side by bicycle. I'd like to make a little loop starting and ending in Woodlawn, covering < 50 mi and stopping several times to eat small, interesting things. Can you suggest some good destinations and routes? Note that we'll be five sweaty college kids in funny clothes, with wallets to match, so err on the side of "hole in the wall."
Are there any groups that try to create copycat recipes of local Chicago restaurant food? [more inside]
Chicago caterer? Nope, not for a wedding. Just a cocktail party not held at home. I've tried looking through the google (and reading the wedding boards anyway), but seriously, it's way too much information with no quality filter. Have you hired a local (to Chicago) caterer for a small event in the last year or so that you would recommend? [more inside]
Where do I get my Italian beef and other Chicago classics for 10 people coming to my house for the weekend?
What are some good Chicago-area catering options for a group of 10 people? We are hosting a small group of relatives at our house for the weekend in May, and we want to have some classic Chicago dishes for people to eat. But, we also don't want to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen working on deep dish pizza, either. So, we're looking for suggestions on places to check out that we can bring food home for about 10 people. So far, we're going to check out Portillo's and Jewel for Italian beef, but I'm open to other options for the beef and other Chicago specialties. (Actually, we live in Naperville, but I'm willing to go pretty much anywhere in the area if it is worth it.)
A 2009 question by the same title (http://ask.metafilter.com/141735/Chicago-Restaurants-for-Cheap-Locavores) with loads of good advice, but 2 years in the restaurant world can be a long time and it is not so critical to be in that 30-40$ range (though 195 before tax and tip is a stretch). Will be there for three nights in May. Any places that speak to the intersection of community and food would be of interest as well as those with wow factor for food (ambiance not so important) will be at hyatt regency
I am interviewing at this address in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood> tomorrow. Where should I eat dinner within a few blocks? [more inside]
Chicago birthday restaurant for locavore foodies aged 30 and 60 and their adult companions (six people total). Early evening Saturday, River North (or anywhere downtownish). GO! [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for food-themed things to do on a Monday afternoon in Chicago. [more inside]
My brother is back in Chicago and looking for a job, preferably in the culinary world. But he's also looking to move away from retail and restaurant work, and is both unsure what's out there and wondering what other kinds of education he could do to improve his future prospects. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Which Chicago bars have cocktail menus curated by mixologists who used to work at The Violet Hour? Which Chicago restaurants have head chefs who are veterans of Rick Bayless' Frontera empire? [more inside]
What can I get for my younger brother, to be delivered and used in Chicago? [more inside]
What are your favorite cooking/kitchen/food-related shops in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison? [more inside]
What's a girl to do alone all day in Chicago? [more inside]
What are some excellent packaged food products made by companies in or around Chicago? I want to sell them in the little grocery store I manage. [more inside]
We've got $250 to spend on dinner in Chicago. Sweet. Difficulty: [more inside]
Are there any web sites that have unbiased restaurant reviews? [more inside]
Where can I find pastured eggs in Chicago? [more inside]
Restaurantfilter: Downtown Chicago, dinner recommendations for a couple of grad students with a foodie bent in town for a conference. [more inside]
Where can I find pickled okra in Chicago? [more inside]
Any Halusky in Chicago? [more inside]
Where should 5 or 6 people go in Chicago for birthday dinner/drinks this Saturday? Some of us are not yet of legal drinking age. Further requirements/preferences inside. [more inside]
At a Walmart in Missouri, of all places, I found some pre-packaged, refrigerated tortillas that were very, very thin pieces of uncooked dough stacked together. You just peeled one off, put it in a pan to quickly cook it, and ended up with a delicious, home-made-tasting flour tortilla. Where can I find these in Chicago? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: "I am in Chicago attending meetings and a conference. Any tips on good, inexpensive places to eat? I am staying at The Drake, which is right off Michigan Ave. " Any recommendations?
What to eat in New York City that you can't find in Chicago? [more inside]
Where do you eat dosa in Chicago? The internet offers only two places on Devon (Mysore Woodlands and Udupi Palace). I've got no problems going to Devon (and will check these places out although I suspect one of them was the place we went to get dosa that did not have them), but are these really the only two places in Chicago that serve dosa?
Where are your favorite places to dine in Chicago? Romance is preferred, good food is a must, and I'd like to spend less than $100 for my wife and I. [more inside]
Recommendations for restaurant on Devon Avenue in Chicago? [more inside]
Is anyone going to the Pierogi Fest this year? Has anyone ever been? [more inside]
Granola me! How can I make really really tasty granola? What granola recipes do you love love love? Where the hell can I find brown rice syrup in Chicago? [more inside]
Do you belong to a CSA that has deliveries/pick-up locations in Chicago? In Lakeview, specifically? Which do you recommend? Which would you avoid? [more inside]
What should I do in Chicago this weekend? [more inside]
Chicago mefites: What interesting things are you aware of that can be delivered in Chicago? When I say "delivered" i mean foodstuffs and/or toys or even something like singing telegrams or something like that. [more inside]
Good Chicago take-out/delivery (particularly near the west loop)? [more inside]
I'm visiting Chicago for the first time for the week leading up to, and including, the Memorial Day weekend. Advice? Transit tips? Cheap eats? Interesting events that week? I plan on visiting the Art Institute, but what else do I need to complete my visit and get the full Windy City experience? [more inside]
I'm going to CHICAGO in mid-August. I'll be there strictly for entertainment purposes only, so anything is possible. I've never been to Chicago (which is why I'm going) and would love to hear what some of you think are the best things to do, the best places to visit, and the best places to eat. What are the best places to have a beer(s) and see a band? Can I safely rely on public transportation or should I rent a car? How hard is it to get Cubs tickets (they have a home series against the Dodgers that week). Thanks!
Chicago? Going to be there March 4th through 7th. What to do? Where to eat? I'd like some good greek or chinese food, or both. Oh, and I need to find a sports bar there that will be showing the Duke/Carolina game on Saturday night.