Chicago copycat recipes
September 11, 2011 3:48 PM   Subscribe

Are there any groups that try to create copycat recipes of local Chicago restaurant food?

I grew up in Chicago but moved out of town about out 4 years ago. There are certain foods from specific restaurants that I crave but have no chance of having as they won't even send an order. Does anyone know of a website or group where people in Chicago try to copycat local restaurants? (I am not looking for "" or the like... I can have Olive Garden anywhere - when I am punishing myself)
posted by Snackpants to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You know, if you liked a dish at a restaurant, calling in before service starts one day and asking to speak to the sous chef or the exec and letting them know how much you like the dish and that you would love the recipe will usually be followed with an ingredient list and breakdown of cooking techniques/methods.
posted by TheBones at 3:54 PM on September 11, 2011

Response by poster: I have asked in all instances, sometimes twice. They are all quite tight lipped.
posted by Snackpants at 3:57 PM on September 11, 2011

Which restaurants and which recipes would help alot for answering this question.
posted by TheBones at 4:00 PM on September 11, 2011

Also, you may want to try asking this question over at as it is a better resource for food questions like this.
posted by TheBones at 4:01 PM on September 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

There is a book called Street Food Chicago that might help. It's full of recipes trying to recreate food from the more notable Chicago restaurants. (I have not tried any of them, so I can't vouch for it.)
posted by Xalf at 6:08 PM on September 11, 2011

You might also check the LTH forum, which is another food forum, but specifically focused on Chicago.
posted by dizziest at 6:09 PM on September 11, 2011

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