12 Great Chicago Eats Representing 5 Continents To Try

One of the best perks of living in a melting pot like Chicago is the diversity of cuisine.  In the last 30 days alone, I enjoyed some great Chicago eats across 9 neighborhoods which represent 5 continents.  That’s impressive.  So, if you cannot plan a trip out-of-town or abroad, here are some restaurants and cafes that can offer you a transportive experience.  All you have to do is Continue reading

Chicago’s Best Asian Restaurants Part 2

Several weeks have passed, since I provided my first installment of Chicago’s Best Asian Restaurants.  It’s an impressive list but today I have more recommendations for you.  Below is part 2 of Chicago’s Best Asian Restaurants by CTA ‘L’ Line.  Whether you are looking for some elegant Japanese fare or some down and dirty Continue reading

NEW POST: How to Eat in Chicago and Save the Planet.

If you have been here before, welcome back!  It’s nice to see you again.  If you are a first time visitor, stay a while and take a look around.  Feeding Off The Rails is here to take the guess-work out of how to reach all the best food and drink in great cities, while remaining environmentally conscious and socially responsible.  Today’s post brings us back to Chicago for a midsummer roundup.  Get ready to hit the rails!




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Chicago has been my adopted home for the last 11 years.  I’ve been lucky enough to watch this town explode with an exciting array of food finds from high-end restaurants to cheap and healthy eats.  The sheer number of Top Chef contestants and James Beard Foundation winners who have establishments here is very impressive and well-deserved.  


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18 Best Restaurants You Will Love Near Bloomingdale Trail

Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail, or The 606, as locals affectionately refer to it, celebrated its first birthday last month.  This former rail line was transformed into a public park high above the city’s busy streets on the near west side.  The trail runs east to west, connecting the Continue reading

Chicago’s Best Asian Restaurants: Part 1

When I moved from New York City to Chicago, Chicago's-best-Asian-Videoone of the things I missed most was great Asian food.  I especially missed the righteous Chinese fare found in NYC.  I struggled for years to understand why Chinese restaurants in Chicago were filling their wontons with chicken.  Say what?!  Why weren’t they using pork?  It was just one of many frustrations I endured.  After 11 years of raising chopsticks in The Windy City, I have cultivated Chicago’s best Asian restaurants. Finally!  My list is actually quite long, so I am bringing it to you in two parts.  Here is part one, according to CTA line:

*Click on the restaurant names for directions and more information.


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Furious Spoon – Chef Shin Thompson is serious about the ramen noodles he’s serving at his Wicker Park place.  He is cranking them out on a mega heavy machine shipped over from Osaka, Japan.  I love his signature Furious Spoon ramen  but Continue reading