Where to find the best restaurants in Pilsen

Pilsen is a fabulous section of Chicago which is rich in Mexican-American history.  Perhaps, no other neighborhood in Chicago reminds me more of the Latino neighborhoods in Queens where I spent most of my life.  Walking through Pilsen is a sensory experience of colors and smells that will make you hungry, so I have  Continue reading

9 Popular Restaurants to Check out in Old Town

Old Town is a historic section of Chicago which should be on your “must-do” list.  There is so much to entertain including the iconic The Second City improv theatre, Zanies comedy, Up Comedy Club and the annual Wells St. Art Festival.  Therefore, you are going to need to Continue reading

Chicago Dining Ideas – The Loop, River North, Ravenswood, Evanston

People who live in great big cities yet never leave their neighborhood to dine out baffle me. Culinary meccas like Chicago have a multitude of food establishments from pizza to tacos to fine dining establishments all around town which you should be exploring. The easiest way to navigate Chicago’s food scene is to Continue reading

Great Eats at These 2 Old and New Chicago Restaurants

When I first moved to Chicago over a decade ago, Chicago restaurants were nothing special.  It’s not that there weren’t any decent places to eat, it’s just that were all the same.   In fact, the Chicago restaurants ten years ago were predictably representative of the meat-and-potatoes stereotype of the “hog butcher to the world.”  However, in a slow but steady shift,  Chicago restaurants have become exciting, diverse and dining hot-spots.  This change is due, in large part, to the growing number of young chefs who have won or gained acclaim on shows like Top Chef.  If you are looking to get a taste of Chicago from both an old and new perspective, I suggest you check out the following elegant and sexy dining options: Continue reading

Exploring New York’s Food Scene

I made a spontaneous trip back to New York last week, after I scored a ticket to Beth Hart’s show at the Iridium.  It was taped for Front and Center which will air on PBS sometime soon.  I was excited to explore more of New York’s food scene, because it is an ever-changing landscape of culinary excitement.  This unexpected 4-day stay brought me to Continue reading