Fuddruckers Hamburgers

The sign at Fuddruckers claims to serve the ‘Worlds greatest hamburgers’, I am not certain how true that is, but I do quite like eating here even though it is a chain resturant. Their slogan is after all a registered trademark, I wonder if those trademark approval people get a pile of hamburgers to sample for…

Penzey’s Spice at Oak Park

  Penzey’s spice shop is at Oak Park towards the end of the Green Line near Harlem. It is a big store filled with rows and rows, of spice bottles and shelf after shelf containing spices grouped by type. I liked the layout as it is clean and easy to navigate around. Each spice or…

Etno Grill – The day I met the “Spicy Balkan”

  I very rarely have the time to go back to many of the places that I have written about on the El Stop Project, which is a little bit sad in some ways as there are some really great places that I could easily eat at every day. The Etno Grill is one of those places….

Saint Roger Abbey – French Gourmet Patisserie run by nuns

If you are trapped in the Westfield Hawthorn Mall at Vernon Hills and need some salvation from the depressing nature and offerings of the Food Court, you could do no worse that taking a trip along the mall to the French Gourmet Patisserie run by the nuns of the Saint Roger Abbey. All of the cakes, sandwiches and…

Frog n Snail, Some great food in Lakeview

I had meaning to visit Frog N Snail for quite a while now, I could not pass up the opportunity to taste the food of Dale Levitski, runner up on Top Chef three and also responsible for the food at Sprout.  I had passed by a few times and it had looked a bit quiet, but once I…

Big Jones, Big, Bold Flavours Southern Style

Last year we went to New Orleans and had some pretty decent Louisiana Southern Cooking, including some of that gumbo. I had heard from some local NOLA alumni that the place to get Southern Food in Chicago was at Big Jones in Andersonville. So I booked it for lunch to see what their gumbo was…