Category Archives: Restaurants

Places I’ve eaten in, worked in, or read about.

Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day

  If you were with me in Houston, you may remember kolaches, those fruit and cream filled Czech pastries so popular in East Texas—here in Chicago, it’s paczki. Last Tuesday was Paczki Day—picture, if you will, a plump donut made … Continue reading

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Not me: Pear Tarts

Every day, the hosts and servers at Sound Food threatened to yank this tape out of the machine and throw it into the blender. The Me Too movement pointed a finger at politicians, TV hosts, the clergy, military personnel, restaurant … Continue reading

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Saturday in Chicago: Okonomiyaki

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Trumps: Bread pudding, Sautéed chicken with Port

  In February 1983, the twenty-five hours a week I worked at Stratton’s Restaurant didn’t produce enough revenue from my side of the bed, so I answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times—“Line cook for busy, Beverly Hills restaurant.” … Continue reading

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Molto Mario: Arancini

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Me and the Blue Whale: Enchilada sauce

As soon as we got off the elevator, the smell was unmistakable—bad shrimp, old fish sticks, and rotten crab cakes, with just a hint of room-temperature lobster tails. As we walked into the restaurant’s kitchen, a murky leak coming from … Continue reading

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There will be blood: City Restaurant Tandoori Chicken

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Grease thieves or, “the vandals took the handles”: Boned quail with chili-infused honey

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Sparkly whites and a new restaurant: Border Grill chilaquiles

In March 1985, during my shift at Stratton’s Grill, Dennis yelled, “Marla, phone’s for you.” No one had ever called me at work before, so it was with some trepidation that I went into the office.  “This is Susan Feniger. … Continue reading

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Timely wimey, wibbily wobbily stuff: Pan-fried oysters

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