The Chicken Hut – best broiled chicken in town

The Chicken Hut in Belmont was and is one of my favourite places to eat at in Chicago. It is not fancy in any way, shape, or form, but it is very real and it is very honest. When I lived in the city I would come here every other week just to eat their…

The Belmont Café in Lakeview for Eggs with Bacon

One of the first places I ever ate in Chicago was at Clarkes on Belmont near to the Belmont El Stop (read more here).  I had come up here looking for an apartment and there was an agency just along the road that I had spotted when checking out the area. That place was great…

Kuma’s Too – Devilishly good burgers at 666

Kuma’s Too at 666 West Diversey Parkway has all the same burgers as the original Kumas Corner, but it doesn’t quite have the down and dirty grunge that you had at the original location. Perhaps it is because I know that it is in the old space that housed the old Counter Burger which closed back in 2013, and perhaps…

Frog n Snail, Some great food in Lakeview

I had been 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…

Warming up on a cold day with a spicy Banh Mi in Lakeview

On this late autumn day there were some nice patches of blue in the sky and some faint sunshine, but sadly  those clear skies mean that it was a little bit on the cooler side especially in the shade. There was a simple choice to consider. If I needed a bit of heat, I could have stayed inside curled up on…

The Clark Street Dog

Clark Street Dogs was one of the first places that I ever went to in Chicago, and on that occasion I had my first italian sausage. I did not have anything to compare that with so at the time I thought it was quite good. I went back a second time and tried one of their Philly…

Blog Anniversary – Return to Cheesies

Each time I pass Belmont on the El I look down and see Cheesies, the scene of my very first blog post. As it was the anniversary of me starting The Chicago El Stop Food Hunt project I thought it would be appropriate to go back and have another of Cheesies really tasty sandwiches. Since I was…