Cafe Tola – Some Excellent Empanada action on Southport

Over on Southport Avenue about 10 minutes walk away from the Southport CTA station on the Brown Line is Café Tola. Tucked away alongside the big Jewel Osco supermarket, between Waveland Ave & Addison St. was this really good find, a little café serving up some authentic, rustic even, empanadas. I got here a little…

Burkes Bacon Bar – Bacon Filled Snack Box Treats

Burke’s Bacon Bar is on North Rush Street attached to the James Hotel and next to David Burkes Primehouse. It is just a short walk away from the Grand red line CTA station. I read about its opening in…. well everywhere to be honest and as I quite like David Burke, and bacon, I was keen to…

Little Goat Diner – Great Grilled Cheese, Excellent Goat Chili

I have been looking forward to visiting the Little Goat Diner on West Randolph St with eager anticipation for quite some time now. I have been to Stephanie Izard’s Flagship restaurant the Girl in the Goat  a few times and I really love that place but it is so hard to get a table. There…

The Hamburger Hop – Beautiful People (and me) eating Hamburgers and Drinking Beer

The Hamburger Hop 2013 on the Harris Theatre Rooftop Terrace was the opening event of Chicago Gourmet billed as the pre-party for Chicago Gourmet,. Apart from the delightful possibility of munching down on 15 different hamburgers from some of Chicago’s top chefs and resturanteurs, our personal highlight was being slightly Star-Struck Food Network style when…