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The Doughnut Vault

May 10, 2011

When I first heard the hype about the Doughnut Vault, I was pessimistic. I thought it was just a place that was trendy because it was new. I thought the excitement was just fluff. Just a place all the cool kids went, not because the doughnuts were good but because it was the new fresh place to be. I was wrong.

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The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck

May 4, 2011

I know, I know. This ‘blog has quickly gone from a restaurant ‘blog to a food truck ‘blog. There will be more actual “restaurants” in the near future. I promise. I just have to have the time (and money) to go out-to-eat. In the meantime, just deal.

Today, I present to you, The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck. This food truck is an extension of Chef Cary Taylor’s restaurant/“Kickass bar,” The Southern, on North Avenue in Chicago. Every day, Chef Taylor presents the bands of mobile foodies with a rotation of gourmet variations of macaroni & cheese. They have everything from vegetarian Smoked Gouda and Breadcrumbs to a true Southern dish like Crawfish, Spicy Andouille and Pepperjack. Today, we will look at the Sundried Tomato, White Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion offering.

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Gaztro-Wagon

April 27, 2011

Continuing with the food truck craze that is gaining steam in the “City of Broad Shoulders”, I bring you Gaztro-Wagon.

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Maggiano’s – Old Orchard

April 22, 2011
Due to arriving at Maggiano’s somewhat late (by suburban standards), it allowed us to get seated right away. Not long after we were seated, the patrons who were there quickly departed. This allowed for a relaxed atmosphere that was conducive for conversation. The atmosphere here is usually pretty relaxed. However, there have been a few times were you are packed in like cattle in a box car. When that is the case, it can even be uncomfortable to speak to someone across the table. Needless to say, it was nice to be able to relax a little after a long week at the office.

Eating at chain restaurants. Yes, really.

April 20, 2011

I just want to take this opportunity to lay something out there. In the coming months (and hopefully years), I will be dining at and reviewing some chain restaurants. Now, I know what all the hardcore foodies out there are thinking. I am sure you’re all asking, “Is he really going to waste his time with a chain restaurant?” Yes, yes I am. Here is why. Although I live in one of the greatest culinary cities in the U.S. of A., and while I love the local eateries, I am still your average “Joe.” 

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5411 Empanadas

April 13, 2011

Food trucks have been making a resurgence in the American culinary landscape by reinventing the wheel, so-to-speak. Here, in Chicago, it seems like every day, you hear about a new gourmet food truck that sounds even more promising than the last.

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