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Chicago New American

The Publican

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October 22, 2011

I was truly wowed by the food at The Publican.

Benton Country Ham — Imagine that bacon and butter met, hooked up, and the result was a soft bacon baby with all the flavor of prosciutto but with a texture like butter. Yeah, this is like that.

Oysters — We went…


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Brunch Chicago

Toast (Webster Ave.)

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October 13, 2011

Toast shines because of it’s simplicity. They offer expertly cooked breakfast staples featuring fresh, delicious ingredients. I have tried the Smoked Salmon Omelette, Crabby Benedict, and the almighty Breakfast Burrito. I recommend any of these dishes, all are delicious, but to me the Burrito is easily the star.

I have…


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Chicago Mexican Seafood

El Barco Mariscos

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July 16, 2011

This is the type of place where you can’t help but ogle every dish coming out of the kitchen. “Is that a foot-long red snapper fried whole? Why yes it is, and damn it looks good.”

The El Barco Mariscos seafood platter is the star here. A massive platter of…


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Chicago New American

Erwin (Now Closed)

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April 17, 2011

Erwin’s location is kind of strange — a pretty empty (restaurant-wise) area on Halsted. The restaurant is worth making the trip for however — this place is a culinary gem.

The seasonal vegetables are what really make Erwin shine. I have eaten here twice, and while the protein is awesome…

MATT CHIERA
CHICAGO, IL

I just don't want to look back and think "I could've eaten that."

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