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Savory Pierogis served at Ewa’s Pierogi in Glenview.
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Ewa’s Pierogi enchants with Eastern European fare

Among other staples, Ewa’s Pierogi carries five flavors of its namesake dish — meat [beef and pork mixture], mushroom, potato and cheese, spinach, mozzarella cheese and sauerkraut.

The fried pork sandwich from Vistro restaurant in Hinsdale served with dill garlic mayo, bread and butter pickles and fries.
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Chef Paul Virant showcases the Midwest and beyond

The James Beard Award-nominated chef Paul Virant has an upscale restaurant, Vie, in Western Springs and a more casual spot — Vistro — in Hinsdale. He also plans to open another restaurant in the trendy West Loop soon.

The Linguini Frutti Di Mare, served at Frankie’s Ristorante, is made with long strand pasta, mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and scallops in red sauce.
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Frankie’s Ristorante continues family’s legacy in Italian dining

The Tinley Park restaurant features an array of staples that includes Italian classics and modern fare.

Three of the Market Sides served at Blackberry Market. The honey mustard sweet potato salad (left), California quinoa (right), and broccoli slaw (top).
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Couple’s second Blackberry Market brings elevated fast-casual dining to La Grange

The cinnamon roll has gotten so popular that co-owner Bob Davidson said, "We’ve actually been looking into shipping because we get a lot of out-of-state requests." Bob and Anna Davidson’s original Blackberry Market is in Glen Ellyn.

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Orland Park’s Cacao Cafe serves up Mexican comfort food

Opened since November, Cacao Cafe is chef and owner Linda Aceves’ dream come true. Family recipes are a source of inspiration exemplified in the homemade salsas — chilaquiles, tacos, burritos and tortas. The cafe also has coffee, baked goods and a full coffee bar.

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Glenview’s Forza Meats gaining popularity as a one-stop shop

The all-in-one butcher shop, market and deli uses domestic meat that is pasture-raised, all-natural and antibiotic- and hormone-free.

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Coastal flavors surface in Palos Park at the Original Island Shrimp House

The unassuming seafood joint promises lobster rolls worthy of Maine, peel-and-eat shrimp reminiscent of the South and king crab evoking the Pacific.

The Poached Duck Egg is served with tuna aioli, spring peas, lemon vinaigrette, and Publican Quality Bread at The Heritage restaurant.
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The Heritage Restaurant in Forest Park a celebration of farm-to-table fare

Executive chef Rick Ohlemacher creates a seasonal menu that changes every six to eight weeks.

The ddukbokki lamb ragu served at Passerotto restaurant is made with Korean rice cakes and a lamb neck ragu gravy.
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Passerotto serves as a love letter to Korean culture and appreciation for Italian food

Many of Passerotto’s favorites like the ddukbokki lamb ragu — Korean rice cakes paired with a lamb neck ragu gravy — taste Korean and Italian simultaneously without being exclusively either.

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Hyde Park’s B’Gabs Goodies is a plant-based haven

B’Gabs — a nickname bestowed to Chef/Owner Gabrielle Darvassy by friends — not only caters to the dietary needs of vegans and vegetarians but to those who prefer their meals, strictly raw, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free or alkaline-based.

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Foodies flocking to Logan Square for Landbirds chicken wings

Word-of-mouth buzz about Landbirds gained momentum quickly through social media even though the restaurant lacked signage and advertising.

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Assyrian Kitchen’s classes, meals offer food for thought on ancient civilization

"My personal aspiration is to put Assyrian cooking on the map because there isn’t a place here in the city I could go or take a friend."

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Old Irving Park’s Finom Coffee aces Hungarian food

The coffee and teas are great but don't leave without sampling the Hungarian food at this eclectic spot, at 4200 W. Irving Park Rd.

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The Grid: Old Irving Park’s best includes tacos, seafood, barbecue and brew

Old Irving Park has easy access to public transportation, the expressway, Chicago River’s 312 RiverRun, parks and great food.

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Warm atmosphere, smooth coffee at South Side’s Sip & Savor cafes

Trez Van Pugh III wants his cafes to feel like an extension of his customers’ homes and that the decor encourages them to "stay awhile."

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The Grid: Bronzeville filled with rich history, mouthwatering food

Bronzeville has a vibrant cultural and dining scene strengthened by the lasting legacy of the "Chicago Black Renaissance."

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Mango Pickle’s ‘globalized’ Indian food salutes the spirit of Mumbai

Marisa Paolillo credits her experience in Mumbai, where she relished street food and home cooked meals, with her decision to open Mango Pickle.

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The Grid: In Edgewater, tacos, Thai, vegan and everything in between

Beachfront Edgewater boasts antique shopping, small theaters, bars and a host of restaurants that will satisfy any foodie.

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Chinatown’s Go 4 Food, a must for Asian-style seafood lovers

The flavors at Go 4 Food can be best described as Cantonese fusion, reflecting the cuisine owner Wendy Cheung grew up eating.

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The Grid: Bite into the classics and the fresh takes in Chinatown

There's a trendy and modern meets old-school and traditional feel in the many new businesses — not just Chinese — that are multiplying in the area.

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Flammin Restaurant showcases family recipes, South Side

Flammin's secret weapons are owner LaTasha Taylor’s mom, Marilyn Sturden, and uncle Rodney Shells-Sullivan.

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The Grid: Park Manor/Chatham’s ‘Black-nificient Mile’

Chatham/Park Manor's 75th Street is known by many residents as "Black Wall Street" and "Black-nificient Mile."

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The Grid: Little Village’s ‘second Magnificent Mile’ captures heart of Mexico

Little Village's "second Magnificent Mile" on 26th Street is the highest grossing shopping and tax revenue hub in the city after Michigan Avenue.

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Baobab serves barbecue with a South African twist

Chef Andrew Dunlop's incorporates his native South African flavors like coriander and peri peri — African bird’s eye chili.

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The Grid: Ravenswood’s choice eats

Ravenswood is a hub for a creative class of artisans and craftsmen, independently owned restaurants and drinking hangouts on "Malt Row."

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Bar Biscay revels in the Basque region’s cuisine and pretension-free groove

Bar Biscay, at 1450 W. Chicago Ave., is inspired by the food and colorful parties on Bay of Biscay, which abuts Northern Spain and Western France.

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The Grid: West Town’s Eckhart Park shines as a foodie-friendly spot

The stretch of West Town’s Eckhart Park on Chicago Avenue — known for its longstanding fieldhouse — is now gaining popularity for its other hot spots.

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Mini Mott: A slice of Americana with an Asian twist

The burger is among the most popular items at Mini Mott. The restaurant, an offshoot of Noble Square's Mott St., opened in July.

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The Grid: Paying homage to Logan Square’s roots with Mexican, Latin picks

New hot spots pop up with regularity in Logan Square, where restaurants like Fat Rice, Lula, Longman & Eagle and Giant have ended up on "best" lists.

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The Grid: Hyde Park, a mix of intellect, culture and good eats

Hyde Park prides itself on its culture, intellectual reputation and for being Barack Obama's former hangout.

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La Catedral, a spiritual ambiance and ‘delightful’ dining experience

Many flock to La Catedral for its legendary cafe de olla — a Mexican coffee with cinnamon and brown sugar — and the 10 types of chilaquiles.

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Chef Erick Williams ‘coaches’ Hyde Park’s Virtue Restaurant like a team

Like a coach, Erick Williams –– one of the most prominent African-American chefs in the city –– is always encouraging his staff to take it up a notch.