Fri 14 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTWith Halloween just two weeks away, much of the region is in pumpkin carving mode. But the Hungry Hound says one town on the North Shore is going a few steps further as it attempts to set a world record next week.
Fri 14 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTOver the past year, the number of barbeque joints in Chicago has exploded. The Hungry Hound has been to all of them, of course, and he says one new option has a guy in the kitchen who literally wrote the book on ''low and slow'' cooking.
Wed 12 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTIs there such a thing as a season for milkshakes? ABC7's Hungry Hound doesn't think so.
Fri 07 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTMichigan's Harbor Country is a tourist mecca in the summertime. But there are plenty of reasons to also visit in the fall.
Fri 07 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound says sturgeon is on the menu at several Chicago restaurants, where chefs use the fish and its eggs.
Wed 05 Oct 2011 11:39:59 GMTA recent menu overhaul gives BYOB diners at Bite Cafe on Western Avenue in Ukrainian Village more options for pairing beer and wine.
Fri 30 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTSeveral countries have impacted fast food culture over the years. The latest to do so is Korea.
Fri 30 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTAfter judging the Festival Cubano at Riis Park on the city's Northwest Side, ABC7's Hungry Hound visited the winner of the best Cuban sandwich, Senor Pan, a tiny restaurant on West Fullerton.
Wed 28 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTA Ravenswood bakery leaves a lasting impression with cup cakes, black bottom cakes and one of the city's best meringue.
Fri 23 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTWhen veterans of the Gold Coast's Spiaggia decided to buy a building in Berwyn and bring back one of their colleagues, it completely changed the landscape.
Fri 23 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTMarkethouse Executive Chef Scott Walton gets his hands dirty in his rooftop garden to get the freshest produce on his plates -- and make available space green and sustainable.
Wed 21 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe City Council still hasn't approved an ordinance allowing the preparation of food on Chicago food trucks, but it hasn't stopped the mobile entrepreneurs from selling pre-made items.
Fri 16 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTAt Cemitas Puebla, a Humboldt Park mom-and-pop restaurant, the bread makes their signature sandwich unique.
Fri 09 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTThere's been a wave lately of healthy alternatives in the fast food arena. The latest has arrived in Lakeview. Not only does it focus on delicious food, but they've also brought a full-time nutritionist on board.
wed 07 Sep 2011 11:39:59 GMTTomato Mountain Farm is located in Wisconsin, not far from Madison, but they sell to a lot of Chicago restaurants, including Nightwood, a Pilsen restaurant known for its use of local, seasonal ingredients.
Fri 19 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTGrilling is nearly a sport in Chicago, as many of us try to take advantage of the warm weather. But in Japan, grilling is more of an art, with special emphasis placed on the charcoal. A wave of robata style grills has sprung up recently.
Fri 19 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe word truffle means chocolate to most people. But those little, round sweets actually get their names from a highly sought-after edible fungus that grows underground.
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTLocal pastry chefs are having a field day with all of the wonderful summer produce available this time of year.
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTPurchased a baguette or a pretzel roll in Chicago recently? Chances are good it came from a bakery on the Southwest Side.
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTFrom tortillas to tamales, the Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side is a microcosm of Mexico. La Chaparrita is committed to authentic Mexico City-style food.
Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Rolling Stonebaker is a mobile pizza maker with an oven right in the middle of a restored, antique Studebaker fire truck.
Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTEating outside, or alfresco, seems to make the food taste better, but not all outdoor dining experiences are the same.
Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Chicago Homegrown Cookbook connects local chefs with local farmers and challenges them to come up with delicious, easy recipes.
Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:39:59 GMTJamaican Independence Day is coming up this Saturday, and for some, that means indulging in traditional dishes.
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTOnce you get south of 63rd street on Harlem Avenue, the restaurant scene changes from Lithuanian and Mexican to primarily Middle Eastern. ABC7's Hungry Hound says that's where you need to go if you want some of the best kebabs in the region.
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTSize does matter at Gail's in Des Plaines, where simple, honest omelets, pancakes and French toast fill up the hearty breakfast menu.
Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTThey say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At Eggs, Inc. Cafe in Bolingbrook, the morning menu -- from omelets to pancakes to crepes -- is fast and fresh.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTWhen you hear 'summer tour,' you typically think of musical acts. But there's another tour all about food coming to the Midwest.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTThere are dozens of guidebooks about Chicago but one new source by a Chicago food writer promises some hidden gems.
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTMore restaurants on the South and Southwest sides seem to be excluding beef and pork from their menus and turning lean proteins -- like chicken and turkey -- into satisfying meals.
Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTClassic cocktails have been making a comeback for years, but The Aviary moves to its own beat. There are two philosophies at work here: a throwback in the basement, and upstairs, a futuristic look at what cocktails can truly be.
Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTThere's a kitchen in Chinatown making noodles from scratch in its dining room, so everyone can see how they're made.
Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTAn Uptown grocery store offers imported African ingredients that span the continent's varied cuisine.
Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTFor their follow-up to Alinea, Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas turned everything upside down. They're treating seats at Next much like a sporting or theater event: you purchase upfront, online. All sales are final, but a Tuesday at 5 will be less expensive than a Saturday at 7. And just like theater, the menu at Next will change, dramatically, every three months.
Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTChicago has plenty of small, ethnic restaurants from around the globe -- but very few feature food from the Balkans.
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe recent string of hot days might have you craving something cold to eat -- like a snow cone.
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTFried chicken is one of those quintessential, all-American dishes that speak to our national pride.
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:39:59 GMTAmerican ingenuity has spawned the birth of several drinks -- some with alcohol and some without. ABC7's Hungry Hound found two very distinctive drinks with very American birth certificates.
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTOne of the 12 newcomers to this year's Taste of Chicago is Smoke Daddy, a Wicker Park barbeque joint.
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound samples the newest additions to Chicago's biggest food festival, the Taste of Chicago, which opened Friday in Grant Park.
Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTOne of the byproducts of the recession has been a readjustment of pricing, especially in the world of fine-dining.
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Maxwell Street Market has been a fixture in Chicago for at least a century.
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTBridgeport may have a reputation for serving hearty Mexican and Italian food, but a new addition to 31st Street also claims to be the city's first true British pie shop.
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTA chef who's no stranger to Chicago's food scene opens an oyster bar that also features creative takes on fish and shellfish, GT Fish and Oyster.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTStill trying to figure out what to get dad? Well, if he likes cooking outdoors with the added benefit of some ultra-cool gadgets, you might want to browse the overstuffed aisles at the Backyard Barbecue Store in downtown Wilmette.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTWe're in the midst of graduation and wedding season, which means its crunch time in the specialty cake business.
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTOrganizations partner up to help bring healthy options and knowledge to the city's ''food deserts.''
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTChances are, if you've lived in Chicago for any period of time, Rich Melman has fed you. Or rather, his company - Lettuce Entertain You - has. The restaurant group now has more than 80 properties around the country and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary this week.
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTWarmer weather means lighter wines are in demand, but there is more to choose from than just pinot gris and chardonnay.
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:39:59 GMTPaella in Spain is as common as hotdogs are in the U.S. -- with just as many regional differences.
Fri, 27 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTMemorial Day weekend traditionally signals the start of grilling season but some may prefer the taste of slow-smoked meats instead.
Fri, 27 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTIf you are not preparing all the food for your Memorial Day picnic yourself, our Hungry Hound has two side dish suggestions.
Wed, 25 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound looks at how cultures use what's available to create their traditional sweets, like the vertical Transylvanian/Romanian cakes and the Brazilian brigadeiro.
Fri, 20 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTThere is grilling - usually a fairly rapid process - and then there is barbeque, which implies slow-cooking over smoldering wood; the smoke imparting a distinctive flavor while also breaking down the connective tissue.
Fri, 20 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTTwo prized catches at this time of year include soft-shell crabs and wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon from the Copper River. Owner of Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop, Dirk Fucik talked about these two in-season catches with ABC7's Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky on Friday.
Wed, 18 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTNot only can you pick up produce at Green City Market, you can also stop by a booth for a snack or meal made with products from many of the farmers selling goods nearby.
Fri, 13 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTTexas barbeque is known for its prodigious amounts of beef, slow-cooked over hardwood. You won't see much pulled pork, or even baby back ribs. And that's pretty much the theme at Austin Barbeque in downtown Wheaton, where a love of slow-cooked beef led to a business.
Fri, 13 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTOne of the important signs of any great Italian restaurant is its pasta. While most restaurants buy it from someone else, very few make all of it in-house-- from scratch.
Wed, 11 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Hungry Hound learns the secret to making great tofu dishes at Mapo, a tiny Chinese restaurant in west suburban Naperville.
Fri, 06 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTIf you want dishes inspired by a Greek grandmother, ABC7's Hungry Hound says to head to the northern suburbs.
Fri, 06 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe trend may have started on the West Coast, but there's nothing trendy about drinking freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables.
Wed, 04 May 2011 11:39:59 GMTThursday is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday that is more popular in the U.S. Most Mexican restaurants in town are having special dinners for the occasion. But if any of them are to be taken seriously, they have to serve mole.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTAll those stories about the royal wedding made our food reporter hungry. He has been visiting a few places with strong links to London.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTFor years, Chicago restaurants could only get corn-fed wagyu beef instead of grass-fed, which is more natural and doesn't require antibiotics. But ABC7's Hungry Hound says a new company is now making its grass-fed beef available in Chicago.
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Steve Dolinsky takes his kids to work with him. They check out Kanela Breakfast Club, a modern Greek restaurant in Lakeview.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTShuttered after the death of its chef and owner, the West Side restaurant Edna's has been reborn as Ruby's.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound says Sweet Dreams Organic Bakery in Glenview offers old world recipes made with top-notch ingredients.
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTCounty Donuts in Schaumburg has been a community anchor for the past 30 years.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound says the city's first New England-style seafood shack recently opened its doors.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTPassover begins Monday night, signaling an eight-day period during which Jews must avoid certain food ingredients.
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe three-day festival of Songkran -- Thai New Year -- signals the beginning of the rainy season and is celebrated through playful water fights and traditional dishes.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTBehind every celebrity chef is a team of hard-working support staff. That certainly holds true at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. While Rick Bayless is in Mexico now, shooting the eighth season of his TV show, his staff carries on.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTIf you're like Dale Levitski, who cooks as much with the seasons as he can at the aptly-named Sprout in Lincoln Park, you flood the menu in early April with as much green as possible.
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTAt Mother Butter's popcorn shop in Bronzeville every piece of the popping process is taken seriously -- from different kernels to fresh spices and natural flavorings made from scratch.
Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTWhile Chicago's City Council debates whether or not to allow mobile trucks to prepare food on them, a number of entrepreneurs are moving ahead, by cooking in licensed kitchens, then loading up trucks and selling to office workers during the day.
Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:39:59 GMTNot all coffee shops are created equally. While some have great coffee, few have good food as well. At Rewster's Cafe in Logan Square the emphasis is on both food and drink. Few coffee spots take their sandwiches this seriously.
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTJust when you thought the cupcake trend was over, two well-known shops -- Crumbs from NYC and Sprinkles from Beverly Hills -- pop up.
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound says there's one new restaurant in West Town hoping to maintain Japanese tradition, but doing so in a casual environment.
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound says there's a movement to bring tartare back to local menus.
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTSpring may be here on the calendar, but it's still cool enough outside to enjoy hearty comfort food like the homemade dishes made by newcomer Johnny Casserole.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe tradition of the bento box is rooted in Japan. But one chef in town is taking liberties with what he puts into it.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTLearn how to pickle, raise bees or just mingle with local tastemakers and artisans at the three-day FamilyFarmed Expo at UIC.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe Marion Street Cheese Market's menu contains at least a half-dozen sandwiches, ranging from pork belly to veggie-friendly.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTFrom a glance at the menu, Keefer's in River North appears to be yet another power lunch spot with an emphasis on steaks and seafood. But fans of John Hogan know the chef is classically trained in French cuisine, so the fact there's a hearty gratin on the menu is no surprise.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTIf you like corn, then you're going to love arepas, handheld snacks that come from Latin America and are extremely popular in Venezuela.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTIf food and wine are priorities on your vacation, you're in luck. There are now at least a dozen major food festivals around the country throughout the year.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTThere's a big-time fundraiser coming up in Chicago, with more than 50 of the city's best chefs getting involved.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:39:59 GMTThe flavors of Guadalajara, Jalisco, are on display with fervor at Leyenda de Mexico, a tiny, family-run taqueria in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTBridgeport's reputation has always been more political than culinary. But the neighborhood is experiencing some rapid progress, in both the food and drink department.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTChef Ryan Poli's brunch is taking a French turn at Perennial restaurant, located in the heart of Lincoln Park.
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTEven though Chicago's stuck in the middle of winter, restaurants are using fresh, seasonal fruit in main dishes and desserts.
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTLike a gunslinger from the Old West, Rob Levitt is a cowboy of sorts. Drawing an assortment of knives at will from his sturdy holster, the former cook turned in his fancy chef's knives, and traded up for an arsenal of cleavers and saws. His mission now is to help restore the lost art of butchering at the aptly-named Butcher and Larder in Noble Square.
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTMost Italian restaurants offer some type of risotto, which is, at its root, a marriage of Arborio rice with chicken or vegetable stock. But take that a few steps further, as they do at Due Lire in Lincoln Square, and you've got arancini.
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTAs mussels gain popularity in America, two new restaurants are creating dishes that are reminiscent of Belgium and Amsterdam.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTIt's Black History Month, and ABC7's Hungry Hound says it's the South Side that laid the foundation for African-Americans.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTThis week, ABC7's Hungry Hound has been looking for a good Valentine's Day combo gift: a massage and a meal.
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTIf chocolates and roses seem too cliche for Valentine's Day, ABC7's Hungry Hound recommends a massage and a meal.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTBlame it on food television, travel and a desire to break out of the egg roll mode -- eating in Chinatown has become downright exciting, from Hong Kong-style cafes to cozy, intimate dim sum parlors.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:39:59 GMTABC7's Hungry Hound is taking us there through the eyes of a pair of Chicago-area chefs who are attempting to recreate the Baja-style fish taco in some delicious new ways.
Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:39:59 GMTGraham Elliot's most recent project is all about the sandwich, at the ever-so-humble Grahamwich.