Crowds line up at Chef Ludo Lefebvre's food truck at the LA Street Food Fest

Food trucks are heavily restricted in Chicago, which is surprising considering places like LA and my hometown of Minneapolis have food trucks. Here you can have a food truck, but you can’t cook or do any food prep on board. The food has to be prepared and packaged in a licensed kitchen and then brought on the truck.

I’ve grown to love food trucks after going to a great taco truck in New Orleans with my friend Jamie, where I had the best chicken in red sauce taco ever.


Mmm corned beef on caraway rye!

My brother and I were picky eaters growing up, but somehow our family got us to eat corned beef sandwiches. Every once and awhile I get a big craving for one, and so my roommates and I were happy to find a great Jewish deli in Chicago-The Bagel! Here’s a review of our meal there one Friday night.


Free Pickles and Bread While You Wait

Even though it was a Friday night in Lakeview, the Bagel wasn’t too busy. Probably because of the crappy weather, since the food was delicious!

Their menu is huge, they have all of the deli staples like corned beef and pastrami and matzo ball soup to brisket and bagels with lox. I finally settled on my old stand by, corned beef on caraway rye. We also got a huge matzo ball soup to share. (more…)

Here are my top five picks for a quick and healthy lunch in the Gold Coast/River North areas of Chicago!

All of them also have some delicious picks that are on the not so healthy side.. but everyone needs to indulge once in awhile.

You might need to zoom out the map a little bit to see all five places.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2010 ended yesterday. For 10 days over 170 restaurants in the Chicagoland area had prix fixe lunches for $22 and dinners for only $33! So of course my friends and I had to try a few.

Two weekends ago we had lunch at The Melting Pot (real original I know, but Kim and I had never been!), which was good but not post worthy. This weekend we had lunch at the River North location of Rockit Bar & Grill, which was, to say the least, amazing.

French Onion Soup from Rockit