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Category Archives: Cheap Eats

Budget dining in London

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Couple that with the pathetically weak U.S. dollar, and it’s enough to make you want to pick up two pints of lager and a packet of crisps for dinner and call it a night. When we were there in May, it was just over [...]

Portillo’s chocolate cake – a scam?

There have been rumors floating around for years that Portillo’s famous chocolate cake actually comes from a mix. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t be surprised — the cake is almost unnaturally moist but doesn’t have a buttery richness, and the same goes for the frosting, which is mind-numbingly chocolatey but without any [...]

Dirty water dogs

Our good friend Ed, a phenomenal cook and native New Yorker, recently returned from the East Coast after a summer of traveling around the U.S. catering music festivals and brought back a case of Sabrett hot dogs. These are the “dirty water dogs” that are sold from carts on the streets of New York, named [...]

Johnnie’s Beef – what’s the big deal?

I was reading a blog post on the Tribune’s food blog about the best sandwich in America, and quite a few people mentioned in the comments section that Johnnie’s in Elmwood Park (7500 W. North Ave.) has the best Italian beef. I love Johnnie’s ice — the texture is smooth, the lemon flavor is superb [...]