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Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

Napa's First Black-Owned Winery Needs To Be On The Top Of Your Wine Tasting List

Brown Estate is the first black-owned winery in Napa Valley, and the tasting room is so chic you're going to freak out over it.

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

Instead of sipping, here's what you should do when your waiter serves you a sample glass of wine

There's a certain etiquette that diners should follow when ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant.

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

How Trader Joe's Wine Became Cheaper Than Bottled Water

Charles Shaw, aka Two Buck Chuck, has long been the bargain drinker's best friend at $1.99 a bottle. But what's the real story behind the infamous brand?

Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

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Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

From Test Tube to Tavern: London Craft Brewery Uses DNA Testing to Create Bespoke Beer | Mental Floss

Customers pay nearly $31,000 to create a beer that appeals to their individual flavor profile.

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

10 cocktails every cocktail geek needs to know how to make

From Scotch to Mulled Wine, there is a tasty cocktail to suit every taste. Check out the ten essential cocktails you need to create!

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

Sideways author: 'I was ready to shoot myself – then I found pinot noir' | Stage | The Guardian

His riotous story of two buddies on a wine-and-woman odyssey intoxicated the world. As Sideways hits the stage, Rex Pickett recalls how he went from debt-ridden divorcee to the toast of Hollywood

Food & Drink | Travel

The 6 Places to Sip Whiskey (and Rum and Vodka and Gin) in the Mountains

You don’t need to be in a big city to drink quality, locally-sourced booze. More and more craft distilleries are popping up in mountain towns.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The Internet Thinks You Can Unspoil Wine With a Penny. Here’s the Truth.

Hey, did you know that you can revive a spoiled wine by just dropping a penny into your glass? Well, at least according to the internet. The truth, though, is much more complicated.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

Your Wine Might Have More Alcohol in It Than You Thought

If your hangovers have been worse over the years, you might have something else other than getting older to blame. A new study, published in the Journal of Wine Economics, found that wine is getting boozier every year—and that some winemakers claim their wine has less alcohol than it really does.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Chicago's 10 Oldest Restaurants Thrive by Staying (Mostly) the Same

Simple food, decent prices and stellar neon signs — that's what these eateries seem to have in common.

Sports | Cycling

Best Bike-Themed Bars and Restaurants in Underrated Bike Cities

These awesome bike-themed bars and restaurants are located in cities that you might not expect.

Miscellaneous | I Like This

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee, According to Starbucks Barista | TIME

The cold brewing process can remove most of the bitterness and acidity in coffee.

Advice & Self-Help | Helpful Advice

The best sushi in Chicago!

These Japanese and sushi restaurants have the best sushi in Chicago, including sashimi, spicy tuna maki rolls and nigiri

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Chicago's native foods, from familiar fare to obscure originals

A list of meaty, messy and often obscure city originals that's meant to get you out of your comfort zone.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

The 15 Most Common Counterfeit Foods—and How to Identify Them Slideshow - Bon Appétit

From olive oil to honey to cinnamon, caviar to milk, a guide to the most commonly counterfeited foods

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The Best dive bars in Chicago!

The best dive bars in Chicago offer low-key nights, greasy snacks, and cheap beer and cocktails. Here are our favorites.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Where to find Happy Hour specials in Chicago

Last week Governor Rauner signed a bill letting Illinois indulge in happy hour drink specials starting tonight. Here's a list of where you can find...

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

9 Dirty Tricks Bartenders Use to Take More of Your Money

Yes, your Belvedere is very often Smirnoff...

We’d like to start by saying, we love bartenders. Seriously. The VAST majority of them are hard-working, honest people who only "steal" when they’re giving you, their longtime regular, a shot on the house. But like any profession, there are some bad seeds.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Hungry? This Map Shows Best Ethnic Eats By Neighborhood in Chicago

Check out the historical ethnicity and Yelp-preferred restaurant of each 'hood.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The Best Taco Bell Ever? Yelpers Say Chicago Location 'Out of a Fantasy'

The Taco Bell at 2575 N. Clybourn Ave. has 4.5 stars on Yelp from more than 200 reviews.

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

The 21 Most Secret Bars in America

Ever since nightlife pros discovered people would pay $15 for a drink so long as they passed through a bookcase or backdoor first, the term "speakeasy" has become utterly meaningless. You don't even need to bother with the elaborate entrances anymore! Just turn down the lights, put a gin cocktail on the menu, and suddenly, you're a secret Prohibition bar.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

7 Chicago restaurants serving new brunch options

The long summer days are here and you’ll want to start them off right. Whether you need to fuel up before hitting the bike trails or beach or just want to kick off your day drinking before heading to a neighborhood fest, make your first stop one

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

24 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2015, ranked from worst to best

This year's Taste of Chicago is serving new dishes, including avocado toast, paletas and Cuban pork tamales

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

A Look Inside Humboldt Park's New Boathouse Cafe

The longtime dream of one Humboldt Park native has opened in the neighborhood's historic boathouse.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Unexpected spots for waterfront dining in Chicago

Admire views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River over dinner and drinks at these Chicago restaurants for waterfront dining

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Inside Chicago's Cheese World: The Great American Cheese Collection

Nestled in the Back of the Yards, there’s a little-known cheese sanctuary known as the Great American Cheese Collection.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

What to Eat at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, 2015 Edition

Just when fans thought there weren't enough foods served in a souvenir helmet, the Sox offer up a rib dinner.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Best outdoor restaurants, patios and cafes in Chicago

Get in gear for alfresco season with our picks for the best outdoor restaurants, patios, gardens and sidewalk cafés in town

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

Cool new ways to order your coffee this summer - TODAY.com

Baristas are churning out creative new cold concoctions that will open up as many coffee choices in July as you have in January.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

New patios opening this season

We put up with a lot this winter, and now it's finally patio season. If you've already hit the best rooftop bars, the best outdoor dining spots, and other al...

Travel | Travel

L.A.'s 98-Year-Old Food Hall Is More Alive Than Ever - Bon Appétit

Everyone seems to agree that it's been a wild couple years for Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

The Best Sushi Tips and Etiquette From a Real Sushi Chef | Quora

It appears that there are many people out there who are wondering what the "proper" way to eat sushi is. I suppose I was fortunate to learn sushi etiquette from a sushi chef's point of view....

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

Underrated Cocktail Cities in America - New Cocktail Scenes

When you think of craft cocktails, one of the first things that comes to mind are the hallowed temples from which their complex amaro'd flavors spew forth. Most folks still direct their prayers towards the mixology mecca of NYC, but now that there's a stereotypically fancy cocktail bar in every city, the city that never sleeps isn't the only place to go for a mezcal-fueled twist on a Negroni with an ice cube the size of a Big Apple.

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

7 Classic Cocktails Every Sophisticated Girl Should Know

You walk into a bar, go up to the bartender, and...draw a blank. So many bottles, so many options, but what do you want?!? *Definitely* not that Malibu and pineapple juice you've been falling back on since 2001. No, you want these:

Recipes | Cooking Tips

How to Cook a Porterhouse Steak - Bon Appétit

We get it: Cooking a steak can be intimidating. Especially a $50 steak. But this technique, from H. Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa, the genius folks behind cooking blog Ideas in Food, is fool-proof. Read on for 8 steps to porterhouse perfection—and check out the video for the step-by-step.

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

The Best Vegetarian Option at 17 Fast-Food Chains

It's hard out there for a vegetarian. Especially when it comes to snagging quick eats on the cheap. In a fast-food world where the burger reigns supreme and drive-thru menus tout vegetable sides inexplicably containing pork fat, options are, well, limited. But that doesn't mean it needs to all be doom and gloom -- all the major fast-food players have at least one tasty veg-friendly choice on their roster to keep you satisfied.

Food & Drink | Food & Cooking!

36 Ways to Eat Sandwiches for Every Meal Slideshow - Bon Appétit

There's a sandwich in here with your name on it. Whether you like your sandwiches hot or cold, savory or sweet, these recipes will have you rollin’ in bread from breakfast to dessert.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The Best Grocery Store Bought Coffees, Ranked by a Barista

For coffee aficionados, it can be hard to remember the days before fair-trade, adjective-heavy specialty coffee. But before Counter Culture, or even Starbucks, there were first-wave roasters peddling steel cans of grounds (gasp!), the likes of which are now only seen on visits to your parents' house.

Miscellaneous | The Hometown

Eight modern speak-easy bars in L.A., for that insider feeling

These days, you have to #dobetter if you want to fill a bar — you can't just serve a dirty martini. Or, rather, you can serve the same dirty martini to both the 60-year-old crowd and to your average 23-year-old, but you need to serve it in a dimly lighted space, ideally with a secret entrance.

Food & Drink | Bars & Restaurants

The best bars to go on a first date in Los Angeles

Make a stellar impression on a first date at these LA bars, where ping pong, trivia and more may kick-start a connection.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

14 Foodie Phrases That Have Lost All Meaning

We now live in a food culture where no phrase can be uttered without being a stupid pun or insider slang, and in the process, we've developed a culinary lexicon that has become so convoluted, reading a menu sounds like a cross between a science book, a travelogue, and a lost diary from the Oregon Trail.

Recipes | Soup and Stews

How to Make Our Best-Ever Chicken Noodle Soup - Bon Appétit

Nothing channels “warm and cozy” like a bowl of chicken noodle soup. And although we’re not going to allege that our version is better than your grandma’s, digital food editor Dawn Perry has some tips and tricks for a deeply-flavored soup that we think even she would approve of.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Rejoice – five coffees a day are good for you - Telegraph

This is a moment for celebration – assuming you're not currently on more than five coffees a day. The only question is: what sort? And when?

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

Some Genius Created a Flask Disguised as a Fake Baby

You know what's cool? Flasks. And you know what else is cool? Babies. So one mad scientist decided to put this natural pairing together to make Cool Baby, a prosthetic progeny that secretly doubles as a boozy bottle and bears a surprising resemblance to the baby Zach Galifianakis carts around in The Hangover.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The food words you are mispronouncing! Including sriracha, pho, tzatziki, and more!

How the hell do you pronounce "tzatziki," anyway?

Food & Drink | Food & Cooking!

5 Warm and Cozy Breakfasts for Chilly Winter Days | Jennifer Segal

It's cold outside: crank up the oven and wake your family with the smell of something good! There's nothing quite like the smell of warm, sticky cinnamon buns on a blustery winter morning....

News | Interesting Stuff

Shake Shack and the Rules of Fast Food - Bon Appetit

Sure, you'll take a Shake Shack burger and crinkle-cut fries over McDonald's any day. But can the Shack still feel special when there are hundreds of them?

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Chicago Craft Beer Map

The Chicago Craft Beer Map helps you find the breweries, brewpubs, beer bars, tap rooms and bottle shops that make Illinois the beer destination that it is.

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

5 Standby Dishes Every Restaurant Should Make Better

How many times has a restaurant messed up your favorite standby order even though it’s such a staple every kitchen should know how to do it perfectly? Really? That’s a lot of times! We tapped five experts representing five menu favorites and asked them what one question you can ask your server that will reveal whether you’re likely to be disappointed or overjoyed.

Recipes | Soup and Stews

French Onion Soup, the Scorched Way recipe on Food52.com

Very lightly adapted from Chad Robertson's brilliant recipe in Tartine Bread . He throws in a tablespoon of duck fat

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

EVERY Drink at Starbucks, Ranked!

One man ranks the entire Starbucks menu to determine which drinks are the best. Sorry "Youthberry tea."

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

Brooks Headley on Why Chefs Should Embrace Allergies and Dietary Restrictions - Bon Appétit

When you’re the pastry chef at a four-star restaurant, you have to be creative—because people always want you to change your genius desserts. In his new column, Back of the House, Del Posto’s Brooks Headley explains why he lives for restrictions.

Miscellaneous | This is stuff I like

50 Kitchen Tricks to Help You Become a Master Chef

Cooking can be a pretty tricky job, even if you're following a recipe. Luckily, there's this enormous infographic to help you shave off some time the next time you run into trouble. These helpful tricks might be even surprise veteran chefs.

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

The 44 Worst People in Every Restaurant

Beware the Waitress Pick-Up Artist.

Miscellaneous | Guy Stuff

6 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Liquor Brands

We've all witnessed the heroic wit of the Most Interesting Man in the World. But have you ever wondered about the real-life tales associated with some of the world's biggest alcohol makers? Behind every great liquor brand is a great story.

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

The Best Diners in America - Classic American Diners - 24-Hour Diners

When you think you've had enough pie... have another slice.

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

What Your Drink Says About You - Cocktail Drinkers Personality

Go shave your face, Scotch guy.

Like it or not, the drink you order when you go to a bar tells a lot about you. So, after years of exhaustive research going to bars and staring at people and judging them, we've compiled this shorthand list detailing traits most commonly associated with certain drinks. Be afraid, mojito-drinker. Be very afraid.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

We Made a Sommelier Taste All the Trader Joe's Two-Buck Chuck!

Whether you were throwing a dinner for people you felt compelled to not impress, or just hate paying $2.01 and up for literally anything, at some point you've likely been in a position to load up a shopping cart with a crapload of Two-Buck Chuck, pray nobody from church sees you, and party down.

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

Cutty Sark's Prohibition Scotch Is The Greatest Thing Since The End of Prohibition

Prohibition Edition is the alcoholic equivalent to Rosie Perez or Niles from Frasier.

Food & Drink | Beverages

The Flat White has arrived in America and Australia is not handling it well

Jan. 6 will be remembered as the day the flat white died. A slow, painful, tasteless death.

Health & Fitness | Health

How Healthy Food Could Make You Fat

Have you ever eaten a healthy meal, maybe some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, and found yourself ready for another meal just a short while later? Or, more often couldn’t overcome a hankering for a satisfying dessert to top off (and undermine the hea

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Chicago Foods You Need To Eat This Winter

You've got two options when it comes to Chicago winter this year: 1) lower your body temperature/metabolic rate, slow your heart…

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago 2014

From breakfast to booze, these are the best dishes and drinks we had in 2014 at Chicago restaurants and bars.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

Clever hacks, tips, tricks for restaurants and bars

Do these things, and waiters will give you free stuff, and try and date you or whatever.

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

Best Restaurants in Phoenix & The Best Bars in Phoenix

You may not know the difference between Tex-Mex, Southwestern Mexican, and Mexican food, but you can still eat it ALL.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Naughty Or Nice, You'll Still Have to Wait At The Walnut Room

Welcome back to The Gatekeepers, a feature in which we roam the city meeting the fine ladies and gentlemen that stand between you and some of your favorite impossible-to-get tables.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The Most Comprehensive Map of Where To Get a Cup of Coffee in Chicago

From every Starbucks to your neighborhood shop, we show you where you can get a cup anywhere in Chicago.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Parson's Chicken and Fish ice skating rink

Parson's wants you to have some hot chicken with your cold ice skates.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

14 Food TV Shows Actually Worth Watching - Bon Appétit

Today's food TV is a cultural wasteland, but you can still watch food shows that were actually great. Here are 14 of the best of them

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

11 things you didn't know about Thanksgiving foods

Here's a list of Turkey Day dinner trivia, just in case you run out of conversation topics with your weird third cousin.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

Thanksgiving Beer and Wine Pairing Guide

We've enlisted a beer pro and a certified sommelier to come up with the best wine and beer pairings for your Thanksgiving feast.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Best Chicago Tacos By Neighborhood

From the Mom-and-Pop, Spanish-speaking spots all the way up to the many designer taco shops that rule the social media world,…

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

14 breweries to fill up a beer growler in Chicago

Skip the six-pack and fill up a growler with local beer at these area breweries. Then, take it to a party or BYOB restaurant.

Food & Drink | Food & Cooking!

Trivia About Starbucks Coffee Chain - Starbucks Fun Facts

Under Howard Schultz's watchful eye, the Seattle company has carved out an empire. Here's all you need to know about their record…

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 8 Best Nachos In Chicago

We love a good pile of nachos as much as anyone and these eight were culled from both staff and reader suggestions.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 9 Best Fireplace Bars In Chicago, 2014 Edition

Here are nine fireplaces to cozy up to with a drink or a significant other as the weather turns cold.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

The 16 Best International Restaurant Chains, Ranked!

Take a drive through America, and you'll find it dotted with familiar signage: "McDonald's", "Wendy's", "Taco Bell", "Caution: Unfinished Bridge". Rarely will you come across a chain restaurant you haven't seen before...

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

The Best of History’s Rum Cocktails Brought to Life | Liquor.com

Every good rum cocktail had to start somewhere. Now, it’s time to take each of them into the 21st century.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Best Cheap Eats 2014

Looking for cheap thrills? Our critics found 48 amazing meal deals, all recently opened, from Mexican to Indonesian and everything in between.

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

The 21 best dive bars in America

Every place on here is totally okay with you wearing THOSE pants. It's fine.

Miscellaneous | Chicago Events

Pencil This In: Food Truck Rally At Daley Plaza

Friday's rally is shaping up to be a hot event on a cool day downtown.

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wine - Neatorama

Between the vine and the liquor store, plenty of secrets are submerged in your favorite bottle of vino. Here the author of Black Lane Wineries of Sonoma spills some of the best. (Image credit: Jim G)1. Digital eyes are everywhere in vineyards. Certain pre

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

In the Hot Doug's Line, Thursday's Menu Includes 30 Pounds of Brisket

The owners of Rub's Backcountry Barbecue are smoking two 15-pound briskets as they wait in line.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 25 essential Chicago dishes: pizza, burgers and more

From a cult-favorite cheeseburger to an addictive fried chicken dish, these are the 25 new classic dishes in Chicago

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

Map: The Most Popular Cocktail In Every State

What's the most popular cocktail in your state? This map has the answer.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 10 Best Food Trucks In Chicago

Here is a significant expansion upon last year's best food trucks list that gives an idea of the state of food truck culture in Chicago.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Overrated and underrated restaurants, trends and chefs in Chicago

For every overrated, overexposed restaurant, food trend and chef, there's a hidden, unsung gem that's worthy of a second look

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Chicago: Tiki City?

Hala Kahiki in River Grove has been open since 1963 and is a mecca for devotees of tiki culture.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Eater Chicago's Iconic Greasy Spoons Map

We're kicking Greasy Spoons Week off with our map of Chicago's Iconic Greasy Spoons. From joints dating back to the 18th century to the newest hotspots, these places fuel...

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The Eater Chicago Coffee Heatmap: Where to Find the Perfect Cup of Coffee Right Now

Waking up in the morning can be a tough task and if you're the type who needs a jolt to start the day, check out the Eater Chicago Coffee...

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Air & Water Show viewing, dining

Chicago's Air & Water Show happens for the 56th year this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The best (and most crowded) viewing spots are on the sand at Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach, but there are plenty of other good plac

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Lollapalooza unveils food options at Chow Town and Farmers Market

Check out the 45 booths serving eats in 2014. Eat everything from mac 'n' cheese hot dogs to prosciutto sandwiches while you watch Lorde and Skrillex.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 15 most hipster bars in Chicago, ranked

For when you wanna go where everybody knows... the names of bands nobody knows.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The U.S. Craft Beer Market Is Way Overcrowded - Bon Appétit

With 3,000+ craft breweries now operating in America, it's tough for makers to stand out in the crowd—and for consumers to decide what craft beer to drink

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

The 12 Best Ice Cream And Frozen Treats In Chicago

It is no secret we love a delicious frozen sweet treats here at Chicagoist. This year we share some more of our favorite spots around the city to visit when you want something sweet and cold to cool you down.

Food & Drink | Chicago Food & Drink

Phil Vettel recommends Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week is back - bigger and extended. Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the (Page 2 of 2)...