Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Wednesday, June 12

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Potbelly's Clubby vs. the Wreck: a Comparison The Old Barn Ain't What it Used to Be »

News Wed Oct 08 2008

Mmm, Midweek Links

Chicagoist broke the news last night that Wicker Park's Pontiac Cafe is closing. Time Out found out who bought it.

L20 is Esquire's 2008 restaurant of the year. Mercat a la Planxa and Takashi are further down the list.

Chicago Bites just went to Mercat.

312 Dining Diva and The Stew both report that Publican finally opens tomorrow -- although they might have opened tonight.

• MenuPages Blog digs up the backstory on the Sweet Occasions closure.

• The logo for Cook County boardmember and attorney general candidate Tony Paraica's public access show "What's COOKing with the Republicans?" features the likeness of "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard -- who is, not surprisingly, not thrilled that she wasn't asked permission.

• Speaking of "Top Chef," Dish interviews Season 5 cheftestant Radhika Desai of Between Boutique CafĂ© & Lounge.

Sky Full of Bacon follows a whole pig's head, from organic farm to restaurant table.

• The Local Beet reminds that local veggies sometimes last longer than you'd expect.

A paean to kitchen knives on Hungry Mag.

Metromix visits The Bristol in its first "Sound Bites" video series.

Chicago Gluttons are living la vida Habana Libre.

• Kevin Pang takes a first look at the new Chicagoland Fatburger.

• The Trib's dining department is going all out for Columbus Day, with a salute to New World foods.

Farmers market foodporn on KIPlog's FOODblog.

GB store
GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
Read this feature »

GB store



Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15