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Book Mon Feb 28 2011

Put Your Forks in the Air

wiggum.jpgI caught this post on a visit to Second City Cop about The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats (which we've mentioned before) and really enjoyed the comments, as cops certainly know their stuff when it comes to finding dependable and affordable places to eat while at work. A few months before I heard of the book, I spent some time talking to cops about their favorite places to eat, some of which are discussed in the SCC post:

One cop called Pompeii (1531 West Taylor) the "West Side Cafeteria" for being an accessible spot for cops working in the area. I'm in that neighborhood almost daily, and it's rare to not see cops in Pompei at all times in the day. While the service can be slow and their pizza is a little bready, Pompei's salads and meatball subs are tasty stuff.

Another popular place for cops is Feed (2803 West Chicago), and I can't blame them: their corn bread pudding is the stuff of gods, and their chicken is not too shabby, either. I also like a place that lets me pour my own Arnold Palmer from the pitchers of lemonade and iced tea next to the counter. I've overheard a lot of interesting shop talk in my visits from the large crowds of cops who eat there throughout the day.

The Mexicoan Steak House (2983 South Archer) in Bridgeport gets huge marks for its food, as does El Milagro (3050 West 26th). My source talked animatedly about the finely shredded cabbage in El Milagro's tacos instead of lettuce (a remnant of Cesar Chavez's lettuce boycott efforts).

The Beat Cop's Guide is available for pre-order online; you can still visit their site for commentary on the restaurants visited to date on the horrible "Chicago Code," among other cop- and food-related stories.

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Mfs3757 / March 1, 2011 12:55 PM

It's the Mexico Steak House, not Mexican Steak House. Yes, it does rock!

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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...
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