the food guy Mar 16

The Food Guy: Loop Restaurant Thinking Outside the Box for St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick’s Day, the owners of The Gage near Millennium Park are sticking to the basics, putting more emphasis on high-quality seafood and spirits.

  • Feb 3

    The Food Guy: Slab BBQ

    Black History Month is underway, and NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky says if you’re going to take a look back at Chicago’s Black history, you have to look closely at barbecue.

  • the food guy Jan 26

    The Food Guy: Habraé

    There’s a Thai restaurant in Forest Park that started out as a dessert shop, but over the last year, has been adding a lot of noodles and curries to the menu. The owners of Habraé in Forest Park have been more than accommodating to their regulars. Because as they’ve carefully expanded from a serious dessert shop – offering puddings,...
  • the food guy Jan 19

    The Food Guy: Hot Pot Restaurants

    The Lunar New Year begins this weekend, and many families will be celebrating by eating symbolic foods. Noodles for long life; vegetables for wealth; whole fish for abundance. says you’ll find all of the above at any hot pot restaurant in town. The majority of hot pots are in or around Chinatown, but there are differences in broth, as...

  • the food guy Jan 12

    The Food Guy: ‘Listen to Your Vegetables' Cookbook

    Just because it’s the middle of winter, doesn’t mean you can’t still cook with vegetables. They might be a little heartier now, but that’s just fine for one local chef, who’s also the author of a new book on the subject. Steve Dolinsky joining us tonight with the story. Sarah Grueneberg is a child of the Midwest, who grew...

  • the food guy Dec 15, 2022

    2 Local Coffee Shops Tell Stories Not Just Through Their Beverages, but Through Food Too

    Most coffee shops are content with serving delicious offerings in mugs and cups, but for two local businesses, their goals are more expansive, sharing foods that share the stories of their respective cultures.

  • the food guy Jan 5

    The Food Guy: Dorothy's Bistro

    When you think about food from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the winter, you think heavy dishes and hearty portions. That’s the approach one couple is taking at their revamped restaurant, where they used to focus on barbecue. They still use the smoker, as well as the live fire, and the cooking is way more interesting than just a...

  • Dec 8, 2022

    The Food Guy: Speakeasies Taking Food and Drinks Seriously

    On Dec. 1, NBC 5’s Food Guy recommended a pair of upscale bars to celebrate the holidays in style. This week, he’s keeping it casual, with a pair of new speakeasies serving inspired cocktails with great food to match. Steve Dolinsky joining us tonight with the story. Both of these bars are hidden in plain sight, and they’re taking...
  • the food guy Nov 25, 2022

    The Food Guy: Post-Thanksgiving Pizza is a Must, and These Chicago-Area Restaurants Are Doing It Right

    After spending many hours in the kitchen this week, Chicago-area residents are undoubtedly ready to kick back and order pizzas this weekend, and NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky has a quartet of suggestions.

  • the food guy Dec 1, 2022

    The Food Guy: Bars to Celebrate the Holidays in Style

    Sometimes a celebration comes in the form of thoughtful cocktails and a few well-chosen bites, rather than a blowout dinner. And if you want to get dressed up and put on a dress or a jacket, these two new options provide plenty of opportunities to raise a glass in style, according to NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky.

  • Nov 17, 2022

    The Food Guy: Bawarchi Biryanis Features Unique Indian Dishes

    Traditionally, Chicago’s Indian and Pakistani communities settled in West Rogers Park, along Devon Avenue. But successive generations have been moving to the suburbs, specifically Schaumburg and Naperville. NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky found himself near Woodfield Mall this week, eating a pair of dishes he’s particularly fond of. Southern ...
  • the food guy Nov 10, 2022

    The Food Guy: Banh Mi and Pho the Star Menu Items at Pholicious in Bloomingdale

    Most of Chicago’s Vietnamese restaurants are gathered around Argyle Street in Uptown, with a few pockets in the suburbs. One of those spots, which is in west suburban Bloomingdale, has garnered attention. You’d think with a name like Pholicious, the emphasis of this restaurant – tucked into a Bloomingdale strip mall – would be the beefy...
  • the food guy Nov 3, 2022

    The Food Guy: A Trio of Unique Sandwich Shops

    Scientists may have discovered the Bermuda Triangle years ago, but NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky has identified a Chicago Sandwich Triangle on the North Side, covering parts of Irving Park, Avondale and Logan Square. Three shops, all focusing on the humble sandwich, but giving it the star treatment. At JT’s Genuine Sandwich Shop, a ti...
  • Oct 27, 2022

    The Food Guy: Ethiopian Restaurant Owner's Commitment to Homeland

    There are fewer than a dozen Ethiopian restaurants in Chicago, but NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky is especially fond of one in Uptown. His reasons are two-fold: first, the food, which he says is remarkable, as everything is made from scratch. But second, is the owner’s commitment to fundraising for her fellow countrymen, embroiled in a war b...
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