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The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats Paperback – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Claremont Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893121275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893121270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is based on a simple premise: Who better to advise you on where to grab a tasty, affordable midday meal in Chicago's neighborhoods than people who consider lunch to be the highlight of the work day? You always assumed this was true, but Foley confirms it in enough detail that, tongue-in-cheek or not, you will be more than tempted to take his dining tips. --Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times<br /><br />The former electrician for the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation has become a local icon since releasing The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats. --Robert Elfinger, Chicago Tribune<br /><br />The reviews are informative and insightful. They can also be downright outrageous. Foley pokes fun at all things Chicago. --Memphis Commercial Appeal

The former electrician for the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation has become a local icon since releasing The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats. --Robert Elfinger, Chicago Tribune

The reviews are informative and insightful. They can also be downright outrageous. Foley pokes fun at all things Chicago. --Memphis Commercial Appeal

About the Author

Dennis Foley, a lifelong Chicagoan, is an electrician for the City of Chicago's Streets and Sanitation Department. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College, and his work has appeared in Poetry Motel, Hair Trigger 22, Hair Trigger 23, Block's Magazine, Gravity, The Beverly Review, The Villager, The Ever Dancing Muse, and Life Stories—a casebook in the first person. Dennis has also taught English composition at Richard J. Daley College, and currently coaches basketball at his alma mater, St. Laurence High School.

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Welcome to mayhem. In The Drunkard's Son, award-winning Chicago author Dennis Foley tells the powerful and humorous story about growing up on Chicago's South side in the 1960s and '70s, a time of strife that also found his family running head on into an endless series of roadblocks. This memoir, featuring a young, wise-beyond-his-years narrator, received rave reviews from the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and other local media upon its release in May of this year.

The odd agents who weave their way across Dennis' pages make for a fantastic read. While the book is filled with a number of sad stories reminiscent of Angela's Ashes, Dennis' humorous stories bring good balance to this work. The strengths and weaknesses of the City of Chicago are seen through the eyes of this young narrator. These are the stories of Chicago's neighborhoods, corner taverns, families, and the quirky people who inhabit all of these.

Dennis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College-Chicago and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. His first book, The Street's and San Man's Guide To Chicago Eats, won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards--1st Place for Humor. Happily married to Susan, Dennis is also the proud father of Matt, Pat, and Mike. The Foley clan resides in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pat Riley on June 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just picked up the Streets and San Man's Guide and I read it in one sitting. If you are a Chicagoan, this book is a must. He serves up a bunch of neighborhood eateries (diners, pubs, fast food joints) where the price is right and the grub is good. And what's better than that is the Streets and San Man's tone: the guy is funny as hell. I drove to a few of the detours he provides and they were great. The Big Chief detour was hysterical. I went to one of the eateries the other day for lunch (T's Tap) and it was just like the Streets and San Man said it was. The food was good, cheap, and the people were nice. Foley has a winner here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2004
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The Streets & San Man's Guide To Chicago Eats is a no-nonsense guide to the tastiest places in Chicago to grab a bite. Each brief restaurant listing offers a rating for food quality, address and phone number, directions, and a sumptuous summary of the quality of food to be found therein. A selection of coupons good until December 2006 rounds out this useful and handy reference for travelers and Chicago natives alike.
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This book is a delight. For anyone visiting Chicago interested in getting the real flavor of the city, this is the book for you. A lot of the restaurants in this book may not make the typical list of Chicago's finest, but that does not mean the food served is not terrific. To the contrary, want hearty, want cheap, want good, you can find it in this book. Want a famous Chicago Beef Sandwich, Pizza, or Breaded Steak Sandwich, you came to the right place. These are the places real Chicagoans eat, and eat well. And, not only are there some incredible places to eat, but there are some great anecdotes as well. Additionally, for the visitor to our great City, there are some side trips listed with captivating points of interest which don't show up in your usual Chicago Guide either.
As a lifelong resident of the City of Chicago, I would also recommend this book for those who live in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. There are places in this book that many residents have never visited, which is a shame. I have been to some of the restaurants and other points of interest in the book and I look forward to visiting more. I should add the author's reviews of the places I have visited are dead on.
Visiting the restaurants in this book will help visitors and residents alike get to know the City, or get to know it better. And, the coupons in the back of the book don't hurt either. Great City. Great Book. Great Eats.
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Fun, interesting guide to Chicago eats from those who like the hidden places to dine.
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