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The Slow Food Guide to Chicago: Restaurants, Markets, Bars Paperback – September 15, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Slow Food Guide to Chicago: Restaurants, Markets, Bars
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193149861X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931498616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Think "Chicago food" and the first things that come to mind might be fattening, greasy dishes: deep-dish pizza, hot dogs and sausages. But, according to slow foodies Gibson and Lowndes, Chicago is also home to a lush "food landscape" that’s keen on sustainable agriculture and local food traditions, a place with culinary artisans "who practice their craft in much the same way their parents and grandparents did." To that end, they give the nitty-gritty of the city’s best eateries, specialty shops and drinking establishments. There are reviews of the best barbecue joints (places that smoke pork spareribs slowly over fragrant wood), Polish places (go to Halina’s Polish Delights for borscht and blintzes that "sing with flavor") and hot dog venues (such as Little Louie’s in Northbrook, where, if you ask for ketchup on your dog, you "just might get kicked out"). In addition to traditional Chicago food, the authors also discuss Mexican taquerias and haute cuisine meccas, notable dairy and cheese shops, and classic meat markets. Comprehensive, engaging and friendly, this is an indispensable book for visitors and locals.
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"Let this book be your guide."--Alice Waters, Founder and Owner, Chez Panisse Restaurant


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marty on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
The reviews are a few years out of date and some of the restaurants no longer exist. Much of the space dedicated to expensive restaurants where I was looking for more reasonably-priced places.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allison Lee on October 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I generally do not buy guide books, but after seeing The Slow Guide to Chicago in a book store, I knew I had to buy it. It reads more like a great inside story to some really interesting spots in Chicago. They give a snail to the "best" spots - that support the local, sustainable, traditional.... ways - but they also open up a whole new world to some of the much smaller mom and pop stores that you would never know about unless a friend told you about it. A really wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sonderegger on August 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Whether you're a serious foodie or someone who loves to eat, this book is invaluable (if you're in Chicago...) It's quite different from Zagat's (no democratic process), cheap-good-real-food guides like Streets and San Man (which is also great) or Roadfood, or any Fodor's-style restaurant or travel guide. It's just about good food, of all prices, in any location, from tacos to truffles. The "slow food" monkier refers not to the speed of service but to the anti-fast food philosophy/movement (the "Slow Food Foundation") behind this series of books. The philosophy is sort of similar to the Chowhound guides, but I personally prefer the Slow Food ones.

Many famous restaurants far above my budget, such as Charlie Trotter's, are included (especially in the French and American sections), but many (most?) entries focus on affordable options, sit-down or takeout, serving dozens of cuisines in dozens of neighborhoods throughout this vast city. The writers must be well tuned-in to Chicago foodie circles, as the exterior appearance of some recommended places leaves you unsure whether the restaurant still exists, much less prepared for the excellent food about to be served.

On their recent visit to Chicago, two friends and I spent three days basically eating or recuperating from meals at places recommended by this book. We had Costa Rican, Polish, Ukranian, Lithuanian, Indian, Soul Food, German, Cuban, American (diner) and Mexican, all of which were excellent. The indices (by neighborhood and cuisine) and detailed maps make choosing your next target a breeze.

The one drawback we had was that some of the places recommended turned out to no longer exist, despite the book being written the year before. This isn't necessarily the authors' fault (given the lifespan of many restaurants), but do make sure you call ahead first, as some restaurants here are pretty isolated.
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