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Tammy Green

Tammy Green is the co-founder of restaurant review site, Chicago Bites, a local and independent collaboration of talented people interested in eating well. She’s been eating for years, but didn’t discover her professional fascination with food until she started talking about it every week. As a result of Chicago Bites, she has expanded her interest in food policy, gardening, canning, composting, organic issues, slow food, local producers and chefs and how these all impact the Chicago dining experience.


Three Bites from Bill Kim

Bill Kim - Blog

Chef Bill Kim is on a one-man mission to reinvent casual dining in Chicago. From noodles to sandwiches and most recently, with a grill, he's determined to reinvent fast food into a pan-Asian wonderland. The question isn't which of Kim's restaurants to try, it's only a matter of when and how often to go. 

Beer, Brats and Ooompah: Cheers to Oktoberfest!


If your need for beer, brats and bands has not been satisfied this festival season, then makes plans to attend the St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest, near the church at the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport. This celebration of German heritage runs starts today and goes through the weekend. Hours are 5pm-11pm on Friday, 11am - 11pm on Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sunday. 

Brunch at a Neighborhood Gem: Glenn's Diner


Brunch spots seldom achieve that magical balance between the almost-breakfast and not-quite-lunch definition that rules Sunday mornings in Chicago. One of the few that can easily swing between those two meals plus queue up the taste buds for dinner is Glenn's Diner (1820 West Montrose Avenue). I like this neighborhood spot because it's an easily accessible mid-way spot between Northside friends and downtown city dwellers. Plus, it's only a few, convenient steps from the Montrose Brown

Sixteen: Enjoy Dinner for Ooh

Sixteen - Blog

The Trump Tower's sixteenth floor restaurant, Sixteen (401 North Wabash Avenue) was chosen for the spectacular and unusual perspective on one of the city's architectural icons -- The Wrigley Building. The view is a favorite of mine and I love to share it with visitors because the reach-out-and-touch-it closeness never fails to impress. This week, Executive Chef Thomas Lents achieved the remarkable. He made me avert my eyes from my direct view of the Wrigley Clock Tower and become

Take a Bite out of Damen Avenue

Soup - Blog

If you're headed North, take the train to the Damen Brown Line station. There are plenty of culinary adventures to be had within walking distance of this quiet residential stop, including a candy shop, brunch favorites, modern Thai food, and a delicious variety of ready-made foods. 

Make Plans for Chicago Gourmet with Dine Around

Chicago Gourmet - Blog

Have you picked up tickets for Chicago Gourmet? The premiere food and wine festival presented by Bon Appétit returns for its fourth year between September 28-30. The easiest way to attend is to do more of what you and I both love -- dine out in Chicago! 

Enjoy Three Bites of Graham

Graham Elliot - Tammy Green - Blog

Chef Graham Elliot does more than dole out advice on Master Chef. He's also busy with three restaurants in Chicago-each with their own menu, distinct vibe, and price points. From casual to special occasions, I recommend trying them all! But the order in which you try them is completely up to you. 

Make Plans for Diner en Blanc

Blanc Diner Basket - Blog Picnic Baskets photo courtesy of Navid Baraty and Dîner en Blanc

On Friday, August 24, over a thousand people dressed in white and carrying everything from tables and chairs to napkins, bread and cheese will converge on a secret location for the annual pop-up dining event, Dîner en Blanc. This is the second year of the event in Chicago, but the first that is officially a part of the Dîner en Blanc movement that originated in Paris, France almost a quarter of a century ago.

Semiramis: Seek out a Neighborhood Gem

 Vegetarian Plate at Semiramis


If you're in the mood for a wonderful Lebanese meal, you don't have to spend that much or go that far to get it. Less than $20 and a large appetite are all you need! Hop on the Brown Line to Kedzie to try Semiramis (4639-41 North Kedzie).

Two Bites of Takashi

House-made tofu at Takashi

Be honest. Have you drooled over Chef Takashi Yagihashi's food on Top Chef Masters this season? Me, too. Luckily, Chicago diners can turn off the television and head to either of Chef Takashi's French-inspired Japanese restaurants in the city.

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