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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Chefs Make Change

3 Ingenious Ways a Chicago Chef Feeds His Community

Chef Edward Kim

Edward Kim, the chef and co-owner of the acclaimed Chicago restaurants Mott St and Ruxbin isn’t in the restaurant business just to serve paying customers.

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Restaurant Intel

The Secrets Behind Amazing Restaurant Service

Grace, Chicago

Michael Muser, general manager at Chicago’s Grace, explains the dossier-compiling and Facebook-stalking behind exceptional service.

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America's Favorite Food Cities

What You Can Buy for $20 in Chicago

Dosa at Udupi Palace

Star interior designer Nate Berkus and actor Danny Pudi share their favorite things to eat in Chicago for less than $20.

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Tastemakers

A Gadget Geek's Fantasy Kitchen

Nick and Dagmara Kokonas

A sous vide station, a blast chiller, a $2,000 espresso machine and an astonishingly powerful gas range: You'd expect to find this equipment in a pro kitchen, not in a landmarked 19th-century Chicago home.

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Chefs Make Change

A Steak House Scion's Amazing Do-Good Restaurant

Amy Morton may have restaurants coded into her DNA.

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Where to Drink Next

Chicago Bar Crawl: Tiki Drinks and Salt-and-Pepper Syrup

Chicago Bar Crawl: Tiki Drinks and Salt and Pepper Syrup

F&W's Kate Krader went in search of the best neighborhoods in America for cocktail adventures. Here, her guide to River North in Chicago.

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America's Most Wanted

People Will Kill for This Pork Sandwich

Heads will roll if this sandwich ever comes off the menu at Chicago's Tavernita.

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Chicago

3 Amazing New Chicago Restaurants from Matthias Merges

Chef Matthias Merges

Pig's tail ramen, short rib potpie, bucatini carbonara: Is there any style of cooking this Chicago chef can't master?

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Dining Debates

Presidential Food Fight: Boston vs. Chicago

Boston vs Chicago: Jamie Bissonnette & Stephanie Izard
Boston vs Chicago: Jamie Bissonnette & Stephanie Izard

Jamie Bissonnette © Marie Wu. Stephani Izard © Chris Buck.

With the presidential election looming, it’s not just the two candidates engaging in rivalry. President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's Boston (the site of his election night party) have joined in the fight. It’s the Chicago dog versus the grinder, deep-dish versus thin-crust, the South Side versus the North End. In Boston’s corner we have Jamie Bissonnette, the chef and partner of Coppa and Toro, who champions Boston’s vibrant, casual epicurean attitude of “eat often, drink often and have fun.” Representing Chicago is Top Chef season 4 winner and chef-owner of Girl and the Goat, Stephanie Izard, who believes that Chicago’s explosion of new restaurants and chefs will take her city over the edge. “It’s a really exciting time in Chicago,” Izard says. “I can hardly keep up.” Here, the chefs square off in a categorical comparison of the two great cities. >

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