Food and Drink

Best Bite: Lasagna birria in a parking lot

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At last I was able to try the lasagna birria in the AutoZone parking lot. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, Monica here. Last November, Axios reader Brian W. wrote in raving about the quesabirria tacos sold from a tented cart in an AutoZone parking lot.

  • Brian had me at "AutoZone parking lot!"
  • But I was really sold when he mentioned that Antojitos La Esquina also sells "lasagna birria."

Readers offer soup-er solutions for cold times

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The Korean Vegan Cookbook by Chicagoan Joanne Lee Molinaro inspired one Axios reader on the soup front. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Justin here! Last week I asked for soup recommendations and you did not disappoint.

  • Here are just a few of the suggestions from the best readers in town!

Reader's guide to Chicago's best chicken sandwiches

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Cambodian fried chicken sandwich from Hermosa Restaurant. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

We clucked about our favorite chicken sandwiches last week.

Reader feedback: Most readers sided with Justin but also offered suggestions of their own.

Smoque celebrates 15 years with prime rib sandwich

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Smoque's 15th anniversary sandwich features prime rib, roasted shallots and more. Photo: Shannan Bunting/Courtesy of Smoque.

When Smoque BBQ opened its doors on a quiet corner of Old Irving 15 years ago, it forever changed and blessed the Northwest Side.

Why it matters: Tomorrow, for one day only, Smoque is celebrating its anniversary with a limited edition smoked prime rib sandwich for $15.

  • At a place famous for smoked brisket, this cut offers a strange but delicious surprise.

Cage match: Chicken sandwiches

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I need to work on my food photography. But trust me, the chicken sandwich at Roost is gooooood. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Two chicken sandwiches enter, one chicken sandwich leaves.

  • Well, both technically left, because Monica and Justin ate them.

Jose Andres dishes restaurant advice

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Monica talks to José Andrés at the Executives' Club last week. Photo: Amy Dordek

Chef José Andrés dashed down to Kentucky this week to help feed communities hit by weekend tornadoes.

  • But last week he was in Chicago talking to Monica about his philosophy for fixing the world: "Longer tables, not higher walls."

12 Days of Chicago Christmas: Sweets

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Justice of the Pies German chocolate pecan pie.

Today's local gift idea is aimed at the person on your list with a sweet tooth and a soft heart.

12 Days of Chicago Christmas: Graziano's Beef Kit

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The J.P. Graziano Beef Kit. Photo: J.P. Graziano Grocery Co, Inc.

Welcome to our list of locally sourced, Chicago-themed gifts. The rest of the collection will roll out over the coming days.

Today: The Barstool Chicago x JP Graziano Beef Kit Gift Box.

Why: There's nothing like the holidays in Chicago when you can gift a beef kit.


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