Jeff Pearl has lived in the Chicago land area his whole life and is currently a medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Food has always been a passion of Jeff’s. In his free time, Jeff enjoys either cooking for his friends, going out to a new restaurant, or training for his next triathlon. In February 2010 he started writing about his dining experiences in his blog, Jeff Eats Chicago.

If you had a good friend who had never visited your city before, where would you take them to dinner and why?
If I had a good friend visiting for the first time, I’d take them to Al’s Beef on Taylor followed by dessert at Mario’s Italian Ice. The meal screams Chicago and isn’t flooded by touristy hacks.

What is one dish that you would want to learn to prepare?
I’ve always wanted to learn to make my own pasta. I know it’s not that hard, but i’ve just always diverted to the box cause it’s so easy.

Name a chain or fast food restaurant that is your guilty pleasure; what do order there?
I would normally say Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Combo is my fast food of choice, but Chick-Fil-A just moved into Chicago and I’m obsessed. I get the original chicken sandwich.

What is your favorite thing that your mom (or dad) cooked for you when you were growing up?
My favorite meal that my mom used to make was Tuna Noodle Casserole. No one makes it like she does. My dad doesn’t like it though, so we don’t get it all that much anymore.

What’s one of your favorite local restaurants that a tourist would probably never find?
I love this place called Rose Angelis. It’s a house that was converted into a Tuscan restaurant. It’s a bit off the path any tourist might take. If you’re allergic to pine nuts though, you might want to keep a two block distance at least.

Here’s some of the blogs Jeff Follows:
I like reading the blogs I Like to Eat, Passport Delicious, and the Gastro Lounge. Mostly they’re written by very reasonable people that get to places I don’t always have the money to try out. I’m on med school loans, so I’m a bit of a poor man’s blogger.

Find out more info on Jeff and his blog:
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Urbanspoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/br/2/2765/Chicago/Jeff-Eats-Chicago.html

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Jeff Rapp writes the blog I Like to Eat – a Chicago focused restaurant blog. When he is not eating and writing, Jeff enjoys skiing, mountain climbing and running.

If you had a good friend who had never visited your city before, where would you take them to dinner and why?

There are so many different ways to approach this. Here is a short list and why they are all different:
  • Alinea – most unique dining experience in the city, expensive but worth it, a top restaurant in the world.
  • Chinatown – really good and authentic chinese food and cultural experience. More user friendly than other “chinatowns” I’ve been to.
  • Lou Malnati/Portillo’s/Smoque bbq- Classic Chicago food items, deep dish pizza, hot dogs and bbq. All best in town.
  • Steakhouse – pick anyone of Chicago’s many options for classic mid west meat.
  • Maude’s Liquor Bar or Ruxbin Kitchen – my favorite “new” places in Chicago. Maude’s is sexy chic modern french and Ruxbin is super small BYO funky cool.

Name a chain or fast food restaurant that is your guilty pleasure; what do order there?
Always love a good burger from In ‘N Out when I’m on the west coast. Animal Style.

What is your favorite thing that your mom (or dad) cooked for you when you were growing up?
My mother makes the best pesto I’ve ever had, still to this day. Love anything pasta with pesto, particularly tortellini.

What’s one of your favorite restaurants in Chicago that a tourist would probably never find?
I’m going to guess Arami is still off the tourist radar but maybe not forever. Really great small sushi spot in fun neighborhood.

Here’s some of the blogs that Jeff likes to read:
http://www.passportdelicious.com/
http://www.jeffeatschicago.com
http://www.byobandits.com/
http://www.bunnyandbrandy.com

Find out more info on Jeff and his blog:
Twitter: Follow @rappjj
Yelp: http://jjrapp.yelp.com
Urbanspoonhttp://www.urbanspoon.com/u/profile/334198/Jeff.html

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Wesley Craig has many food and drink cravings, so many that he one day decided to make blogging a hobby in order to share his own personal opinions and experiences with others through his blog Wes’ Cravin’s: Food Reviews You Can Trust.  His blog is focused on, but not limited to, San Antonio. He loves his wife, two dogs and enjoys studying beer and world atlases for fun. While he has many other interests like reading and traveling the world, what he finds most fulfilling is striving to make a difference as a minister on the southeast side of San Antonio through community ministries.

If you had a good friend who had never visited your city before, where would you take them to dinner and why?

This question is really difficult to answer because we have such a variety of great restaurants in San Antonio from burgers and pizza to Mexican and Texas barbecue. So, my answer will be based on four criteria:  location, ambiance, budget, and obviously taste. The restaurant that best meets these four criteria is Tito’s Mexican Restaurant.
I know many people love Rosario’s, and rightly so, but I personally prefer Tito’s.

First of all, it meets my location criteria in that it is located in my favorite part of the city, Southtown. I like my restaurants to be a little rough around the edges, so I prefer its ambiance over the more sophisticated Rosario’s, especially during First Friday. Tito’s is very affordable and the food, while it may not be “the best,” is really good. I’ve never been disappointed, but then again I’m not a picky eater!

What is one dish that you would want to learn to prepare?
As much as I love enchiladas, I have never made them at home. I’d really like to learn to prepare enchiladas verdes con pollo which comes with shredded chicken, tomatillo sauce, white cheese, and sour cream.

Name a chain or fast food restaurant that is your guilty pleasure; what do order there?
Even though it’s not a big chain, the one I go to most often is Flying Saucer. When I go there I normally order a variety of three beers and a bowl o’ wings, which are just as good as restaurants that specialize in wings.

What is your favorite thing that your mom (or dad) cooked for you when you were growing up?
When I visit my parents, my mom always knows I’m going to want to eat her chicken fried steak with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. She first fries the chicken in a iron skillet and then uses the grease to make the gravy. I wash it all down with her delicious sweet tea. Love ya, mom!

What’s one of your favorite local restaurants that a tourist would probably never find?
Taco Haven – Gevers (3119 South Gevers), which is not to be confused with the South Presa location.

Here’s some of the blogs Wes Follows:
An Average Joe in San Antonio –  http://www.sanantoniojoe.com/
Brian D. McLaren — http://www.brianmclaren.net/
Jen Rames — http://jen.rames.org/
Oh My Puddin — http://ohmypuddin.wordpress.com/
Rachel Held Evans — http://rachelheldevans.com/
San Antonio Burger Blog –  http://www.sanantonioburger.com/

Learn more about Wes’ Cravin’s:

Twitter: Follow @WesleyCraig
Blog:
http://wescravins.wordpress.com

 

Shannon Little is the blogger behind the Memphis Foodie, where she features local restaurants and food events in Memphis. Shannon is an emerging public relations professional and digital promoter who has a passion for life, wine, ice cream, and dogs.  Find out more about Shannon below:

If you had a good friend who had never visited your city before, where would you take them to dinner and why?
If you are in Memphis, you have to eat BBQ. We have the world’s best, along with the International BBQ Contest. My favorite BBQ place is Central BBQ, so that is where we would go.

What is one dish that you would want to learn to prepare?
Home-made ice-cream! But I want to learn how to make it smooth and creamy, not icy like a lot of home-made ice-creams.

Name a chain or fast food restaurant that is your guilty pleasure; what do order there?
Chick-Fil-A is the only fast food I will eat. Their chicken biscuits are a wonderful hangover cure, and I look forward to their peach milkshakes every summer! They also have a lot of fresh, healthy menu choices.

What is your favorite thing that your mom (or dad) cooked for you when you were growing up?
My dad’s homemade lasagna is to die for! It’s also his pride and joy. Every year for our birthdays, my siblings and I get to choose what we want for dinner. I always ask my dad to make his lasagna.

What’s one of your favorite local restaurants that a tourist would probably never find?
Pho Hoa Binh is a great hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant. They have the best tofu in town!

Learn more about the Memphis Foodie:
Blog Address: http://memphisfoodie.wordpress.com
Twitter: Follow @ShannonRLittle
Flickr: http://flickr.com/memphisfoodie
YouTube: http://youtube.com/memphisfoodie
Yelp: http://yelp.com/shannonrlittle 
Urbanspoon: http://urbanspoon.com/shannonrlittle

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