January 3, 2013

Authentic Mexican Cuisine At Zocalo Chicago

A sign displaying the name of Zocalo Chicago

This weekend, I got to have some of the most authentic Mexican cooking that I’ve had outside of Mexico. It was at Chicago’s own Zocalo, a beautiful restaurant located on Ontario Street. The unassuming exterior leads to a beautiful and warmly decorated interior, filled with authentic Mexican art and photos of famous Mexican people. The food served there literally took me back to Mexico; as a Mexican-food-lover, I didn’t expect any food to be able to take me back there. The freshness, the spice, and the wonderful mixing of authentic flavors came together in a wonderful dinner.  Read the rest of this entry »

December 17, 2012

III Forks? 5 Stars.

3 Forks Filet with sides

I don’t hide my disdain for chain restaurants. I define a chain restaurant as a brand that has at least five locations. I find that the original idea behind a chain may be good, but it becomes tough for the subsequent locations to maintain the food quality. Eventually, chains become synonymous with mediocre food at decent prices. So when I was invited to III Forks to have dinner on Saturday night, you better believe I was worried. III Forks is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant with 3 locations in Texas, 3 locations in Florida, and one location in downtown Chicago. I was preparing myself for a mediocre experience, but what I got is one of the best restaurant experiences that I have ever had.  Read the rest of this entry »

November 26, 2012

A Love Letter… To An Epic Pork Chop

a pork chop from the restaurant Epic Chicago

Dear Epic Pork Chop,

Prior to meeting you, I loathed your kind. They were thin, flimsy, and tasted like cardboard that bathed in gray, flavorless liquids. I continually gave them repeated chances, to no avail. Every time I’d open my heart to them, they’d return my gesture by nearly breaking my teeth. I admit, I frequently cheated on them with chicken breasts, beef, and even fish. But that was then and this is now. Read the rest of this entry »

November 19, 2012

ZED451: A Heart and Soul Harvest In Chicago

The Exterior of ZED451

Whenever I go to an upscale restaurant, I usually try to figure out the justification for the price tag. In most cases, I can’t find one and I regret the meal. However, ZED451 fulfills every expectation I have of a fine dining establishment. More importantly, their passion completely justifies the price of entry. Read the rest of this entry »

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