It’s summer and we love food – Chicago Bites Round-up

It’s been a busy couple of weeks! In case you’ve missed the action, here’s what we’ve covered on Chicago Bites:

Seared pork tenderloin, thyme gnocchi, hon schemidji mushroom ju

Seared pork tenderloin from Lokal.

On the Fourth of July, we looked at red, white and blue food.

Our continuing quest for the best croissants took us to Floriole Bakery in Lincoln Park. It also took us to Bakin’ & Eggs in Lakeview.

We tried the $45 Monday night prix fixe menu at Lokal, which proved to be a good value.

I made my once-yearly foray into Indian food with a look at Paprika. And once a year you should return to Mercat a la planxa to remember how good the food really is there.

Pink Peppercorns

Pink peppercorns from the spice house.

We visited three Chicago businesses — Intelligensia, Nicole’s Crackers and Spice House — on the City of Chicago’s Top Shelf Tour.

We couldn’t let July 11th go by without commemorating the Slurpee. And then we kept things cool with some gelato from Black Dog Gelato.

Another food holiday, National French Fry Day, made us remember the duck fat fries at Hot Doug’s.

Cornerstone Cafe proved to be a nice spot for lunch before taking in a movie. And finally, we recounted a recent brunch experience at Bakin’ & Eggs. Bacon flight, anyone?

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