Penny Pollack

@pennypollack

Dining Editor, Chicago Magazine

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Southern mac @ Ethyl's Beer & Wine Dive is hearty (pimiento cheese), cozy (elbow noodles), decadent (andouille).

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Laced w/garlic & herbs, the foraged mushrooms have tons of personality. This side walked w/honors.

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Someone @ Redd Herring should rethink the giant meatball, but hands off the scallops w/crispy pork belly.

  • 1939 days ago via site
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My Christmas Day tradition: 2 movies & shredded pork w/ onion @ Moon Palace. I never mess with success.

  • 1941 days ago via site
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Friendly staff @ Elly’s offset the sterile atmo & typical menu. Crêpes needed more xxx sugar but got the job done.

  • 1942 days ago via site
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Chicken malai tikka is way juicy. Chunks of sizzling boneless breast. Juicy. What a nice surprise.

  • 1943 days ago via site
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Mussels are some of the best around, but beware small plate syndrome. Spent much more than I expected.

  • 1948 days ago via site
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Steppenwolf tix? Caesar salad & grilled salmon will get you thru Virginia Woolf.

  • 1950 days ago via site
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How delicious does this bowl of hu tieu soup look? $6 at #MCBistro. Go get some.

  • 1957 days ago via site
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Cran-smeared turkey confit & crunchy fresh veggie wrap, uppers. Weird, pricey sodas & sides, bummers. #Grahamwich

  • 1960 days ago via site
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The poblano pepper soup @ M.Henrietta was a yummy tummy warmer, but the rest was mundane. MH: Stick to a.m. food.

  • 1962 days ago via site
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Michelin got lucky @ L2O. Gras is gone but Francis Brennan's a rock star. Yes, there's peekytoe crab in this dish.

  • 1963 days ago via site
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All the usual sushi suspects show up @ Nabuki but after the spicy tuna salad, I was mostly bored.

  • 1964 days ago via site
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I give the papaya salad & lamb luc lac a thumbs up. Thumbs down to the prices.

  • 1967 days ago via site
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Pulled pork, dry; brisket, dry; bbq chicken juicy. But needs to be better than 1 out of 3.

  • 1968 days ago via site
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$12 got us a preview of sweet lobster roll, smoky clam chowder, & a cookie from GT Fish .

  • 1969 days ago via site
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The duck, tender but too fatty, w/squash that was too cold but peppery-good . Kitchen needs focus.

  • 1970 days ago via site
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Not all works—whitefish & tuna both “eh”—but more pappardelle w/ wild funghi & pancetta, please.

  • 1974 days ago via site
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I would go back for the sautéed walleye , but can someone explain the salty soggy lobster tempura?

  • 1975 days ago via site
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