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Short Order: Pam’s Popcorn & Windy City Eats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Pam’s Popcorn & Windy City Eats

It’s easy to get a little carried away at Pam’s Popcorn & Windy City Eats. The whole place is extra, you can see that even before walking through the doors. A stuffed gorilla holds a sign outside on the sidewalk. And its windows preview the over-the-top decor that awaits inside. There’s popcorn-positive messaging; there’s festively […]

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Short Order: Keto Kave

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Keto Kave

In popular use, the term “keto” is short for “ketogenic” which is a description of a diet that is, on most interpretations, low carb. Fat and protein are okay in this diet, so it tends to feature lots of meat, lots of butter, and non-starchy vegetables. Keto eating sounds pretty limiting, but through creativity, technology […]

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Short Order: Tank’s Ironclad Meats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Tank’s Ironclad Meats

There are days when you don’t want the sides. You don’t want the sandwich either; you just want to dive into a straight-shootin’ big ‘ol pile of meat. And for that, Tank’s Ironclad Meats has you covered. What you’re looking at right here is a half-pound of pure, tender, smoked (with just a hint of salt to […]

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Short Order: Ropa Vieja at Havana Mia

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Ropa Vieja at Havana Mia

Ropa Vieja can be translated as “old clothes” . . . which is not the most appetizing name for Havana Mia’s tasty masterpiece. The name is a traditional one, though, and the internet says Ropa Vieja is the National Dish of Cuba. Some things go better untranslated. For the purposes of this discussion, Ropa Vieja is slow-cooked, […]

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Short Order: Pita Hut Grille’s Late Night Eats

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Pita Hut Grille’s  Late Night Eats

Things move fast at Pita Hut Grille, so it’s best to be prepared to order when your time at the counter arrives. Open til midnight daily, it offers late-night fare that won’t foster intense regret the next morning. Its menu includes pita sandwiches in an array of flavors, none of which is better than the chicken version.  […]

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Short Order: AJ’s Quesabirria

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: AJ’s Quesabirria

AJ’s Birria Tacos is a food truck that could set up shop anywhere. That’s how food trucks work; they’re mobile. So, you might expect it to set up camp near some sort of local hotspot, a place with lots of people. Perhaps a busy metro office park, or an outdoor festival or market.  But instead, AJ’s […]

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Short Order: NAICCO Cuisine

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: NAICCO Cuisine

NAICCO stands for the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. NAICCO Cuisine is then the culinary ambassador of the center, in the form of a giant food truck, often bedecked in flags and distinguished by its graphic designs that pay tribute to Native American culture. The truck has a full summer schedule lined up […]

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