Recipe: Tangy Glaze Meatloaf

I rarely cook meatloaf. It’s mostly because I think of it as a glob of meat or a large meatball. Usually when I do make it, it’s because I’m trying to find something different to make, I can’t think of a recipe to use with ground beef, and I want to get in and out of the kitchen!  While searching for some recipes on Pinterest, I stumbled up on this…

Taqueria San Jose

My guilty pleasure for Mexican food has to be from Taqueria San Jose.  I’ll drive pass all the taquerias on Chicago’s east side and go north to Bridgeport just for their chicken enchiladas and steak tacos. I was first introduced to Taqueria San Jose by my husband.  He works at a nearby hospital and knows some of the “greasy spoon” spots in the area.  He’s also a huge fan of…

Smoque BBQ

Since March, I’ve had the opportunity to work remotely due to the pandemic. However, working remotely has kept me from some of my favorite lunch-time restaurants.  Well the other day, I decided to stop by the job and put up my little Christmas tree in my office. While taking a break, I had an epiphany to order some carryout from Smoque BBQ!  Smoque BBQ uses the Toast Takeout app services for…

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Tonight, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken appeared on UberEats as an option for residents in the South Shore neighborhood.  This covid-restaurant-food-delivery experience is something I’m still learning. It appears certain restaurants are only available via UberEats at certain days and times and also allow travel to my neighborhood. For me this has been an odd experience, because I’ll easily travel to a restaurant to get the food, but having the…

Honky Tonk BBQ

The first time I visited Honky Tonk BBQ was about five years ago with a dear friend of mine. In fact, we visited twice after work to catch up, fellowship, and eat good food.  It’s a place for nice gatherings for a southern style cooked meal.  However during the COVID-19 pandemic, more restaurants are still closed for indoor dining, but offer a nice online menu for ordering carryout or food…

Recipe: Southern Style White Cheddar Shrimp and Grits

I absolutely love shrimp and grits, but because I’m lactose intolerant, there’s only so much of it I can eat. Basically, how much do I want my tummy to be pissed off at me! This recipe is rich, but not as rich as it could be with tons of different cheeses and cream. What’s important is there’s butter, some cheese, and tons of flavors! Even better, I’m using ingredients that…

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops

Let me tell you, I love pork chops.  Yeah they’re bad for me, but they taste so good.  A lot of folks, especially in the black community stay away from pork. It may have something to do with an old bible verse. Anyway, I always think of it as the “other white meat”, at least that’s what they say in the commercials.  I can eat pork chops fried, sautéed, baked,…

Twisted Cookie

One day I was on Facebook and saw that my sister-in-law and niece were getting some speciality drinks at Twisted Cookie. The name quickly grabbed my attention. I had never heard of it before, however I knew that the next time I was near the west side of Chicago, I had to keep driving further west to Forest Park and Twisted Cookie. Well, the display case has a lot to…

Lexington Betty Smokehouse

I first saw Lexington Betty Smokehouse featured on Chicago’s Best tv show.  Although they have two locations on the far West and South regions of Chicago, I was more excited to see that the owner was a black woman and was using a smoking technique to cook her food.  Plus the sides and desserts didn’t look bad too!  For my first visit I wanted to try everything, however their menu…

Surf’s Up South Shore

I generally don’t eat a lot of food from the South Shore neighborhood, but Surf’s Up South Shore appeared a few times in my Instagram feed so I decided to give it a try.   According to the website, the restaurant serves cajun and creole style seafood. As it’s lunch time and I need a quick bite before my next remote meeting, I go the catfish special.   Also featured on The…