Ask the critics | Stress eating, favorite restaurants and more
Our food team answers your most simmering questions.
What’s the best place to eat when you’re stressed?—Danny, South Loop
We hear that stress is helped by kale juice from places like Peeled (1571 N Sheffield Ave, 312-266-7335), but honestly, we wouldn’t know: We go to Edzo’s (1571 Sherman Ave, Evanston, 847-864-3396) for five-onion fries and a Nutella milkshake (the burger is optional).
You’ve got one final death row meal. What dish are you having delivered to your cell and from where?—Ben, via Twitter
Pequod’s Pizza (2207 N Clybourn Ave, 773-327-1512), because it’s so good—and after you eat it, all you want to do is die.
What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?—Nick, Edgewater
This is David Tamarkin talking. I’ve avoided answering this question for many years, because the qualities that make me love my favorite restaurant are irrelevant to anybody else: As with everything, the times I’ve had there cannot be replicated. It’s not a perfect place. Just like my favorite movies, and my favorite people, there are flaws and occasional disappointments. But mostly the place makes me happy on a level that compels me to believe the connection I have to this restaurant is unique. I’m in so deep that I’ve fooled myself into believing the connection doesn’t extend to everybody else, even though of course it must. So why would I ever answer this question, believing, foolishly, that its greatness is reserved for me? But fuck it: My favorite restaurant is Nightwood (2119 S Halsted St, 312-526-3385).
I prefer to tip on the pre-tax total. My wife says I should tip on the post-tax amount. Is she right?—Pat, Edgewater
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