Friday, October 14, 2011

"My Personal Top 10" - Mike Byrne

Chicago is known for a lot of things. Our beautiful skyline, American history, our sports teams, music scene and especially our FOOD! This Friday's featured artists is a man who needs no introduction! He's the lead guitarist in Dan Vapid & The Cheats, a food aficionado and a truly funny guy! With his "Personal Top 10" places to get a good bite to eat, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only "Wing King of Chicago", Mr. Mike Byrne! 

10. Marie's Pizza at 4127 W. Lawrence Ave. It's connected to a liquor store and the inside of the pizza place looks like the Restaurant in Goodfellas that they are hanging out in when Joe Pesci's character does his whole 'You think I'm funny" bit. The pizza is really thin but super tasty.

9. 5 Star Bar on Wednesdays for there 25 cent wings night. 5 Star is located at 1424
W. Chicago Ave. I actually thing 5 Star is a pretty bad place and I would never go there on any night other then wing night. The Wings are really great. They are pretty big and they have a great sauce. You can order up to 25 but I can hardly eat 15.

8. Pequod's Pizza 
at 2207 N. Clybourn. This is one of the best places for Pan pizza. I've never tried there thin crust because the Pan is so good. The caramelized crust is amazing. They have a location in Morton Grove that is in a house. Plus it's walking distance from my place.

Bari - 1120 W. Grand Ave. Bari is a small Italian Grocery store and in the back they have a deli. They make the most amazing Italian Subs in Chicago. They are really cheap too. For a 12 inch sub it will be around $7. They get the bread next door from D'mato's bakery.

6. Tony's Burritos - 1957
W. Belmont. This place has great steak burrito's and really good chips and salsa. It's walking distance to the Beat Kitchen so you can avoid getting a $12 burger and they don't even have french fries. Plus they are open really late.

5. Papajin
- 1551 N. Milwaukee Ave. I'm not a big Chinese food fan but they have great Mongolian Beef. It's a bit pricey but the servings are pretty big.

4. Fat Willy's
- 2416 West Shubert Ave. This place has great BBQ. A full slab of ribs will put you out of commission for the rest of the day. Very meaty and a really good sauce. It's across the street from the movie theater which usually means it's always crowded.

3. Odge's
- 730 N. Damen Ave. They have a great homemade half pound Burger. They also have really good chili. The place is really cool on the inside. It has about 7 tables with old photos of the Three Stooges and Chicago on the wall.

2. Cobra Lounge - 235
N. Ashland. Thursday is wing night and they smoke there wings and they have a really different kind of Buffalo sauce and it's really good. I recommend asking them to cook the wings well done because they will be nice and crispy.

1. Yakzies
- 506 W. Diversey Prky. This place hands down has the best wings in the world. They are small but the "Oh My Gosh" sauce is so tasty. They raised there prices over the last year but on Mondays they have half-off wings. I recommend this place if you are craving wings.


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