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Sal’s Phillys adds its twist to the cheesesteak

July 25, 2017 by Claudia Harmata, Editorial Intern Life & Arts, Dining Out

Salim Bal knows his sandwiches are not typical Philly cheesesteaks.

“I took over a restaurant that was going under,” Bal said. “They were making Philly steaks, and I thought I could make them better. I changed the menu...

Quick-serve roadblock paved partner’s path to Burger 21

by Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When Ed Karayanes was just 17 years old, he got a job with a quick serve restaurant.

And for years, that was the only chain for which Karayanes — now a 53-year-old resident of Elk Grove Village — ever worked,...

Francesca’s Vicinato joins franchise in celebrating 25 years

by Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When Mia Francesca first opened in 1992 on Clark Street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, it did not take reservations and reportedly saw lines down the street as word of mouth spread.

Its recent 25th anniversary...

Rogue Curbside Kitchen offers gourmet sandwiches aplenty

by Kyle LaHucik, Editorial Intern Life & Arts, Dining Out

Chef Mark Eckert went rogue two years ago.

And the Gone Rogue — braised beef short rib topped with red onion, cilantro and Boursin cheese on a ciabatta roll, served with Parmesan fries ($15) — is a delicious dish that...