• There was a Chicago Korean Festival?! How did we not know about this? We would have gone. We are jealous. [Chicago Gluttons] hrm. for some reason this post got taken down.
• 50 under-the-radar restaurants? We’d say it can’t be done. Mike Gebert says bring it on. First up: Frank’s Karma Cafe in northwest suburban Wauconda. [Sky Full of Bacon]
• Orange serves themed pancake flights. Like, for example, “movie night”: a stack topped with Coca-Cola syrup and Coca-Cola mousse, and a stack topped with sweet and salty clarified butter and pieces of popcorn. We should eat brunch there constantly. [Fruit Slinger]
• Gluten-free baking is way harder than it looks. It involves things like xanthan gum. Deerfields Bakery in Schaumberg does a pretty awesome job of it, though. [Chicago Bites]
• Mike Nagrant goes all the way to Michigan to visit quite possibly the perfect restaurant: “The Journeyman is a culinary dream, a destination so incongruous with its location you’re not sure it really exists. It’s the real life embodiment of fictional isolation fantasies like the Brick bar and restaurant from the TV show Northern Exposure or the Mystic Pizza parlor.” [Hungry Mag]
[Photo: the mac-n-cheese slice at Ian’s, via john kannenberg’s Flickr]