Josh BarnettChicago Staff Writer
Raised in Cleveland by a family split between strict vegetarians and meat-eaters, Josh ended up somewhere in the middle. He moved to Chicago after college to swim in Lake Michigan during the summer and skulk around dive bars the rest of the year. He loves the NBA and the Cavs but has forbidden himself from getting too emotionally involved. Talk to him about your favorite hyper-regional potato chips, or better yet, pass him a bag.
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Gaijin is a great all-day Japanese restaurant specializing in okonomiyaki and kakigori.
Bárbaro is a taqueria in Humboldt Park with great cocktails and decent tacos.
The Region is a counter service spot in Roscoe Village with excellent (and ugly) burgers.
JJ Thai Street Food is a small BYOB restaurant in West Town with very good Thai food.
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Middle East Bakery is a spot in Andersonville that’s equally great for a quick lunch or picking up groceries.
Eataly’s an Italian megastore with restaurants, bars, and lots of tourists.
Paulette’s is a market in Thalia Hall that’s good for groceries and grab-and-go sandwiches.
La Unica is a grocery store in Rogers Park with great Latin American food.