Quick Bites

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Sep 24, 2009 6:00PM

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Photo Courtesy of (a href="http://chicago.grubstreet.com">Grub Street Chicago

  • Protestors from the company who helped build out Rick Bayless's XOCO set up shop outside the white-hot torta shop yesterday. [Grub Street Chi]
  • Monica Eng reports that Sprout at 1417 W, Fullerton, is set to open October 3 as an all-organic restaurant. Get this: entrees are topping out at $120. Maybe owner Satko Ibrahimovic should check out Crust to get an idea of fair pricing for organic food. [The Stew]
  • More non-Yelp reviews of Nana are coming in. This one is a positive review from David Hammond. [Reader]
  • McDonald's is looking for new potatoes for their fries (h/t Rachelle "Chicagoist Prime" Bowden) [MSNBC]
  • I stocked my first kitchen with crap from Cook Brothers. Sun-Times Food Editor Janet Rausa Fuller shows you how to stock yours with both quality and value. [Sun-Times]
  • Grub Street New York ranks the 20 largest chef empires. Charlie Trotter makes the list at #17. Other rock star chefs with Chicago outposts include Marcus Samuelsson, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, David Burke and Wolfgang Puck. [Grub Street NY]
  • Finally, the Local Beet's beer man, Tom Keith, gets a sneak peek at Revolution Brewing and debuted his beet beer at the Local Beet farm dinner to mixed results. [Local Beet 1, 2]