Another Chicago Book Giveaway

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I’ve seen a lot of guides to Chicago restaurants, but this one’s so authentic I can practically hear a flat, nasal accent grating in my ear as I read the words. The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats, by Sgt. David J. Haynes and Christopher Garlington, is the latest release from Lake Claremont Press and once again publisher Sharon Woodhouse has generously given me a couple autographed copies.

I’m keeping one for myself, but the other’s up for grabs. Just leave a comment on this blogpost naming your favorite cheap eat in the city.

Giveaway closes Sunday, February 20, 2011, at 8 PM CST.

To keep things fair, I’m using to select the winner. And no double dipping:  if you’ve already won a book from me in the past, you can’t win again. Just one entry per person please.

I’ll announce the winner on February 21. Book ships to the continental U.S.

Good read, good deal

The book is an indispensable guide for present-day explorers of Chicago’s outlying areas. Find yourself on the South Side? Uncle John’s looks good for barbeque. On the West Side and homesick for Southern cooking? Alice’s Restaurant fits the bill. The authors have convinced me I must try Tanzitaro‘s take on Mexican/Guatemalan. Likewise, Hagen’s Fish Market, where it’s all carry out. You eat your deep-fried shrimp in your car in the parking lot.

What all these places have in common is they are good and cheap and fast. You won’t find them in any other city in the country.  They are Chicago born and bred, even when the cuisine comes from around the world.

In addition to detailed reviews of eateries organized by district in all five CPD areas, the authors have also thrown in some extras–recipes, neighborhood stories, detours, police lore, and $34 in coupons good at some of the restaurants reviewed. At $15.95, this book’s more than a bargain — it’s a steal.

Just remember, you didn’t hear that from me.


10 Responses to Another Chicago Book Giveaway

  1. Chris K February 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Ha! My copy just came in the other day (I was on the kickstarter) and it is a great read. Already planning trips to a few (dozen) places.

  2. Frances Archer February 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I agree, Chris. Let me know if you find any you really like. Thanks for stopping by

  3. George Hemesath February 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Two greasy thumbs up!
    Pretty sure it’s still there – on North Ave in the 4200 block, east of Kostner, there’s a Mexican grocery store called Carniceria Jimenez. Inside that store in the corner is a spot with a few booths to sit down and enjoy some very well made comida.

  4. Frances Archer February 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    sounds good to me. thanks for the tip. and you’re name is entered in the drawing.

  5. Merle Citrin Monroe February 16, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Fat Willy’s Rib Shack, 2416 W. Schubert……great BBQ with delicious sides and stupendous homemade lemonade.

  6. Frances Archer February 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Merle, thanks, I haven’t been there….yet. And your entered in the drawing. Good luck!

  7. Chris Hancock February 17, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder at 2121 N. Clark. A very different take on pizza, almost a pizza pot pie.

  8. Frances Archer February 17, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Yum. That’s a good one. Been around for ages.

  9. Neal Goldberg February 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    You didn’t say that my “favorite cheap eat in the city” has to still exist, so Lerner’s, of course!!!!!!!!! LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  10. Frances Archer February 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Ha!Ha! Very clever. Your name is entered in the drawing.

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