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 Random.org 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.