This is a glorious episode, as returning guests/friends Abe Kanan and Dan “Bass” Levy meet me at Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067) to try the restaurant’s Baltimore Pit Beef special. Returning guests/CCK co-owners Greg and Kristina Gaardbo jumped in the car (at alternating times) to talk about their restaurant, food, […]

Chicago band-on-the-rise, 101 WKQX Piqniq artist and national Next2Rock finalist, Marina City jumps in the car for a wild, delicious romp through the menu of recently-opened restaurant City Barbeque in Berwyn (7108 W. Cermak Road Ste B2, Berwyn, IL 60402). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Marina_City_CCC.mp3 Let the record show: The food at City Barbeque is amazing. I’m already planning […]

SPONSORED BY BOOST MOBILE This week takes Car Con Carne to Palatine for the exceptional-beyond-words, I swear I’m not exaggerating, amazing Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N. Quentin Road Palatine, IL http://chicagoculinarykitchen.com/). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Chicago_Culinary_Kitchen_-_Chicago_Outfit.mp3 Chicago Culinary Kitchen owners Greg and Kristine Gaardbo take turns sitting shotgun (the car is a little tight). And joining me in the […]

I’m joined by Real Urban Barbecue owner Jeff Shapiro at his new location at 5238 Touhy in Skokie (“Smokie”). I’ve been going to his Highland Park location for years, and was a fan long before he broke ground just west of the Edens. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/RUB_CCC.mp3 DOWNLOAD Before we started the podcast interview, he took me on […]

This week’s episode finds the Mazda 3 in Grayslake, IL for BBQ’D, a barbecue joint recommended by guest Tyler Wildey. Tyler’s the man behind the insane sandwich shop Epic Deli, located in Johnsburg, IL. If you’re looking to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, don’t go there. Or go there and live a little, for Christ’s […]

This episode is a Car Con Carne first: A live-to-tape in-car performance, courtesy of Smoking Popes lead singer Josh Caterer! While parked in the lot of The Texan in Algonquin, Josh plays a couple of Popes songs, a song from Jackson Mud (his blues band), and a couple of “instant request” cover songs. The conversation […]

“Hot Doug” (Doug Sohn) sits shotgun for a trip to Wicker Park. James talks about a bomb scare he lived through in Rosemont. And James and Doug go back and forth about music, from Phil Collins to Sonic Youth. Was Lillie’s Q’s food good? That gets answered in this episode, but here’s a better question: […]