Category Archives: Chicago

October 22

Smoking Pope vs. JVO at Epic Deli

My favorite restaurant on earth is Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL 60050). I couldn’t resist going there with Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes, who recently helped create the “Smoking Pope” sandwich for Epic. Our plan for the night was for me to try a Smoking Pope and for him to eat a JVO. […]

September 19

‘Hey, you jagoff!’ We speak Chicagoese with author Dennis Foley

This may be the most “Chicago” podcast episode I’ve ever produced. My guest this week is author Dennis Foley (The Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago Eats, We Speak Chicagoese). We meet at Byron’s Hot Dogs at 1017 W. Irving Park (also located at 1701 W. Lawrence), and owner Mike Payne jumps in the […]

September 12

‘We have real blood at our show’ – Taco Tuesday with the Noise FM

This week, it’s a “Taco Tuesday” recording at Masa Azul (2901 W Diversey Ave) with Austin and Alex from Chicago band The Noise FM. What does the band sound like? “Beat-driven indie rock: We’re not rewriting the playbook here.” We talk about: *How incredibly good the tacos are. Handmade tortillas? Hell yes. *Austin and Alex […]

August 21

Whopperito night: ‘I want to talk to you about your medical condition, but I want to do that after we eat’

Burger King unveiled it’s Whopperito (a Whopper made like a burrito) on August 15th, and I decided to try it during BK’s launch week. Fast food’s never been a Car Con Carne “thing,” but sometimes I have to point the Mazda 3 in the direction of the zeitgeist. Patrick Brower, co-owner of Challengers Comics and […]

August 15

‘It’s still a man’s world out there’: Mystery Actions tear up Chicago punk scene

Nikki, Lucy and Polly from Chicago punk rock band Mystery Actions join me for Taco Night at Taqueria Traspasada (3144 N California). Over tacos and Jarritos, we cover the following: *Why Nikki took a bullet before the show *Polly’s fans in the foot fetish community *Lucy’s conjuring up a killer Motorhead/Girlschool collaboration *The band’s less-glamorous […]

July 17

Local H: As Good As Fed (Car Con Carne TV Pilot)

BREAKING: A Car Con Carne TV pilot is being worked on as you’re reading this. Scott Lucas of super-huge Chicago band Local H joined me for the pilot’s first shoot, at BRGRBELLY in Portage Park (truly one of Chicago’s best burger joints). This episode is a mostly-unedited audio version of that segment. I had to […]

July 10

Guest-a-palooza at the Taste of Chicago -or- ‘My life is a week-long burgerfest’

Car Con Carne kicked off the live events in the Taste of Chicago’s “Food for Thought” podcast pavilion this year, and a bunch of guests were there to make sure it was a ridiculously fun time. The first half of the show finds me sitting down with comedian Dave Helem, Rockit Executive Chef Amanda Downing, […]