Category Archives: Suburbs

April 27

Meat, beer, tattoos, skulls, rock and roll… and roller derby. The Chicago Outfit joins me at Chicago Culinary Kitchen

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 […]

April 20

Pinball pro tips, its outlaw history and awesome future: Stern Pinball’s Zach Sharpe

SPONSORED BY BOOST MOBILE This week takes us to Stern Pinball, headquartered on a non-descript industrial zone west of O’Hare in Elk Grove Village. Jumping in the car for the episode is Stern Marketing Director Zach Sharpe, who’s also the #1 pinball player in the world. For real. #1. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Stern_CCC.mp3 Here’s what we covered this […]

January 17

‘Where to eat and what to eat there’: Fooditor editor Mike Gebert and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor

This week, it’s a trip to Berwyn (said in the best possible Svengoolie voice) for amazing food from Big Guys Sausage Stand. I’m joined by peerless food writer Mike Gebert (owner and editor-in-chief of Fooditor, author of The Fooditor 99: Where To Eat and What To Eat There) and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Big_Guys_on_Car_Con_Carne.mp3 We […]

December 08

‘Everybody’s butt puckers up on everything’ – Stand-up comedy talk with comedian Mike Maxwell

This week, I happily open the passenger door to comedian Mike Maxwell. We meet at Los 2 Amigos 2216 W Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL, which is right next door to a Boost Mobile location. I love Boost. So much so, I mention in the podcast, “If it were open right now, I’d say let’s just […]

October 16

Unboxing a ‘mystery bag of food’ with pro wrestler Jay Bradley

(CAR CON CARNE PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE) My new best friend, pro wrestler Jay Bradley (TNA, WWE, OVW, AAW, Resistance Pro, etc.) piledrives his way into the passenger seat for a great night of conversation and food (generously provided by Real Time Sports Bar at 1120 W Devon Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Jay_Bradley_on_Car_Con_Carne.mp3 We talked about: The […]

August 27

The Atlas Moth at Epic Deli: This could ‘very well be the death of us’

Stavros from Chicago metal band The Atlas Moth joins me for hedonistic, belly-stretching, food-challenge-worthy indulgence at one of Car Con Carne’s favorite places on earth: EPIC DELI. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Atlas_Moth_Epic_Deli.mp3 In this fine episode (brought to you by Boost Mobile), Stavros and I talk about: The evolution of Atlas Moth, from doom metal to its present sound […]

July 24

A life in BBQ: Talking restaurant business with Real Urban Barbecue’s Jeff Shapiro

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 […]