July 31

Family dysfunction for all: Tony and Tina honeymoon in a Mazda 3

This week, it’s the stars of Tony & Tina’s Wedding: Rory Zacher and Concetta Rose (Tony and Tina). They jump in my Mazda 3 to eat Mexican food from La Pasadita (1140 N. Ashland Ave.) http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Tony_and_Tina_CCC.mp3 The show is one of a kind, and you can find out more at tonylovestina.com We talk a lot about […]

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 […]

July 15

He’s a comics creator! He’s a musician! He’s both! Dan Dougherty at Billy Goat

Dan Dougherty has talents in multiple areas. His self-published comics (Beardo, Touching Evil) are must-reads, and his band (On the Off Chance) is on the rise in Chicago (wait until you hear about the sweet opening gig they have coming up in September). Dan met me for double cheeseburgers at the original Billy Goat location […]

July 07

‘This car is the clean plate club’ – Singer Fiona Grey joins me for sausage at Roma’s

Household-name-waiting-to-happen pop singer Fiona Grey joins me for an Italian sausage at Roma’s Italian Beef & Sausage (4237 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641). I had the Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage Combo and fries… and holy crap, it was good. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Fiona_Grey_CCC.mp3 Here’s what we covered: Fiona’s cool jacket from Barcelona and my $12 shirt from […]

July 02

Going solo after Rock Star: INXS, L.A. Guns and Lovehammers: Marty Casey

Chicago superstar Marty Casey (Lovehammers, Rock Star: INXS, L.A. Guns) and band members Mike and Matt join me for “Dope Tacos” at Taqueria Traspasada 2 (thanks for the recommendation, Jake). Car Con Carne is presented by Boost Mobile. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Marty_Casey.mp3 This week, we talk about: ROCK STAR: INXS. What would Marty’s life have been like if […]

June 25

“It’s like a burrito, but with the masculine ‘he’ in front of it” – Jibaritos with the Evictions

(SPONSORED BY BOOST MOBILE) Johnny and Will from Chicago band The Evictions jump in the Mazda 3 for jibaritos from Borinquen Lounge (3811 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618). They also did an amazing in-car performance, but before that happened we talked about: *How dwarfism kept the third member of the Evictions from participating *The […]

June 18

Ralph’s World/Bad Examples musical genius Ralph Covert shares new song and talks Chicago music, goat tacos and Grammys

http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Covert.mp3 Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World, Bad Examples) jumps in my car to eat goat tacos from Taqueria Atontonilco in Pilsen (1637 S Blue Island Ave). Ralph’s an incredibly talented songwriter, and we cover a lot of ground: The early days of Bad Examples and the DIY foundation the band was built on Condoms-as-band-marketing The Chicago music scene […]