March 13

Terror, teen sex and tofu: Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies)

This week, it’s a trip for vegan food at Ground Control (3315 W. Armitage) with peerless author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies). Mike’s always been one of my favorite guests; he has a shocking depth of knowledge about horror and metal. We talk about: *Heavy Metal Movies. The process of writing the book that […]

March 10

What’s in a name? Bad Bad Meow play live

Chicago band Bad Bad Meow met me at Jimmy’s Red Hots (4000 W. Grand) for old school Chicago dogs and fries. We talk about the band’s history, that questionable band name and why most of the band members were surprised to learn Car Con Carne was a food podcast. And then… they jammed in the […]

March 01

‘Pace yourself, or you’ll die’: Baconfest preview with Honey Butter Fried Chicken’s Christine Cikowski

Baconfest founder Seth Zurer returns for Car Con Carne’s annual preview of Baconfest 2017 (March 31 & April 1 at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt). You need to go, but bring an appetite. And for the love of all that’s holy, take your time. We’re lucky to be joined by Honey Butter Fried Chicken […]

February 22

Radio chameleon Abe Kanan: ‘on the same page with eating disgusting foods’

(This episode contains adult language that may not be appropriate for non-adults and/or hypersensitive people.) I’m joined this week by the very funny Abe Kanan, who can be heard every weekday morning on Mancow’s show on The Loop (WLUP Chicago). Abe’s also the host of Abe Kanan:ON HOLD, an excellent podcast that’s been running for […]

February 13

A blazing performance from Chicago’s Blood People (and a food challenge)

OH MY GOD, this episode was fun to do. I’m joined by 3/4 of Blood People (Aly, Mickey and Jeff) for tacos at the much-celebrated L’ Patron (3749 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Blood People is a band you need to know… truly one of the best independent bands in Chicago right now. The show […]

January 26

Testing Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa with ManBQue’s John Carruthers

This week, I’m joined by John Carruthers, co-founder of meat social club ManBQue (manbque.com) and co-author of two must-own ManBQue cookbooks. We take a trip to a northwest side Taco Bell on the day of the national release of the Naked Chicken Chalupa… Taco Bell’s new menu item that features taco contents folded into a […]

January 22

From Billy Corgan and wrestling to burger carnage in a Mazda: Musician Sheri Shaw

This week, it’s wrestling talk with wrestling entrance theme-writer Sheri Shaw at wrestling-themed restaurant The Squared Circle (2418 N. Ashland). The food was awesome… I tried the “Screamin’ Demon” (Merkts cheddar and fresh jalapeno stuffed, Merkts cheddar, fresh and pickled jalapeno, pork rinds, cholula aioli), a burger I justifiably described as a “two-hander.” As for […]