The First Bite

Well, I did it. I started a blog. After holding out for years, sitting in my ivory tower and silently judging friends for doing the same (does she honestly think her two-week volunteer trip to Tibet warrants publication? Are your dog’s mishaps and snafus really that adorable?), I’ve decided to take the leap. Don’t get me wrong – I’m every bit as self-absorbed as those I judge, I just preferred to make my voice heard through passive aggressive Facebook comments and time-intensive Snapchats. So why change what has been, up until now, a winning formula (don’t take my word for it – my grandmother completely agrees)?

Short answer? Resume builder. Long answer? To build my resume.

Having just moved to the Windy City, now seems like an opportune time to establish a platform where I can discuss the things I’m truly passionate about: local food and beverage. With a new city as my playground, I want to share my culinary narration culi-narrationTM of the best grub Chi-town has to offer.

Here’s the part where I tell you my food biases – what foods I crave and, equally important, what foods I will not be covering. If any of this leaves a sour taste in your mouth, at least I warned you up front:

I’m a pizza-loving, burger-fiending breadhead. Unapologetically gluten-full. If it comes with a special sauce, I’m all in. I’m a firm believer that when it comes to Mexican cuisine, cheap street food is every bit as delicious as five-star restaurant, and that a banh mi that costs over $5 is not only unauthentic, but downright Un-Vietnamese-American. My favorite ramen is all ramen and my favorite salad is pizza. My go to cocktails are whiskey based and I like my beer like I like my women – Indian and pale smart, intelligent, funny, beautiful and kind-hearted.

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for opinions on the newest vegan kale smoothie joint, I’d suggest looking elsewhere. I love a good Caesar as much as the next man, but it’s a warm-up at best. Although I’m willing to try anything once, I have a healthy skepticism of items labeled “the next big thing” (looking at you cronuts, sushirritos, and M. Night Shyamalan).

If you’ve made it this far then you might as well give my first review a shot. At the recommendation of friends, colleagues and Uber drivers, I’ve developed a list of “can’t miss” hamburgers across the Windy City. Over the next few weeks I’ll be making the rounds and giving my honest, uncensored view on each. Stay tuned!

Love, Peace and Burger Grease,


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  1. Max, even though I will probably never visit you and Ben in Chicago, I am glad to read your blog. It is a hoot!


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