Dining Out Loud
By Penny Pollack & Michael Nagrant
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Dining Out Loud is a dueling food critics podcast featuring Penny Pollack (legendary Chicago Magazine food critic) and Michael Nagrant (former Sun-Times food critic, dining writer for Redeye, and contributing author on the James Beard Award-winning Alinea cookbook). The podcast lets listeners hear the thinking behind the critiques that can make or break a restaurant. Penny and Mike will also interview top food personalities and take you behind the scenes as they eat out in Chicago and around the world.
||ExplicitEpisode #17: Penny Risks It All||Penny jumps over to the other side of the kitchen pass and puts herself on the line serving up her mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe to paying patrons at Eataly. No one has savaged her yet on Yelp, that we know of.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #16: Good for the ‘Hood||Mike says “like” more than a valley girl in this edition of Dining Out Loud where we check out Etta, the new restaurant from Danny Grant and the Maple & Ash folks. Penny continues to correct Mike’s pronunciation.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #15: Midwestern Twain-g||Mike and Penny visit Twain, the new Logan Square gourmet homage to Midwestern cuisine from Tim and Rebekah Graham. In this podcast we parse the latest design trend of undergarments hanging from restaurant ceilings,||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #14: Penny in Paris (via Chicago)||Penny checks out the classic Chicago spot Bistro Campagne, the restaurant founded by the late Michael Altenberg. Mike professes his love for the dreamy Emmanuel Macron. Penny ignores this love (or thinks I’m crazy – it’s hard to tell).||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #13: One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out||Just in time for a Cubs post-season run, Penny and Mike check out Dutch and Doc’s the new Wrigleyville restaurant from Boka group. Penny grew up on the south side and Mike’s second favorite baseball team is the 2005 White Sox (the first is the 198||9/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #12: The High Life at Miller’s Pub||Penny Pollack goes back in time to check out the old school loop staple Miller’s Pub after the owners did a quick relaunch. Mike reminisces about the old decor. Penny challenges Chicago liquor laws and demands more alcohol. And, of course,||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #11: Rock You Like a Hurricane||Ina Mae Tavern blew in to Wicker Park a few months ago with the verve of a second line brass band. In this episode Mike checks out the pomp and circumstance and tries to mainline beignet sugar.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #10: The One About the Hummus||Penny and I check out Aba, the hot West Loop spot from CJ Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You. In this podcast, Penny teaches me how to pronounce the word hummus. We give a shoutout to Rahm’s new podcast. We talk about the great Swedish supergroup,||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #9: Flyin’ the Friendly S.K.Y.||In this episode, Penny and Mike review S.K.Y. a luxury pan-Asian restaurant in Pilsen where they dive in to questions of gentrification. Penny continues to make fun of Mike for being “fancy”. Mike admits he might be the Floyd Mayweather of food crit||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #8: Clockin’ In at Pacific Standard Time||Worried that they’d be inundated with kale smoothies, tofu, and other hallmarks of California cuisine, Mike and Penny are surprised to find that Pacific Standard Time serves up killer wood-fired bread and Asian-influenced eats.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Made me laugh, smile, hungry, cringe, and the length of segments and timing is awesome-these 2 are great together!