Monday, August 1, 2011

'Hamburger Hop' Back For 'Chicago Gourmet'

NoMI's award-winning "800 Burger" from the first-ever "Hamburger Hop" competition. (Photo: Joseph Storch)

Just got word that tickets for the second-annual Hamburger Hop went on sale Monday.

Last year it was the highlight of Chicago Gourmet, the two-day festival taking place Sept. 24-25 in Millennium Park. Hamburger Hop kicks off the foodie extravaganza on Sept. 23, offering guests signature burgers from 15 of Chicago's top chefs.

Where Bartenders Go For Late-Night Bites

Bartenders Josh Davis (left) of the South Loop Club and Henri's Clint Rogers.

You already know you're dining in the right spot if you spot a chef or two sitting at the next table, but when it comes to late-night noshing, we look to the bartenders for what's going down.

I recently caught up with some of the city's top 'tenders on to find out where they like to wind down. And it's no surprise that they prefer to stick closer to home.

Here's what I found out . . .