Two-time James Beard award-winner Sarah Stegner and her co-chef George Bumbaris have established one of Chicago’s best restaurants. It's just down the Green Line from Oak Park, practically in the neighborhood.
Operating from a commercial kitchen in Oak Park, Melissa Yen turns out high-end versions of snow cone syrup, a snack many of us know only from the extremely artificial-tasting varieties available at numerous concession stands every summer.
It’s worth a drive to Roots Handmade Pizza, if only to experience a version America’s favorite ethnic food that will likely strike Chicagoans as quite foreign and strange. I feel it’s important to accept and appreciate those regional variations on familiar foods, even if the ways of others may sometimes frighten and confuse us.