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The traditional wings at Jethro’s are slow-smoked for two hours
and flash-fried to order every day. Find more finger-lickin’ wings at
Down Under, Jethro’s, Granite City, Quinton’s and The Other Place.

THE APPETIZER – A mess worth making

By Eleni Upah Wash your hands and tuck that napkin into your shirt — it’s time to get messy. Chicken wings are a fan favorite when it comes to appetizers, so it’s only fitting to celebrate them in the poultry issue. While boneless wings have staged a major takeover in this food category, there’s just something […]

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THE APPETIZER – No scraps here

By Eleni Upah Even though the fall harvest several months away, it’s never too early to start talking about one of Iowa’s most delicious and versatile crops: squash. The Iowa climate is ideal for growing squash, which is perfect for restaurants like Alba that strive to use local ingredients in their meals. “The reason we […]

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The clam chowder at Splash Seafood Bar and Grill is the most popular
soup on the menu, and its fresh ingredients explain why.

THE APPETIZER – A Warm Welcome

By Eleni Upah Ahh, soup. A common choice for an appetizer at any fine restaurant, sometimes even presented as an included side to a number of entrees. It can be light or hardy, creamy or brothy. The food is so diverse that one could have soup for lunch every day for an entire year and […]

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With dozens of different homemade salads of the sweet, salty and pickled varieties, Chicago Speakeasy isn’t your average salad bar.

An opening act with variety

By Eleni Upah The appetizer is the epitome of the phrase “eyes too big for the stomach.” Thinking about small dishes to order while waiting for the main course, it always seems like a good idea to get one of everything — because when you make the effort to dine out, you want to try […]

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Saints Pub offers four mini versions of regular-sized sandwiches as sliders.

THE APPETIZER – Sliders double as sandwich samples and entrées

By Eleni Upah Appetizers come in all shapes, sizes, flavors and forms. Some of the more traditional ones have been on the menu for years: mozzarella sticks, chips and salsa, and onion rings to name a few. For most restaurant-goers, appetizers are the snack before the meal — something to keep your mouth busy and […]

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