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Last Call: Texas artist paints Thomas Kinkade-esque art of fast-food chains Last Call: Texas artist paints Thomas Kinkade-esque art of fast-food chains

If you don’t know artist Thomas Kinkade’s name, you definitely know his style: the type of softly lit landscape paintings that adorn grandparents’ calendars and doctors’ office waiting rooms across America. (His story has a tragic ending, sadly.) A Texas artist has picked up his mantle though; Michael Esperanza has…

Last Call: A coffee comeback and the world's best (really) magic act Last Call: A coffee comeback and the world's best (really) magic act

Most of the specialty coffee we drink, especially the fancy cold-brew stuff, is made from arabica beans. The other type of coffee, robusta, had for decades had played far second fiddle, as it’s used mainly in cheap blends and instant coffee. But now Colombia, a country in which robusta is pretty much coffee non…

Walmart's been selling a knockoff Chick-fil-A sauce (but maybe it's easier to make your own) Walmart's been selling a knockoff Chick-fil-A sauce (but maybe it's easier to make your own)

The subject of Chick-fil-A can elicit a contentious discussion here at The Takeout, but removing the politics, we find the product pretty tasty. Not too long ago we sampled nearly 50 fast food dipping sauces and named Chick-fil-A’s namesake sauce as our favorite of the group. It was a versatile sauce for all seasons,…

An unfortunate running list of food-industry sexual harassment and assault accusations [UPDATED] An unfortunate running list of food-industry sexual harassment and assault accusations [UPDATED]

The Time-lauded “Silence Breakers” movement started in September with revelations about sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood uber-producer Harvey Weinstein. Although the original New York Times article containing those revelations led to a virtual avalanche of stories about other alleged (and…

Where to eat in Chicago if you only have 24 hours in town Where to eat in Chicago if you only have 24 hours in town

Before I launched The Takeout, I was a longtime food writer for the Chicago Tribune. When you have a job like that, invariably, you’d get asked a lot about restaurant recommendations. An e-mail I’d receive on a weekly basis is: “Where should a first-time Chicago visitor eat while in town?” I’d answer this question so…

Photoshopped image of Last Supper with Salt Bae leads to journalist's arrest Photoshopped image of Last Supper with Salt Bae leads to journalist's arrest

Folks, if you’re a Takeout reader who lives in these United States, here’s your daily reminder to cherish that First Amendment of ours, which says we’re protected in saying the stupid shit we sometimes say without the government slapping us on the wrist. Citizens of many countries don’t have that privilege, like for…

The Takeout's 2018 holiday gift guide spectacular The Takeout's 2018 holiday gift guide spectacular

The best holiday gifts, we’d like to think, are food gifts. Not just gifts you could eat or drink, but gifts that improve your life through food in some tangible way. This year, The Takeout has assembled a roster of gift ideas that we think will improve the well-being of the recipient: Spicier, sillier, classier,…

Dubai yacht supermarket to provide snacks and sundries for assholes Dubai yacht supermarket to provide snacks and sundries for assholes

Dubai, the gleaming United Arab Emirates metropolis on the sandy shores of the Persian Gulf, is one of the world’s most prosperous cities—featuring the world’s tallest building, one of the world’s largest shopping malls, and a 7-star hotel with its own helipad. Much of the service industry caters to those who can drop…

We’ll see your lasagna pizza and raise you a popcorn shrimp pie We’ll see your lasagna pizza and raise you a popcorn shrimp pie

Little Caesars, not usually known for its innovation, announced this week that it has unfurled a lasagna pizza in select locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Georgia. Brand Eating announces that said pizza will feature a toasted Parmesan breadcrumb crust, a meaty marina sauce, Italian sausage, some ricotta added to…

How to make the Cappelletti Spritz cocktail

Fans of Campari will find a lot to like with Cappelletti—an easy-going, herbaceous, wine-based apertif. In this episode of Cocktail Club, Abbie Rhoads of Chicago’s Parachute shows us how to make a Cappelletti Spritz, a refreshing sparkling wine-topped cocktail that’ll remind you that warmer days lie ahead.

Our favorite holiday cookie recipes, pt. 1: Cranberry oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie Our favorite holiday cookie recipes, pt. 1: Cranberry oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie

My wife is the baker in the family, the meticulous one who follows directions to the T, who doesn’t eyeball ingredients nor poke and prod before something is finished. I, on the other hand, am the one who fusses and goes by gut feel, which is why I’ve been garbage at baking.

Reading this Anthony Bourdain oral history is a real gut punch Reading this Anthony Bourdain oral history is a real gut punch

Drew Magary is a beloved contributor to The Takeout, but that’s like the 10th thing down on his resume. Magary’s main hustle is writing for our sibling site Deadspin and as a correspondent for GQ (his Justin Bieber profile is required reading).

Let's talk about why we eat—and don't eat—at Chick-fil-A Let's talk about why we eat—and don't eat—at Chick-fil-A

Recently, Rider University in New Jersey removed chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A from a survey listing potential dining options “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community.” According to The Associated Press, the school wanted to honor its own values of inclusion,…

Hey Angela Kinsey, is a hot dog a sandwich? Hey Angela Kinsey, is a hot dog a sandwich?

Long before we approached Angela Kinsey—most famously as the cat-hoarding, party-planning Angela Martin on NBC’s remake of The Office—it turns out Kinsey had already pondered this very important/stupid question about sandwich-construction.

4 is fast food's new magic number 4 is fast food's new magic number

There are certain numbers that, to borrow a vogue 2018 term, are ASMR-inducing. The number three is satisfying. The number 10 is nice and round. And when it comes to fast food, five has been a reliable magic number, specifically as a price point. It’s right smack in the center of our base-10 system, psychologically…

Last Call: I discovered my favorite use for stackable wines Last Call: I discovered my favorite use for stackable wines

Varying brands of stackable wines are regularly on the end-cap displays at my grocery store. Sometimes I even see them on sale individually for a dollar, which I’m not entirely sure is legal. Anyway, I don’t usually buy them, because I’m not crazy about the wine inside all that much, but a realization dawned on me…

YouPorn office bans Starbucks, escalates porn-coffeeshop tit-for-tat YouPorn office bans Starbucks, escalates porn-coffeeshop tit-for-tat

Just this morning, we told you that Starbucks had announced it will begin blocking access to pornographic websites on its WiFi networks beginning in 2019. Two thoughts: 1) About dang time, right, Starbucks? 2) Why are people watching porn in public?

Let's talk about the best sandwich we've ever eaten Let's talk about the best sandwich we've ever eaten

Welcome to American Sandwiches Week, a celebration of the mighty sandwich through the lens of Americana.

A taste test to crown the chain breakfast sandwich champion A taste test to crown the chain breakfast sandwich champion

Welcome to American Sandwiches Week, a celebration of the mighty sandwich through the lens of Americana.

How to construct a superb Thanksgiving leftover sandwich How to construct a superb Thanksgiving leftover sandwich

Welcome to American Sandwiches Week, a celebration of the mighty sandwich through the lens of Americana.

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