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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.

Dining Out Loud Penny Pollack & Michael Nagrant

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    • 4.6, 10 Ratings

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.

    Episode #17: Penny Risks It All

    Episode #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. In case you didn’t get a chance you can make the sauce yourself. Download…

    • 7 min
    Episode #16: Good for the ‘Hood

    Episode #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. Mike goes full curmudgeon about menu fonts, large vases, and the closeness of the tables. Penny loved…

    • 21 min
    Episode #15: Midwestern Twain-g

    Episode #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, the wisdom of glamming up ants on a log, and the glory of bone marrow. Mike explains what a “Kid Rock”…

    • 17 min
    Episode #14: Penny in Paris (via Chicago)

    Episode #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). Mike and Penny find common ground over their passion for organ meats. We tell you where…

    • 6 min
    Episode #13: One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out

    Episode #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 1984 Detroit Tigers), so the Wrigleyville mystique isn’t exactly at…

    • 16 min
    Episode #12: The High Life at Miller’s Pub

    Episode #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, Penny orders the legendary ribs. Download and read Penny’s always detailed dining notes.  …

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

funnny boy ,

Doc John

Made me laugh, smile, hungry, cringe, and the length of segments and timing is awesome-these 2 are great together!

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