pasta: Daisies (Chicago)

Prepped pasta at Daisies (Photo courtesy of Neil Burger.)

It’s the eternal question for a carb lover: Which is better, fresh pasta or dried? The answer, of course, is whichever one is in front of you. Ideally, each may serve as delicious starchy conveyances of judiciously applied sauce. Dried pasta, which is built to last with flour and water, can stand up to a

Peanut Butter Parfait at Hearth in Evanston

Hearth (Photo by Neil Burger.)

The dining scene on the North Shore — so many restaurants, so little time. We’ve made navigating that choice a little easier for you by aggregating our top favorites in one handy list. So what are you waiting for? Time to make some reservations and get down to some serious eating. KEY: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch,