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Cobra Lounge welcomes a return to normalcy (Episode 623)

It’s time to light the masks on fire, have a cold beer, listen to loud music, eat kickass food and re-embrace the concept of what ‘Saturday night’ can be. Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland) owner Louie Mendicino returns to the…

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Vicious Kicks, hot sausage and a songwriting triumph for David Singer (Episode 622)

An early favorite for my 2021 “best of” list is David Singer & the Sweet Science’s new album, “Vicious Kicks.” After years of exemplary songwriting, David has outdone himself with this new release. David and I met at Roma’s on…

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Letdown joins us for hot dogs as we RETURN TO THE CAR! (Episode 614)

Letdown is the next band to break big out of Chicago. Half a million TikTok users can’t be wrong… Blake Coddington of Letdown returns to Car Con Carne just as the podcast makes its return to recording in the car!…

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Hot Doug talks about life after Hot Doug’s (Episode 495)

Legendary Chicago restaurateur and sausage man Hot Doug returns to the show to talk about the future of his meat, life after Hot Doug’s, his new-ish podcast, Taylor Swift and the pandemic’s impact on independent restaurant owners. “There are no…

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Episode 300! Rockford band Yes Factory debuts two new songs live!

Live in-car performance! Superdawg hot dogs!

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Video – Yes Factory plays two songs in the car

Yes Factory made the trip down 90 from Rockford to play live and chat outside Superdawg!

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Chicago band The Giving Moon is given encased meats (Episode 180)

Chicago indie band the Giving Moon joins me this week for encased meets from Jr’s Red Hots (2345 W. Armitage).

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The difficult-to-describe, coming-through-in-the-clutch, Chicago band Midwave eats hot dogs (Episode 174)

Kyle and Brandon of Chicago band (and Chicago #next2rock finalist) Midwave join me at Budacki’s Drive In (4739 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) for hot dogs and conversation. PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Come to Cubby Bear on August 30…

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Chicago band Parker ignores the smell of I-94 to perform live in the Mazda 3 (Episode 173)

Up-and-coming Chicago band Parker (Devin, Trevor, Patrick) jumps in the Mazda 3 outside the iconic Chicago hot dog stand Jim’s Original (1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607). PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Discussed in this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile…

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‘Where to eat and what to eat there’: Fooditor editor Mike Gebert and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor (Episode 142)

This week, it’s a trip to Berwyn (said in the best possible Svengoolie voice) for amazing food from Big Guys Sausage Stand. I’m joined by peerless food writer Mike Gebert (owner and editor-in-chief of Fooditor, author of The Fooditor 99: Where…