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Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

It’s our first day in business, so many thanks for stopping by. We’re all heading out for a beer now, but before we retire for the night, we wanted to share a few things we’ve been reading/watching around the office. This nightly post is meant to be a thought starter, a place for us—and you—to share links, cooking tips, beer recommendations, whatever. The success of this site is dependent on an active community, so please, pull up a chair and hang around for a while.

Also, we wanted an excuse to try out our fancy new hot dog line breaks:


Five-ingredient tortilla soup

I consider this a “genius recipe.” Frank Brunacci, the former chef of Sixteen in Chicago, shares this tortilla soup recipe that uses just five ingredients. I was skeptical at first, but having tried this, I can say the effort-to-yield ratio is off the charts. It’s the type of soup you can serve to friends and they’ll think you’re Gordon friggin’ Ramsay. [Kevin Pang]

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Why the Nazi party loved decaf coffee

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Coffee purists will love this Atlas Obscura piece about the history of much-loathed decaf. Turns out, Nazis thought stimulants were harmful to the Aryan race, so when decaf was invented, they were all over that shit.

Because Nazis are dumb, they didn’t recognize the adverse side-effects of the meth-spiked chocolate they regularly consumed. [Jen Sabella]


Where everybody knows your name

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This Chicago magazine story details how far restaurants go to learn about the guests (not just VIPs) who have made reservations there. While it’s sort of creepy to imagine restaurants Googling me, I am excited at the prospect of always being served extra bread. [Kate Bernot]