Last Call: Restaurants are stalking you, of course Nazis liked decaf, plus a genius tortilla soup recipe

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…

It’s National Fried Chicken Day, so let’s figure out whose chicken is best

Today is National Fried Chicken Day, and we’re trying to figure which mass market battered, breaded, deep-fried poultry is best. To answer this question, we bought chicken from America’s largest fast food fried-chicken franchises—KFC, Popeyes, and Church’s—fed a dozen hungry Onion Inc. employees, and had them declare…

Inside XO Marshmallow, Chicago’s first all-marshmallow café

Founded by Kathryn Connor and Lindzi Shanks, XO Marshmallow is Chicago’s first all-marshmallow café and the world’s first “marshmallow café and wonderland.” XO Marshmallow’s mission is to “bring the nostalgia of sipping cocoa with s’mallows, or roasting s’mores by the campfire, into the 21st century with a modern…

Bacon-flavored crickets and other gluten-free options at the Sweets & Snacks Expo

The A.V. Club was invited to the Sweets & Snacks Expo, an enormous meeting of the most popular names in candy and snacks—Nestle, Nabisco, Mars, and the like. In this video, Associate Creative Director Abe Zverow roamed the halls of McCormick Place, finding the best gluten-free options the Expo had to offer, including…