Taking a counter seat at Rock-Cola ’50s Cafe(5730 Brookville Rd., 357-2233) to watch the cook give three-quarter–pound grilled tenderloins and 10-ounce hamburger patties the smackdown on the grill top.
Sweet caramelized onion and tender bits of roasted duck on a wafer-thin pizza at Harry & Izzy’s (153 S. Illinois St., 635-9594).
The tongue-numbing, Pernod-spiked Buggs Zombie at Euphoria (337 W. 11th St., 955-2389), served over ice in a vintage patterned drinking glass.
Learning how to roast a whole fish from The New York Times columnist Melissa Clark. Film highlight: watching Clark scoop up the cheek and eat it on the spot.