Watch this. Eat that: Watching ‘Mare of Easttown’? Get Chicago’s take on the hoagie

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Watch this: ‘Mare of Easttown’

Watching Kate Winslet, Jean Smart and company knock back the Yuengling lagers, brandish the spray cheese and generally adhere to the Philadelphia environs food pyramid provides some visible, edible context for this murder mystery. What the characters eat, however, isn’t the sort of Pennsylvania grub you’d do for dine-in or takeout. Louisa Chu, please guide us to a better grade of regional Penn cuisine! (HBO)

Eat this: Home of the Hoagy

So Michael, you may know Philly cheesesteaks aren’t really a thing in Chicago, probably because we have such great Italian beef, sometimes with cheese, but I won’t get into how I feel about that right now. Not when we have the cheesesteak-inspired sweet steak sandwich that was invented on the South Side of our city. While Home of the Hoagy, founded in 1969, is named after another Philly favorite sandwich, their take on the sweet steak has drawn generations of fans to the Morgan Park neighborhood. The “Meal on a Bun” loads a warm steamed roll with chopped steak, grilled onions, American cheese, housemade sweet sauce, tomato slices, plus sweet and hot peppers. Remember napkins, or even a towel, if you’re doing it right. 1316 W. 111th St., 773-238-7171,

— Michael Phillips & Louisa Chu

Watch this: ‘An American in Paris’

For a Mother’s Day column, I talked to my mom about her favorite movie experience: seeing director Vincente Minnelli’s “An American in Paris” in 1951, when she was in college. Ever since we talked, I’ve been humming Gershwin like a maniac and craving French food, which in many cases isn’t especially good for my salt intake, my blood sugar or my resolve to stick to indigestable fiber. (Next stop: fiber optic cable bits with oatmilk.) Still, now and then … Louisa, after streaming “An American in Paris” (it’s widely available, starting with the Turner Classic Movies on-demand menu), where should I eat?

Eat this: La Crêperie

Mom may feel like a Chicagoan in Paris at La Crêperie, the oldest crêperie in Chicago and possibly the United States. Germain Roignant opened the bistro in 1972 in the Lakeview East neighborhood, with a hidden garden out back. Their crêpes are not Parisian style street food, but plated for knife and fork. Get a classic Brittany style crêpe complète with ham, egg and Swiss cheese at le brunch daily until 4 p.m. The heartier filled galettes are so stuffed that they’re essentially Chicago style by now. Do note that the fan favorite coq au vin is planned to return soon after a pandemic pause. 2845 N. Clark St., 773-528-9050,

— Michael Phillips and Louisa Chu

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