Calling Los Angeles high school geniuses! Chicago has its very own awesome food blog and magazine written by high school kids. Surely L.A. can top that.

Chicago Reader restaurant critic Mike Sula turned us on to The Buffet, a food blog and magazine produced by the students of Northside College Prep, a public school in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. The magazine is truly awesome and strange, and has some seriously good writing. Issue 1's intro is a musing on the idea that “no type of chef is revered more highly than the Grandma. For some reason, we humans have never been able to create food better at sating our primordial hunger than that crafted by the hand of an elderly woman.” The design is quirky and mainly hand-drawn. On the “about” page, the staff declares that “We started this site to get kids more interested in eating good food and bring some fun and weirdness into food journalism.”

Hurrah for that. Where you at, budding Californian fun and weird teenage food journalists?!

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