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The “smoke” created by Tasty Chill’s Dragon Breath is a mixture of either cereal balls or cheese balls and liquid nitrogen. 22nd Century Media File Photos
Chicago Dough New Lenox owner Tim Waters (left) and chef Ernesto Lopez prepare a pizza for the daily lunch buffet.
Bill Jones, Managing Editor
7:32 pm CST January 7, 2019

Restaurants pride themselves on secret ingredients. They can’t tell you the exact mix of spices that make those baby back ribs taste so good. They might assure you a sauce isn’t going to trigger any allergies, but good luck getting the recipe. And they sure as heck won’t explain the techniques handed down from generation to generation.

But figuring out what makes a restaurant tick doesn’t have to be such a mystery. Sometimes, businesses wear what makes them special on their sleeves — figuratively and literally.