| Dec 13, 2012
At one point of a dinner at Elizabeth restaurant, I was served a dark and rich maitake-mushroom tea (really a clarified broth) while a pure-white device on the table played Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Which made me think that chef/owner Iliana...
| Jun 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Aug 8, 2013
Elizabeth, the restaurant, is not quite a year old, but recent changes by chef/owner Iliana Regan have made the dining experience drastically different. And I like every single change she has made.
Most notably, Regan has revamped Elizabeth's seating, a...
| May 2, 2013
In the last six months, three highly regarded restaurant chef/operators — Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat, Graham Elliot of his eponymous restaurant, and David Flom and Matt Moore of Chicago Cut Steakhouse — have opened sequel restaurants,...
| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| Nov 15, 2012
From one end of the United States to the other, Southern cooking is hot. And while Chicago doesn't abound with Southern dining options, restaurants like Big Jones, Table Fifty-Two and The Southern — to say nothing of our growing crop of Southern-...
| May 30, 2013
Chicago has seen vegetarian restaurants before, and vegetable menus before, but nothing, not even the vegetable tasting menus that Charlie Trotter offered during his long career, compares to the Vegan menu currently featured at Next. In more than 20...
| Mar 7, 2013
The first thing that catches your eye when entering The Boarding House is the chandelier. Except it's not really a chandelier, but an art installation consisting of 9,000-plus (official count: 9,063) suspended wine glasses.
"One glass for every wine I'...
| Apr 4, 2013
The last time I stepped inside an Amy Morton restaurant, it was March 1990, when Morton, daughter of legendary restaurateur Arnie Morton, had a pleasantly quirky Old Town restaurant called Mirador. It was a cute place, decorated with framed mirrors and...
| Jan 31, 2013
After a 2012 season in which Next presented the ethereal flavors of El Bulli, the seafood-centric family food of Sicily and the infinite subtleties of Japanese kaiseki, chef Dave Beran and company are getting assertive in 2013. "The Hunt," Next's...
| Feb 7, 2013
Given chef Curtis Duffy's curriculum vitae — his work at Alinea, the two Michelin stars awarded to Avenues restaurant on Duffy's watch — there really wasn't any question whether Grace, Duffy's first solo effort, would be good. Just how good....
| Mar 27, 2013
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A lot of words have been used to describe L2O — minimalist, compelling, any superlative you care to name — but until recently, playful was not among them.
But the ascendancy of chef Matthew Kirkley at this highly regarded restaurant —...