| Sep 5, 2013
Splashy restaurant debuts attract a lot of attention, no surprise there. But today we take a look at two quiet newcomers, low-key neighborhood Italians with impeccable culinary credentials: J. Rocco, which opened in mid-May in River North, and Tre Soldi,...
| 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...
| Dec 27, 2012
I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually.
Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
| Aug 15, 2013
Those who know chef Gene Kato from his years as executive chef (one of two) at Japonais should be advised that while the quality of his cooking hasn't changed at Sumi Robata Bar, the restaurant he and his wife opened in January, the dining experience most...
| Aug 22, 2013
One of the attractions of ethnic dining is the opportunity to immerse oneself, however briefly, however imperfectly, in another culture; to step out of one's comfort zone and revel, for an hour or two, in the unknown. Travel, without the inconvenience...
| Nov 29, 2012
Can a restaurant be a hidden gem if everybody knows about it?
A road-less-traveled location and understated-to-a-fault exterior haven't prevented 6-week-old La Sirena Clandestina (which means "the hidden mermaid") from pulling in crowds to its Market...
| Jun 20, 2013
The Stanley Cup Final heads for a crucial Game 5 at the United Center on Saturday. Here are some pregame and game-time dining options near the UC, for those with and without tickets.
Twisted Spoke. If you want to ditch the sports-bar crowd, try this...
| Nov 1, 2012
There are at least three things you can count on at every Brendan Sodikoff restaurant. There will be a retro-cool, dimly lit atmosphere. There will be bread; roasted bone marrow with toast is a menu given. And there will be great soap in the restroom....
| 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...
| 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...