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  • Zesty Italians

    Zesty Italians
    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,...
  • Four stars for Next's Vegan menu

    Four stars for Next's Vegan menu
    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...
  • Ready, reserved

     Ready, reserved
    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....
  • Two stars for Sumi Robata Bar

    Two stars for Sumi Robata Bar
    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...
  • Two stars for Fat Rice

    Two stars for Fat Rice
    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...
  • Worst-kept secret in town

    Worst-kept secret in town
    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...
  • Dining options near the United Center

    Dining options near the United Center
    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...
  • Hold the boeuf?

    Hold the boeuf?
    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....
  • Phil Vettel: Two stars for Boarding House

    Phil Vettel: Two stars for Boarding House
    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'...
  • Phil Vettel: Two stars for Found Kitchen

    Phil Vettel: Two stars for Found Kitchen
    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...
  • Significant sequels

    Significant sequels
    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,...
  • Let's break out the old crystal ball

     Let's break out the old crystal ball
    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...