| Apr 21, 2012
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the musician with a foodie streak, and Graham Elliot, the chef and music buff, have announced a joint venture to create food and music events for private events, industry parties and food-and-wine festivals.
Call it hip-hop...
| Apr 26, 2012
Some day, I hope chef Jared Van Camp finds a suitably food-focused stage for his cooking, but that doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon.
Van Camp, executive chef at 2-month-old Nellcote, creates thoughtful, approachable and affordable Provence-...
| May 3, 2012
I've had this "Groundhog Day" feeling lately. I keep running into new restaurants — Tavernita, Nellcote — in which generally intelligent and well-executed food is presented in a cocktails-driven, loud and pulsating nightclub atmosphere.
| May 10, 2012
No restaurant better exemplifies the changing face of the Taylor Street neighborhood than 3-month-old Urban Union.
Taylor Street, the city's de facto Little Italy (no disrespect meant toward the Heart of Italy enclave at 24th and Oakley), has been a...
| May 10, 2012
| 7:07 AM
The first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar.
Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg -- I was only 24.
But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late...
| 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....
| 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...
| May 19, 2012
Downtown Chicago ahead of the NATO summit, which takes place Sunday and Monday, was given over to tourists in shorts and T-shirts as a good share of the workforce opted to telecommute Friday or take the day off.
While commuters relished the breathing...
| May 24, 2012
Named for a departed pooch, Zak's Place is as friendly and eager to please as was its namesake.
Zak's Place has been flying under the radar for most of its five years in downtown Hinsdale. It did get a nice mention from Chicago magazine for its burger...
| May 31, 2012
As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me.
"Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically.
"Great pizzas," I said.
And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 8:07 AM
For its latest menu, Next restaurant invested in a special piece of cooking equipment.
A Weber kettle grill.
Standing alongside the recirculating thermal circulators, Anti-Griddles, Sonicpreps and other high-tech gizmos that populate Next's high-tech...
| Jul 5, 2012
If all goes as planned, sometime in August food trucks with on-board preparation will be rolling in Chicago's streets.
The ordinance expected to reach the Chicago City Council at its next meeting — July 25 — was introduced by Mayor Rahm...