| Apr 13, 2013
If you are the kind of diner who gets hung up on first impressions, M.A.K.E., Matthew Kenney's raw-vegan restaurant in Santa Monica Place, may not be for you. It is not just on the dining deck but actually in the mall's food court, so to get to it you...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat.
| Aug 29, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what I...
| Aug 19, 2013
3619 W. North Ave. 773-772-8435
Looks like: The United Nations. Head over around lunch and you'll find a cross-section of Chicago, all breaking cemita bread.
Smells like: Spit-roasted garlic- and onion-spiked meat
Sounds like: The...
| Dec 20, 2012
652 W. Randolph St. 312-234-9494
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
Some chefs spend their careers working in the upper echelon of fine-dining restaurants, only to throw their hands up and open a burger joint. Curtis Duffy is not one of...
| May 10, 2013
The Ravenswood 'hood, already home to a craft beer bar, Fountainhead, and a brewery, Begyle, could see the arrival of even more beer courtesy of a brewpub called Band of Bohemia.
Led by a team that includes an Alinea sommelier, Craig Sindelar, and a...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 12:58 PM
So much ink has been spilled chronicling the life and career of Grant Achatz, the most-honored chef and best-known cancer survivor in Chicago, if not the country, one wonders if there are stories left to tell.
Two things suggest that there are. One,...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:23 AM
An entirely new kind of South Florida restaurant has opened its doors in Delray Beach.
With just 18 seats inside and another eight on the patio, the Grove is the type of personal, chef-driven restaurant you'd expect to find on a trip to Napa Valley....
| Aug 31, 2012
Editor's Note: In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed.
2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it
Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas"...
| Dec 30, 2011
Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago.
But what may seem like a big...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 11:19 AM
“I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.”
If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...