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  • Mini-review: MFK

    Mini-review: MFK
    Mini-review: MFK 432 W. Diversey Parkway 773-857-2540 Rating: 3 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up This past winter's wicked assortment of thunder snow, Siberian temps and polar vortexes had a positive summer legacy. "This last winter was so brutal, we wanted to...
  • Shuck and awe at new oyster restaurants

    Shuck and awe at new oyster restaurants
    Chicago's love for oysters dates back to the mid-1800s, when trains from the East Coast made oysters accessible to rich and poor alike. Today, specialists such as GT Fish & Oyster and Shaw's Crab House shuck thousands of oysters each week, and oysters...
  • 2013 Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced

    2013 Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced
    The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...
  • Phil Vettel recommends: Valentine's Day dining

    Phil Vettel recommends: Valentine's Day dining
    Love is in the air. In Chicago, love looks a lot like snow, but, trust me, there's love in the air. And when Valentine's Day rolls around next week, Chicago's restaurants will be ready. Ada St.: A three-course menu ($40) will be served, with seatings at...
  • Phil Vettel recommends: Chicago Restaurant Week

    Phil Vettel recommends: Chicago Restaurant Week
    Chicago Restaurant Week is back — bigger and extended. Running a full 14 days (Friday through Feb. 6), this seventh annual rendition is officially the longest ever. In practice, though, the promotion, in which participating restaurants offer...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet? If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually. As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
  • Gold Coast cocktail bars

    Gold Coast cocktail bars
    Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, there's no shortage of cocktail spots to provide your fancy-drink fix. First, order up at The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421), a sexy two-floor lounge where progressive bartenders push the...
  • 'Station to Station' train at the end of the line but fired with purpose

     'Station to Station' train at the end of the line but fired with purpose
    Artist Doug Aitken, back home in Venice after three weeks crossing the country by train with the artists and musicians who joined his "Station to Station" traveling art exhibition, has yet to lose his sense of movement. "It's weird," he said. "I...
  • The Drawing Room named among Esquire's top bars in country

    As if we needed yet another reason to write about The Drawing Room... Still, it's a big deal when one of our favorite bars in Chicago is named one of Esquire's Best Bars in America -- especially because that elite list is overseen by esteemed cocktail...
  • Chicago Gourmet schedule launches Wednesday

    Chicago Gourmet schedule launches Wednesday
    If you've already got your tickets to the fourth annual Chicago Gourmet, which takes place Sept. 24 and 25 in Millennium Park, here's a way to plan your assault on the two-day food and wine festival. The Illinois Restaurant Association, which organizes...
  • French connection

    French connection
    In deep winter, the home barkeep tends to stockpile high-alcohol spirits in various shades of brown, from amber rum to tawny bourbon and rye, liquors that tend to warm the toes but can also tire the palate. Time to wake up and try the best aperitif you'...
  • Q&A with Bedford’s beverage director

     
    Our buds at Metromix Chicago landed a quick Q&A with Peter Gugni, the beverage director and general manager at The Bedford, aka the bank vault bar due to open at Ashland and Division in early May....