| 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 11, 2012
Recently shuttered spots Duchamp in Bucktown and In Fine Spirits in Andersonville are miles apart, but they had plenty in common: Both were well-loved for their patios, well-mixed cocktails and shareable, snackable fare. And this spring, both spaces...
| Sep 12, 2012
"Kitchen's closed." Whether prompted by insomnia or intoxication, if you're out past midnight and hungry, hearing those two words from your server are about as damning as it gets. Luckily, plenty of bars and restaurants are offering either a condensed...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 12:59 PM
My grandmother was a terrible cook. Her hamburger patty skidded across the plate like a hockey puck. Not so with Sonia Race's grandmother. Both of hers were chefs, so she's dedicated her cute new restaurant, Zina's Healthy Corner, to them and to her mom,...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 5:32 PM
Brandon Belluscio, Brian Albe and chef Anthony Pizzo are at it again.
Four years ago, the trio opened Cut 432 — a high-style, high-priced steakhouse set improbably in an Atlantic Avenue storefront. It has everything the big steak chains have, but...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:40 AM
39 Jerome Ave., Bloomfield, (860) 216-5852, republicct.com
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Some restaurants embrace the idea of rustic charm, of comfy heft and rough-hewn elegance. But some restaurants don't know when to...
| Jul 14, 2012
Until very recently, I'd never actually eaten Yotam Ottolenghi's food. I'd certainly cooked a lot of it, but I had never been to one of his London restaurants. I knew the Israeli-born chef strictly from his two cookbooks, but that was enough for me to...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 1:38 PM
The beauty of a salad bar is that it's essentially no–cook and recipe–free. With greens surrounded by fresh sides and toppings of nuts, herbs, dried fruits and cheeses, the menu is always bright — especially when you shop...
| Apr 28, 2012
Sitting at dusk, leisurely nibbling on mezze, or small plates, between sips of wine or tea is a way of life in the Middle East. Mezze ease you into the meal in the most delightful way. And if you can enjoy them outdoors, even better. L.A. has the climate,...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:16 PM
Our revels aren't stinting; our cheers are not feeble.
It's time to ring in the new year with Oz Griebel.
How to play Auld Lang Syne with no Guy Lombardo?
It won't sound the same sung by Nancy DiNardo.
And who's at the doorbell? It's Michael Fedele,...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 6:00 PM
Forbidden City Bistro in Middletown marks its seventh anniversary this weekend, featuring special dishes to celebrate the occasion on Dec. 14 and 15.
Featured plates include "new age sashimi" - tuna sashimi with truffle oil and fava bean puree;...