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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,...
Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
Tags: Near West Side, Alinea, Tomatoes, Mangos, Phil Vettel
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'...
Given chef Curtis Duffy's curriculum vitae — his work at Alinea, the two Michelin stars awarded to Avenues restaurant on Duffy's watch — there really wasn't any question whether Grace, Duffy's first solo effort, would be good. Just how good....
Tags: Coconut, Fennel, Popcorn, Alinea, Phil Vettel
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes. These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
Tags: Smelts, Alinea, Chicago Hotels, Foie Gras, Dining and Drinking
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. "He...
Tags: Naha, Chicago Hotels, Tomatoes, Tru, Yusho
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...
The Hartford CourantA few things to wrap up before the ball comes down on 2012: • The late Hartford artist Richard Welling drew buildings and cities; and visually chronicled the postwar changes in Hartford and, to some degree, New Haven and New York City. He died in...
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...
As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change. There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
Bucktown / Wicker ParkThe good: A vegan restaurant, drug store, street murals, a new park. The bad: Possibly more graffiti and earlier last calls?...
Bucktown / Wicker ParkFinally, the abandoned lot at the corner of Milwaukee and Honore Avenues is being built up. What's going there?...
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