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When word went out that Jason Paskewitz and Ryan O'Donnell were planning Rustic House, a sequel to their successful first venture, the sophisticated Gemini Bistro, I figured the pair wanted a simpler follow-up restaurant, something that would let them...
Every time I figure that Logan Square is done with its boom of independent, unpretentious, quirkily personable restaurants, boom, another one pops up. If I were any other dining neighborhood in the city, I'd be developing a severe case of Logan Envy right...
Tags: Anchovies, Wines, Dining and Drinking, Bars and Clubs, WGN
Funny how a simple gesture, a little grace note, can render a dining experience memorable. For instance, I would send people to BLT American Brasserie just for the popovers. Maybe it's because bread at restaurant tables these days is often missing, or...
Tony Mantuano is on a roll. A local politician who flies on Air Force One these days calls him "my favorite chef." He's in the running — again — for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef award. His executive chef at Spiaggia, Sarah...
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...
I'm not awarding four stars to Goosefoot, the splendid new restaurant by former Les Nomades chef Chris Nugent. But I suspect it's just a matter of time — and not a lot of time — before I do. Goosefoot opened in mid-December with the plug-and-...
Tags: Wines, Les Nomades, Goosefoot, Dining and Drinking, Cheese Corn
Chicagoans have been enjoying a mini-boom of Spanish flavors of late. First there was Vera, which opened late last year in the Market District, and now Tavernita, which has been packing them in since its January opening in River North. And what a...
Tags: Salads, Bars and Clubs, Dining and Drinking, Almonds, Mushrooms
I've been meaning to review Beverly Kim's food ever since September's Chicago Gourmet. I was mightily impressed with her contribution to the food festival: a seafood panna cotta topped with mango gelee and a pair of chilled mussels. Kim further boosted...
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-...
Homaro Cantu is a chef defined and limited by his excesses. At Moto, Cantu's science-based culinary sleight-of-hand never fails to dazzle even the most jaded diner, but when the presentation promises more than the dish's flavor delivers — and in...
Wendy Wollenberg, Editor Wendy Wollenberg comes to Chicago Shopping with more than 15 years experience in journalism, communications, marketing, advertising and public relations. Wendy began her career at WHERE Chicago magazine and continued on with...
The first debate of a nationally significant congressional contest saw Republican Rep. Joe Walsh come out in favor of allowing federal student loan interest rates to double this summer and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth accuse her foe of advocating...
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