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Tribune criticThose of you who had "before June" in the when-will-Andrew-Brochu-leave-The-Monarch pool, collect your winnings. The highly regarded chef, whose resume includes three years with Grant Achatz at Alinea and who earned two Michelin stars for his work at...
Tags: Michelin Group, EL Ideas, The Aviary, Alinea
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,...
The Monarch. Opened in January, The Monarch is a single, narrow room whose front half is given over to bar space and whose back half contains a handful of tall tables. (An undeveloped backyard holds the promise of outdoor dining someday.) The cool thing...
Though Sunday brunch is a year-round option, warm and sunny weather is what brings out the crowds. I can attest to that, having spent most of the last 10 fairly miserable (weatherwise) weekends hitting one brunch after another; I don't think I found a...
Tags: Foods and Beverages, Breads, Pancakes, Shrimp, Irving Park
Chef Andrew Brochu was hired at Graham Elliot restaurant last January with an explicit directive: Take the keys to the kitchen, and elevate the restaurant from one Michelin star to two. In November, when the Chicago Michelin Guide came out, Graham Elliot...
Tags: Foods and Beverages, Wicker Park, Ice Cream, Pickles, L2O
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
Rodrick Markus reached for the top shelf of a metal cabinet at the back of his office. "I know, I know, I know," he said to himself. His fingers worked across a row of jars and stopped at a tall glass cylinder. I had asked him about rare ingredients. Rare...
Maybe when you're a grown man with frosted bangs, criticism shouldn't come as a surprise? On the other hand, maybe when you're the restaurant critic for the New York Times, reviewing the Times Square tourist trap of a celebrity chef best known as the...
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...
Tags: Boka, Chicago Restaurants, Blackbird, Ria, L2O
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...
There are so many opportunities here of rare, rich experiences which I need to thank Chef Trotter for. From the housewives, doctors, and others who come to work as guest chefs to famous chefs like Tetsuya, Toque and Alain Ducasse. I've always learned...
Tags: Boka, Yusho, Crime, Law and Justice, Travel, Judges
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'...
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