| Jun 14, 2012
When did we start taking pictures of our food?
Maybe a better question: When did we stop feeling self-conscious about the stares from other customers when using a camera in a restaurant? At what point did getting the right shot of our Chilean sea bass...
| Aug 6, 2011
No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 11:30 AM
The timing was strange. After chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin stars at Ria last November, shocking the Chicago dining scene but mostly himself, McLeod unexpectedly left the restaurant three months later. The Elysian Hotel’s press release noted...
| Apr 16, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 16 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The Cemitas Atomica
This Pueblan paean to the pig is glorious excess defined, three interpretations of pork in a sandwich requiring a snakelike unhinging of jaw to devour. Three slices of Krakus ham, a guajillo...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 13 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The secret to Rick Bayless' extraordinary choriqueso isn't the house-made chorizo -- tangy, spiced crumbled pork, its chili-powder-dyed oil seeped into the bread's crevices. Nor is it the roasted...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Runnin' down the road may be the Road Runner's idea of fun, but the classic American summer vacation road trip, even when pointed toward a beloved destination, can get long, tiresome and boring. What helps? The food along the way.
We're talking here...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 8:24 AM
If there are any lingering doubts Chicago is a hot dog town, the Internet has put the debate to rest. The good folks at Google sent along some interesting data about search patterns for the term “hot dogs.” Their findings:
1) The term “...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 3:45 PM
Chef Mark Mendez, who left Carnivale last September, has revealed his next move: opening a Spanish small bites/wine bar with his wife Liz in the West Loop.
They’re calling it Uva, Spanish for grape, and it’ll be located at Lake and...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 9:21 PM
This was my favorite"Top Chef"episode this season. Void of manufactured rivalries or a clear-cut winner/loser, we witnessed the show at its most elemental and compelling: seven chefs cooking their hearts out, fulfilling the mission of the show’s...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 10:53 PM
Probability, you fickle law. Here we are to think more Chicago chefs competing means a greater chance a Chicagoan would be crowned Top Chef, and we forget its inverse, that Chicagoans also have a greater chance of being eliminated.
Four weeks ago, the...