| Apr 13, 2015
| 10:47 AM
They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them.
That's a tall order for the new crop of healthy fast-casual restaurant chains, a segment that has struggled in the...
| Apr 29, 2015
| 7:29 AM
May 4 will mark the day Alinea, Chicago's most important and consequential restaurant, turns 10 years old.
We consider our choice of adjectives carefully. Alinea is important and consequential in the way Le Francais and Charlie Trotter's were, in that...
| Apr 15, 2015
| 10:37 AM
In 2005, just about every top food writer in America visited Chicago, and three chefs drew them here.
First, of course, was Grant Achatz, whose restaurant, Alinea, was inspiring cover stories even before it opened in May that year. But writers also...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 2:00 PM
In 1991, when Ina's Kitchen opened in Lincoln Park, it changed the concept of breakfast as a traditional, no-surprises-here meal into a new way of thinking about eggs, butter, flour and sugar.
Morning food can be so much more than two eggs over-easy,...
| Apr 13, 2015
| 9:28 AM
Craving something new? A host of new eateries – ranging from a sushi restaurant to a chocolate shop – and expanded locations are opening this spring in Chicago.
Here’s a list of recently launched as well coming soon spots.
| May 13, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Jose Garces is a brand name in Philadelphia, where he owns 11 of his 16 restaurants, but the Chicago-born, Humboldt Park-raised chef is a relative unknown in his hometown. Were it not for Mercat a la Planxa, his spiffy Spaniard in the Blackstone Hotel,...
| May 6, 2015
When it comes to Harvest Room, an ambitious 2-year-old restaurant in southwest suburban Palos Heights, chef Jonathan Harootunian is pulling out some of the stops.
"Nobody (nearby) is doing these kinds of things," he says of his most creative impulses....
| Apr 6, 2015
| 8:30 PM
I am not a big fan of sticky or cloying cakes, so this carrot, hazelnut and ginger cake from my latest cookbook -- "America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers" ($35, Grand Central Life & Style) -- is the perfect dessert...
| May 18, 2015
| 3:43 PM
Vacation beckons; time to pack the swimsuit and beach novel into the portmanteau. The two-part suitcase once carried cloaks, as its name suggests. Now it carries two words smashed together.
Lewis Carroll, who routinely stepped through the looking glass,...
| May 13, 2015
| 8:32 AM
I've been a fan of Alan and Michael Stillman's restaurants ever since I was served the crackling pork shank at their Maloney & Porcelli in midtown Manhattan nearly 20 years ago. Then New York Times critic Ruth Reichl...
| May 20, 2015
| 9:30 AM
Have you given your grill a workout already this year? Whether you're a regular grill master or the occasional weekend warrior, here are a few handy tips to keep in mind as you plan and execute your next meal:
TEMPER YOUR MEATS BEFORE GRILLING