| Jul 1, 2015
| 10:24 AM
If you find yourself behind bars, expect to eat a lot of bologna.
Because I teach in a local penal institution, I've seen many lunch carts filled to brimming with bologna sandwiches for inmates. Having been jailed myself overnight in Monroe, Wis., for a...
| Jun 30, 2015
| 7:50 AM
Umami Burger: Umami lovers in Chicago can celebrate: Umami Burger, the California chain known for its flavor-packed burgers thanks to a preponderance of, well, umami, plans to open a second Chicago location at 945 W. Randolph St. in the West Loop next...
| Jun 1, 2015
| 1:34 PM
Maybe third time's the charm.
Cocello, the River North Italian concept from Hogsalt Hospitality (Au Cheval, Bavette's, Maude's Liquor Bar), will reconcept once again, this time into a daytime coffeeshop that becomes a private dining space at night. A...
| May 5, 2015
| 8:40 AM
For the first time in its 25-year history, the James Beard Awards, which concluded Monday night, were held not in New York City but in Chicago. And boy, did Chicago roll out the red carpet for the restaurant awards. (The journalism and book awards took...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 7:00 PM
It's hard to imagine a fine restaurant at the end of a small and lonely dead-end section of 14th Street off of Western Avenue. It is bordered on one side by a grassy hill topped with train tracks, and some nondescript buildings and a local bar on the...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Pizza review: Roxie's by the Slice
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-987-6543
Rating: !! 1/2 (out of 4)
Brendan Sodikoff is the man with the golden touch. The owner of Hogsalt Hospitality fed Chicago's modern doughnut revolution with Doughnut Vault. He...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Nick Jones says he can tell within five minutes whether a space is right for Soho House, the private members club for "creative souls" that he has been bringing to cities across the globe.
It took him even less time on his first visit to the century-old...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Fried chicken at Mini Hut
6659 W. Archer Ave. 773-586-2115
I've eaten a lot of fried chicken in Chicago. I love Au Cheval's General Jane's fried chicken, Crisp's Seoul Sassy fried chicken and Honey Butter Fried Chicken's offerings. Harold's wings "fried...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 9:07 AM
Chicago is no longer known for its meat-and-potatoes menus but for its innovative contemporary cuisine, and the background music in more of the city's restaurants mirrors that same creative spirit.
Scott McNiece, founder of Uncanned Music, sifts through...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:56 PM
Eating at 3 a.m. is a pleasure born from necessity. Something happens -- be it workers getting off the late shift, chemistry finals the next morning or 12 shots of Jameson -- that keeps us awake while the rest of the world soundly sleeps. At that hour,...
| Jul 11, 2013
In the 1998 Zagat Survey Chicago Guide, of the 40 restaurants with the highest food ratings (based on popular opinion), 20 of them were French.
In the most recent Chicago Guide, fifteen years later, that list of 40 includes maybe five French...