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  • Review: Trenchermen

    Review: Trenchermen
    Review: Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540 Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot   ------- What's in a name? trench•er•man (noun) A person who enjoys food. "It refers to a hearty eater; that's the actual definition, and we want...
  • City Winery enters a crowded music and restaurant market

    City Winery enters a crowded music and restaurant market
    Into a live music scene already stuffed with clubs, City Winery promises something different: Music and food in a wine-country atmosphere. But will it be enough to draw traffic from already well-trafficked clubs and restaurants within miles, if not a...
  • Acid trip

    Acid trip
    Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
  • Harford County police blotter: Shrimp stolen in Aberdeen

    The Harford County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Matthew Smothers, 42, of the 200 block of Mayberry Drive, was charged Thursday with second-degree assault. A door was stolen from a construction site Wednesday in the...
  • 2012 bar and restaurant review: Highs, lows and delicious trends

    2012 bar and restaurant review: Highs, lows and delicious trends
    When it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And...
  • Rare treats

    Rare treats
    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...
  • Next's tickets system expands

    Next's tickets system expands
    Alinea, Chicago's most acclaimed restaurant, has used Open Table in the past to manage — though not take — reservations, but co-owner Nick Kokonas isn't shy about anticipating and working toward the service's demise. Kokonas, partners with...
  • Reservations please

    Reservations please
    Here's something you may not know about Open Table, the predominant online restaurant reservations system: When you book a table through the Open Table website, the restaurant is charged $1 per seated guest — so if you show up as a foursome, that'...
  • Must menu choices be so difficult?

    Must menu choices be so difficult?
    A year or so ago, not long before chef Ryan McCaskey opened Acadia in the South Loop, he began thinking about what his soon-to-be restaurant might serve at brunch. A lifelong Deadhead, he was traveling around the country, following what remains of the...
  • Restaurant review: The Strand House in Manhattan Beach

    Restaurant review: The Strand House in Manhattan Beach
    The Strand House in Manhattan Beach commands an enviable position at the edge of the ocean-side town overlooking the pier. No accident, since owner Michael Zislis is already a big presence here with his Shade Hotel and a number of casual restaurants,...
  • Citizen Kahan

    Citizen Kahan
    Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise. In judgment, he renders halfway...