| Oct 22, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Review: Momotaro 820 W. Lake St. 312-733-4818
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
Restaurateurs Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm of The Boka Restaurant Group have quite the collection of successful restaurants, from the crispy pig-faced glory of Girl &...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Since opening in 2013, Greg Shuff, the founder of DryHop brewpub, has been clear that he intended to expand his business. The obvious route would have been adding a collection of DryHop pubs across the city, and perhaps one day bottling and canning DryHop...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 10:18 AM
Chicago’s ramen culture has gone from zero to 100 in about a decade. Now, Bill Kim, the man who helped usher those noodles into local mainstream status with Urban Belly, is holding a ramen festival that will feature some of the city’s...
| Sep 26, 2013
From the crowing roosters to the pigs in the pen, Spence Farm at first glance might be mistaken as just another farm camp for city slickers. Barns, tents, chore schedules, grills, cots and coolers are ready for campers to spend two days in the country,...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 10:47 AM
I've always liked hotel bars. In college in Indiana, my friends and I could often be found at the Fluttering Duck, an Irish pub attached to a small inn on the edge of campus. Early in my newspaper career, co-workers and I would drink bourbon at a...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:35 AM
In 10 short years, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz have gone from being fledgling restaurateurs to being the Chicago restaurateurs everyone wants to work for.
It's not just that their restaurants are successful, though that's certainly the case. Boka...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 3:16 PM
One of the nice developments of Chicago Restaurant Week during the past seven years is the increasing number of suburban participants. It’s especially gratifying this year, when the miserable weather is keeping potential diners close to home; the...
| Feb 6, 2014
There was more than one Italian restaurant to debut in December by a veteran restaurateur and a culinary dream team. I wrote about Nico Osteria, in the Gold Coast, a few weeks ago; now let's regard Cicchetti, a Streeterville restaurant that is doing...
| Mar 20, 2014
If the culinary world had a "Three Tenors"-like tour, it couldn't do much better than chefs Ferran Adria, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Grant Achatz — and the music likely would make your head spin.
Adria was the chef of Spain's El Bulli, which topped...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:19 PM
Corporations have exit interviews; chefs never have an exit interview," says Ina Pinkney. "So this is really something for me."
Pinkney, aka The Breakfast Queen, creator of Heavenly Hots, Chocolate Blobs and other signature dishes, is hanging up her...