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  • Best, worst of Chicago bars and restaurants in 2014

    Best, worst of Chicago bars and restaurants in 2014
    Any way you look at it, 2014 was a seriously tasty year. We went crazy for ramen and raw oysters. We even shelled out double digits for a single bottle of juice. Meanwhile, the Italian restaurants and craft breweries and fried chicken sandwiches just kept coming. (We're not complaining.) Here's a look back at our likes and gripes from the year--plus a few made-up awards, just for kicks. 
  • Opening a restaurant, taking a leap

    Opening a restaurant, taking a leap
    Neophyte restaurateurs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark ran through calculations on their Excel spreadsheet, something they've done plenty in the last year. They knew early on that the margin of error at their new Avondale restaurant, Parachute, was thin....

    It's all gourd at Kabocha

    It's all gourd at Kabocha
    My wife took a bite of the scallop-crab motoyaki, one of the specialties at Kabocha, and smiled beatifically. "Now this is a signature dish," she said happily. "This rocks." My wife doesn't dazzle all that easily (though she married me; make what...

    West Loop: New and coming soon restaurants and bars

    West Loop: New and coming soon restaurants and bars
    If you thought the West Loop restaurant scene had hit its height at the end of last year with the opening of Bill Kim's Korean barbecue restaurant Belly Q and Curtis Duffy's elegant fine-dining destination Grace, you'd be mistaken. This neighborhood...

    Revisiting Everest, Les Nomades

    Revisiting Everest, Les Nomades
    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...