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  • Phil Vettel on 25 years as a dining critic

    Phil Vettel on 25 years as a dining critic
    As of this month, I have been the Tribune's restaurant critic for 25 years. A quarter-century.
  • Hot Doug's: The exit interview

    Hot Doug's: The exit interview
    The restaurant Hot Doug's, and the very idea of it, was a cosmic event. We will never again in our lifetime see a restaurant where devotees stand in line for 12 hours to sample a hot dog (which was what happened this past Saturday). Surely, other...

    Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend

    Chicago Gourmet: One tasty weekend
    Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International...

    Restaurant review: Bottlefork ★★

    Restaurant review: Bottlefork ★★
    What do you get when you put a four-star chef in a one-star concept? In the case of Bottlefork, you get a solid two stars. I thought chef/partner Kevin Hickey (who pulled down four stars as chef at the late Ritz-Carlton Dining Room) was crazy for...

    Mini-review: MFK

    Mini-review: MFK
    Mini-review: MFK 432 W. Diversey Parkway 773-857-2540 Rating: 3 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up This past winter's wicked assortment of thunder snow, Siberian temps and polar vortexes had a positive summer legacy. "This last winter was so brutal, we wanted to...