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  • Phil Vettel: Two stars for Embeya; One for Jellyfish

    Phil Vettel: Two stars for Embeya; One for Jellyfish
    Two Asian restaurants with impressive credentials opened exactly one day apart: Embeya, a West Loop Vietnamese restaurant made its debut Sept. 11; and Jellyfish, a Gold Coast pan-Asian opened on the 12th. They're ideal for their neighborhoods; Embeya...
  • Ready, reserved

     Ready, reserved
    I have this problem. I made more New Year's Eve reservations than I can use. More than 100 of them, actually. Which is why, for the 12th straight year (and the 17th time in the past 19 years), I'll be giving them away to nimble-fingered readers who ask....
  • Phil Vettel: Four stars for L2O

    Phil Vettel: Four stars for L2O
    A lot of words have been used to describe L2O — minimalist, compelling, any superlative you care to name — but until recently, playful was not among them. But the ascendancy of chef Matthew Kirkley at this highly regarded restaurant —...
  • Let's break out the old crystal ball

     Let's break out the old crystal ball
    Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday. This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
  • Special occasion restaurants in Lincoln Park, Old Town and the Gold Coast

    Special occasion restaurants in Lincoln Park, Old Town and the Gold Coast
    Boka 1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070 With Steppenwolf and The Royal George Theatre just down the street, this dining room makes a stunning setting for a pre-theater dinner or date. Former Charlie Trotter's chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary...
  • Making Chicago's top chef

    Making Chicago's top chef
    Grant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
  • Forty years of Rich's restaurants. Your favorite?

    Forty years of Rich's restaurants. Your favorite?
    The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, those Oscars of the food world, were handed out in New York Monday evening, and a perennial nominee took home a well-deserved prize: Richard Melman, head honcho of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises received the...
  • At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner

    At long last, Rich Melman a Beard award winner
    Maybe it was the name. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. How else do you account for its Chicago founder, Rich Melman, being nominated six consecutive times for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding restaurateur of the year award and never winning?...
  • Chicago ties NYC for most AAA Five-Diamond restaurants

    Chicago ties NYC for most AAA Five-Diamond restaurants
    The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America. All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
  • Some up-and-coming chefs are skipping culinary school

    Some up-and-coming chefs are skipping culinary school
    Cole Dickinson, the chef de cuisine at Michael Voltaggio's soon-to-open West Hollywood restaurant, Ink, got his culinary education the old-fashioned way: in the kitchen. That might sound obvious, but it makes him something of an anomaly as the number...
  • Melmans, Rancics to partner on new restaurant

    Melmans, Rancics to partner on new restaurant
    We now know the fate of the Ben Pao space (52 W. Illinois St.), which is closing in two weeks. The Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod, Molly) will partner with Bill and Giuliana Rancic to create an Italian restaurant in the space. Think there will be a...