| Jan 10, 2013
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...
| Dec 27, 2012
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....
| Mar 27, 2013
| 1:06 PM
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 —...
| Nov 8, 2012
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...
| Sep 30, 2012
On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault.
Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of...
| Jul 28, 2011
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...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Carla Corona: Pastry chef Carla Corona’s home kitchen is not particularly large, nor refined in its finishes, nor loaded with gonzo equipment. It’s humble. And to Corona, it’s perfect. A look at a modest kitchen that serves as a symbol...
| May 28, 2011
| 4:25 PM
The grass is always greener on my date’s plate. Which is why I love dining at places like Chizakaya (3056 N. Lincoln Ave.), Lakeview’s Japanese pub that opened last fall. The small, shareable plates and low lights mean your companion won...
| Sep 8, 2010
If my enthusiasm for Gilt Bar seems a little restrained, well, I vowed that I wouldn't let myself get hurt again.
You see, Gilt Bar, a spiffy little 6-month-old, so young and appealing and full of promise, sits at 230 W. Kinzie St. And that address has...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 6:14 AM
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...
| May 9, 2011
| 6:26 PM
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...