| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
A few years ago, when the University of Chicago began approaching well-regarded chefs on the North Side about opening new restaurants on the South Side, the initial reaction was not that encouraging.
“To be honest, it was a mixed bag,”...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 8:21 AM
It's a first birthday party for Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.), and a number of Chicago chefs are helping celebrate.
From 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, Eataly will host "una serata tra amici" (an evening among friends) in which seven Chicago chefs will contribute...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:08 AM
Chicago is officially ramen crazy, if the openings of two high-profile ramen-focused eateries earlier this year (Lettuce Entertain You’s Ramen-San and Brendan Sodikoff’s High Five Ramen) hadn’t already stamped, sealed and delivered our...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:13 PM
2853 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-904-8558
Rating: !! and a half (out of 4) Take it or leave it
The scene: Matthias Merges spent years in the kitchen at Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park. Now you’ll find him on Kedzie Avenue, a couple blocks...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Bon Appetit just released its 50 Best New Restaurants list, and two Chicago newcomers made the cut.
Andrew Knowlton, who writes the magazine's BA Foodist column, praised Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888), mentioning its proximity to...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 9:03 AM
Though it was the food menu from Charlie Trotter alum Matthias Merges that first grabbed headlines when Yusho opened in Avondale in 2012, beverage director Alex Bachman's cocktails soon earned praise of their own.
With the opening of cocktail bar...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Charlie Trotter, whose eponymous Chicago restaurant was considered one of the finest in the world, has died.
The 54-year-old chef was found unconscious and not breathing in his Lincoln Park home this morning and was taken to Northwestern Memorial...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Before there was “Top Chef,” “MasterChef” or “Iron Chef,” before chefs were multimedia celebrities who could monetize their volcanic personalities, before “farm-to-table” and “American cuisine”...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Bowls of ramen are like snowflakes: no two are alike. At least that's what many owners and chefs of Chicago ramen-focused spots told me.
"We do these ramen battles at Yusho, and Abe [Conlon of Fat Rice] and Jason [Hammel of Lula Cafe and Nightwood]...
| Mar 14, 2014
Chef Matthias Merges is a busy man. He's the chef/proprietor at Asian street food-inspired Yusho (2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-904-8558) and craft cocktail bar Billy Sunday (3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773-661-2485). He also recently opened A10 (1462 E. 53rd St.,...