| Jan 3, 2013
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel.
Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...
| Feb 2, 2012
Paul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise.
In judgment, he renders halfway...
| Feb 27, 2013
Pies always made me nervous. Didn't matter if they were deep-dish or mile-high. And you could call them whatever: quiche, tart or galette. It's the crust and the making of it that always stopped me cold. I would avoid recipes calling for pie dough, or I'd...
| Jul 12, 2012
Living Proof: How to categorize this drink? Like many things at chef Matthias Merges' Yusho, it defies labeling. (One example from the food side: takoyaki, the octopus fritters found on the streets of Osaka, are re-imagined here with duck confit or salmon...
| 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...
| Mar 7, 2013
In Word & Deed cocktail: Billy Sunday is the newest high-end cocktail bar to grace Logan Square, opening in February to high praise for head mixologist Alex Bachman and chef Matthias Merges, who also owns Yusho.
The libations menu takes classic drinks...
| 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...
| Jan 17, 2013
What you hold in your hands is our favorite issue of the year. We get to revisit our sauce-stained notebooks and offer raised glasses to the restaurants and chefs we felt best defined Chicago's dining scene these past 12 months.
This marks our third...
| Jan 3, 2013
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...