| 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.,...
| 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...
| Feb 6, 2014
The Corpse Reviver No. 2: A10, the highly anticipated Hyde Park restaurant from Yusho's Matthias Merges that opened in late 2013, delivers more than just high-quality cuisine in a gorgeous setting. Yes, the plates are impressive (think chicken liver...
| 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...
| 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]...
| 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...
| 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...