| Aug 2, 2014
A certain class of seafood could be called "cows that swim" or "steers with gills." The fish are meaty, fleshy, sometimes rich in fat, can take to a grill and are best served slightly rare at the center. Sounds like a beefsteak because that's their twin....
| Feb 27, 2014
'There's a saying," says chef extraordinaire Rick Bayless, "that every Mexican recipe begins, 'First you brown the onions and garlic.'"
Well, in the themed menu being featured (along with the regular menu) at Topolobampo, that isn't happening. The menu,...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 11:52 AM
While you were busy this week dealing with life, a thousand more hours of music were released and a million words were written about them. More importantly, one very saucy cover image of Nicki Minaj spawned a legion of admirers. Lorde officially was named...
| May 1, 2014
| 6:50 AM
The underground-dining world has become quite the fertile breeding ground for impressive restaurants; the stellar Elizabeth, the award-winning Fat Rice and Bonsoiree (the last sadly gone but dazzling in its day) all have their roots in underground dining....
| Apr 16, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Jared Wentworth remembers the day that Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guide, strolled into his restaurant — anonymously.
"He didn't give his real name," says the chef of Longman & Eagle in Logan Square. "But we get a pretty local crowd,...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Part harvest festival, part good excuse to drink wine, the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau takes place the third Thursday on November. Beaujolais nouveau is a light, fruity, food-friendly and fun red wine meant to be enjoyed young, and preferably...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 11:19 AM
I don't know when "shareable" became attached to "small" in the dining realm, but waiter patter has included the phrase "small, shareable plates" — spoken without a trace of irony — for some years now.
And even though it makes no sense...
| Jun 12, 2014
Father's Day is Sunday, and if you haven't figured out what to do for Dear Ol' Dad, Chicago restaurants are eager to assist.
Barbakoa: Father's Day prix-fixe menu, $45, includes five-course dinner and beer or sangria flight. 1341 Butterfield Road,...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 10:31 AM
Back in the day, I reviewed restaurants for a newspaper. One evening, I was at a seafood-heavy joint and in walks this big tall fella, topped in a Stetson. He sits down and tells his server, right off, even before checking out the menu, "Gimme a bottle of...
| Dec 19, 2013
It's getting to be crunch time for holiday shopping, so you can expect massive crowds in our area malls and shop-heavy neighborhoods. Which doesn't concern me, frankly, but dining out after a day of retail madness does.
So I decided to pay a visit to...