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  • Topolobampo's '1491' menu posits a much different Mexico

    Topolobampo's '1491' menu posits a much different Mexico
    '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,...
  • City Winery enters a crowded music and restaurant market

    City Winery enters a crowded music and restaurant market
    Into a live music scene already stuffed with clubs, City Winery promises something different: Music and food in a wine-country atmosphere. But will it be enough to draw traffic from already well-trafficked clubs and restaurants within miles, if not a...
  • New Chicago concert venue hires Old Town's longtime talent buyer

    New Chicago concert venue hires Old Town's longtime talent buyer
    A major new venue will arrive on the Chicago concert scene this summer, and it’ll be booked by one of the local music community’s most respected figures. City Winery Chicago, which is scheduled to open a 300-seat concert hall in the West Loop...
  • Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais nouveau

    Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais nouveau
    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...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    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...
  • Dishes for two on Valentine's Day

    Dishes for two on Valentine's Day
    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...
  • Wine temperature matters

    Wine temperature matters
    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...
  • Get your holiday protein fix at a Chicago steakhouse

    Get your holiday protein fix at a Chicago steakhouse
    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...
  • Phil Vettel: Two stars for Bread & Wine

    Phil Vettel: Two stars for Bread & Wine
    To appreciate Bread & Wine, the 16-month-old restaurant in the Irving Park neighborhood, it helps to be less literal and more observant. For instance, you might be surprised, as I was initially, to discover that the kitchen doesn't set out much bread....
  • Iliana in Wonderland

    Iliana in Wonderland
    At one point of a dinner at Elizabeth restaurant, I was served a dark and rich maitake-mushroom tea (really a clarified broth) while a pure-white device on the table played Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Which made me think that chef/owner Iliana...
  • Room for one more?

    Room for one more?
    Four days before opening night, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is buzzing with the energy of hundreds of workers. Tables are topped with white linen and set with wineglasses, even though they'll all be refreshed before the doors open for real. One...