Category: Chicago restaurants

The New Normal

While no one can accurately predict what the long range economic effect of the Coronavirus will be on the restaurant industry, individual owners and restaurant groups agree that change is a certainty. After a career in banking, Julia Zhu, together with partner and veteran restaurateur Howard Davis, opened Bar Roma, a casual Italian restaurant in... Read more »

It's Good, But Is It Portable?

It’s Good, But Is It Portable ? Sunday is Mother’s Day, and Mother’s Day is typically the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Even now, even with the Coronavirus continuing to take a toll, letting a restaurant do the cooking for Mother’s Day is still a good idea. For chef/partner David DiGregorio and the... Read more »

The Way It Is

Six-or is it seven?-weeks into the Shelter At Home quarantine, life has settled into a mind numbing routine for some and a frightening reality for others. There is no news that isn’t about the Coronavirus itself or the effect it’s had on every aspect of life as we knew it. People who never-or hardly ever-... Read more »
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The New Normal

Six weeks ago, “Zoom” was what I used to adjust the size of the font on my laptop. Now a Zoom of another sort is what I use to attend classes, visit with family, and conduct interviews. For restaurants, wineries and an endless number of small businesses, the new technology offers an opportunity to connect... Read more »

Tres Bon

Le Sud With neighborhood French restaurants increasingly scarce, restaurateur Sandy Chen decided to go against the flow. The result is Le Sud, a charming spot that celebrates the food, wine and decor of southern France. “I’d  been doing Chinese restaurants for more than twenty years, and I was ready to do something else,” she says.... Read more »

Thattu Chicago: James Beard semifinalist for best new restaurant

Thattu Chicago: James Beard semifinalist for best new restaurant
James Beard Foundation has just announced their semifinalists for the 2020 Best Restaurant and Chef’s in the nation. Out of Chicago’s extensive lineup of new restaurants opening in 2019, only two were bestowed the honor of being named a JBF semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. The national winner will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala... Read more »
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Aba Chicago: the rooftop patio is open (and warm)

Aba Chicago: the rooftop patio is open (and warm)
Tired of waiting for summer? Why wait? The snow may be lingering outside but that hasn’t stopped Aba from opening up their spectacular outdoor patio. We stopped by, the popular Fulton Market hotspot on the final Sunday of Chicago Restaurant Week to sample their CRW brunch menu. The “outdoor” patio, that is partially-enclosed for winter, was... Read more »

Say oui to Aboyer: a sibling to the award-winning George Trois

Say oui to Aboyer: a sibling to the award-winning George Trois
Chef Michael Lachowicz offers the ‘Trois’ experience with 3 dining options at one address It’s been almost a year since Chef Michael Lachowicz introduced his much-anticipated trio of restaurants at 64 Green Bay Road in Winnetka, aka, George Trois Group. George Trois is the group that has brought the national spotlight to the small North Shore suburb of Winnetka... Read more »

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l’Aventino Forno Romano Chicago used to have two kinds of pizza: thin crust and deep dish. Anywhere that isn’t Chicago still refers to deep dish as “Chicago-style,” but that’s a misnomer. Thin crust pizza in more variations than you can count on two hands is where the now-crowd is, and the newest of the new... Read more »
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Mardi Gras celebration at Houndstooth pop-up turns Wrigelyville into the Big Easy

Mardi Gras transforms Clark St. into Bourbon Street as Houndstooth Saloon becomes a French Korner pop-up Are you ready Chicago? Hurricane season is just around the corner. Starting Tuesday, February 4 watch out for scattered hurricanes accompanied by sazeracs, crawfish and jambalaya with a chance of beignets. Although Mardi Gras celebrations are in the works around... Read more »