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Though Sunday brunch is a year-round option, warm and sunny weather is what brings out the crowds. I can attest to that, having spent most of the last 10 fairly miserable (weatherwise) weekends hitting one brunch after another; I don't think I found a...
Tags: Eggs, Vlad the Impaler, French Toast, Sausages, Cheddar Cheese
Tribune criticZagat, publishers of the reader-review based Zagat Guides, has released its second-annual “30 Under 30” list of Chicagoans in the restaurant and hospitality business. The list, intended to recognize up-and-coming talents rather than...
Tags: Slurping Turtle, Atwood Cafe, Spiaggia, Acadia, Telegraph
Tribune criticChicago Restaurant Week ends Sunday, but a few dozen restaurants will extend their $22 lunch, $33 and/or $44 dinner offers for a few more days, or more. This will be the fifth straight year this has happened; Chicago restaurants, happy with the extra...
Tribune criticAmanda Rockman, whose pastry wizardry at Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888) and The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555) earned her a Chicago Tribune Dining Award earlier this year, will leave her two-restaurant gig in two weeks. Rockman's...
Tags: Boka, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Restaurants
As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me. "Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically. "Great pizzas," I said. And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
Tags: Seasons Restaurant, Music, Ada St., Ethics, Steaks
Tribune reporterThe Jean Banchet Awards, the local Emmy's of the restaurant world, were announced in a lavish ceremony hosted by Steve Dolinsky and Alpana Singh at the Fairmont Hotel Friday night. The awards were part of the 15th annual Grand Chefs Gala. Chef Jimmy...
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