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Tribune reporterA plan was hatched. The moment his name was announced, they'd jump-tackle him onstage, ruffle his Mohawk on live television. That's how sure the other contestants were that Dale Levitski would win "Top Chef." Levitski would accept the $100,000 -- money...
Tribune staff reporterFirst impressions: Located in an Avondale strip mall between a laundromat and a dry cleaner, Urban Belly is a hip noodle and dumpling shop that feels as if it dropped in from Mars. It is supposed to be an antidote to the high-end dining that chef Bill Kim...
Tribune restaurant criticFew restaurants beckon from the street as invitingly as Le Lan, an Asian-French hybrid in River North. The large picture window, its edges frosted to create a transparent moon, offers passersby full views of the bamboo and green-tile dining room,...
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Tribune staff reporterAigre Doux 230 W. Kinzie St.; 312-329-9400. Reviewed on April 5 Though the name means "sweet and sour," there's scarcely a distasteful note to be found in this remarkable restaurant, run by husband-wife team Mohammad Islam (chef) and Malika Ameen...
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Tribune restaurant criticGiuseppe Tentori, the new chef at three-year-old Boka, is modest to a fault when describing his Mediterranean-influenced, contemporary American cuisine. "Simple food," he says in response to compliments.I suppose that, when your previous job was chef...
Tribune reporterGrant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
Two weeks ago, Charlie Trotter began his 25th year of business, a superlative achievement by any reckoning. He has won every culinary award worth pursuing, his restaurant continues to hum with business, and he's more or less a newlywed, having married...
Taste, as a jazz musician once noted, is manifested in the notes one declines to play. In that regard, Danny Grant is a taste master. The original chef de cuisine and now executive chef at Ria, the magnificent dining room within the Elysian hotel and...
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Charlie Trotter was kidding when he cracked, "I thought it was a law in Chicago that you couldn't open a restaurant without working here first," but the truth is that one could assemble a formidable culinary all-star team consisting solely of chefs who...
It was a strange feeling, emerging from a car at 816 W. Armitage Ave., knowing I would never do so again. Charlie Trotter will serve his last meal Friday, the end of an illustrious 25-year run that has seen the chef and restaurant earn virtually every...
Special to the TribuneMarilyn Perno loves to walk. Really loves to walk. So after raising her family in the Washington, D.C. area, and later living in Naperville, the born-and-bred Chicagoan, as she describes herself, felt it was time for a return to her pedestrian-friendly...
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