| Aug 30, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Charlie Trotter says he first thought of closing his namesake restaurant after his plane sat on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I realized really how fragile the world is,” he reflects. “I love what I...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat.
| Aug 29, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 4:32 PM
William “Willie” Degel, owner of New York’s Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse chain and Jack's Shack all-natural eatery — and star of the new Food Network series Restaurant Stakeout — developed his entrepreneurial spirit at an...
| May 28, 2012
| 8:40 AM
- 676 N. St. Clair
- The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
- Through September 8
- Other highlights:
- In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival is the nation's first...
| Dec 29, 2011
You can't count on snow for Christmas. You can't count on a 7-3 Bears team making the playoffs.
But you can count on my annual save-the-tables list, which provides dozens of last-minute, primo New Year's Eve reservations for procrastinating readers....
| Oct 7, 2012
The only thing everyone seems to agree on is this: Matt Gudgeon walked into Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen on Sept. 8 wearing a perfectly clean J. Crew shirt.
He walked out wearing a mustard-stained mess.
Almost every detail of how his shirt got stained...
| May 10, 2012
| 7:07 AM
The first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar.
Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg -- I was only 24.
But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late...
| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| Aug 31, 2012
Editor's Note: In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed.
2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it
Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas"...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 5:18 AM
The AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America.
All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...