| Jan 5, 2012
Defying the notion that ice cream is a treat best left to the long, hot days of summer, chefs are creating frozen desserts in flavors that are synonymous with the short, dark days of winter. Here is a sampling of such desserts to be enjoyed now —...
| Jan 9, 2012
Who eats: A mixture of businesspeople, museum visitors and diners taking it easy with a glass of wine.
Why eat: It's a chance to sample Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano's cuisine while enjoying Michigan Avenue views from atop the Modern Wing of the Art...
| 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...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 3:00 PM
Move over, all you Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger wanna-bes. Here come Chicago’s Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano and Art Smith, along with 87 other renowned chefs, willing to perform a little kitchen diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. Department of...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:49 PM
110 E. Pearson St. 312-266-3110
Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start
The scene: Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano’s new Italian bar and eatery in the old Bistro 110 space just off Michigan Avenue is a good enough reason for locals to...
| Sep 20, 2012
When a caffeine craving sneaks up, you don't have to venture far to find your fix, whether at a boutique roaster such as Metropolis or Intelligentsia or the drive-thru at Dunkin Donuts. Lucky for serious coffee fans, the past four months have brought five...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:57 PM
For the first 11 episodes of Top Chef, Beverly Kim’s journey was a Greek tragedy. Castigated, chastised, verbally beaten down by fellow contestants, she was booted in an episode where no one deserved elimination.
In that Charlize Theron-starred...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 7:36 PM
Restaurant Week got off to a flying start with busy dining rooms (reservations for lunch and dinner were extremely limited), tantalizing menus and superb food.
During Chicago's Restaurant Week, which actually lasts 10 days through Feb. 26, participating...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 1:20 PM
What do Chicago restaurants Spiaggia, Table Fifty-Two, Girl and the Goat and Topolobampo have in common? They all feature former “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” contestants in their kitchens. And, not coincidentally, they’...