This year, inspired by President Obama, I decided to head to Chicago for the perfect birthday that would make anyone very happy.
Alinea is Grant Achatz's modern masterpiece in the windy city. This was my experience at what many others and I consider the best restaurant in this country. There is nothing else even close to it.
I bring you a non-exhaustive round-up of my favorite vegetarian restaurant options in Chicago, organized by 100% arbitrary categories that I just made up. Add your own in the comments!
Shouldering in a restaurant in the City of Big Shoulders is never easy, but the Sandoval brothers have not only found some space on Kinzie Street for Mercadito -- they're widening their stance.
Jobs and opportunity are shifting away from giant corporations to small and mid-sized companies, where there is a growing commitment to "culture" -- the spirit of the place.
I had the opportunity to try out the new restaurant in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, Terzo Piano. And, for what it's worth, I pronounce it an...
"I attribute our success here by doing things with food that are unusual and unexpected, while keeping in mind the most important thing we all love about food: taste."
The creator and executive producer of "Check, Please!" discusses the show, Barack Obama's appearance, his favorite Chicago restaurants and more.
How many times have you gone out to dinner, looked at the wine list and scoffed at the price of some of the bottles?
The life of a restaurant is not unlike a shooting star, burning brightly and then disappearing. Rare is the restaurant that is like a comet, finding its orbit with a steady glow of periodic attention.
While the discussion of Obama's restaurant was interesting, his quote about retail and restaurant interest in the South Side was more telling.
There's only one place I have found where the chicken is so perfectly seasoned and so reliably moist that I simply cannot get myself to move beyond it to try other things on the menu.
Americans have never even cracked the top ten in the Bocuse d'Or despite the increased quality of high-end American gastronomy and the numerous accolades received by the country's leading chefs. It's an anomaly Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller have been working furiously to eliminate.
If corn is king, then chef-turned-farmer Tracey Vowell is engaged in regicide. Ever since she left Rick Bayless' Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolabompo, where she was managing chef, Vowell has been "hijacking corn, a singular act of subversion" as she puts it.
Christine Ferber's widely-used moniker, the queen of jams, hardly describes her influence on contemporary gastronomy, especially on the Chicago culinary scene.
As we sat there, in the nearly empty dining room, housed in the stately and fabulously interesting old North Western Railway power plant, I couldn't help but wonder, what is it that makes one restaurant succeed and another fail?