Category Archives: Restaurant Reports

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Prairie Grass Café, Northbrook, IL, January 2019

As the 2018/2019 Holiday Season was winding to a close, Valeria and I decided to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a warm day (for January) and we thought t would be nice to […]

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Copper Fox Gastopub, Chicago, Dec. 2018

Valeria and I enjoyed the days around Christmas and New Year’s very much this year, and I hope you did, too. A couple of days before Christmas we took in a matinee showing of the […]

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Lazy Dog, Vernon Hills, IL, Dec. 2018

The Lazy Dog, which opened this month in Vernon Hills, is the newest member of a chain of casual restaurants (32 locations, mostly in California). Founder Chris Simms says the concept was “Inspired by unplanned adventures, […]

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The Chocolate Sanctuary, Gurnee, IL, Nov. 2018

Valeria and I usually save our dining out for when we are in downtown Chicago, where there is a seemingly infinite number of restaurants to choose from. However, there are some interesting restaurants in the […]

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Swift & Sons, Chicago, September 2018

Chicago has a long history of great steakhouses stretching back to 1865. That’s the year the Union Stock Yards opened to slaughter and process farm animals brought in, primarily by rail, from across the country. […]

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Bondir, Cambridge, MA, Sept. 2018

You may be lucky enough to have a friend who is a professional chef and occasionally invites you over for dinner. While I count two professional chefs as friends, neither lives close enough to drop […]

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Mooncusser Fish House, Boston, Sept., 2018

Boston is known as a seafood town, which is not exactly surprising given its location right on the Atlantic Ocean near some of the best fishing waters in the world (despite some of our best […]

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Still Flying High: Oriole, Chicago, September 2018

Oriole is the best restaurant in Chicago. There, I said it. I don’t normally proclaim anything “the best” simply because it almost always involves both objective criteria and subjective criteria. Food that is wonderful to me may […]

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Bellemore, Chicago, August 2018

Almost a year ago now, Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group, in partnership with Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, presented Bellemore, a big, open restaurant with an eclectic, modern interior designed by Karen Herold of Studio K.  Since opening their flagship, […]

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Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, Orlando, FL, June, 2018

As I mentioned in a previous post, I visit Orlando, Florida every year or two to attend Photoshop World and learn about the latest and greatest in taking and processing digital images. Perhaps more importantly, […]

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