Category Archives: Chicago

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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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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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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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Booth One, Chicago, April 2018

Way back on October 1, 1938, a restaurant called The Pump Room opened in a hotel that was then called The Ambassador East. Over the next 40 years or so, virtually every celebrity that passed […]

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Carson’s, Chicago, March 2018

Devoted readers (there must be one out there somewhere! ūüėÄ) will remember that I visited the downtown Chicago location of Carson‚Äôs Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue back in July of 2016. I wrote about the experience […]

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Remington’s, Chicago, February 2018

Some friends invited Valeria and me to dinner at Remington’s a few months ago. We enjoyed it and, when looking for a place for a casual dinner, remembered Remington’s and snagged a reservation. Smart move! […]

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Steadfast, Chicago, December, 2017

It was just over a year ago that we paid our first visit to Steadfast, the main restaurant in Chicago’s Klimpton Gray hotel. We enjoyed it, as I wrote here. This year, Valeria, her mom […]

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The Albert, Chicago, November 2017

We visited The Albert in the EMC2 Hotel for the first time just over a month ago. The experience was a mixed one, and you can read my review here. Most of the food was […]

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