Category Archives: Chicago

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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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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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Lawry’s, Chicago, November 2017

No time to read this blog post all the way through? Fine. Here is the bottom line:  If you want a classic, perfectly prepared Prime Rib dinner with a salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, Yorkshire […]

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The Albert, Chicago, October 2017

It’s not often that a hotel makes references to physics in its name or the name and decor of its restaurant, but one recently-opened hotel in Chicago does just that. The hotel is EMC2, an […]

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Eddie Merlot’s, Lincolnshire, IL, Sept., 2017

You might not believe it, given all the restaurant reviews I write, but I love to cook. During the week, when I am at home in the Chicago suburbs, I cook almost every day. Valeria […]

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Southern Cut Barbecue, Chicago, July 2017

In the United States, barbecue (long, slow cooking at low temperatures with wood smoke) is generally associated with the Southern states. Texas boasts of its brisket and beef ribs smoked with a flavorful spice rub […]

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Pinstripes, Chicago, July 4, 2017

Last month I wrote a review of dinner at Pinstripes, a restaurant that features food, bowling and bocce at 7 locations, mostly around Chicago. The review was a mixed bag—some pretty good dishes, some not […]

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Howells & Hood, Chicago, June 2017

Valeria and I have walked by Howells & Hood many times. We often considered making a reservation there, but never did. Reviews often said it was loud, sometimes mentioned poor service, and there was a […]

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Pinstripes, Chicago, June 2017

Have you ever found yourself in the mood for a game of bocce, a few frames of bowling, a drink and maybe dinner? Well, I’ve got the place for you! Pinstripes is a small (currently 7 […]

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