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posted on October 13, 2017
review by John Lenart

“Imagine if you plucked a chef out of Italy and made him cook usingthe bounty of the US Midwest.” That’s how Joe Frillman, chef-owner of Daisies in Chicago’s Logan Square, describes his menu, focused on tender, house-made pastas ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
57th Street Wines
review by John Lenart

Opened in October 2016 in the space that once housed O’Gara & Wilson, the city’s oldest rare bookstore, 57th Street Wines stands out for a collection of wines as diverse as its Hyde Park neighborhood. Derrick Westbrook, former sommelier at ...Read the full review

posted on March 22, 2017
Income Tax
review by John Lenart

A wine bar named after a classic cocktail, a bottle list that outsells by-the-glass selections, and a menu designed around the wine list: This is Income Tax, a new reason to head to Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Owner Nelson Finch ...Read the full review

posted on November 4, 2016
review by John Lenart

Two years after chef Jason Vincent left the award-winning Nightwood, he’s finally back, with Giant. Much like Nightwood, Giant’s menu is slightly cheffy (uni shooters) and largely sourced from local, sustainable farms (like this August’s marinated zucchini and summer corn). Partner Josh Perlman’s wine list ...Read the full review

posted on July 29, 2016
Beacon Tavern
review by John Lenart

When Beacon Tavern opened, just a block off of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, beverage director Jon McDaniel wanted to banish any worries about the outrageous wine prices often associated with that pricey turf. “So often guests buy the second least expensive bottle on the list. I wanted to remove ...Read the full review

posted on May 24, 2016
Augusta Food and Wine
review by John Lenart

“Millennials aren’t concerned with seeing familiar labels; they just want to try something new and delicious,” says Shad Martin, the former wine director at Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar who opened Augusta Food and Wine in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood late last year. This excites him, as ...Read the full review

posted on April 6, 2016
Maple & Ash
review by Caitlin Griffith

Back on her home turf after a stint in NYC, Belinda Chang is clearly having fun at Maple & Ash, a swanky new steakhouse on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Alongside the expected powerhouse cabernets and Bordeaux blends, she offers alternatives like “Racy Whites” (riesling, grüner and pinot gris) ...Read the full review

posted on June 18, 2015
Lost Lake
review by Caitlin Griffith

Lost Lake, a tiki bar that redefines the category, is the latest newcomer to Chicago’s bar scene, joining the ranks of classics like The Violet Hour and The Aviary. Find the bar through Thank You, an American-Chinese take-out ...Read the full review

posted on June 17, 2015
review by Caitlin Griffith

Nestled between perennial favorites Blackbird and Avec, Salero is the latest addition to West Randolph’s Restaurant Row. Here Ashlee Aubin combines Basque inspiration with seasonal Midwest ingredients for unexpected dishes like burrata cheese with morcilla and blood orange marmalade, or local greens dressed with ras el hanout-spiced “granola ...Read the full review

posted on June 16, 2015
The Kitchen Chicago
review by Caitlin Griffith

Morgan suggests The Kitchen for its casual vibe, a great antidote to a day of pounding the sidewalks downtown. An import from Boulder, Colorado, where it’s a favorite hangout for its gastropub vibe and adventurous wine list, the Chicago branch is housed in a soaring space with views ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2015
Osteria Langhe
review by Caitlin Griffith

Warm light spills out of the front windows of Osteria Langhe, a sliver of a place in Logan Square focused on the land of truffles and nebbiolo. Owner Aldo Zaninotto is on hand to walk diners through dishes and through his wine list, which is a virtual master class ...Read the full review

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