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August 31, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
Editor's Note:  In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed. Review: Bonsoiree 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511 Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas" earlier this year. Despite her quiet and seemingly sensitive personality, Kim at times became a target of other chefs' frustration. Though some fans felt she was picked on, she made it to the respectable final four, and now has an entire restaurant, Bonsoiree, to call her own. Last week, the small-but-celebrated Logan Square spot...
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August 31, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
Editor's Note:  In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed. Review: Bonsoiree 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511 Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas" earlier this year. Despite her quiet and seemingly sensitive personality, Kim at times became a target of other chefs' frustration. Though some fans felt she was picked on, she made it to the respectable final four, and now has an entire restaurant, Bonsoiree, to call her own. Last week, the small-but-celebrated Logan Square spot...
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November 15, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The Michelin Guide's second annual Chicago edition was released today, and chefs around town are seeing stars - but fewer than last year, it turns out. The famous French guide is notoriously tightfisted when it comes to awarding its star designations (three means exceptional, two is excellent and one is very good). In this year's guide, 21 Chicago-area restaurants received stars, down from 23 last year. Of the two restaurants - Alinea and L20 - that received three-star ratings in Michelin's first Chicago guide last year, only one, Grant Achatz's renowned Alinea in Lincoln Park,...
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November 15, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The Michelin Guide's second annual Chicago edition was released today, and chefs around town are seeing stars - but fewer than last year, it turns out. The famous French guide is notoriously tightfisted when it comes to awarding its star designations (three means exceptional, two is excellent and one is very good). In this year's guide, 21 Chicago-area restaurants received stars, down from 23 last year. Of the two restaurants - Alinea and L20 - that received three-star ratings in Michelin's first Chicago guide last year, only one, Grant Achatz's renowned Alinea in Lincoln Park,...
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February 6, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Two local chefs this year have an alternative to the annual Chicago Restaurant Week . Phillip Foss and Shin Thompson are hosting a joint feast Feb. 21 and calling it the Anti-Restaurant Week Dinner, but they say they aren't necessarily against the annual 10-day event designed to entice new diners with discounted menus. “Restaurant Week was always a great means to build revenue during a generally slow time of the year,” said Foss, who serves elaborate multicourse meals at his restaurant El in Lawndale.
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November 28, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeats and RedEye
Mark your calendars for these coming-soon spots due to open in the last weeks of the year, listed in order of estimated time of arrival.   DEC. 1 Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House 58 E. Oak St. Gold Coast steakhouse in the former Esquire Theater space. DEC. 3 Suite 25 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave. Sports lounge in Logan Square from the owner of Rio's d'Sudamerica.  Park Tavern 1645 W. Jackson St. Sports bar serving craft brews near United Center.
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May 2, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Review: Kabocha Japanese Brasserie 952 W. Lake St. 312-666-6214 Rating:  !!! 1/2 (out of four) Heating up Chef Shin Thompson's former restaurant, Bonsoiree in Logan Square, was a darling of the foodie crowd. It also demanded a commitment, both in time and price, to sit down for a multi-course, multi-hour meal. When he teamed up with Ryan O'Donnell (Gemini Bistro, Rustic House) to open Kabocha in the West Loop, they decided to loosen up a bit. "I wanted to make it more fun for people," Thompson said.
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April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Jam 3057 W. Logan Blvd. 773-292-6011 During the day, nosh on unique breakfast and lunch dishes such as pork belly eggs benedict and malted custard French toast with pink peppercorns. Once the dinner hour hits, you can order one of the diner-inspired blue plate specials such as meatloaf with tomato jam or venison stroganoff. Bonsoiree 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511 Got a special bottle of wine or two saved for a special occasion? Make a dinner reservation and then uncork it over a five- or nine-course feast at this contemporary American...
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October 3, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeats | RedEye
With Oktoberfest in Munich in full swing, Chicago got some beer-tastic news of its own last week: A group of chefs from an award-winning restaurant announced plans to open a Bavarian-style beer hall in the spring or early summe rin Logan Square or Lincoln Park. The team behind the project includes Nathan Sears, chef de cuisine at Paul Virant's acclaimed restaurant in southwest-suburban Western Springs, and Adam Hebert, who has also worked at Vie. Virant is also on board as a consultant and partner.
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January 9, 2012 | By Erin Drain and For RedEye
Some no-frills BYOB restaurants lack corkscrews and offer juice glasses to their wine-toting diners, and we love them all the same. But at Goosefoot (2656 W. Lawrence Ave. 773-942-7547), a new fine-dining destination in Lincoln Square, chef Chris Nugent serves forward-thinking tasting menus designed with great wine in mind, even though you have to bring it yourself. Wine service was actually the very first order of business for Nugent when it came time to train the staff at his BYOB restaurant, and he and his wife Nina spent hours selecting stemware.
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August 9, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
If you thought the West Loop restaurant scene had hit its height at the end of last year with the opening of Bill Kim's Korean barbecue restaurant Belly Q and Curtis Duffy's elegant fine-dining destination Grace, you'd be mistaken. This neighborhood already well-known for its restaurants - from Randolph Street classics such as Avec and Blackbird to Grant Achatz's ever-evolving Next to breakfast staple Ina's - has only become more so in the last year. With the members-only Soho House in the works on Green Street and rumors of Rick Bayless sniffing around for restaurant space in the West...
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December 19, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and Kate Bernot and RedEye
When it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And then more doughnuts. Here's a look back at 2012 and all the trends, talkers, highs and lows that came with it. Hope you're hungry! VOCABULARY QUIZ Barcade Bar + arcade = barcade. Thanks to Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park and Headquarters...
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