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August 29, 2012 | By Doris Dadayan, @dorisdadayan and For RedEye
Between texting, Yelping, tweeting, Instagraming and coming up with a good line for a Facebook check-in (don't judge), distracted dining has become the new norm and, let me tell you, I am all for it. But it looks like one restaurant owner is trying to change our dining etiquette. According to a recent CNN story, a restaurant in L.A. is offering customers a 5 percent discount to check their phones at the door to be more in the moment with their meal, and with each other. Huh. Back to the basics?
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May 27, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Worth a trip: Dry chili fish filet ($14.50) at Lao Hunan 2230 S. Wentworth Ave. 312-842-7888 People love to talk about cravings. "I'm soooo craving a mocha Frappuccino right now," we moan to our co-workers. Ten minutes later, we've been distracted by a phone call, and the sugary ice bomb is forgotten. But the dry chili fish filet at Chinatown's Lao Hunan is the object of real cravings. Like, think-about-it-all-week, can't-shake-it-until-you-get-your-fix cravings.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By RedEye staff, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
You've already waited in line for popcorn at Garrett. You've endured verbal abuse at The Wieners Circle. And you've devoured the Chicago classic that is the Italian beef sandwich (Al's #1 and Johnnie's being the best, depending on who you ask). So what should be next on your hit list when it comes to eating your way through Chicago? No doubt, you don't need another person pushing the tourist-trap Chicago-style pizzerias (Uno's, Giordano's, Lou Malnati's) or the legendary steakhouses (Gene & Georgetti, Chicago Chop House, Morton's, et al)
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April 16, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: The Big Cheese Poutinerie 3401 N. Clark St. 872-206-8749 Rating:  !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start God help you if you're a stoner and you live anywhere near the intersection of Clark and Roscoe streets. There you'll find The Big Cheese Poutinerie, a new purveyor of a munchies-sating and artery-threatening dish known as poutine. Though the name itself sounds, well, less than appetizing*, poutine is a snack made from French fries crowned with cheese curds and gravy, thought to be invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
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December 3, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
What's the worst part of Jan. 1 (besides untagging yourself from unflattering photos from the previous night's revelry)? Yep, it's the hangover. Fortunately, the four finalists of RedEye's 2013 Best Bartender competition have a few tried-and-true-tricks for banishing the morning-after blech.  Meg Silvas Dusek's Board & Beer and Punch House "A hangover is nothing a trip to the movies can't fix. Fountain pop, buttery fresh popcorn with a...
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March 17, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: Bottlefork 441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900 Rating:  !!! (out of four) Off to a good start I tried to keep an open mind when walking into Bottlefork, the new River North restaurant from former Four Seasons' chef Kevin Hickey and Rockit Ranch Productions. I really, truly tried, even though everything I knew about the place was tempting me to mock it. The photos of a $30 cocktail (since jacked up to $35, see review here ) named after "Saturday Night Live" sketch character Bill Brasky ("best damn salesman in the business")
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
To those who host the best dinner parties, prepare the finest meals for their families or are constantly making co-workers jealous with their homemade lunches--now's your time to shine. The Food Network will be hosting an open casting call for a new series "America's Greatest Home Cook" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Wooden Spoon. The open casting call is looking for "food fanatics" who prepare "elevated dishes completely from scratch" to audition for the "The Great Food Truck Race" producers' latest endeavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Do you think you have what it takes to become the next "MasterChef?" Casting directors from the series and Chef Graham Elliot are coming to Chicago Dec. 3 for an open casting call. Here are the details: "MasterChef" open call When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Where: Le Cordon Bleu, 361 W. Chestnut in Chicago What to do: You MUST bring one prepared dish to be served to the judges, including Graham Elliot. You will be given a few minutes to plate your dish, but there will not be a kitchen to cook or warm it up so come...
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May 29, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye
Editor's note: This is not a review. Growing pains often come with the territory at new restaurants. Lying, rudeness and management throwing servers under the bus? That doesn't fly at a place that's 10 days or 10 years old. With that, the mystery of the elusive tortelloni at recently opened Ukrainian Village BYOB Briciola . Well, first some thin silver linings: -The outdoor patio at this Italian restaurant (formerly home to Jam) is pretty and comfortable. That is, if you're not sitting in a chair awkwardly positioned on uneven ground.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
For the showdown before the finale, the chefs head to Whistler, the site of the 2012 Olympic winter games to compete in their very own culinary games. The winner of each of three event wins $10,000 and secures a spot in next week's finale. And of course, Padma's wearing a big fur hat! The trio of challenges are as follows: First: Cook a dish on a moving gondola, making a stop to choose an additional ingredient. Lindsay wins and secures her spot in the finale. Second: Free frozen ingredients from blocks of ice and cook a dish with them in one hour.
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March 17, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: Bottlefork 441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900 Rating:  !!! (out of four) Off to a good start I tried to keep an open mind when walking into Bottlefork, the new River North restaurant from former Four Seasons' chef Kevin Hickey and Rockit Ranch Productions. I really, truly tried, even though everything I knew about the place was tempting me to mock it. The photos of a $30 cocktail (since jacked up to $35, see review here ) named after "Saturday Night Live" sketch character Bill Brasky ("best damn salesman in the business")
SPORTS
January 20, 2014 | By Brian Hedger and For RedEye
The Blackhawks are growing up. They've won the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons, they're again one of the NHL's elite teams--and a handful have become first-time dads recently. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa each welcomed their second children earlier this season, and both are fathers to a pair of daughters. Sheldon Brookbank and his wife are expecting their second child in the spring, and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson also is prepping to become a dad in the next few months.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: Cicchetti 671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-1800 Rating:  !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up Chicago is in the midst of such an Italian restaurant renaissance that you can almost smell the garlic in the air. The prince of orange clogs, Mario Batali, and his band of merry culinarians recently opened Eataly, a castle for fresh pasta and parmigiano-reggiano procurement. Paul Kahan just debuted Nico Osteria in the Gold Coast. And now, from Michael Sheerin (formerly of Trenchermen and Kahan's Blackbird)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
What's the worst part of Jan. 1 (besides untagging yourself from unflattering photos from the previous night's revelry)? Yep, it's the hangover. Fortunately, the four finalists of RedEye's 2013 Best Bartender competition have a few tried-and-true-tricks for banishing the morning-after blech.  Meg Silvas Dusek's Board & Beer and Punch House "A hangover is nothing a trip to the movies can't fix. Fountain pop, buttery fresh popcorn with a...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Let's not cook and say we did. If you're hosting or attending a family Thanksgiving - or the buddies-only version, Friendsgiving - dinner this year, that might be what you're thinking about now. If the idea of brining your own turkey or bringing a made-from-scratch dish to pass isn't worth the hassle (or gamble, if cooking isn't your thing), look to these eight restaurants catering to the cooking impaired and time-crunched by offering Thanksgiving dishes to-go. Whether you're looking for a traditional turkey and sides or a pie that everyone...
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook That one cut deep.  "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart spent a considerable portion of an otherwise unrelated segment about the Willis and Freedom Tower's height dispute decimating deep dish pizza. Calling it "tomato soup in a bread bowl" a "(bleeping) casserole" and "a corpse made of sandpaper," Stewart railed on one of Chicago's biggest points of pride.  Whether it's still sore about losing out to the Freedom Tower for tallest building, or because...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Fox's competition series "MasterChef" is headed to Chicago as part of its nationwide search for Season 5 contestants. The casting call will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Oct. 19 at Le Cordon Bleu, 361 W. Chestnut St. "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot will attend the casting event. Those planning to audition must bring one prepared dish to be served to the judges. You will be given a chance to plate your dish, but there won't be a kitchen to cook or warm the dish. You can pre-register for the call and download an application at the "MasterChef" web site to bring with you when you...
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook "The Daily Show" made things personal last night about Chicago pizza.  In a segment about the height of the Willis Tower and Freedom Tower finally being settled, Stewart knocked one of Chicago's points of pride: deep-dish.  Calling it "a casserole," "a corpse made of sandpaper," "tomato soup in a bread bowl" and ribbing that it's a...
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October 7, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
To those who host the best dinner parties, prepare the finest meals for their families or are constantly making co-workers jealous with their homemade lunches--now's your time to shine. The Food Network will be hosting an open casting call for a new series "America's Greatest Home Cook" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Wooden Spoon. The open casting call is looking for "food fanatics" who prepare "elevated dishes completely from scratch" to audition for the "The Great Food Truck Race" producers' latest endeavor.
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