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November 10, 2011
Happy Anniversary, folks. That's right, exactly one year ago today Kevin Pang and I put all the McMeats on one bun and ate it as a goof. It ended up getting mentioned on "The Tonight Show". How the hell do you top that? Easy. You make it locals-only. Only food from Chicago restaurants are used this time. I combined a Mastodon from Kuma's Corner , a wild game sausage from Hot Doug's (antelope if you're wondering), a taco de panza (pork belly) from Big Star , and an entire slice of deep-dish sausage pizza from Lou Malnati's.
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April 16, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Many people think Tilda Swinton is strange. By phone, the "Only Lovers Left Alive" star both saluted that perception ("It's ridiculous and hilarious ... it means I can pass unnoticed, and I'm thrilled") and offered three things she thinks are strange: 1. "The strangest part I ever played was that of a corporate lawyer [in "Michael Clayton," for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar]. That was pretty exotic. That felt like a magical beast, and it's strange to imagine that those people actually do exist.
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February 6, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Real Kitchen 1433 W. Montrose Ave. 773-281-2888 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The scene: In a chain-filled strip mall on the corner of Montrose and Clark in Ravenswood, Real Kitchen is a breath of gourmet-tinged fresh air. A handful of customers line up to order to-go sandwiches and ready-to-heat dinner dishes whipped up by a trio of Charlie Trotter's and North Pond alums in the kitchen....
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May 24, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Ian Flowers, former executive chef of Prost and Lokal, is preparing to really put his skills on display at The Bentley, a 50-seat, chef-driven restaurant set to open in Lakeview in late June. “Fifty seats is pretty much the ideal size for a chef to show what he can do," Flowers said. "It's big enough that you can turn the numbers you need to be profitable, but it's manageable enough that you can really focus your food on what you want it to be.” This is the first restaurant for owner Brian Dohmen, who contacted Flowers after eating his food at Prost.
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May 9, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, for RedEye
EAT (Free!) FREE LUNCH Saigon Sisters 131 N. Clinton St. 312-496-0094 Download the restaurant's free LevelUp rewards app to your smartphone and snag a free lunch (up to $10), including popular banh mi sandwiches The Porky (braised pork belly, pho flavors, hoisin glaze), The V.B.Q. (wagyu beef and Viet barbecue sauce) and The Henhouse (caramelized chicken, lemongrass, ginger, mint, lime, crushed peanuts). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. POWER TO THE PEOPLE Chicago Q 1160 N. Dearborn St. 312-642-1160 Feeling a little weak from an exhausting morning?
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May 24, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Ian Flowers, former executive chef of Prost and Lokal, is preparing to really put his skills on display at The Bentley, a 50-seat, chef-driven restaurant set to open in Lakeview in late June. “Fifty seats is pretty much the ideal size for a chef to show what he can do," Flowers said. "It's big enough that you can turn the numbers you need to be profitable, but it's manageable enough that you can really focus your food on what you want it to be.” This is the first restaurant for owner Brian Dohmen, who contacted Flowers after eating his food...
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April 16, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Many people think Tilda Swinton is strange. By phone, the "Only Lovers Left Alive" star both saluted that perception ("It's ridiculous and hilarious ... it means I can pass unnoticed, and I'm thrilled") and offered three things she thinks are strange: 1. "The strangest part I ever played was that of a corporate lawyer [in "Michael Clayton," for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar]. That was pretty exotic. That felt like a magical beast, and it's strange to imagine that those people...
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November 30, 2012 | By Tom VanBuren, For RedEye
At the city's northern point, Rogers Park is the end of the line for suburbia-averse Chicagoans - but don't let that stop you from visiting. This fall's addition of three new restaurants cements this eclectic neighborhood's reputation for having something for everyone. Hamachi Sushi Bar 2801 W. Howard St. 773-293-6904 Opened: Late September Small, minimalist and modern, this sushi bar on the neighborhood's north border has something for sushi newbies and die-hards alike.
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February 8, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
The Butcher & Larder 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8280 Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start The scene: This Noble Square butcher shop's spare look and smoked-meat scent put the focus (rightly so) on former Mado chef Rob Levitt's cut-to-order meats from local farms. The food: Look to the countertop chalkboard for daily soup and sandwich options (one hot, one cold). This isn't Grahamwich; sammies are simple and rustic, not piled high with gourmet embellishments.
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August 29, 2012
Milk & Honey Cafe 1920 W. Division St. 773-395-9434 This corner cafe serves breakfast during the week with extended hours on the weekend. Place your order for buttermilk granola pancakes or casserole-style huevos rancheros at the counter and hang out at a table until it's ready. Birchwood Kitchen 2211 W. North Ave. 773-276-2100 During the week, this cute BYOB cafe excels with seriously tasty sandwiches, and the same applies to its hearty breakfast sammies served on the weekends, including a killer croque madame (and a vegetarian version as...
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May 9, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, for RedEye
EAT (Free!) FREE LUNCH Saigon Sisters 131 N. Clinton St. 312-496-0094 Download the restaurant's free LevelUp rewards app to your smartphone and snag a free lunch (up to $10), including popular banh mi sandwiches The Porky (braised pork belly, pho flavors, hoisin glaze), The V.B.Q. (wagyu beef and Viet barbecue sauce) and The Henhouse (caramelized chicken, lemongrass, ginger, mint, lime, crushed peanuts). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. POWER TO THE PEOPLE Chicago Q 1160 N. Dearborn St. 312-642-1160 Feeling a little weak from an exhausting morning?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Real Kitchen 1433 W. Montrose Ave. 773-281-2888 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The scene: In a chain-filled strip mall on the corner of Montrose and Clark in Ravenswood, Real Kitchen is a breath of gourmet-tinged fresh air. A handful of customers line up to order to-go sandwiches and ready-to-heat dinner dishes whipped up by a trio of Charlie Trotter's and North Pond alums in the kitchen....
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November 10, 2011
Happy Anniversary, folks. That's right, exactly one year ago today Kevin Pang and I put all the McMeats on one bun and ate it as a goof. It ended up getting mentioned on "The Tonight Show". How the hell do you top that? Easy. You make it locals-only. Only food from Chicago restaurants are used this time. I combined a Mastodon from Kuma's Corner , a wild game sausage from Hot Doug's (antelope if you're wondering), a taco de panza (pork belly) from Big Star , and an entire slice of deep-dish sausage pizza from Lou Malnati's.
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April 18, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Bacon dumplings. Bacon pie. Bacon tacos. Bacon cotton candy. These are just a few of the smoky, salty treats that local chefs plan to serve at Baconfest Chicago this weekend. Unfortunately, the lure of these pork-packed dishes proved so great that the event sold out the same day tickets went on sale. If you're not among the fortunate few that will be stuffing yourself silly at the UIC Forum on Saturday, you still can get your fix. These restaurants are serving the same or similar Baconfest dishes - but for a limited time, so don't wait too long.
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