May 30, 2013 |
From this summer's vegan menu at Grant Achatz's restaurant Next to the buzz about plant-based diets, veganism is definitely having a moment. “A few years ago, people said, 'Oh, vegan? What does that mean?” said Don Clements, who opened all-vegan BYOB cafe Kitchen 17 (613 W. Briar Place 773-661-1757) in East Lakeview in early May. While vegetarians eat meat-free, vegans also forgo animal products including dairy, eggs and honey. Clements went vegan for a combination of health, animal rights and environmental reasons.
May 21, 2013 |
Tim Graham, the former executive chef of Tru and Paris Club, is helming the restaurant at The Langham, Chicago hotel, which is set to open in July. Located at 330 N. Wabash Ave., Travelle will serve Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a setting that's more upscale than Paris Club but less fine-dining than Tru, a balance Graham describes as "casual elegance. " The space features a backlit wall with a 30-foot digital art display that changes from day to night, four bars arranged in a pinwheel pattern and a mix of custom and vintage seating.
May 17, 2013 |
Months ago, rumors started swirling that Shake Shack , a popular fast-food eatery that started as a food cart in New York's Madison Square Park, would be opening a Chicago location. This month, the company has made it official with an announcement that it is planning its first Illinois location at 66 E. Ohio St., which is part of the Shops at North Bridge complex. The restaurant is slated to open in late 2014, according to Greg Waters, senior manager of marketing and communications for Shake Shack. ...
May 16, 2013 |
After a fire closed it down earlier this spring, Bucktown barbecue restaurant Lillie's Q is slated to reopen in mid-June. A fire in the restaurant's basement the night of March 14 caused the restaurant and its satellite location at the Chicago French Market to close. A week later, the market location reopened with a very limited menu. The mid-June opening estimate is pending inspections, according to a May 16 announcement from the restaurant. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page ...
May 9, 2013 |
Review: Brindille 534 N. Clark St. 312-595-1616 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up Chef Carrie Nahabedian already has a nice restaurant. Naha , her Mediterranean-inspired contemporary American spot in River North, has netted her plenty of awards since it opened in 2000. For her next move, I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised if she opened a more casual spot, following the path of other top chefs such as Rick Bayless' street food cafe Xoco or Graham Elliot's sandwich shop Grahamwich.
May 2, 2013 |
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.