As Morocco Defies Expectations at the World Cup, Discover One of Chicago's Only Moroccan RestaurantsDaniel Hautzinger
December 9, 2022
Morocco won a group containing the second- and third-place finishers in the last World Cup and then defeated the heavyweight Spain in the first knockout round of the 2022 World Cup. Khalid Kamal, the owner of the Moroccan restaurant Shokran, is rooting from them from afar, along with his family back in Morocco.
13 of Chicago's Most Iconic DinersJennifer Billock
September 27, 2022
Chicago is an outstanding food city—but you don’t have to eat at Michelin-star restaurants to enjoy the exceptional dining culture. The city’s (and suburbs’) diners are where Chicagoans of all types congregate for some quick, hearty food and hot coffee.
A Refugee Mother's Recipes Give Her Life and Inspire One of Chicago's Only Cambodian RestaurantsDaniel Hautzinger
September 13, 2022
Mona Sang opened Khmai Fine Dining, one of two Cambodian restaurants in Chicago, to share the recipes and culture of her mother, who fled the Khmer Rouge genocide and ended up in Chicago, where she supported herself and four children as a caterer.
Memories of Chicago's Most Dearly Missed Restaurants, As Shared By Our AudienceDaniel Hautzinger
August 22, 2022
We asked our audience to tell us about closed restaurants that they sorely missed, and were delighted by the fond memories people shared of establishments throughout the city and suburbs, in a variety of cuisines. Is your favorite on the list?
A Day in the Life of a Fine Dining RestaurantDaniel Hautzinger
June 29, 2022
What does it take to make a fine dining restaurant run smoothly—especially one like Avondale's Wherewithall, where the menu changes every week? A creative and organized chef de cuisine and multitasking general manager, for one.
Ten of Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants, Past and PresentDaniel Hautzinger
June 21, 2022
As iconic signs like Dinkel's and Orange Garden's disappear from Chicago, celebrate some of Chicago's most memorable restaurants, past and present, the kind of places where the surroundings are an inextricable part of the experience.
Meet Chicago's James Beard Awards 2022 SemifinalistsDaniel Hautzinger
February 24, 2022
The list of semifinalists for the James Beard Awards has been released, and fifteen Chicago people and places in the food industry are on it. Meet them here.
Challenging the Culinary Industry's Gender Disparity by Helping Working MothersDaniel Hautzinger
November 30, 2020
Women are drastically under-represented as lead chefs in the restaurant business, but a new nonprofit aims to begin changing that. “I feel like the difficulties and the lack of systemic support for motherhood are a big part of why a lot of women drop out of this industry," says Beverly Kim.
Support Women-Owned Establishments During Women's Restaurant WeekDaniel Hautzinger
August 25, 2020
During Women's Restaurant Week, from August 26 through 31, you can support women-owned restaurants during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic as some twenty establishments across Chicagoland offer various specials.
Moving Beyond Phở at a Revamped Chicago Vietnamese RestaurantDaniel Hautzinger
December 17, 2019
After remodeling, Lincoln Square's LC Phở n Grill reopened with an expanded menu that features harder-to-find Vietnamese dishes that the husband-and-wife owners workshopped while exploring Vietnamese restaurants in California.
Chicago's One-of-a-Kind Korean Soup SpecialistDaniel Hautzinger
December 10, 2019
Han Bat serves basically one thing: the milky, restorative Korean soup known as seolleongtang, which takes hours and hours to make. "When [Koreans] come to visit Chicago, they come over here, because... we are the only one who does this kind of food," says the owner.
A Filipino Restaurant Born Out of a Love for Mom's CookingDaniel Hautzinger
December 3, 2019
"I never really loved high school lunches or any of that, anything outside of what my mom prepared in the kitchen," says Ray Espiritu, the owner of Isla Pilipina in Lincoln Square. When he didn't know what to do after graduating, he decided to take over a restaurant.
A Chicago Restaurant Where Indian and Chinese Influences MeetDaniel Hautzinger
November 26, 2019
Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen serves many hard-to-find Nepali specialties, which combine Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese culinary influences, unlike many other Nepali restaurants in Chicago, which offer mostly North Indian dishes.
A New Life in Chicago Serving an Old Food That Represents Their HomeDaniel Hautzinger
November 20, 2019
Andrea Andrade and Jose Navea didn't plan to stay in Chicago when they came to visit. Now they operate their own restaurant serving arepas, a nostalgic staple food of their home country of Venezuela. "You can't say Venezuela and not say arepas," Navea says.
How Chef Erick Williams Shows Kindness Is a Virtue at His RestaurantDaniel Hautzinger
August 22, 2019
"For me, sustainability is developing and training the largest sum of African American and brown young men and women that I can possibly find," says chef Erick Williams, who has recently garnered national acclaim for his new Hyde Park restaurant, Virtue.
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