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Chicago’s top chefs dish on where they had their best meal of 2013

Ever wonder what your favorite chef’s go-to spot is when they eat out? Well, we did, too. It was a tough call for many of them, but here’s what some of the most beloved chefs narrowed down as the best meal they ate in Chicago …

An Eataly survival guide — our tips to navigate the 63,000-square-foot food emporium

If the 63,000-square-foot market sounds a bit overwhelming, it is. To help you navigate the aisles of olive oil and antipasti, we’ve put together an Eataly survival guide. Your mission? To eat, shop and leave satisfied without losing your way or blowing your paycheck.

Film captures Grant Achatz’s creation of menus that ‘resonate’

The Alinea chef’s methods are part of “Spinning Plates,” a documentary that also explores the visions of two other restaurants.

Flour & Stone pizzas lose something in the translation

The website of the Chicago pizza joint Flour & Stone features the phrase “made with love in the Windy City.” I’m pretty sure love doesn’t have a flavor, and even if it did, I’m guessing it would taste nothing like the experience at Flour & …

  • Side Dishes 04.26.13

    Flour & Stone isn’t the only thin crust pizza game in town. Here are some other great Chicago thin crust pies: RENO, 2607 N. Milwaukee; (773) 697-4234; www.renochicago.com Vibe: Brick and rough woods, with tables built of knotty lumber and industrial black metal, this spot …Read More

  • Mom’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen at Rickshaw Republic

    One of the bigger restaurant myths is that the recipes are from Mom or that Mom’s in the kitchen. What the chef (usually) really means when they say the recipes were adapted from mom is, “Mom’s meatballs were desiccated golf balls. I went to culinary …

    Basil’s Kitchen reliable fare worth a try

    Growing up in the shadow of O’Hare International Airport has shaped the tiny but shrewd neighboring village of Rosemont. Over the years the suburb has put out the welcome mat for national hotel chains that have greeted countless business travelers and vacationers to the Midwest. …

    The Big Deals 05.03.13

    From upscale to low-cal, the Sun-Times’ “Big Deals” column brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank. New menu items Cafe Marbella Tapas, 5527 N. Milwaukee. Chef/owner Virgilio Trujillo’s new bites include lobster confit ($13.95), bouillabaisse ($5.95) and …

    Plenty for the palate to discover at Found

    Found Kitchen and Social House, a big hit on Evanston’s central dining-out scene since its opening in November, offers strong testimony to the power of a creative contemporary American menu and eco-friendly farm-to-table operating philosophy. Its seasonally changing, mostly regionally sourced organic fare is the …

    The Big Deals 04.26.13

    From upscale to low-cal, the Sun-Times’ “Big Deals” column brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank. ‘Big Fish’ bytes Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State. Applause for the bakery’s “Big Fish (vanilla or chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream …

    SIDE DISHes

    Rickshaw Republic specializes in Indonesian street food. Here are some other great street food dishes served in Chicago restaurants: THE PARTHENON, 314 S. Halsted; (312) 726-2407; www.theparthenon.com Vibe: Bryll-creamed, Greek-god like waiters scream Opa over platters of fried cheese amid lots of rich wainscoting. Flavor: …

    Ahjoomah’s Apron long on hospitality, top-notch eats

    Trying Korean cuisine for the first time is like reading Kafka as a middle-school student — disorienting and unfamiliar. Usually sandwiched in strip malls, often next to karaoke bars with signs written in what look like hieroglyphics, Korean restaurants often feel like secret clubs. And …

    Side Dishes 04.12.13

    After a visit or two to Ahjoomah’s Apron, you’ll be a Korean expert, ready to forge into the wider Korean offerings of Chicago. Here’s where you should go: HAE WOON DAE, 6240 N. California; (773) 764-8018 Vibe: Features private shoji screen-divided grill rooms, and “Brady …

    The Big Deals 04.19.13

    From upscale to low-cal, the Sun-Times’ “Big Deals” column brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank. South of the border Burger Boss, 7512 W. North. Elmwood Park. The Cuban Boss burger (smoked ham, Angus beef and Swiss …