Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Founder of Chicago sub sandwich standout Bari Foods dead at 96 ]]> Lead story image

Joseph Pedota, who founded Bari Foods, the Grand Avenue grocery named for his Italian hometown, has died at his home in Westchester. He was 96 and lived long enough to see the thriving business he started in 1973 get passed on to the next generation. ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:43:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago’s top chefs dish on where they had their best meal of 2013 ]]> Lead story image

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 in 2013. Gale Gand — Founding partner, Tru Best meal: Rotisserie Lamb sandwich and Porchetta sandwich Restaurant: Eataly, 43 E. Ohio,; The skinny: “This sandwich is life changing! Moist pork, heady with garlic and herbs, that’s been wrapped in skin-on pork belly and roasted on a spit for hours, then sliced hot, sprinkled with … ]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:03:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ An Eataly survival guide — our tips to navigate the 63,000-square-foot food emporium ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:57:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Film captures Grant Achatz’s creation of menus that ‘resonate’ ]]> Lead story image

The Alinea chef’s methods are part of “Spinning Plates,” a documentary that also explores the visions of two other restaurants. ]]> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 06:08:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Flour & Stone pizzas lose something in the translation ]]> Lead story image

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 & Stone. In fact if they were to be truly accurate, the restaurant might revise that tagline to read “made with a pinch of ‘like’ and a touch of contempt.” Let’s start with the contempt. On multiple visits, empty neighboring tables were littered with the remnants of crust and covered in sticky soda rings and were … ]]> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:38:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Side Dishes 04.26.13 ]]> Lead story image

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; Vibe: Brick and rough woods, with tables built of knotty lumber and industrial black metal, this spot has a Portland, Ore., feel. Flavor: The dough on the pies rise at the edge and droops slightly under the heft of gooey cheese at the center. The best is “The Southern,” a Korean/Kentucky mash-up of salty country ham, sweet roast garlic, fiery-fizzy kimchi and juicy tendrils of spinach. MARIE’S PIZZA & LIQUORS, 4129 W. … ]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:30:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mom’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen at Rickshaw Republic ]]> Lead story image

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 school and now I make mine with three different meats, soak the organic breadcrumbs in organic milk and simmer them in hand-squeezed tomato sauce.” Given that, it makes it all that more extraordinary that at Rickshaw Republic, a new Indonesian restaurant in Lincoln Park, mom — Elice Setiawan — really is in the kitchen — … ]]> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ 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. It also has seen construction of a large convention center, sports stadium and live theater venue. Meanwhile, diners — out-of-towners and locals alike — have benefitted from the arrival in Rosemont of high-end steak and seafood houses, multiple ethnic restaurants and a recently opened German microbrewery. With such a wide array of choices clamoring for … ]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:42:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Big Deals 05.03.13 ]]> Lead story image

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 stuffed mushroom with salmon ($8.95). Visit . Celebrate at Casa Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 633 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville. Toast the Paradise Punch (Milagro tequila, Absolut vodka, Cruzan coconut rum and homemade Mexican juices, 16-ounce, $7.95), poured directly from the new tequila tap, during the Cinco de Mayo celebration through May 5. … ]]> Thu, 02 May 2013 14:12:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Plenty for the palate to discover at Found ]]> Lead story image

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 handiwork of Executive Chef Nicole Pederson, who last hung her toque in the kitchen of Lula Cafe in Logan Square. The restaurant, started by Amy Morton, derives its distinctive name not just from the locally found produce, meats and spirits it serves. Morton’s eclectic taste also is reflected in the decor, composed mostly of found … ]]> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 06:07:57 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Big Deals 04.26.13 ]]> Lead story image

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 topped with an edible daffodils)” cupcake, available through May 5, $3.50. Visit . Tap into spring Rock Bottom Brewery, participating locations. Spring lager specials, available through May 19, include Mexican Amber Lager (downtown Chicago selection) and jalapeno poppers (grilled jalapenos stuffed with pulled pork, wrapped in bacon). Visit . Cleetus’ creations Fountainhead, 1970 … ]]> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:56:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ SIDE DISHes ]]> Lead story image

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; Vibe: Bryll-creamed, Greek-god like waiters scream Opa over platters of fried cheese amid lots of rich wainscoting. Flavor: Unlike most of the pre-processed frozen gyro cones served in cheap diners around town, the Parthenon gyro is constructed from layers of fresh beef and lamb, seasoned and cured for days before being fire-roasted on a turning spit. The result is the freshest gyro in town. NHU LAN, 2612 W. Lawrence; (773) 878-9898; Vibe: … ]]> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ahjoomah’s Apron long on hospitality, top-notch eats ]]> Lead story image

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 once you actually walk in, you’re often the only non-Korean in a smoke-filled room that seems to have a hundred different rituals: War and Peace-sized menus, and often waitstaff that acknowledges your presence when they feel like getting around to it. But Korean food with its fizzy fermentation and smiting chili, is some of the … ]]> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:48:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Side Dishes 04.12.13 ]]> Lead story image

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 Bunch”-worthy reddish-orange Formica-topped tables. Flavor: This is my go to spot for DIY tableside grilling. Everything’s great, but the basic marinated short-rib or kalbi, featuring a little red chili paste and sesame oil is the place to start. SAN SOO GAP SAN 888, 5247 N. Western; (773) 334-1589 Vibe: Black metal chairs, wood panels and … ]]> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:48:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Big Deals 04.19.13 ]]> Lead story image

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 cheese topped with pickles, roasted garlic mayo and mustard on a warm brioche bun, $5.69) hangs around for the month. Call (708) 452-7288; . Sandwich shop deca RESTAURANT, at the Ritz Carlton, 160 E. Pearson. Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches surface for National Grilled Cheese Month. Specialty sandwiches include the French Reuben (duck pastrami, Mary … ]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:11:30 -0600