I’m part of a group of Joffrey ballet ticket holders that has come together and grown through one friend we all know in common. One of the best parts of our outings is meeting up for a quick dinner at Cafecito, about a block away from the Auditorium Theatre, which we did recently for the […]


Jam ‘n Honey

27 November 2011 · 1 comment

More eating is one of the last things one wants to do after Thanksgiving feasting. But as the weekend winds down and mornings in Chicago turn cold, I find myself ready for a hearty start on Sunday mornings. Jam ‘n Honey, a new breakfast and lunch eatery in the DePaul area, is becoming one of […]

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Café Spiaggia

6 November 2011 · 0 comments

“Oh, it has been ages since I’ve been,” said two different friends on two different occasions about dining at Café Spiaggia. It has been eons for me, too. Seems like the restaurant has fallen off the radar for many people, and having an above-street-level presence doesn’t make it easily come to mind, either. But in […]


Girl & The Goat

4 August 2011 · 0 comments

I love trying new restaurants, but I’m not one to wait three hours for a table. So I often let a few months pass before trying the latest hot place. This was my strategy over Memorial Day weekend for dining at Stephanie Izard’s Girl & The Goat, which had opened last summer and a visit […]


Xoco Salad

2 August 2011 · 0 comments

Hot, sultry August days call for eating light. As many of you know, Xoco is one of my favorite places for lunch. But as good as the tortas and caldos are, this time of year calls for a crisp, cool salad. Making an exception to Xoco’s Mexican street food theme, Rick Bayless offers only one salad as […]


Fish Bar

10 May 2011 · 0 comments

In a city known for its meat, it’s refreshing to have a restaurant in Chicago entirely devoted to seafood. Recently opened Fish Bar in East Lake View fits that bill. Painted bright sea blue, this pull-up-a-stool and sit-at-the-counter “fish shack” is Michael Kornick’s and David Morton’s new, next-door neighbor to their DMK Burger Bar. Aside from […]



27 February 2011 · 0 comments

With so many restaurants in Chicago there’s little reason to leave the city to dine elsewhere. One exception, however, is Vie, chef Paul Virant’s sleek standout in Western Springs that has become a destination for exceptional dining and whose cuisine was awarded a prestigious Michelin star last November. More than six years after its opening, […]


The Cubano at Cafecito

20 February 2011 · 0 comments

It’s always a nice idea to grab dinner before a show. But in reality fitting a proper meal in what usually is a short amount of time tends to be a scramble, especially when doing so after work and on a week night. So when another couple and I decided on meeting at Cafecito near […]


I have a long-running list of food shops and restaurants that I want to try, and one restaurant on that list is Prairie Fire, with co-chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, who focus on quality and local ingredients in more casual preparations than in their Ritz-Carlton of Chicago days. So when Slow Food Chicago put […]


The other day I read an article about living for the moment. So this morning I decided to do just that. In a rare instance of no projects, conference calls, or deadlines, I decided to take the morning off and have breakfast at XOCO. Considering the temp was 22 degrees and the first snow of […]