The Medici, Valois, Park 52, Backstory Cafe, and more
Wallowing in pork products at the Purple Pig. Plus: promising Italian at Ceres’ Table and overwrought Japanese at Macku.
We asked local experts to help us appreciate wine’s sweet side.
Even without Charlie Trotter, the Elysian Hotel opens two terrific new restaurants. Plus: the return of Sepia’s Kendal Duque and eight more openings
The birria at Restaurant Traspasada deserves some notice.
Eight more recently opened restaurants
And a few sips too
Eleven good BYO Thai bets for neighborhood dining
Rare pigs, vexing cheese, heirloom grains, black pepper gelato, farming for the city, and the best new restaurants of 2009
From Browntrout to Zebda
On local menus: creative preparations of rare and unusual grains
Reviews of Old Town Social, Gemini Bistro, and Orvieto—a charcuterie destination, a comfort-food bistro, and the new pizzeria/wine bar at Green Dolphin, all marred by flat-screen TVs
A local entrepreneur and his custom-made energy bar company score on TV’s Shark Tank
Bayless proteges in Lakeview and Logan Square and felicitous dining at the Hotel Felix
Reviews of ten recently opened restaurants, including Ciao Amore, Cosina Grill, and Kyu Sushi.