T he Reader has covered food and restaurants in Chicago throughout its half-century existence, though not nearly as consistently or comprehensively as music, film, drama, or most of the other arts—certainly not every week when I came on as a starving editorial assistant way back in ’95. Back then there was a very occasional visual […]
El Internacional, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, and bacalao at the dawn of small plates America
Also, Chicagoans start to organize relief efforts for victims of Mexico City earthquake.
Aimee Levitt reviews Oyster Bah, Lettuce Entertain You’s crowd-pleasing New England-style seafood shack.
On his way from Noma and Nashville to opening Brut in Minneapolis, acclaimed chef Erik Anderson talks about his three-month stint at Intro.
How Chicago fared competing for—and running—the James Beard Foundation awards.
River North stalwart Osteria Via Stato celebrates a decade as a pioneer of seasonal Italian food in River North.
Nearly two centuries of Chicago’s culinary milestones, from its first lunch counter to its first Olive Garden
Michelle Durpetti makes a movie about the family steak house, Gene and Georgetti
The best mixologist in Chicago is joining forces with the Melman boys at Lettuce Entertain You
A new coffee-table book on Chicago restaurant history
Julia Thiel, Mike Gebert, and a host of Chicago chefs, restaurateurs, and restaurants picked up nominations today for the annual James Beard awards, aka the “Oscars of the food world.”
Did the curious aroma of pucky make food bloggers swoon at R.J. and Jerrod Melman’s new French spot?
How Lettuce Entertain You fostered Chicago’s world-class food scene – a must-read Reader essay from 2006.
The Reader is a finalist for two 2010 Beard Awards, for feature stories by Mike Sula and Cliff Doerksen.