Cocktails Flow and Food Wows at Danny Meyer’s GreenRiver

High above Streeterville, on the 18th floor of a Northwestern Medical Center office building, sits GreenRiver, a luxe restaurant and bar that combines the magic pixie dust of NYC restaurant king Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events with the Best Bar in the World team (Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon of NYC’s The Dead Rabbit). It’s a […]

Lake Forest Destination: Westwood Bistro

The Lake Forest crowd is a clubby bunch, and when they find someplace they like, they descend upon it in numbers. Westwood Bistro, which opened last year, certainly fits that bill. Yes, I’m a little late to the party, but better late than never, right? It was jammed to the gills on a recent visit, […]

Cibo Trattoria: New Italian in Glencoe

One of this summer’s oddest suburban dramas has ended peacefully: After a few months at odds with the City of Glencoe’s liquor licensing process, Cibo Trattoria has finally been granted their license, and their full bar is now open. For a while there was uncertainty about whether they would remain open; it’s hard to compete […]

Greek Life: Kefi Greek Tavern in Evanston

Kefi is a Greek word (roughly) meaning passion, exuberance, joy, a lust for life. Think Zorba the Greek dancing on the beach, or the Greek custom of smashing plates. For owner John Tasiopoulos, it’s an expression that sums up how he feels about his family, his heritage and his mother’s food. Because at its heart, […]

Marigold Maison Brings Upscale Indian Cuisine to Bannockburn

Update Feb. 14, 2017: Marigold Maison is now located at 900 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire.   Bannockburn isn’t exactly on my destination restaurant radar, but now that I’ve been to Marigold Maison, I might just have to adjust my thinking. Suburban restaurants in strip malls aren’t generally my cup of tea, but the warm colors—marigold […]

RPM Steak: Get Your Motors Running

The question begs to be asked: Does Chicago need another high-end steakhouse? As it pertains to Lettuce Entertain You’s newest restaurant, RPM Steak, an unequivocal answer: you betcha. In this meat-mad town, RPM Steak has quickly made an impression for deliciousness and excellent service, borne out by a recent visit. It’s hard to believe that […]

Ten Mile House: There’s a New Grill in Town

Evanston, already the North Shore’s primary restaurant destination, keeps expanding the offerings; this time, with a bit of a history lesson thrown in for good measure. Way back in 1836, a Major Edward Mulford opened the original Ten Mile House, which—as it combined an inn, post office, tavern, and courthouse—became the de facto center of […]

Top Chef: Sprout is in Bloom

When Chicago chef Dale Levitski (La Tache, Trio Atelier) came in second to the odious (though admittedly talented) Hung Huynh during Top Chef’s third season, I felt he was robbed.