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Bar Chicago Italian

Bar Siena (Chicago)

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February 1, 2016

Bar Siena feels like a bar, but the best kind of bar: one with delicious Italian food everywhere.

After trying Siena Tavern, the fantastic River North restaurant from Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani, I was very excited to try his slightly lower-brau offering in Fulton Market District, Bar Siena.

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Chicago Cocktail Bar

The Sixth (Chicago)

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January 29, 2016

It’s to be expected that The Fifty/50 Group, owners of one of my favorite cocktail bars in Chicago, The Berkshire Room, would hit a home run with their Lincoln Square offering, The Sixth.

The “Spaceman Spiff” cocktail featuring an “aquarium” base filled with aromatic smoke…

Chicago Chicken

Nando’s Peri Peri (Lakeview)

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January 22, 2016

If you’re like me, at nice restaurants you usually avoid the chicken. It’s not that I have anything against our clucking, feathered friends, it’s just that chicken is so damn easy to screw up. Overcook it and it loses all its moisture and becomes a rubbery, stringy mess. Undercook it…

Chicago Pizza

Blaze Pizza (Belmont Location, Chicago)

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January 20, 2016

Alright, so I realize Blaze is a chain restaurant but I feel I need to give credit where credit’s due.

I went to Blaze today and the employees were the most cheerful bunch of people-pleasers that I’ve met in recent history. One more chipper than the last – asking about our…


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Burgers Chicago

Kuma’s Too (Chicago)

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January 16, 2016

We went on a Sunday night. I live just down the street from Kuma’s Too and really, really wanted to like it. I love burgers, don’t mind metal, and am OK waiting for a table at a popular restaurant. Unfortunately Kuma’s Too created a perfect storm of disappointment.

First, the…


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Chicago Mexican

Carnitas Uruapan (Chicago)

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July 26, 2015

Carnitas Uruapan is THE TRUTH.

This is the type of place that people who are too scared to explore Pilsen are missing out on.

For $7.00 (!) you’re treated to a heaping pound of expertly-curated chopped-up pig pieces, skillfully removed from the whole-cooked animal. This meat marvel is served with ultra-fresh…


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Chicago Mexican

Dona Torta Chilanga (Chicago)

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March 7, 2015

Finishing a Torta at this place is akin to a one-night-stand. You had a great time, you’re a little ashamed, and you definitely need a shower.

For my non-Torta-eating friends, a Torta is the Mexican take on a sandwich. Meat, cheese, toppings, all sandwiched between grilled bread. You can order…

Brewery Chicago

Lagunitas Brewing Company

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November 22, 2014

Walking in, you immediately realize that something amazing is about to happen to you. I don’t want to ruin it, but the trippy entrance will have the little hairs on the back of your neck standing up and your body moving almost involuntarily to speed you to the experience…


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Chicago Mexican

Las Fuentes Restaurant

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August 9, 2014

Las Fuentes’ patio is one of the hidden gems of the north side.

The patio is huge, decorated in awesome garish Mexican decor, and features a huge mural painted in the side of the building. Mexican music pipes through speakers and a large stone fountain serves as a centerpiece….


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Chicago Molecular Gastronomy

Moto

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February 5, 2014

The server/sommelier sets a candle on our table. There’s two of us, well dressed, romantic vibe. Ok, we think, they’re just setting the mood. Three courses later, an astoundingly delicious king crab dish is served – the server grabs the candle, saying nothing, and drips hot wax all over…

MATT CHIERA
CHICAGO, IL

I just don't want to look back and think "I could've eaten that."

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