Sula, Nagrant have mixed feelings about the new Pump Room.
Vettel loves PV, but TOC not big on brunch.
Sula baffled by excess at Michael Jordan's steakhouse, Kramer likes decor more than food at Pump Room.
In the Reader, Mike Sula finds the Mao Zedong kitsch at Tony Hu's latest spot, Lao Hunan, brash and a bit politically off-key: "His recent projects, if you take the trippy Lao You Ju as evidence, seem to be increasing...
Phil Vettel loves the food of small plates gastropubs, but something about the less formal atmosphere doesn't do it for him, because even after raving about the food, he gave just two stars to Avec, two stars to The Bristol,...
Attention for the new Italian place Al Dente in Old Irving Park has focused on chef Javier Perez's resume (Spiaggia, MK, Cibo Matto), but David Tamarkin in Time Out Chicago puts it in perspective: "Most chefs have worked for a...
In his first review as the Sun-Times' official reviewer, Michael Nagrant fulfills his promise to tell the story, not just check off a checklist: "Masa Azul is not just a restaurant, but an earnest pipe dream of [owner Jason] Lerner,...
With his rave for the new Michael Jordan's Steak House in the Intercontinental Hotel (he gives it three stars, but clearly thinks four are within its grasp), the Tribune's Phil Vettel indulges in full-blown nostalgia for a Chicago in which...
Vettel loves the mac and cheese at Quay.
Ruby visits Roka Akor and Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.
Kramer wonders how sustainable Prasino really is.
The recently fired critic takes a look at Prasino and Telegraph.
Shouse gives update on the State of Chicago Q
Plus: Shouse also checks out Bombay Spice, and Kramer visits Quay.
The Tribune lauds the Lincoln Park restaurant.
Plus: Sula checks in with Al Dente.
Wait, is that a New Yorker talking positively about Chicago pizza?
Plus: Zemans check out bopNgrill.
The two critics examine Logan Square's latest wine bar.