Paul Kahan is a great interview subject because 1) he passionately believes in what he does and 2) if he thinks your question is stupid, your camera will record his withering glare perfectly. He makes no bones about not believing in the usual restaurant industry BS and refusing to play the game of pretending to; as he says in the video we’re about to tell you about, the only “restaurant trend” he’s interested in is good food and good service. Somehow that’s resulted in a small collection of restaurants which define trendiness in Chicago dining and almost always launch imitators, but the core of them is never decor or buzz but Kahan’s idea of what food he wants to eat and thinks you should, too. Anyway, here’s a 10-minute video from a series called Munchies which follows Kahan and his crew around as, among other things, they go to a couple of his favorite restaurants like Great Lake and Chicago Kalbi; it’s worth seeing for his collection of sarcastic T-shirts alone, but offers plenty of moments both insightful and funny along the way.
Paul Kahan (with David Posey and Bryce Caron) enters Chicago Kalbi. Photo: courtesy Vice