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This Month: Richard Sandoval. This innovator of modern mexican cuisine masterminded the menu for the Mexx Kitchen at the Whiskey Sutton Place Hotel, 1015 N. Rush St.; 312-475-0300 Read more
Call them “underground,” “unofficial,” or “occasional.” Whatever the name, restaurants that don’t have a permanent address and that eschew traditional licensing are popping up all over town. Eating at one is the dining equivalent of choose-your-own adventure: diners, who exchange hushed e-mails to get on the list, show up where they’re told and eat whatever the chef feels like preparing. It’s fun, sure. But at $25 to $100 a pop, are they any good? Chicago checked out a few to find out. Read more
This month, Nagrant sat down with Gabino Sotelino, whose 27-year-old Lincoln Park masterpiece, Ambria (2300 N. Lincoln Park West; 773-472-5959), will serve its last meal on June 30th. Read more
Beginning with the September issue of Chicago magazine, each month food journalist Michael Nagrant will conduct an interview with either a well-known or emerging Chicago chef. This month, Nagrant chats with Andrew Zimmerman, the toque at the modern Spanish spot Del Toro (1520 N. Damen Ave.; 773-252-1500). Read more
This month Nagrant chats with Steve Chiappetti, who made his bones at Mango, Grapes, Rhapsody, and Café Le Coq. Now he's breathing new life into Viand (Courtyard by Marriott, 155 E. Ontario St.; 312-255-8505), an American bistro that he's patterning after Mango Read more