Gather, Chicago

Excellent “neighborhood restaurants” can often be difficult to first find and then to evaluate. Often the best way to learn of such places is through regular patrons who reside not far away. However, such folks can often see the establishment through a filter of feelings of kinship and solidarity with the staff and owners. Once…

Mott Street, Chicago

Our meal at Mott Street might be best characterized as a bit of a Pan-Asian street food feast from the folks that brought you Ruxbin. Our meal included nine courses, some of which were absolutely flawless from a technical perspective. Among the highlights were the pork jowl, marinated in garlic and chili oil, grilled and…

Found Kitchen – Quick Take, Evanston

Found, the new Evanston word-of-mouth darling, serves often delicious and well executed farm-to-table pub fare, elevated to the level of a fine cocktail menu. That said, cocktail execution was often mixed (no pun intended). Stick to the batched cocktails if you wish to avoid watery ice and glass-constructed high balls. Overall, there are better versions…