Fat Rice, Chicago

There are few places that are the epicenter of such a dramatic global diversity of culinary influences as the island of Macau. As flavors meld in the pot over time, so too did influences meld in Macau over the 1,500 years the island was governed as an annex of the Chinese Panyu county and the…

Opart Thai Restaurant, Chicago

Opart Thai offers some of the best traditional Isan-style Thai food in Chicago and to top it off, it’s BYOB. The Western Avenue location is the better of their two locations (the other near Chinatown). Although their menu is extensive and can be overwhelming, I’ve tried most items and I’ll limit this review to some…

Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

The story of the tiki cocktail and tiki culture dates back quite a while (but probably not as far back as you may think). Its story is wrapped in history, America’s perception of the world and the evolution of that perception. As a result, this will be an unusual review of one such tiki bar,…

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…