Chicago restaurants – Cucumber Chef Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:45:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chicago restaurants – Cucumber Chef 32 32 Q&A with The Inn’s Toby Moreno – Indianapolis Monthly Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:45:33 +0000

Auberge Chef Toby MorenoPhoto by Tony Valainis

FOR MARION, INDIANA, originally from Toby Moreno, getting a job at a nearby Mexican restaurant at age 14 was more about earning extra money for a new pair of Jordans than a deep love of food. But cooking, as well as a way of seeing the world, has long been at the center of this young chef’s already busy career. After cooking school and a sous-chef job at Bloomington’s Restaurant Tallent, Moreno then ran the kitchen at Plow & Anchor and worked at the Loft at Traders Point, where farm produce and in-house production took center stage. And while another two years working at a country club might have been enough for a culinary training, Moreno took on the job of executive chef at Auberge, the cozy but buttoned-up French restaurant at the Brick Street Inn in Zionsville, where the owner Paul Vezolles transported Moreno to Paris. late January for cooking opportunities at some of Alain Ducasse’s revered restaurants. Today, he is back at the Auberge, applying all his Gallic know-how to one of the region’s most ambitious continental menus.

Having attended Ivy Tech in Bloomington for culinary school and worked with legendary local chef David Tallent, you were no stranger to French technique. So, how was it to perform in some of Alain Ducasse’s restaurants like Benoit and his test kitchen in Argenteuil?

It was great, and I appreciate Paul so much [Vezolles, who bought Brick Street Inn in 2010] for the opportunity. When I boarded at the Auberge de l’Auberge, he immediately sent me to France, and he accompanied me. He’s a real Francophile and he’s so supportive and interested in good food and good wine. The whole experience was like going back to school in a way. I was already pretty well grounded in French cuisine, but it was such a learning experience to see how other chefs do things. I mean, you work with some of the best chefs in the world at their Michelin star restaurants. I even tested recipes with them. I learned so much that I am able to use at the hostel.

What was the biggest lesson you learned about French cuisine?

Juice is everything. This was the motto of chef Adeline Robert, who was a bit of a mentor to me in my Ducasse experience, and it really touched me. In the United States, we make chicken broth, usually with the bones and aromatics. And that’s great. But for a real French juice, you use meat, and you take the time to sear it well, cut the shallots to the perfect size and add garlic and peppercorns at the right time. It was pretty much the epitome of mise en place, and it wasn’t a process where you can go off and do a lot of other things in the kitchen like you can with stock. Also, when we were done frying or sautéing something, we always drained the fat and used it to cook something else. Coming back, I tried to recreate this process as much as possible, and something as simple as glazing our vegetables in it just adds an extra level. Many chefs will add a commercial base or MSG, but with our juicing process we are essentially creating our own MSG or at least something that adds as much or more flavor.

Do you think it’s possible to recreate real French cuisine in Indiana with the ingredients we have here?

Absolutely. I’ve worked closely with farmers and growers throughout my career, so I feel like I know where to find the best. We get our duck and stuff from D’Artagnan, I use Green Circle chicken, which is very similar to chicken in France, and I use a lot of cheeses from dairies like Jacobs & Brichford, Tulip Tree Creamery and Capriole, all of which are very close to my favorite French cheeses and much better from a sustainability standpoint.

How receptive are Indiana diners to such a classic style of cooking?

They are very receptive. In fact, they can’t wait to get a real French restaurant back in business when there aren’t many left. Lots of places do, with a French dish here or there on the menu, but having an all-French menu is something people are looking for. I get customers from as far away as Lafayette who have come just for the menu, and they’re like, “Wow, this is what we want.

Were you a fan of gastronomy and French cuisine when you were a child and you started to get into the kitchen?

I’ve always been passionate about French cuisine, even if I didn’t always know it. When I was younger, I wanted to do a French-Mexican fusion place called Tripas (tripes in Spanish). It’s the kind of thing you think about when you’re just starting out. But, no, I didn’t eat a lot of French food growing up. We just ate well. My grandmother lived on this property where she had peach trees, apple trees, and mulberry trees, and she always had my brother and I climb the tree and shake the apples. My stepfather was part Native American and he introduced me to foraging. We went hunting for wild berries and morels. And my grandmother was an excellent cook. She grew up along the Mexican border in the Brownsville area and was a migrant worker. She was working picking iceberg lettuce in the 1940s. She actually met my grandfather in the back of a truck when they were both working in the fields. She has this way of frying corn that’s so sweet it sticks to the back of your teeth. But I love this. And she still has a bowl of iceberg on the table, even after all these years, just to let you know where she came from.

What prompted you to make the jump to cooking school?

At first, working in a restaurant was more about earning extra money. I was raised by a single mother and was always an empathetic person who didn’t want to ask anything. So if I wanted something, I figured I should make some money myself. So I went to work at a Mexican restaurant when I was super young because that was one of the places that would hire me. Then at 17, I read Confidential kitchen by Anthony Bourdain, and I thought, OK, this world is big enough. Cooking is also my ticket to see other countries and cultures. It actually helped me connect with my own culture and the dishes of my ancestors like the specific salsas, tamales, tingas and carne guisada. I don’t do these things for the customers anymore since I’ve been at the Auberge, but I do for the family meal for the staff.

Many chefs have recently watched the FX/Hulu series the bear, about a James Beard award-winning chef inheriting his family’s dilapidated restaurant in Chicago. Have you watched it and are there any parallels in the show with your life in the kitchen?

Sounds good, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t done it. Sometimes I only have one day off a month. But I want. And I know in some ways it mimics a lot of what I experienced in the kitchen. Being a chef has certainly been a tough road, and I’ve been in some kitchens where the staff have adopted some very bad habits. A lot of chefs have mental health issues, and they have terrible coping mechanisms, especially when working for a really talented or demanding chef. I was certainly reprimanded, which is doubly difficult in terms of remuneration. Chefs yelled at me that the okra wasn’t cooked well, and I’ve had chefs throw arancini at me because they weren’t good enough. But now that I’m older, I’m much calmer in the kitchen and I think things are looking up. And it was really good to see that in France there is so much more respect for the profession, and restaurant workers have pay rates that are much more in line with other careers.

You had the chance to go to a bigger and more modern kitchen, but you chose the Auberge. What brought you to this decision?

People wonder why I would work in the restaurant of an eight-room boutique hotel with an awfully small kitchen and poor ventilation. But it feels real to me, and I really feel like I’m doing something here. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but I like to grind, build, grow with a place. I’ve always rooted for the underdog.

Joliet socialites take over downtown on ladies night Thu, 17 Nov 2022 04:22:00 +0000

JOLIET, IL – Downtown Joliet Business Owners Amber Duffy and Elina Triantou got together and came up with a fun idea to increase foot traffic to bars and restaurants in downtown Joliet on weeknights. On October 14, the two women hosted their first monthly Downtown Joliet Ladies Night. They drew about fifteen women.

On Wednesday night, the second Downtown Joliet Ladies Night attracted more than 100 Joliet area ladies. The event started at 5 p.m. at Juliet’s Tavern. While many women stayed at Juliet’s, others walked along Chicago Street for martinis and food at Mousa Tapas Bar.

The final destination for the night was CUT 158 Chophouse. The three fine dining restaurants are within two blocks along North Chicago Street.

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“Women want a reason to dress up and get out of the house, and so we gave them that,” Duffy explained. “It’s about bringing awareness to downtown Joliet so people understand that the old stigma is officially dead, Rest In Peace. We have fine restaurants here, museums here, arts and thriving small businesses .”

Duffy and his family own the Jitters Coffeehouse. She is also a real estate broker with Koenig Realty, which has an office in downtown Joliet along Chicago Street.

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As for Triantou, she and her husband own Juliet’s Tavern, CUT 158 and Mousa, as well as Hamburgerseria and Rosemary’s Cafe on Essington Road.

“It will be a monthly event,” Duffy pointed out. “Our next will be December 14.”

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Duffy said she couldn’t believe how popular Wednesday’s second Downtown Joliet Ladies’ Night was, considering it snowed most of the day. Besides Joliet, women traveled from Shorewood, Plainfield, Channahon, Minooka and Wilmington, she noted.

Joliet Patch interviewed a Wilmington resident Kayleigh Condon, which is depicted in the photo below. Wednesday marked her first appearance at ladies’ night and she was glad she did.

Condon is a Joliet-area realtor who works for Century 21 Pride Realty.

“It’s fabulous. It gives everyone a reason for women and businesses to come together and we want to bring downtown Joliet back to life,” she said. Condon said she graduated from Providence Catholic High School and graduated in downtown Joliet at the Rialto Square Theater.

Although she now lives in Wilmington, “my heart lives in Joliet,” Condon remarked.

Left to right: Britny Duffy and Kayleigh Condon enjoy the second monthly Joliet Town Center Ladies Night on Wednesday at Juliet’s Tavern. John Ferak/Patch

The Quinta Johnson also attended Wednesday night’s Ladies Night.

Johnson is arguably the most influential person in Brian Bessler’s Facebook group, Joliet Area Bar and Restaurant Guide; Johnson frequents and comments on his visits to several Joliet restaurants several times a week. Johnson also attended the first-ever downtown Joliet ladies’ night in October.

On Wednesday night at Juliet’s Tavern, Johnson told Joliet Patch that the second event was even more successful than the first.

“It’s more of a mixed group this time around, culturally, and I like that,” Johnson remarked. “I think it’s a great way to bring the women together. We talk online, but it’s good to see each other face to face.”

Johnson grew up in Joliet, so she saw downtown on her bleakest days. “I think it was a ghost town before, and now I feel like it’s livening up a bit.”

LaQuinta Johnson, Joliet’s most active restaurant commentator on social media, gets a hug from CUT 158 owner Bill Diimitroulas. John Ferak/Joliet crest

Johnson expects to remain a regular monthly attendee and she plans to attend the next event, scheduled for December 14.

“I think it’s going to get better every month,” Johnson said.

Duffy said participating downtown Joliet restaurants will donate a portion of Wednesday night’s proceeds from ladies’ night to the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum, which will open on Cass Street across from The Forge, another nighttime attraction. bustling downtown Joliet.

Each month, the Downtown Joliet Ladies Night group will select a different Joliet nonprofit organization for donations. The December event will benefit the Joliet Boys and Girls Club, Duffy said.

As for the state of downtown Joliet, Duffy said the “old stigma” is that it’s overrun with crime, it’s desolate and there’s nothing to do.

“You can safely enter now,” Duffy pointed out.

She has lived in downtown Joliet for a year.

“The (Joliet) Chief of Police (Bill Evans) also lives here,” Duffy said. “It’s the heart of the city. There’s gastronomy, museums, the Rialto, The Forge.”

In recent months, first-year Joliet Police Chief Bill Evans has also assigned two duty officers to conduct foot patrols in downtown Joliet, primarily along the North Chicago Street corridor. Foot patrols take place on Wednesday evenings, Thursday evenings, Friday evenings and Saturday evenings.

On Wednesday evening, the Joliet police Brian Montello and Adam Stapleton mingled with people visiting downtown. The two officers were based in the parking lot directly across from the Rialto Square Theater and CUT 158 Chophouse.

Joliet police officers Brian Montello and Adam Stapleton and police dog Nevil were assigned to foot patrol downtown Joliet on Wednesday evening. John Ferak/Patch

Duffy told the Joliet Patch that having the new nightly foot patrols in downtown Joliet was exceptional; officers give everyone a great sense of security, especially visitors from surrounding communities who come to downtown Joliet for the first time.

Either way, the theme for the monthly ladies’ night is “Rediscovering Joliet” and all events are centered around downtown North Chicago Street, where police officers patrol.

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Employees of Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp in East Pilsen held a fundraiser for their colleague, a military veteran who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in October.

Larry Wilson has worked at the restaurant for almost 20 years. He is a Vietnam veteran and remains hospitalized after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run on the night of October 25.

Police say a white Mercedes Benz traveling north in the 4600 block of South Ashland Avenue struck an unoccupied parked car, which was pushed onto the sidewalk and struck the 63-year-old man as he He was walking. He had stopped at Back of the Yards on his way to his night shift at the restaurant.

As Wilson recovers, his co-workers banded together to support him, hosting a “Jams for the Fam” fundraiser that featured Wison’s favorite house music.

“Yes, we are a company, but I think we really are a family here,” said Daniel Hernandez, general manager.

“It’s a void. You can tell it’s not there,” said Valencia Green, supervisor and close friend.

So the restaurant held a fundraiser on Veterans Day to support the man who served in Vietnam with a return he hopes matches his sacrifice and years of service to both overseas and right here at Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp.

“He was proud to serve his country,” Hernandez said.

“We’re still thinking of you, and we hope you know you’ll come back and be the Larry you were meant to be. We miss you so much!” said Green.

After Wilson was hit, police said the suspected river continued to flow, hitting two other parked cars, including Wilson’s, before getting out and driving away.

No one is in custody. An investigation is underway.

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Bill Murray’s Brother Andy Isn’t a Celebrity Chef, But He Has a Cookbook Wed, 09 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000

Andy Murray readily admits he can’t type but has written a spectacular book nonetheless. “Eat, Drink and Be Murray” passes for a very good cookbook, but it’s much more, a story of family, love and fun, and, yes and naturally, a little golf.

“Since my childhood, I have always frequented the golf courses,” he says. “And the kitchens.”

We were seated one recent afternoon at Dublins Bar & Grill on the Near North Side. He has a small kitchen which is capable of producing a surprisingly large variety of meals and Murray was particularly impressed with, of all the afternoon snacks, the Rockefeller oysters, which we shared and which he judged” really, really good and from this little kitchen”.

He knows food, having spent most of his life in kitchens, since the day he was four and his mother said to him, “Andy, it’s time for you to learn how to make bacon.”

He learned this and started working as a bus driver when he was 11 years old. He was also a caddy at the Indian Hill Club, where all of his brothers carried golf bags.

“I fell in love with restaurants on day one,” he said. “They gave me food. And that beat the hot dogs and drinks we had to pay for ourselves at the golf course.

He flirted with college, sold life insurance for a short time, attended New York Restaurant School and, after a chance meeting backstage at “Saturday Night Live”, worked at La Terrace on Shelter Island. At New York. Later he spent a lively few years at Mortimer’s in Manhattan, a place that attracted such star-hungry socialites and stars as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Frank Sinatra, about whom Murray writes in the book, along with a recipe: “He loved the Dover Sole we served him so much that he generously tipped all the staff.

For the past two decades, he has overseen Murray Bros. Caddyshack which he owns and operates in partnership with his brothers. The first opened in 2001 in St Augustine, Florida, where he lives most of the year, and the other has been in Rosemont since 2018.

He is an affable, funny and optimistic guy, traits he shares with the other members of his large family. A few of his brothers are also writers, although best known for what they do as actors. His older brother Brian has written extensively for television and film, including the script for “Caddyshack” with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney. His brother Bill, who starred in this film and many others, wrote an animated preface to Andy’s book. He also wrote a trivia-filled book in 1999 called “Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf,” co-authored with Golf Digest editor George Peper.

When this book was published, he said to me as he sat in the Billy Goat, “People have been asking me to write a book for a while. But there are all these comedians who have written books about their lives. I didn’t want to do an “I’m so wonderful” kind of book. I didn’t want an “as shown” book because they are too thin. The idea of ​​a book on golf appealed to me.

In Andy’s book, Bill writes, “Andy is my little brother. Not the smallest, but the smallest. So many lovely, adorable siblings, and if you’re smaller – a special you, must raise your voice to be heard above the din. And by the stove, in the shade of our mother, is where little Andy learned to love.

These three brothers grew up with six other siblings – Edward, Nancy, Peggy, Laura, Johnny and Joel – in a small house in Wilmette. In an early article about Bill in the Washington Post, the writer fell in love with his description of Wilmette as “a little mining town north of Chicago.”

Andy writes: “With so many children among us, there was a boys’ room, a girls’ room and, as the family grew, a baby in a crib with my parents. My love of food – and family – comes from my mother. Lucille was the tallest. Everyone felt at home when he sat at his table. Whether it’s a celebrity like John Belushi or the next door neighbor, mom made everyone feel special.

He also loved his father Edward, writing, “There was always a contest to make my dad laugh at dinner. If you could make dad laugh, that was a big deal.

The laughter stopped for a while after December 29, 1967, when her father died of complications from diabetes that clouded her entire life. He was 46 years old.

“We’re all going to have to stick together,” Lucille said.

And they did, pursuing various paths (Nancy became a nun) but remaining close, even after her death in 1988. “We’re still very close,” Andy said. “If we don’t talk on the phone, we text each other and get together frequently.”

This book originated three years ago when Andy was cooking Thanksgiving dinner at Bill’s house in South Carolina. A woman named Karen Duffy sat watching him and said over time, “You should write a book.” She pitched it to her agent, who liked the idea and Andy admittedly hesitantly began to think about it. Then COVID came along and Andy got some time off and started working.

The book has become a family affair, with siblings (older brother Ed died at the end of 2020) contributing, whether sharing recipes, stories, jokes and dozens of charming and evocative photos of the Murray family over the years.

Actor Bill Murray was born in Evanston and grew up in Wilmette.  His family in this Murray family photo is Johnny (top left to right), Andy, Edward, Brian, Joel and Bill.  And bottom left, Nancy, mom Lucille, Laura and Peggy.

He credits his friend, former Tribune reporter, television and radio personality and author Jenniffer Weigel, “without whose constant help and encouragement, none of this would have been possible,” he wrote.

Full disclosure: I don’t cook. But this book is a real treat and I actually think I could make a lot of meals out of its pages.

“That was the idea, simple recipes,” says Andy. “It’s all about comfort food.”

You will find recipes such as French Toast, Chicken Hash, Ribs, Chili, Pea Soup, Tomato Pie, Roast Pork, Lasagna, Meatloaf, Fried Chicken and dozens of others. There are unique items (including a “peanut butter, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich” and “Caddyshack golf balls”, a fried creation. There are salads, sandwiches and desserts. And , since most of Clan Murray is fond of libations, number of cocktail concoctions.

The recipes in the book are spiced up, so to speak, with delicious stories that help create what is both a personal memoir and a family saga. The Murrays are a generally private group and they remain so here, although you will learn a lot about them.

“I’m proud of the book,” Andy said.

We ordered another drink. He told me about a two-week golf trip to Ireland with his brothers, a few buddies, including former poet laureate of the United States Billy Collins, and Andy’s son Drew, “by far the best golfer in family,” Andy said proudly. He opened up about his recent and successful battle with throat cancer, saying, “I spent time here with my sister and we aggressively pursued it. I told the doctors, “Don’t mess with the vocal cords.” We talked about the Cubs. He told me that he had visited the burial places of his parents and other members of his family. He looked happy and was happy to be back in Chicago for a while.

“Am I a celebrity chef?” He asked. “God, I hope not. I have always been and always will be a chef. We have enough celebrities in the family.

New Italian Restaurant Set to Open in Downtown Aurora – Chicago Tribune Sat, 05 Nov 2022 00:19:35 +0000

A new Italian restaurant is about to open in downtown Aurora in space recently vacated by another restaurant.

Amore Mio, an Italian-American restaurant created by chef Roberto Avila, will open in the former Gillerson’s Grubbery building, 33 W. New York St., half a block from River Street on the West Side.

According to Avila, the restaurant “pays homage to the essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York.” He said these restaurants offered “delicious and exceptionally well-prepared food” which was served “in elegant, comfortable and unpretentious settings.”

Avila is the chef and creator of Altiro, the Latin fusion restaurants that have multiple locations including downtown Aurora, on Boulevard Galena and Avenue Stolp, and in Geneva.

He said one of the reasons he chose Aurora was because of the city’s history and because it’s the second largest city in Illinois. Avila’s specialty is Italian cuisine, and he said an Italian restaurant “would be a great asset to the downtown Aurora theater community.”

“They chose Aurora because they know we believe in business,” said Elle Withall, downtown director for the mayor’s office of economic development. She said the fact that a new restaurant is opening in Gilerson’s old location just months after the old restaurant closed is “a good sign of the momentum” underway downtown.

“The mayor and all the city departments are there to hold their hand,” she said. “They are the liaison between the city government and the community building.”

Avila said the restaurant would be tucked away in the basement and offer live music every night and a piano bar area Wednesday through Sunday. It would feature local musicians from surrounding communities.

“At the bar and lounge, you can enjoy classic and exceptional organic martinis and cocktails,” he said.

The restaurant will also have a brick oven for pizzas, Avila said.

McDonald’s Unveils “Black Panther” Happy Meal – NBC Chicago Wed, 02 Nov 2022 23:17:23 +0000

Before “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hits the big screens, fans can get a taste of the film at McDonald’s.

The Chicago-based fast food chain just launched a superhero-inspired Happy Meal collaboration with Marvel Studios.

Each meal comes with one of 10 toys based on a range of characters from the film.


Happy Meals now include one of ten “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” superhero toys based on characters from the movie, from fan favorites like Shuri and Okoye to newcomers like Namor and Ironheart. It will be available for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide, while supplies last. Photo courtesy of McDonald’s.

McDonald’s even released new boxes for the occasion.

“The first ‘Black Panther’ movie inspired a new generation of Marvel lovers – and it’s because of the powerful story it told…” Jennifer Healan, VP of US Marketing, branded content and engagement at McDonald’s, said in a statement on Tuesday. “It set a whole new standard for big-screen representation. And now, we’re excited to bring that experience to our restaurants and help fans see and celebrate their inner hero with this new Happy Meal – because seeing is believing.

The meal is available now for a limited time while supplies last at participating restaurants nationwide.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film starring Tenoch Huerta, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright hits theaters November 11.

]]> Columbus, Ohio’s Top-Rated Sushi Restaurants, According to Tripadvisor Sun, 30 Oct 2022 10:30:00 +0000

Sushi began to gain popularity in the United States in the 1960s, when a restaurant called Kawafuku opened in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. The restaurant’s sushi bar was frequented by Japanese businessmen, who brought their American colleagues for a meal. Eventually, sushi restaurants began popping up in other California cities, like Osho, which opened in 1970 next to the 20th Century Fox studio in Hollywood, attracting big-name producers, directors, and actors. Soon the cuisine came to other American cities like New York and Chicago, and by the late 1980s it was a restaurant craze. According to industry marketing research firm IBISWorld, in 2022 there are nearly 16,000 sushi restaurants in the country.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable bento box for lunch or a fine dining experience for a date, Stacker has you covered. This list of the top-rated sushi restaurants in Columbus on Tripadvisor will help you find the right bread. The Tripadvisor ranking takes into account the average rating and the number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

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#27. Cornerstone Deli Cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (29 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Quick bites, Japanese
– Price: $
– Address: 3296 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202-1141
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#26. New China Town Buffet

– Rating: 3.0 / 5 (13 reviews)
– Detailed Notes:
– Type of cuisine: Chinese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 3650 S High St, Columbus, OH 43207-6015
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#25. Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Bar

– Rating: 3.5/5 (24 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Steakhouse
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 146 Graceland Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#24. Japan House

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (66 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 8701 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, OH 43240
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#23. Koo Seafood Buffet & Grill

– Rating: 3.0 / 5 (38 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (3.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Sushi, Asian
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 4560 Hilton Corporate Dr inside Fort Rapids Water Park, Columbus, OH 43232-4153
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#22. Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

– Rating: 3.0 / 5 (26 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 4210 Stelzer Rd, Columbus, OH 43230-4168
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#21. Estland sideboard

– Rating: 3.5/5 (10 reviews)
– Detailed Notes:
– Type of cuisine: Chinese, Sushi
– Price: not available
– Address: 2599 S Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH 43232-4964
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#20. Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro

– Rating: 4.0/5 (208 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Chinese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1500 Polaris Pkwy Ste 220, Columbus, OH 43240
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#19. Tai’s Asian Bistro and Sushi

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (15 reviews)
– Detailed Notes:
– Type of cuisine: Sushi, Asian
– Price: $
– Address: 1285 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221-3513
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#18. Supreme Buffet & Hibachi Grill

– Rating: 3.0 / 5 (69 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.5/5), Atmosphere (2.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Chinese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1323 W Saint James Lutheran Ln, Columbus, OH 43228-9759
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#17. Benihana

– Rating: 3.5/5 (89 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 8781 Lyra Dr, Columbus, OH 43240-2104
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#16. Nida’s Sushi at the North Market

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (34 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Sushi, Asian
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215-1622
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#15. Tai’s Asian bistro

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (78 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Quick bites, Chinese
– Price: $
– Address: Columbus, Ohio
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#14. Restaurant 1126

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (13 reviews)
– Detailed Notes:
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Bar
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1126 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201-2440
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#13. Bonsai

– Rating: 4.5/5 (19 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2283 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201-1137
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#12. Bento-Go

– Rating: 4.5/5 (15 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value for money (5.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $
– Address: 2226 W Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
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#11. Asian Fusion Bistro Royal Ginger

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (47 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 8591 Sancus Blvd, Columbus, OH 43240-4046
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#ten. Fusian

– Rating: 4.5/5 (21 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Fast Food
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 14 E 11th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201-2100
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#9. Sushi In Columbus

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (55 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1051 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240-6092
– Find out more on Tripadvisor


#8. Kooma Sushi Restaurant

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (60 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 37 Vine St, Columbus, OH 43215-2206
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#seven. Torah

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (54 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (5.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1330 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH 43230-6853
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#6. Asian cuisine and sushi bar

– Rating: 4.5/5 (47 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (5.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1325 Stoneridge Dr, Columbus, OH 43230
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#5. Rishi Sushi

– Rating: 4.5/5 (46 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Sushi, Asian
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 114 N 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-3193
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#4. sushi ten

– Rating: 4.5/5 (42 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (5.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $
– Address: 1159 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-3607
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#3. Japanese restaurant Sushi Ko

– Rating: 4.5/5 (78 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 122 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235-6490
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#2. Lemongrass

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (249 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Fusion, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-2059
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#1. Akai Hana

– Rating: 4.5/5 (175 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1173 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-3607
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

Charlie Mitchell is New York’s first Michelin-starred black chef Wed, 26 Oct 2022 20:27:19 +0000

When Charlie Mitchell — executive chef of the newly-starred Clover Hill restaurant in Brooklyn Heights — learned he was the first and only black chef to run a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York, he was surprised, but it didn’t matter. only intensify. his professional ambition.

“I always used to say I wanted to be the first black leader with three stars because I never realized none of us even had one star,” Mitchell said. “I thought it was normal! But when I learned that I would be the first [or second nationally] I thought that was crazy, although I can think of a number of reasons. […] Now you feel special enough to be someone people can look up to.

Clover Hill opened in February 2022 and serves upscale seafood and produce-focused American cuisine with dishes like Maine uni topped with caviar, as part of a 175-course tasting menu. $. When the restaurant received a Michelin star this fall, Mitchell became not only the first black executive chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, but also the second black chef nationally to earn the accolade.

Mitchell grew up in Detroit and got her culinary training on the job at restaurants in her hometown instead of going to culinary school. After deciding he wanted to get into the food business, Mitchell left Detroit, as the city really wasn’t a hotbed of high-end culinary pursuits, then started working in restaurants in San Francisco, New York. and Washington, DC, before coming back to New York one last time. At this point in his career, Mitchell has an impressive resume, with Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef positions under his belt at Eleven Madison Park, Jônt, Bresca, Villanelle and One White Street.

When Clover Hill co-founder Clay Castillo asked him to lead the Brooklyn restaurant’s kitchen, it became Mitchell’s first-ever executive chef position where he was truly in charge of menu creation and execution. .

“I came back to One White Street for a short time as executive sous chef, but I was really ready to be on my own instead of executing someone else. [menu vision],” he said. “Clay texted me when I was ready to quit my job. It was really a matter of timing. […] Some owners will tell you exactly what to do, but with Clay, we chose everything together, from wine glasses to ingredients.

When asked how Clover Hill was able to earn a Michelin star so quickly after opening, Mitchell attributed the success to a good PR team, a New York Times article and their policy of integrity, even when the restaurant was slow to foot traffic.

“I remember we had to close a few Wednesdays and Thursdays because we had no coverage,” he said. “It was hard […] But we felt we had a great product and we made sure to support it whether we had two nights out to eat a night, or now when we have 60.”

Mitchell’s modesty might attribute Clover Hill’s success to good publicity, but his ingredient-centric outlook is the heart of the restaurant. Mitchell creates every dish on the Clover Hill menu backwards: starting with a local, seasonal ingredient and creating a dish around it, rather than the other way around. Right now, mushrooms dominate his cooking, including lobster and trumpet mushrooms, as he tries every day to “cook what the Earth tells us is in season.”

But as one of only two black chefs nationally recognized by the Michelin guide, is he alone at the top? Mitchell said he hopes to be an example for other young chefs of color in the industry so that reaching the top of the restaurant industry may seem more attainable to other young black chefs in Detroit like him.

“I think a lot of chefs of color, maybe they step in the door as a sous chef or something and they’ll open up something more casual in their hometown,” did he declare. “And maybe they don’t just stick to fine dining. I don’t think I’m the first black chef [in the fine dining world] […] I just stayed the course and waited for my opportunity.

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Halloween 2022: A spy-themed restaurant in Chicago is cooking up booze ideas for the holidays Sat, 22 Oct 2022 15:48:34 +0000

CHICAGO (WLS) — Planning a Halloween party? Here are some alcoholic ideas for serving guests.

David Nepove is a mixologist at SafeHouse Chicago in River North.

The restaurant organizes a “Bond, Boos & Booze” next weekend. You can enjoy live music, special Halloween cocktails and a costume contest.

The event will also kick off Camp X, SafeHouse Chicago’s new nighttime series every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. This is when the spy-themed restaurant turns into a “spy speakeasy” after dark.

Here are some of the cocktail recipes Nepove has cooked up for ABC 7 Chicago:

Walking Dead

2 ounces of tequila

3/4 oz passion fruit syrup

1 oz pineapple juice

1 oz lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

Mix with ice, shake and pour into a tall glass. Float prosecco on top and garnish with an orange, cherry and gummy eyeball skewer.

potion of witches

1 ounce of vodka

3/4 oz elderflower liqueur

1 ounce pomegranate juice

1 ounce lemon juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

prosecco float

Pour over ice in a martini glass rimmed with brown sugar and garnish with cherries.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

2 oz vanilla vodka

2 oz homemade pumpkin pie mix

Whipped cream

Mix, shake and serve in a martini glass, garnished with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Exploring Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood | Chicago Classic Magazine Sat, 15 Oct 2022 20:10:20 +0000

By Bob Glaze

As Hispanic Heritage Month ended yesterday, I wanted to share my recent visit to the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, on the northwest side, west of Logan Square, with the boundaries generally south of Belmont, at east of Kenton, north of Courtland and west of Pulaski.



The area includes the birthplace of Walt Disney and is the former headquarters of the Schwinn Bicycle Company. The area was originally populated mainly by Germans, Scandinavians with new groups of Poles, Hungarians and Austrians. Today it has become more than two-thirds Hispanic with immigrants from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and Venezuela. The bulk of the residents come from Mexico and Puerto Rico.



This can be seen in the variety of small markets, shops, cafes and restaurants along the main corridor. I loved the vibe of the neighborhood and the friendliness and kindness of everyone I met. Made me feel like I was back in San Miguel Allende, MX. When I was exploring on a hot Saturday afternoon and evening in August, there were several local block parties with activities for local children and large groups of locals dining together in the street.


On my first visit, I focused on W Armitage. I hope to return and explore other spots on W. Fullerton. My recommendations to visit include:

Straight bee cider: At 1830 N. Kostner in the former Schwinn Bicycle factory. They make and distribute their ciders on site, plus there’s a tasting room so you can try their ciders with cocktails, using their products, and with guest beers. Currently, they make eight ciders. I particularly liked the Blossom 6% which was light and refreshing on a hot night. It is made with cherry blossoms, lemon myrtle and roof honey. It is operated by Charlie Davis and his wife Katie Morgan.

Straight bee cider

Straight bee cider

Right Bee Cider – Charlie Davis

Central Bakery: This neighborhood bakery offers a large number of pastries, breads, brioches, cookies and sandwiches. You can buy flan and tres leches cake, which are two of my favorite desserts! The staff were lovely. 4348 O.Armitage.

Central Bakery

Central Bakery

Rica Arepa: Located at 4253 W. Armitage, this popular Venezuelan spot is operated by husband and wife owners Kharim Rincon and Maria Uzcategui. The menu is extensive. You can feast on more than two dozen varieties of arepas or light corn cakes that they crisp on the griddle and stuffed with meats, cheeses and other fillings. The most popular ‘Pabellon’ includes shredded beef, black beans, plantains and cheese, but there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. There are also empanadas and Venezuelan-style burgers. It was my first exposure to Venezuelan food so I had to try the Pabellon. I thought it was excellent. I also loved the Rompe Colchon & Toson made with plantains and shrimp ceviche. There is a lovely outdoor patio for summer dining. I hope to try their Lakeview 2913 N. Lincoln location.

Rica Arepa

Rica Arepa

Rica Arepa

Xurro Churro Factory: I love churros and had to stop by their location at 3755 W. Armitage. In addition to churros, they have coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, horchata, funnel cakes, ice cream, and milkshakes. I loved the traditional churro rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Xurro Churro Factory

Guadalajara Bakery: This is a small Mexican bakery offering bread, pastries and a selection of sandwiches. I enjoyed the pecan and coconut cookies I purchased. 4014 W.Armitage

Guadalajara Bakery

Guadalajara Bakery

Salty Sweet: I went to the Salty Sweet after seeing it on the neighborhood map. Located at 4459 W. Armitage, this is a colorful little cafe. They have a large menu of sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, pancakes, milkshakes and smoothies. I thought the salty sweet latte cafe con leche was a great choice.

Salty Sweet

Salty Sweet

Latin More: Owned by the familia Rivera, this is a colorful little shop selling flowers, candies, religious statues, stuffed animals and teddy bears and gifts. 4208 West Armitage

Latin More

Latin More

The Michoacana Frutileta #2: This is a newly opened store selling ice cream and paletas. Paletas are Mexican popsicles containing fresh fruit, juices and flavorings. The coconut ice cream was refreshing on a hot August night. They have an outdoor patio on the west side. 4058 West Armitage

The Michoacana Frutileta #2

The Michoacana Frutileta #2

The Michoacana Frutileta #2

Las Delicias of Puerto Rico. Recommended by the staff at Salty Sweet, this is a casual Puerto Rican restaurant west of Salty Sweet at 4821 W. Armitage. The menu features traditional Puerto Rican meat and seafood dishes, corn fritters, tostones or fried plantains, and sandwiches.

Las Delicias of Puerto Rico

I hope you enjoy the neighborhood as much as I do!

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