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2012 Winner1444 W. Chicago Ave.Beauty Bar Chicago, part saloon, part salon, established its Chicago home in 2010 as part of a nationally franchised chain. Its décor is out of a 1960s hairdressing manual. One wall is lined with old-fashioned seated hair dryers. Another wall has ...
2012 Winner123 N Jefferson StSelecting Sepia as a date spot is sure to impress any first date, as the potential love interest will surely notice the suitor’s choice of history (Sepia features plenty of Chicago memorabilia inside its former print-shop location) alongside a del...
2012 Winner3324 N. California Ave.Hot Doug’s may be the “sausage superstore and encased meat emporium,” but its fries are nothing to scoff at either. There’s nothing too fancy here, just three types to choose from: regular, duck-fat, or cheese fries – all delicious, and they’re al...
2012 Winner1664 N. Ada St.“Chocolate” at Ada St. looks deceptively simple–just an egg-shaped scoop of fudgy mousse. But then you notice it’s sprinkled with sea salt crystals. And drizzled with Tuscan olive oil. And served with gently toasted ciabatta. Turns out it’s a thic...
2012 Winner1571 Sherman Ave.While everybody else can square off over the merits of peanut butter versus Nutella, we’ll be on the sidelines downing a Speculoos milkshake from the king of Evanston burger joints, Edzo’s. The off-the-menu item isn’t a new edition, but until the ...
2012 Finalist504 N. Wells St.SushiSamba Rio Restaurant Review: Here we have an alliance (unholy at times) between Japanese (sushi) and South American (samba). Nonetheless, the 12,000-square-foot eatery quickly gained --- and has since maintained --- a scenester following. We ...
2012 Finalist2649 W. Peterson Ave.Katsu Japanese Restaurant Restaurant Review: Exposed-brick Katsu has a sushi bar, a comfortable, old-school dining room and gracious service, earning it a share of regulars, many of whom come for tempura, beef rolls, a large array of familiar maki...
2012 Finalist1112 S. Wabash Ave.Eleven City Diner Restaurant Review: Vintage-cool décor and a hip diner vibe pervade this space, which fills with business people and kids from Columbia College next door. Start with mini Reuben sandwiches, followed by The Woody Allen, a triple-de...
2012 Winner960 W. 31st St.Editor and publisher Ed Marszewski has built a small empire for the artistic left, from spearheading alternative arts festivals such as Version and the MDW Fair to creating the Co-Prosperity Sphere, a Bridgeport cultural center. First published in...
2012 Winner833 W. Randolph St.Jared Van Camp's ambitious grain-to-table program, which has the kitchen milling its own flour for bread, pasta, and pizza, achieves its highest pinnacle in the rustic shapes he's hand-rolling and machine-extruding. Camp's southern-Italian-style s...
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