Sit down with Chef and Owner Carlos Gaytan in his Noble Square Restaurant, Mexique. Having a Michelin Starred restaurant is not easy. It’s always that people come here with great expectations, so I like to come to the tables and check how’s everything. [Make sure] they’re happy with the food, they’re happy with the service.…

Chef’s Corner | Thomas Lents Thomas Lents was appointed executive chef of Sixteen in January 2012, after working in the world’s most celebrated fine-dining establishments. In his new position at the acclaimed restaurant on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Chef Lents presents innovative menu programming that marries the details and…

Chef Ryan McCaskey sits down with devHour.tv in this 1 ON 1 “What I’ve been trying to do here at Acadia and  was a vision of mine for a very long time… Trying to build something that was more timeless. I wanted it contemporary, I wanted it sleek and minimalist, but at the same time…

Chef Mauro Mafrici explains how Pelago represents the story of his life in his downtown restaurant. “Pelago is a puzzzle to my life. Thre are few dishes that I experimented with a long time ago, I brought them back and it works. My menu is about different restaurants and different times in my life. New…

Few regions of the world offer a culinary anthology like the Mediterranean. And there’s no better place to celebrate culture and food than here, Chicago. Chef Tim Graham abides. Contemporary preparations guide a tour down the fertile slopes of Northern Italy to the sea, and from the shores of Southern France to the exotic spice…

Chef & Owner Iliana Regan takes us through her story like menu, in this Lincoln Square gem. “From the moment they walk in, hopefully the space gives them some kind of feeling of maybe being in nature, in a little cabin somewhere. Feeling like they’re comfortable, and in my home. We really think about the…

Chef David Schneider educates us on Taxim’s regional Greek cuisine, in Wicker Park. “Taxim features regionally-inspired Greek dishes paired with an all-Greek wine list. The stunning dining room is fitted with soaring 16-foot ceilings, travertine marble floors and dramatic Byzantine-style lamps and artwork. We take pride in our selection of traditional Greek wine. Updated regularly,…

Chef de Cuisine Andres Padilla introduces us to Topolobampo in Chicago’s River North. “Topolobampo is contemporary, elegant, authentic, and fun. Offers Mexican cuisine like you’ve never seen before. Topolobampo’s dishes are organized under 8 categories. Guests choose from these categories to create their own three-, five- or seven-course tasting menus. A fourth option, The Perfect…

Since taking the culinary lead at Sepia in 2009, Chef Andrew Zimmerman has garnered national acclaim for his inventive American cuisine. His creative direction in the kitchen has earned the Chicago restaurant a Michelin star since 2011. Zimmerman was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City in 2010. He’s received…

This is a traditional Japanese restaurant that focuses on the root of Japanese cuisine. We also like to put forward thinking into it, as well as, incorporating some worldly flavors into it. Slowly we’re trying to change the dynamics of this restaurant and not only have the focus be on the sushi and fresh fish,…

Located in the heart of Chicago’s bustling West Loop neighborhood, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant inspired by classic red-sauce joints of the 1950’s. Created as a nod to the owner’s grandmother, guests will enjoy traditional Italian family recipes, alongside new Italian-American favorites, all with a fresh culinary perspective from Chef/Partner Tony Quartaro. Two private event…

The brainchild of Chef/Owner Phillip Foss, EL Ideas’ mission statement is to ‘redefine fine dining’. By removing pretension and preconceptions from the fine dining arena, Michelin starred EL Ideas has carved a niche that separates itself. A small BYOB restaurant in a little known Chicago neighborhood, guests can enjoy a relaxed and unique setting not…

Daniel Alonso talks tapas with devHour.tv at this Wicker Park Staple. “Black Bull pays homage to the tapas and pintxos bars of Spain, full of warmth and vivacity, a meeting point for friends, where an unassuming entrance conceals a boisterous setting serving simple yet surprising food. At the heart of Black Bull is the custom…

Located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, the Michelin two-star rated, Forbes Five Star, and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Sixteen, presents a truly unparalleled epicurean experience. With Executive Chef Thomas Lents at the helm of our acclaimed team, this Chicago restaurant showcases a thoughtful approach to modern American cuisine, focused…

Chef Erick Williams tells devHour.tv about the new menu at MK. “The Restaurant will be celebrating 17 years of casual fine dining with unrivaled hospitality this November. We have renovated our bar, lounge, and dining room and Chef Erick and his team have a beautiful new menu along with a small bite menu available only in the…

Chef de Cuisine Kyle Petersen guides us through the artistic journey which is Fulton Market Kitchen. “Fulton Market Kitchen is a portal of collective creativity; integrating various art mediums and styles with imaginative cuisine to create a new experience for Chicago’s evolving culture. Our cuisine embraces global influences and advocates relaxed, free-form dining.

Mastro’s Steakhouse was a family-owned restaurant, founded in Scottsdale in 1999. In 2007, Mastro’s Restaurants, LLC in Woodland Hills, CA acquired the Scottsdale-based restaurant group. Mastro’s Restaurants is led by a team of highly motivated and detail oriented management who strive for excellence in guest service, finest quality food and distinct ambience, setting Mastro’s apart…

Balena in Lincoln Park is the first collaboration between the Boka Restaurant Group and The Bristol Group. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel, the restaurant serves what he calls “Honest, Italian cooking.” Balena’s many accolades include Best New Restaurants in America by Gayot and Bon Appetit, 3 stars by the Chicago Tribune, and a James…

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Del Frisco’s occupies three floors of the former Esquire Theater. The restaurant features stunning interiors that preserve the landmark theater’s historic architectural elements and simultaneously offers guests a modern yet inviting environment. Guests can choose from a variety of dining spaces and will have ample options…

Japonais by Morimoto offers its guests the signature cuisine of (Iron Chef) Masaharu Morimoto; a seamless blend of Japanese and Western techniques brought together to create exciting new flavors and culinary experiences. With brand new enhancements, designed by the timeless Jeffrey Beers International, our restaurant features two distinct dining rooms and among the new and…

Quince serves contemporary American cuisine, in a lively and comfortable setting near downtown Evanston. Andy Motto arrives at Quince from a position as Executive Chef at Old Town Brasserie. Andy began his career at a small pizza parlor in Arlington Heights and graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1995. He returned to Chicago…

From the owners of the original Pizza D.O.C., we welcome you to Himmel’s. In 2014, we have expanded our menu to include many more authentic German dishes that are receiving rave reviews from customers. When you walk into our restaurant, we want you to feel like you are at home. Our amazing wood-burning oven is…

Globally inspired sharing plates & cocktails are served in a wood-trimmed room or on a leafy patio. A collaboration of Chef Troy Graves and Christopher Peckat, Bucktown’s latest bar and eatery features global comfort food flavors with equal attention paid to a seasonal, locally and organically sourced craft cocktail program. The neighborhood venue with food…

TWO Restaurant, in the West Loop, hosted another collaborative chef dinner with these fine chefs: *Chef Lucian Prellwitz from Nedd Ludd – Portland, Oregon *Chef Zoe Schor from Ada St. – Chicago *Chef Cory Morris from Mercat A La Planxa – Chicago *Chef Tom Van Lente from TWO – Chicago Followed by a night of…

Pops for Champagne is the nation’s most acclaimed champagne bar and one of Chicago’s top night clubs. For more than 30 years, Pops has strived to present an unrivaled champagne list (now at nearly 250 selections), as well as a complete bar selection, live music, and a seasonal menu of champagne-friendly small plates and shareable…

Executive Chef Cardel Reid takes devHour.tv on a fine dining experience, 95 floors above Chicago. “Located atop the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th offers diners exquisite food, superb service, and a dazzling skyline view. The elegant wood designs and art deco interior create an inviting and intimate atmosphere, while the floor-to-ceiling…

Since 1995, Chef Priscila Satkoff at Salpicón has been satisfying devotees of her classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Michelin® Guide calls her “this town’s unsung hero of contemporary Mexican cuisine”.  Her food is paired with her husband Vincent’s award-winning wine list and extensive list of 100% agave Tequilas.  Let Wanda Cole, a CMS Advanced Sommelier,…

Go on an elevated, vegetarian experience with Executive Chef Shawn McClain at Green Zebra. “One thing we want the guest to notice when they walk in is obviously the space. It’s kind of done in more natural tones, you kind of got an aubergine eggplant color to go with the cuisine of the place. It’s…

The Head Captain [Mark] sits with devHour.tv and navigates the experience that is Cite. “For over 38 years, Cite has stood 70 stories high as a Chicago institution. The ultimate dining experience features savory menu selections, impeccable service, the romantic SkyLounge, private banquet room and breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline and lakefront.”  

Executive Chef Natalie Oswald brings modern Mexican cuisine to this Lakeview BYOB. “Chilam Balam is modern Mexican small plates restaurant meant for community sharing. It’s really cool because it’s in a basement, it’s kind of like an underground dinner club. We’re not strictly traditional Mexican, we’re more modern Mexican as well as using local ingredients.…

Chef’s Corner | Carlos Gaytan “I’ve been in the kitchen a very long time, since I was 14, working in Mexico with my mother to help support the family…sometimes we didn’t have money to buy ingredients so we would go out into the field. I really enjoy putting smiles on people’s faces, just from cooking.…

Bill Carroll tells us why pizza cooked in a charcoal oven is the best and only way they know how. “At Coalfire we serve an American spin on the traditional Neapolitan style pizza: A thin crust that emerges slightly charred and bubbly from our 800 degree oven fueled by clean burning coal.  Due to the…

Ashley Ortiz, Owner, gives us a tour of this Wicker Park Antique Store and Mexican restaurant “Antique Taco is a combination of everything we love: flavorful food, antique style, and the comfort of home. When thinking of how to design Antique Taco, I knew incorporating antiques in the restaurant was a must. Besides the instant…

Chef Scott Manley walks us through the culinary story which is Table, Donkey & Stick in Logan Square. “It’s a neighborhood restaurant offering seasonal fare and a unique selection of beer, wine and spirits honoring the eating and drinking traditions of the Alps. The menu features creative, seasonally driven dishes inspired by the mountain cuisines…

Owners Jennifer and Lisa explain what makes Bread & Wine so special to Irving Park. “Serving both hearty and lighter fare, Bread & Wine menu items are designed, in part, to highlight the different ethnicities in the neighborhood. Visitors can sit at the open kitchen and watch dinner being prepared, or choose one of the…

Take a culinary tour of Barcelona, with Chef Cory Morris, right on Michigan Avenue at Mercat a la Planxa. “Mercat a La Planxa features an extraordinary selection of tapas dishes from cut-to-order charcuterie and cheeses to fresh seafood, steaks and chops, all inspired by Spain’s Catalan region. The impressive menu includes an emphasis on meats…

Pastry Chef Thomas Raquel chats with devHour.tv about where he draws his inspiration. “I find myself being inspired by the season and what’s growing. Growing up in Los Angeles where the weather is pretty stagnant, it’s hard to be a part of the seasons when it’s 70 and it’s December. I always start with the…

Former Check, Please! Host and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh Introduces us to her River North restaurant: The Boarding House. “The Boarding House is a luxurious restaurant that offers a comfortable setting for any occasion. As you walk into the restaurant you’ll notice a chandelier made of 10,000 wine glasses suspended above the main bar and…

“The Bourgeois Pig Café was opened on a shoestring budget in May of 1993 by the president & founder of the company, F. Mason Green, then 28 years old. Having backpacked extensively throughout Europe after college graduation and visiting many incredible cafes, and then spending several years waiting tables on Russian Hill in San Francisco,…

Browntrout is a comfortable, casual fine-dining experience located at 4111 N. Lincoln in the North Center area of Chicago. We are family owned and can seat 70 people, comfortably, in our dining room. We have a large central communal table for large groups. Our emphasis is on sustainability and agro-consciousness, without sacrificing quality. We believe…