Senor Pan

By Jerry |

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Finally it was time for my birthday family meal, it is only over a week late! Well I will say things have been quite busy around the old family home lately. This is the first free day when we could all get together.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Lori |

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Merlo on Maple is my idea of the perfect restaurant dining experience. The restaurant is located in a beautifully restored, four story, 19th century town home in the heart of the Gold Coast, just steps from the exciting Rush Street area of Chicago. During the Winter months, the cozy rooms invite you into the warmth of the restaurant with it’s understated elegance. Flicking candles in silver candlesticks are on every white linen table. You enter the gracious town home and immediately see the intimate bar.

World of Chicago Restaurants

By Carmen Schmidt |

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We've reached the end of another season of Check, Please! Our last show is always a compilation of restaurants and discussions from the past, and this year's theme is the "World of Chicago Restaurants."

My Most Memorable Dining Experience

By Nicole |

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My most memorable dining experience took place not at just one establishment, but four over the course of a few hours, thanks to local tour company Fork and the Road. Two summers ago I joined Fork's intrepid owners, Dimitria and Sharon, for a bicycle tour of some of Chicago's great Eastern European cuisine. During our 15-mile bike ride through the city's northwest neighborhoods on a lovely day, we most assuredly took in more calories eating than we burned biking, but it was still a fun and delicious way to explore the city.

Chicago Brauhaus

By Samantha |

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I have such a huge love for food in general, it really is difficult for me to pick my favorite restaurant, food item, etc. Thus, I think I’d like to start with the restaurant that keeps me coming back, because to me consistency is really key. While I adore fine dining, I also like different types of places.

Bartender vs. Mixologist

By Carmen Schmidt |

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The rattle of a cocktail shaker has made it to almost every episode of this season’s Check, Please! While the food is usually the main event at most restaurants, cocktails are often the icing on the cake.

The Restaurant That Keeps Me Coming Back...

By Emilie |

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I’ve enjoyed many experiences at Big Jones over the three years I’ve lived in Andersonville. Everything from experimenting in my new neighborhood, to a last minute dining idea, to impressing out-of-town (including international) guests with a great taste of creativity in Chicago. “Southern heirloom cooking” at Big Jones is a hit! It is truly a unique treat in my neighborhood. The Art Nuevo styled font on the quaint looking awning above Big Jones’ door draws you in.

Naf Naf Grill

By Aaron |

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The most delicious single bite of food in the Chicago land area exists in Naperville. The flavors, textures, and layers of the falafel sandwich found at Naf Naf Mediterranean Grill perfectly marry to create a simply divine, yet foodgasmic morsel. The handmade pita pillows nestle a handsomely dressed (with chili paste, tahini and pickled vegetables) falafel.

“Burt says you’re pushing it.”

By Carmen Schmidt |

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This week on Check, Please! service with a smile is on the menu. Regardless of where you go to eat, the service can really make a difference.

Something A Little Different - Charlie Trotter's Cooking Class Demonstration

By Elizabeth |

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A cooking class demonstration at Charlie Trotter's is my most memorable dining experience. I saved the menu from this experience. Thirty-five of us who had the intuitive good fortune to purchase a $100 ticket for a school fundraiser were equally blown away and hopefully all have treasured the experience as I. Back then, Charlie Trotter's ruled the Chicago fine dining destination spots.

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