Pizza and Cake

By Carmen Schmidt |

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Each week on Check, Please! we have the pleasure of watching three people from different walks of life tell us about one of their favorite restaurants. They come excited and hopeful that everyone at the table will enjoy their selections as much as they do. And, why not? When you find a great place to eat, it’s fun to turn on others to it. But what happens when the restaurant you adore is not so lovingly accepted?

They’re baaack!

By John |

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Whether I have a craving for an overwhelming portion of chicken parmesan or the city’s tastiest bowl of bottomless salad, Graziano’s is the place I go to satiate my hunger. For more than ten years, Graziano’s Brick Oven Pizza has sent me home with doggy bag after doggy bag of Italian classics. Good for lunch or dinner, alone, with my wife, or with a large group of family and friends, the exposed brick walls, accessible seating options, and friendly service keep me coming back... for the food!

The Simple Things

By Carmen Schmidt |

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On this week’s Check, Please!, guest reviewer Brian introduces us to The Publican – a European-style beer hall serving lots of special cuts of pork and offering a wide selection of beers to pair with your meal. And for those looking for simpler fare, Jerry and returning Check, Please! All-Star Leilani remind us that you don’t have to get fancy to have a great meal with their two recommendations.

Holy Alpana Singh!

By Carmen Schmidt |

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This week’s episode of Check, Please! takes us to three very different restaurants. We armchair travel from the chic  Terzo Piano located on the third floor in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago to the near west side and a diner that has been serving huge portions of corned beef since 1933. Talk about contrasts!

Kids with Taste!

By Carmen Schmidt |

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Do you eat the same now as you did as a kid? If you’re like most people the answer is an absolute no. I remember loving things like pizza and mom’s roast beef, and not being open in the least to anything new, especially vegetables. My family didn’t go out to eat much when I was a kid and when we did is was usually a pizzeria or a family diner, where I ordered the same thing every time. I think that’s why I am very intrigued by this week’s returning young All-Star guest review, Jihan Dubose.

We're Back!

By Carmen Schmidt |

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We know you've been watching encore presentations of Check, Please! over the summer, and we're excited to launch a brand new season on Friday, October 15 at 8:00 pm! We can hardly believe that this will be our 10th Anniversary season with 324 restaurants reviewed. Imagine the culinary adventures we will explore together.

Leaving the tip

By Carmen Schmidt |

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What should I tip? It's that age old question that crosses your mind each time you look at the check at the end of a meal. There are so many variables that go into answering this question. I've asked around to get a sense of what people think about tipping, and I've learned that there are strong opinions on the subject. Most 'tip logic" is based on a firmly-held, socially-acceptable standard percentage of the check, the service expected from the location, and the experience as a whole. However, ultimately it really comes down to what you, the customer, want to do.

Who’s your favorite guest reviewer? Tell us.

By Carmen Schmidt |

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For the tenth season of Check, Please! - yes, we are going into our 10th season - we thought it would be fun to bring back some of the most memorable, colorful, and down-right interesting guest reviewers from the past nine seasons. For each show, a past guest reviewer, we're calling them our "All-Stars," will be scheduled for a return appearance with two new guest reviewers at the table. And you get to tell us who they should be. Have you voted yet? If not, please vote before March 19 (voting closed).

Happy Chinese New Year!

By Carmen Schmidt |

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There are plenty of reasons to go out for a meal with friends and family. But, just in case you need one... Happy Chinese New Year! Many holidays are celebrated with a special meal, and Chinese New Year is no exception. We have featured plenty of wonderful Asian cuisine restaurants on Check, Please! so there's bound to be one where you can enjoy a traditional Chinese New Year meal with family and friends. Explore the directory of restaurants recommended by our guest reviewers on this site.

What does it all mean?

By Carmen Schmidt |

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We're at the end of Season 9 on Check, Please! If you're a regular viewer, then you know that the last show is what we call the "comp" or compilation episode. That's when we look back at several restaurants that have been featured on Check, Please! over the past seasons and we focus on a particular theme. This season's theme is "mom and pop" restaurants. You know... those restaurants where a husband and wife team makes the culinary magic happen.

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