Check, Please Confessional: 5 Rabanitos, Boltwood, Elephant Thai

Season 16, Episode 12: 5 Rabanitos, Boltwood, The Elephant Thai

By David Manilow |

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Annie Law, Claudia Perry, and Jose Macias who weigh in on Chicago area eateries 5 Rabanitos, Boltwood, and The Elephant Thai.

Cat’s Corner: Q & A with Alfonso Sotelo, Chef/Owner of 5 Rabanitos

By Catherine De Orio |

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Fried plantains at 5 Rabanitos

Hi all! We’re nearing the end of the season and beginning to prepare for the next. If you’re interested in sitting at the table and sharing your favorite restaurant next season, here’s how you can apply! This week we take you to 5 Rabanitos in Pilsen; Boltwood in Evanston, and then we head to The Elephant Thai on Devon in Forest Glen. I spoke with Mexican restaurant 5 Rabanitos Chef/Owner Alfonso Sotelo with his translator Miguel Salgado about his first solo venture. Here’s what he had to say.

Farm to Table

By Julia Maish |

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A locally sourced dish at Lincoln Square's Elizabeth

Are you a locavore? If you know what this term means without having to look it up (and consider yourself to be one), chances are you’re a fan of the “farm to table” movement. In honor of a Check, Please! featured eatery in this category, Evanston’s Boltwood, here’s a closer look at the what, when, and why.

Season 16, Episode 11: Chicago Cut, Café Marie-Jeanne, Katy's Dumpling House

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Terry Lavin, Angela Klipp, and Young Choi who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Chicago Cut, Café Marie-Jeanne, and Katy's Dumpling House.

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Café Marie-Jeanne Owners, Executive Chef Mike Simmons and Wine Director Jamie McLennan

By Catherine De Orio |

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Chocolate croissants at Café Marie-Jeanne

Greetings! We are nearing the end of the season, and it’s packed with some gems! This week we take you to Café Marie-Jeanne in the rapidly developing area of California and Augusta in Humboldt Park; celebrity-swamped Chicago Cut in River North; and Katy’s Dumpling House in Oak Park. Cafe Marie-Jeanne Proprietor/Chef Mike Simmons and Proprietor/Wine Director Jamie McLennan chatted with me about their new venture. Here’s what they had to say.

France

By Julia Maish |

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French onion soup

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” — Julia Child

Season 16, Episode 10: The Bristol, Herb, Peach's on 47th

By David Manilow |

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Amit Hasak, Andrea Sylvester, and Ariel Donegan who weigh in on Chicago area eateries The Bristol, Herb, and Peach's on 47th.

Thailand

By Julia Maish |

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Me dee Thai

In recent years, the popularity of Thai cuisine has burgeoned in the Chicago area, and it’s easy to see why. Even a cursory glance at a menu in a typical Thai eatery will tell you that there is something available for just about every taste, from sweet to salty, bitter to spicy, sour to soothing.

 
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The Swedish Seed

Dan Rook of South Water Kitchen makes The Swedish Seed.

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