“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.

Burgers, Pasta, and Coq au Vin

By Carmen Schmidt |

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Our culinary tour of Chicagoland continues on this week’s Check, Please! A great burger, classically prepared pasta dishes, and coq au vin are on the menu.

Memorable Experiences!

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I am so excited about this week’s show! The restaurants are all so different and so delicious! Each restaurant provides a very unique culinary experience, some more unexpected than others.

Out of the Ordinary

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New episodes of Check, Please! are back. Just like the weather, this week we’re featuring a couple of restaurants that are truly out-of-the-ordinary and one that is sure to be the topper for a fun night out on Michigan Avenue.

The questions we always get…

By Carmen Schmidt |

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Check, Please! is a pretty popular show on WTTW, so when people hear that I work on the show, I get a lot of questions. Viewers send e-mails with questions, comments, and even some suggestions. Since we’re on a break until January 2012, I thought it might be a great time to answer some of these frequently asked questions.

Fusion, smut, and fish - Really!?

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We're always trying to mix-it-up at Check, Please! and this week's show is the very definition of eclectic! From an upscale meal at an unbelievable price to a restaurant that features brunch and porn there is definitely something for everyone in this week's show! Really!

Authentic?

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Hey look who’s on Check, Please! this week. It’s Steve Dahl, former radio personality and now podcaster! Much younger viewers may not be familiar with the witty Steve Dahl but he is one of the most well known ‘shock jocks’ in Chicago radio history. For many our WTTW staff, it was a real treat to see him walking through our halls for the taping of the show. Regardless of our careers in media, we still get excited when we have someone ‘famous’ in the house.

Steak, Mexican, and Greek on the Menu This Week

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This week on Check, Please! our guest reviewers take us out for huge portions and excellent service at Mastro's Steakhouse, kosher-style Mexican fare at La Casa De Isaac, and authentic Greek cuisine and spit-roasted meats at Melanthios Greek Char House. Once again, Check, Please!

Around the City and Culinary Dial

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This week on Check, Please! our guest reviewers take us around the city for another culinary adventure with a few sweet delights.

To Sauce or Not to Sauce…

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When most people think of really good barbeque, they don’t first think of Chicago. Our thoughts tend to go to the southern part of the country. This week on Check, Please! reviewer Zach Moore tells us you don’t have to make a road-trip for great barbeque. You can find it right here on the Gold Coast at Chicago q. But, our guests had mixed reviews of Chicago q, which ultimately came down to the sauce.

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