Back to Basics

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Check, Please! is in full swing with our first regular show of the season. In keeping with our tradition of presenting an eclectic mix of restaurants, this week’s reviewers take us on a culinary excursion to a sleek seafood eatery, a pork-lovers BBQ delight, and a family-run, Mediterranean inspired restaurant.

Follow that Food Truck!

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We’re back for the twelfth season of Check, Please! This season, we’re starting off with a show that features Chicagoland’s rolling restaurants – food trucks! This September, a gaggle of food trucks parked outside of the WTTW Studios as more than 1,000 guests sampled the tasty truck offerings. As The O’My’s played, and people enjoyed savory and sweet bites, the merriment ensued as our production staff visited each of the trucks to record interviews and capture the fun of this new phenomenon.

World of Chicago Restaurants

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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."

Bartender vs. Mixologist

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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.

“Burt says you’re pushing it.”

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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

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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…

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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!

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