Tuesday, July 17, 2007

'Bon Appetit' Features Crust

The August 2007 Bon Appetit magazine's Top Tables feature includes: Seattle's Brasa (2107 Third Avenue, brasa.com); Boulder, Co.'s The Kitchen (1039 Pearl St., thekitchencafe.com); Brenham, Texas' The Inn at Dos Brisas (9400 Champion Drive, dosbrisas.com); Kansas City's Bluestem (900 Westport Road, bluestemkc.com); Chicago's Crust (2056 W. Division St.); Atlanta's The Farmhouse (10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto, serenbe.com); and San Francisco's PlumpJack Cafe (3127 Fillmore St., plumpjack.com). epicurious.com/bonappetit

IN THE NEWS: The Sun-Times' Janet Rausa Fuller reports, "A sesame seed paste called tahini, used to make the popular Middle Eastern dip hummus, may be at the center of a salmonella outbreak linked to the Taste of Chicago, said the owner of the restaurant that served the hummus. Max Pars, owner of the Pars Cove restaurant at 435 W. Diversey, said health officials were zeroing in on tahini, which the restaurant purchased in late June. Pars bought the tahini from Ziyad Brothers Importing, a Cicero distributor whose products are in 48 states and six countries." Some 126 festival-goers were sickened and 10 were hospitalized. as officials try to trace the Taste outbreak. ... Critic Pat Bruno reviews Anteprima (5316 N. Clark), while Thomas Witom considers Scapa Italian Kitchen (31 S. Prospect Clarendon Hills). suntimes.com ... The Trib's Phil Vettel gives two stars to chef Gino Bahena's Tepatulco (2558 N. Halsted St.) and lists his favorite area pies, among them the lemon chess pie at West Town Tavern (1329 W. Chicago Ave.), while Renee Enna reviews Rosangelas (2807 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park). ... Vettel notes: the opening of Merchandise Marts' Bluprint, the brainchild of Jim Horan, owner of Blue Plate Catering ... Rosebud Prime, a clone of Rosebud Steakhouse, will open July 21 at 1 S. Dearborn St. in The Loop. chicagotribune.com ... The Reader's Martha Bayne reviews Bonsoiree (2728 W. Armitage), while Mike Sula reports that Gene's Sausage will be taking over the Meyer Delicatessen space in Lincoln Square. chicagoreader.com ... Chicago magazine chicagomag.com notes the closing of Palmito (3605 N. Ashland Ave.) and the openings of: Tavern at the Park (130 E. Randolph St., early August), Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.), Il Fiasco (5101 N. Clark St.), Lucky Strike Lanes (100 Yorktown Center, Lombard), English (444 N. LaSalle St), Between Boutique Café and Lounge (1324 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Otom (951 W. Fulton Market), and The Bluebird Bistro & Wine Bar (1749 N. Damen Ave.) ... Business First of Louisville reports, "The name might no longer be "Gumbo A Go-Go," but the rechristened restaurant company is ready to go-go across the nation with what a new group of franchising executives believe will be the next hot Louisville-based franchise concept. The owners of the J. Gumbo's Down-Home Cajun Cookin' chain plan to add stores during the next few months in such markets as Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville and New Orleans, said Don Larose, president of the parent company, Gumbo Development LLC." ...

TimeOut Chicago chats with chef Kevin Hickey of Seasons, reviews Wicker Park's new Lobos Al Fresco Tacos, and West Rogers Parks' Tapsilog At Iba Pa, and notes the openings of Piccolo (859 N Damen Ave), The Violet Hour (1520 N Damen Ave) and Sepia. timeout.com/chicago. ... Cold Stone Creamery's parent company is adding another restaurant franchise to its roster, the Business Journal of Phoenix reports. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based -based Kahala-Cold Stone has acquired Chicago-based Cereality Cereal Bar & Café. Cereality was founded in 2003, and customers at the restaurants choose from more than 30 cereal varieties and signature blends, plus 40 toppings and mix-in combinations to create their meals. Offerings also include parfaits, smoothies, cereal bars and other bakery items. ... ChicagoBites.com rates Yolk (1120 S Michigan Avenue). ... Menu Pages blogs.menupages.com notes the opening of Between Cafe & Lounge in Bucktown. ... The Chicago Burger Project chicagoburgerproject.blogspot.com visits Billy Goat Tavern (430 N. Michigan at Lower Level). ... Chicagoist.com reviews Jerry's, The Medici on 57th (1327 East 57th Street), and Baccala in Wicker Park. ... Crain's ChicagoBusiness.com reviews Kiki's Bistro (900 N. Franklin St.), Nick's Fishmarket and Nick's Fishmarket Grill (51 S. Clark St.), and Chez Joel (1119 W. Taylor St.).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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