Monday, August 27, 2007

A Year Later, The Effect of Foie Gras Ban

IN THE NEWS: The Tribune's Phil Vettel blogs about the one year anniversary (Aug. 22) of Chicago's controversial ordinance banning the sale of foie gras taking effect. Vettel notes the only person fined in defiance of the ordinance has been Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's (3324 N. California Ave) ... Vettel also notes that Sohn recently broke his leg on vacation, prompting the hot dog emporium to remain on its late-summer break until Aug. 28. ... Vettel also has an encouraging update on Grant Achatz, the 33-year-old wunderkind chef of four-star Alinea, last year dubbed the "Best Restaurant in America" by Gourmet magazine, who announced in July that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 oral cancer ... Judy Hevrdejs noted the closing of 53-year-old Augie's Restaurant in Andersonville ... Lisa Arnett reviews Urban Grille (524 W. State St., Geneva; 630-262-0100), while Donna Pierce visits The Hot Spot (2824 W. Armitage Ave., 773-276-0115) and Monica Eng looks at campus coffeehouses. ... Trine Tsouderos has a first bite at Trattoria 225 (225 Harrison St., Oak Park; 708-358-8555). ... NPR's Adriene Hill reports on All Things Considered Aug. 22 that despite the year-old Chicago ban on foie gras, restaurants are still serving it. Some get around the ban by "giving it away for free" (with an $18 salad). Other restaurants don't have it on the menu, but will serve it if you ask (a local French chef calls them "duck-easies" — like speak-easies). ...

The Sun-Times' Pat Bruno reviews Sepia (123 N. Jefferson, Chicago, 312-441-1920), while Thomas Witom considers Tivoli Ristorante (956 N. Neltnor, West Chicago, 630-957-6500). ... Chicago magazine Dish columnists Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby report on the closings of Barcello’s Restaurant and Pizzeria (1647 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and Sugar & Brown’s (158 W. Ontario St.) and the openings of: Bien Trucha Restaurante (410 W. State St., Geneva; 630-232-2665), Sweet Collectives (5333 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-293-0888), Shish Kebab Shack (8542 S. Cicero Ave., Burbank; 708-423-0057), and Pompeii Bakery (212 E. Ohio St.; 312-482-9900) ... Dish also reports that The Twisted Spoke, which closed its Wrigleyville outpost (3365 N. Clark St.) on July 28, will redo the original location (501 N. Ogden Ave.; 312-666-1500). ... Meanwhile, the Nashville Scene's Carrington Fox reports that Shop at Home network chef Freddy Brooker, formerly of The Trace in Nashville, will help recast the Wrigleyville Twisted Spoke into Brodey's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, named after Nashville investor Bill Thomas' infant son. ... TimeOut Chicago's David Tamarkin reviews Il Triasco (5101 N Clark St, 773-769-9700), while Heather Shouse considers C.J.'s Eatery (3839 W Grand Ave, 773-292-0990). ... Noted opening: Pannenkoeken CafĂ© (4757 N Western Ave, 773-769-8800). ... The Reader's Mike Sula considers libations at The Violet Hour (1520 N. Damen, 773-252-1500). ... visits Sepia. ... Menu Pages details the move of Trattoria Trullo from Evanston to Lincoln Square. ... Chicago Burger Project visits Susie's Drive Thru (4126 W Montrose Ave, 773-283-6544). ... Chicago Foodies reviews Custom House. ... considers Top Notch Beefburger (2116 W. 95th Street; 773-445-7218), and The Bongo Room (1470 N. Milwaukee, and 1152 S. Wabash).

Compiled by Pat Embry,

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