There can be only one: Chicagoland burger enthusiasts were
baffled by erroneous internet rumors that Kuma's
Corner would open a second location in the Woodfield Mall
in Schaumberg, reports
The results are in! Food and Wine has named its Best New
Chefs of 2012. With only 10 winners, all of whom boast
impressive culinary credentials and white-hot restaurants, this
ain't no Daytime Emmys or insiders' awards club. This year's
recipients of the prestigious honor include:
Happy π Day, LocalEaters. Allow me to be the millionth blogger
to use this day of 3/14 as a flimsy excuse to write about that
crusty, goo-filled wonderment: pie. It should probably have its own
week or month, rather than having to split a day with an inedible
irrational number, but so it goes. In honor of this crusty holiday,
our staff and friends weighed in with some of their favorite
non-pizza pies nationwide.
The Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie from the Little
Pie Company (New York, NY). Little. Tangy. Delicious.
It's the most wonderful non-holiday time of the year. March
Madness is upon us! Suddenly those who don't gamble are a shunned
minority. Wings and chips will comprise most of our diets (sorry
vegetables, you're just not clutch in high anxiety situations).
Brackets will be busted by buzzers beaters. Office productivity
will decline 80%. And Dick Vitale will likely drool on his shirt,
having excited himself into a catatonic state. NCAA basketball fans
traveling to watch their favorite teams need not go hungry or
resort to stadium food in an unfamiliar city, though. We've got you
covered for the first three rounds with great locally owned
restaurants in the cities hosting tournament games. And we've even
mapped out restaurants in proximity to the tournament
We'll return next week for a rundown of restaurants for the
Sweet 16 and Regional Finals locations. In the meantime enjoy all
the thrills, heartbreak, processed cheese products and
bracket-smack talk that make March magical.
The one burning bracketology question on everyone's mind: Will
this finally be the year of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits?
Executive Chef Tyler Brown and the Capitol
Grille (no relation to the chain) in downtown Nashville's
Hermitage Hotel have accrued an abundance of awards and praise in
the past few years. And rightly so. Named one of Esquire's Four New Chefs to Watch in 2011, Brown is
bringing the farm to the table much more directly than your average
eatery patting itself on the back for a commitment to slow food.
Not many restaurants have a chef that does the farming himself. On
a piece of land donated at the nearby Farm at Glen Leven, Brown
designs the seasonably sustainable growing program, but also
plants, weeds and ultimately harvests the vegetables to be used at
the Capitol Grille. Cooking from scratch? For chumps. Brown cooks
I recently dropped in for dinner at the Capitol
Grille, so let me be yet another voice (of many) heaping praise
upon them. For a restaurant of its reputation and caliber, the
Capitol Grille remains fairly understated. It's classy without
being stuffy. It's spacious and quiet enough to converse (not the
case at many of Nashville's trendier eateries). The menu is
refreshingly simple: upscale Southern, but lacking pretense. Extra
Nashville credit for the Hatch Show Print menu design. To start,
there's the brilliant sweet onion bisque, which is rich, creamy and
delightfully smoky (thanks to the Benton's bacon). Grass-fed beef
also comes from the Farm at Glen Leven, and the vegetables are
impeccable and strikingly pretty. Deep green, leafy Brussels
sprouts accompanied my lightly battered, wonderfully textured Gulf
snapper with celery root puree and just the right amount of crab
butter. Other dishes enjoyed at our table included the Double H
Beef sirloin as well as a perfectly cooked pork chop with carrot
grits and a handful of delicious (and pretty) beet chips. Portions
are reasonable - not particularly huge but not small plates either
- so you might require a side dish if you're skipping dessert.
Fingerling potato confit, truffle mac and cheese and extremely
creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes are among the options. Desserts
did not fail to impress either, such as the decadent, dense coconut
cake with chocolate malt ice cream - bonus points for the mini
malted milk balls. And, though I've seen it a handful of times
before, I couldn't resist doing the touristy thing by taking a
gander at the beautiful unspoiled art deco bathroom adjacent to the
Oak Bar on my way out. It's an absolute must-see for any enthusiast
of our country's most notable bathrooms.
pork chop with carrot grits, beet chips and whiskey jus
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