Buzz List for September 25, 2015

Buzz List for September 25, 2015

FOOD CART! Chase scenes set in Chicago will never be the same—now that it’s legal to have food carts on the streets. This will come as a great relief to Mexican neighborhoods, that they’ll finally have tamales and elotes vendors out in plain sight. Eater has the fine print of the ordinance here. PARKED GRILL The

Food carts are legal, Park Grill gets parked for the remainder of its contract, and our ongoing drinking-at-Taco Bell civic nightmare continues.

- September 25, 2015 - 2:03 pm - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 18, 2015

Buzz List for September 18, 2015

TACO BELLLLEARRRGGGHHH A Taco Bell is getting booze! There, that’s all the news there is, which didn’t stop the Trib and others from running a million pieces about this astounding cultural event—and prompted maybe our favorite Eater Chicago tweet of all time. WIENER HOT DOG DINNER The popular, somewhat lamentable late night racial carnival at Lincoln Park hot dog stand Wiener’s Circle,

Drunk Taco Bell captivates local food media, drunk racist Wiener's Circle attracts a buyer with franchise lust in his eyes (or pants), and finally, a hot dog museum.

- September 23, 2015 - 1:25 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 11, 2015

Buzz List for September 11, 2015

SAYONAIS Japonais by Morimoto is closing. Despite the fact that all the tweets from its preview parties raved how good it was! Hey, where’d Morimoto go? BRUNCHALENA Chris Pandel & co.’s big barn of an Italian place bows to the inevitable of being popular in Lincoln Park and launches brunch. Yeah, that won’t add to a giant traffic

Japonais to say sayonara, Next hints but doesn't say much specific about terroir, and Balena is going to be a brunch monster.

- September 11, 2015 - 10:39 pm - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 4, 2015

Buzz List for September 4, 2015

BOMBIN’ CIRCUMSTANCE Michael Nagrant goes to the new retro 50s style would-be swank joint in Old Town and gives its Mad Men act zero stars: “If Pomp & Circumstance is evocative of the ’50s and ’60s, it’s the drunken, chauvinistic shenanigans of “Mad Men’s” Roger Sterling.” (Redeye) MO’ INTRO Anthony Todd at Chicagoist adds to the praise for Aaron

Pomp & Circumstance gets pumped and dumped, Mike Sheerin gets praise for making Embeya his own, and deep dish is under attack—again.

- September 4, 2015 - 12:38 pm - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for August 28, 2015

Buzz List for August 28, 2015

C Sharknado Glitzy expense-account seafood spot was hit with a Sharknado of a bad review: back in June the Reader’s Mike Sula was fairly mild-tempered about them butchering expensive tableside fish, but it turns out Jeff Ruby was shoved off to Siberia next to Sula the very same night— and in Chicago mag he unleashed

C Chicago didn't find it safe to go in the water with Chicago mag, The Blanchard is tres magnifique, and Myron & Phil's lives!

- August 28, 2015 - 9:44 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for August 21, 2015

Buzz List for August 21, 2015

FALLING FOR PARACHUTE Fancy chefs open a mom and pop. Avondale’s version of the Chicago trend, Parachute, hits the national big time at #5 on Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants list. INTRO’S ACT III Bay Area vet Aaron Martinez’s “devotion to simple, bright and clean flavors” makes this Intro’s third time for three stars from

Parachute gets national love, Nagrant calls Bar Siena a "bro-sterpiece," sustainable Browntrout reaches its end, and Cochon 555 Chicago announces its lineup.

- August 21, 2015 - 9:22 am - Michael Gebert