Rewster of the Sea (aka tuna salad) at Rewster's (photo: Steve Dolinsky)There are dozens of coffeeshops in the city. By now, free WiFi, fair-trade coffee (usually from a local company) and Radiohead on the playlist are givens. What is less certain is the quality of the food.
Like a lot of successful executives, Wayne Cohen was looking for a change of pace and a new beginning for a career that started feeling flat. He had already made money in the software industry, and was, for a short time, the head of Chicago's iconic Maurice Lenell Cookies.
Last week, the James Beard Foundation announced its list of "semi-finalists" for the exhaustive, annual list of chef and industry awards. Routinely called the "Oscars" of the food world, the Foundation began handing out awards in 1990.
Now in its fourth year, Chicago Restaurant Week (Feb. 18 - 27) was originally created to help generate business at a typically slow time of year. This time around, more than 200 restaurants will be offering a 3-course prix-fixe meal for the same price -- $22 for lunch, and $33/$44 for dinner.
While I've enjoyed my tortas and salads at Bombon Cafe, as well as their legendary tres leches cakes (still have dreams of the mini rompope flavor), I never realized Luis Perea could also make amazing tacos.