This book explores Chicago's classic restaurants from pre-1900 until the present
including classics like Henrici's, Fritzel's, Shangri-La, The Bakery, Le Perroquet,
The Berghoff, The Pump Room, The Cape Cod Room, The Walnut Room, and Gordon among
many others. Then, post-1970, Richard Melman and Lawrence Levy introduced a new
type of fun restaurant atmosphere in Chicago restaurants that ranged from R.J. Grunts,
D.B. Kaplan, and Fritz That's It! to Lawrence of Oregano and Jonathan Livingston
Seafood. Then there were the more upscale, traditional classic restaurants
that included Ambria and Le Francais which preceded Everest, Tru, Trio, and Spiaggia.
Chicago has traveled a long road to achieve its status with world-class restaurants
that include Charlie Trotter’s, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, Scott
Harris’ Francesca restaurants and Davanti Enoteca, Boka, Perennial, Girl and the Goat,
Blackbird, Avec, Hugo’s Frog Bar, and Grant Achatz’ Alinea and Next.
There is also a wonderful Foreword to the book written by Penny Pollack, Dining Editor, Chicago Magazine.