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Phil Vettel

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Phil:

Watch this. Eat that: Binge on the ‘Saved by the Bell’ with Big Kids takeout. It’s magic.

We've got just the thing to eat with the new "Saved by the Bell" reboot: Upgraded school diner food by a former Blackbird chef. → Read More

Watch this. Eat that: ‘One Night in Miami’ demands a scoop of Shawn Michelle’s ice cream

Dinner and a show: Tribune critics offer the perfect takeout recommendations to pair with your next movie or TV night. → Read More

Craving: Chicago’s best hot chocolate to keep you warm the coming cold weekend — and all winter

We threw back many mugs of hot chocolate at bars, restaurants and cafes throughout Chicago to find some of the best the city has to offer. → Read More

Restaurants decry uneven playing field over owners who flout indoor dining ban

Restaurants that skirt Illinois state rules are taking away business from compliant operations, owners say. Inconsistent or absent enforcement is enabling violators. → Read More

Next’s Hollywood menu has something for every movie fan

With Hollywood, Next’s 20th menu, the chefs settled on a theme with virtually no limits. → Read More

‘The work is never done’ — Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel says goodbye after 41 years

Phil Vettel retires from the Chicago Tribune after 41 years, 31 of those as restaurant critic. Goodbye, appointment book crammed with reservations. → Read More

Watch this. Eat that: A dining rec that even Gordon Ramsay would love

Dinner and a show: Tribune critics' picks for an entertaining night at home. → Read More

Takeout 100 — our guide to Chicago’s best restaurants for pickup and delivery right now

These are 100 of the restaurants that have been sustaining us, and Chicago, for the past nine months. → Read More

From the ashes of Monnie Burke’s, Pilsen Yards opens Jan. 15 with casual food, sophisticated drink — and a hyper-heated patio

Pilsen Yards, a casual neighborhood concept operated by the owners of Maya del Sol in Oak Park, will open Jan. 15 → Read More

Watch this. Eat that: ‘Soul’ demands inspired comfort food

Dinner and a show: Tribune critics offer the perfect takeout recommendations to pair with your next movie or TV night. → Read More

Former Michelin-star Temporis chef Don Young opening new restaurant on Michigan Avenue

Michelin-starred chef Don Young (formerly at Temporis) will open Venteux, a French brassier, on Michigan Ave in the spring → Read More

Our favorite Chicago-area takeout dishes of 2020

Pivoting to carryout due to the COVID-19 pandemic had many Chicago restaurants reinventing themselves or finding new ways to deliver beloved dishes. → Read More

Tribune critic Phil Vettel reflects on a terrible year for Chicago restaurants — and the inspired ways some adapted to survive

Phil Vettel looks back at Chicago dining in 2020, a year of unprecedented challenges for restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Lawry’s the Prime Rib’s final days: Take-home, tours, tchotchkes on sale

The final days at Lawry's the Prime Rib, which closes New Year's Eve, after 46 years in Chicago. → Read More

City joins with One Fair Wage to distribute $1 million in grants to Chicago restaurants

One Fair Wage joins with city to distribute $1 million in grants to local restaurants that commit to paying full minimum wage to all employees → Read More

Duckworth offers hope to restaurant industry workers, says relief bill ‘very close’

In a video conference, Senator Tammy Duckworth vowed to keep fighting for federal assistance to the restaurant industry → Read More

Michelin-starred chef Curtis Duffy of Ever adds to-go burger side gig — $19, comes with fries.

Ever launches to-go Reve Burger; 'Everybody wants to be busy,' said partner Michael Muser. → Read More

DoorDash adds $1.50 ‘Chicago fee’ to orders placed for city restaurants — just 2 weeks after delivery cap passes

The new fee is charged to customers, not restaurants, so is not affected by the Chicago ordinance capping delivery fees at 15%. → Read More

Bill Kim’s latest pivot: Pizza and more Italian goodies, launching in the Western suburbs Wednesday

Chef Bill Kim is adding a pizza and Parm virtual restaurant, operating out of Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oak Brook. → Read More

The reluctant carryout chef: Rick Bayless had little use for takeout, until it became his only option.

Rick Bayless has never ordered takeout. But now he's adapting his restaurants in a big way to stay viable and to save employee jobs. → Read More