Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and I love that. It’s cool to have different foods from all over the world within a stone’s throw of my house. My wife’s family is from Chicago, so we decided to open the Mexican restaurant Frontera Grill 21 years ago and Topolobampo three years later (445 N. Clark St.; 312-661-1434 or http://www.fronterakitchens.com).
Favorite Cultural Activities
I love the eclectic Maxwell Street Market for its delicious street food (500 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 312-922-3100). I swear, sometimes I feel like I am in Mexico when I eat there. And should I also need a dozen tube socks, I am set.
- Chefs’ City Guides
- Interview with Alessandro Stratta (Alex, Las Vegas)
- Interview with Allen Susser (Chef Allen’s, Miami)
- Interview with Daniel Boulud (Daniel, New York)
- Interview with John Besh (Restaurant August, New Orleans)
- Interview with Laurent Tourondel (BLT Steak, Washington, D.C.)
- Interview with Marc Vetri (Vetri, Philadelphia)
- Interview with Michael Schlow (Radius, Boston)
- Interview with Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles)
- Interview with Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, San Francisco)
Favorite Brunch Spot
I like to stick to my neighborhood and I often go to Hot Chocolate for brunch (1747 N. Damon Ave.; 773-489-1747 or hotchocolatechicago.com).