Upland stage

Upland is a restaurant in mid-Manhattan. It serves California-inspired cuisine food, in what I would call a semi-casual setting. I felt pretty underdressed in a t-shirt and jeans, everyone else was in a suit coat and slacks. I think that’s just how people dress in Manhattan. The staff looks immaculate. They are polite, knowledgeable and […]

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Tørst stage

Tørst is a beer Bar. Tørst is also known for its Scandinavian tasting menu, Luksus. Sadly Luksus is no longer a thing, and the Chef that brought Luksus to light, Daniel Burns no longer works there, and the Michelin-starred Luksus is no longer a thing. They closed at the end of 2016. Fret not, because, under Chef […]

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Giant Pt.2

Let’s get back to Giant for a second. There is some real pride and thought that goes into every dish at Giant. It’s more than just solid cooking, It’s years of experience with a twist. It’s fun and playful. It’s like your mom had a stroke while making dinner and it came out incredible. The […]

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Giant pt. 1

Giant is a tiny restaurant with big flavors. Located on Armetage in Logan square.  Giant has gotten a good amount of critical acclaim, and for good reason. The food is delicious, the space is small but comfortable, the atmosphere is mellow and controlled. Lets start at the line.  There are four stations. Starting from the […]

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Grill Life at El Che Pt. 2

I have to talk about the grill. The entire working line is a fire pit. It has two Geared Grills (grills that allow you to adjust the height with a giant gear at the top), three chapa’s (fucking awesome wood fired flat tops) and a fire-box, used for smoking and roasting.  on the back wall […]

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El Che, a grilling dreamland PT. 1

This restaurant is made with fire. I got the opportunity to stage at this fine restaurant the other day. The concept is super cool. The whole restaurant circles around the grill. It feels like everything is made with fire in mind. First let’s talk about the flow of the restaurant and how the kitchen works. […]

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