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Lockport’s Vegan Café offers healthy take on pad thai

by Eric Skalac, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Nick Koblick, head chef of the Vegan Café in Lockport, is an admirer of Thai cuisine. So when he started coming to the Vegan Café several years ago as a customer and noticed there were no Thai dishes on the vegan menu, it planted a few...

Osteria Ottimo offers new twist on Italian

by Danny Ciamprone, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

In villages across Italy, “osteria” refers to an everyday restaurant that is welcoming to all, one that locals frequently visit throughout the week for its warm atmosphere and inviting demeanor.

“That’s what we were...

The Dish: Harvest Room keeps creativity alive with new chef, spring menu

by Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When it comes to creativity, Harvest Room was never in short supply.

But a shot in the arm never hurts, and that is exactly what the Palos Heights restaurant got late last year when it hired Executive Chef Jonathan...