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Phil Vettel
My Role

Phil Vettel has been the Chicago Tribune's restaurant critic since 1989. Video versions of Phil's reviews (without revealing his face, of course) can be seen weekly on WGN-Ch. 9 and CLTV. And he's a regular contributor to the Tribune blog The Stew (chicagotribune.com/stew).
My Biography

Phil was born in the Bronx, NY, went to high school in Florida and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 with a BA in Journalism. His career began at the Tribune-owned Suburban Trib in 1979, and he was promoted to the Chicago Tribune, working in the Tempo section, in 1981.

His wife, Paula, frequently joins him on his restaurant visits, and his sons, Ed and Chris, usually have better things to do.
My Recent Articles

62 great outdoor dining spots in Chicago and suburbs 6/12/2015
It seems as though outdoor dining has been around forever. In fact, Chicago's outdoor-dining scene was born a mere 30 years ago.

Where to take dad on Father's Day 6/12/2015
Let's face it, guys: Father's Day ain't Mother's Day. Mother's Day is one of the two busiest Sundays on the restaurant calendar (Easter is the other); Father's Day is above average, maybe. That means far fewer restaurants are going all-out they way they did in May. Still, these 10 spots are delivering...

C Chicago review: Reaching for the high C-notes 6/5/2015
There's an interesting experiment going on at C Chicago, the 7-week-old restaurant that took over the old Keefer's space. To wit: Will Chicagoans buy seafood the way they buy steak?

Intro review: Erik Anderson brings out the beast 6/2/2015
I am officially jealous of Minneapolis.

Next review: 'Tapas' menu is a party, inside and out 6/1/2015
Ever-changing Next restaurant has explored serious Spanish cuisine before, in its "El Bulli" menu in 2012. With "Tapas," the menu that debuted in mid-May, the approach is far lighter, both in the complexity of the dishes and in the overall dining room mood.