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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

Thanksgiving is almost here. Have you made reservations? 11/21/2014
Need I explain? Thanksgiving. Places to celebrate. Buffets and plated dishes. Carryout options. Go.

Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais Nouveau events 11/18/2014
The third Thursday in November is when Beaujolais Nouveau gets its official annual release. Beaujolais is a light, fruity, food-friendly and inexpensive wine, ready to enjoy immediately, preferably chilled. Truth be told, it's not a very interesting wine (regular Beaujolais in much better...

Grace gets a third Michelin star; Alinea repeats 11/11/2014
There's a new Michelin three-star restaurant in town. Grace, featuring the highly acclaimed chef Curtis Duffy, received the coveted top rating in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2015, whose selections were announced Tuesday. 

Restaurant review: 42 grams 11/10/2014
The underground-dining world has become quite the fertile breeding ground for impressive restaurants; the stellar Elizabeth, the award-winning Fat Rice and Bonsoiree (the last sadly gone but dazzling in its day) all have their roots in underground dining. And now there is 42 grams, which opened...

Travelle offers 20 percent discount, one night only 11/7/2014
Chef Tim Graham is introducing his fall menu at Travelle (330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988) by offering a 20 percent discount on the new dishes.