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Maestro Grill’s new menu mixes traditional Russian, American cuisine

by Jason Addy, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

After a decade of success in a former airport hangar in Northbrook, Maestro Grill owner Boris Vaysman took a risk when he scaled back most of the restaurant’s operations for a year and a half while it was remodeled.


Mario’s Comida Fresca makes long-term stop in Northbrook

by Erin Yarnall, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When Mario Ortiz wanted to start operating a food truck for fun in 2013, he was told he had to be 100 percent in on it.

So the longtime cook left his job as a manager at Schaumburg’s Big Bowl and together with his wife...

Northbrook's Upper Crust Bagels smokes competition with New York-style deli

by Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Upper Crust Bagels prides itself on being more than just a bakery as it also features New York-style delicatessens at two North Shore locations. 

While most of the baking happens in Deerfield, where it has been in...