Ruxbin in the News

ZAGAT 2013: Top Food in Chicago – Ruxbin #5



Time Out Chicago “Ruxbin’s Night Market | Photo slideshow”

There are restaurants that throw events, and there are restaurants that throw parties. Last week, as part of our ongoing Dining and Libation Society (DLS) seriesRuxbin and TOCthrew a party. We called it Night Market. The idea was that Ruxbin’s team of cooks and geniuses (and genius cooks) would transform their American (with influences) restaurant into an international (with, um, influences?) street fair. [Read More]

GQ Magazine 2012 “Ten Best New Restaurants in America” 

It’s BYOB, because thanks to some municipal technicality, this place will never have a liquor license. And while chefs like Grant Achatz (See: Next) get blank checks to open their new restaurants, the Kims (brother, sister, girlfriend) had just enough money for this old, busted-up Italian-beef stand in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. They had no design funds, so they hired an artist who created a space of found parts—vintage theater seats and church pews. [Read More]

Chicago Tribune 2012 Dining Awards: Outstanding Restaurant

The Tribune Dining Awards were born last year, out of a desire to give more concrete recognition to the excellent restaurants and restaurant professionals we encountered in a year of covering Chicago’s ever-fascinating dining scene. [Read More]

Bon Appetit Magazine “The Best New Restaurants in America in 2011″

As a kid, Edward (“Teddy”) Kim was called Teddy Ruxpin after the talking teddy bear that was big during the 1980s (I admit it. I had one). So when naming his restaurant, he chose Ruxpin—or, rather, a misspelled version of it. It’s a quirky story for this quirky, BYOB restaurant in West Town that feels off the beaten path. The space looks like a set from Blade Runner—everything is refurbished, repurposed, or reclaimed, from walls lined with shipping crates to a banquette back made of old seat belts.  [Read More]

Time Out Chicago “100 Best Things We Ate 2011″

Ruxbin has always been good. But at some point this year, the restaurant flipped the maturity switch and the food became more sophisticated, more nuanced and yet no less approachable. Put this calamari stuffed with chicken and pork forcemeat and flavored with Korean chilies and peanuts squarely in that camp. [Read More]

Chicago Reader Challenge

Never having eaten turtle before, the first thing Edward Kim did when he got a few pounds of snapping-turtle meat was panfry some. “I cooked it really quickly—I saw how quickly it was tensing up, and I was like, I need to try it when it’s medium rare. I hadn’t done my due diligence to see how safe that was.” [Read More] [Watch Video]

Check, Please! Episode

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