I still think about Charlie Trotter, may God rest his soul, whose eponymous restaurant was an epochal event when it opened. The notion of the finest cuisine in the world, accompanied by consummate service, seemed incongruous, if not completely impossible in meat-and-potatoes Chicago. Charlie broke borders for Chicagoans in the way we thought of ourselves.
—Scott Turow, novelist (Lit 50)
Best of Chicago 2015