When I left Illinois, I left behind one of the biggest inspirations of my life, a restaurant in a town just west of where I grew up. Global Gourmet was and is one of, if not the best restaurants one can find in Southern Illinois. I have been to restaurants all across the states and have never found anything like it. A perfect mix of ambience, class (and some sass), music, food, and drink, it finds a place on my lifetime culinary adventure list as one of the few true "five-star experiences". Ever since then, I've been in search of a vintage downtown building with high tin ceilings, with dark lighting of varying gold, amber, and rouge hues, with beautiful women (and a few handsome men) serving up potent, crafted cocktails with matter-of-fact speed and finesse alongside a unique and always changing international selection of tapas-style plates, salads, entrees, and...

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