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'Criminal Minds' Joe Mantegna on Anthony Bourdain and his 'Taste Chicago'

If the gruesome cases on "Criminal Minds" don't make him lose his appetite, Joe Mantegna can visit his own restaurant to satisfy it.The star of CBS' long-running Wednesday drama pays constant homage to his hometown with Taste Chicago, which he and wife Arlene own and operate in Burbank, Calif. "I have a pretty good day job," he muses. "I don't need this restaurant to pay our bills, so we don't skimp on anything, and our goal is to just make it the best Chicago-type restaurant."Other transplants from Illinois appreciate the effort, since Mantegna often sees fellow Chicagoans at the site. "They say, 'Wow, this is really like being back home in Chicago.' It's a little more expensive than if you're trying to do mass production and just throw anything out there; we serve real Chicago hot dogs and real Italian beef, and I feel good about it. It does well enough that it pays for...


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