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Check, Please!, the long-running restaurant program on Chicago’s WTTW11, has unearthed a “lost episode” from 2001 in which then-State Sen. Barack Obama expressed his opinions on Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop, a Southern/Creole-style eatery in the Windy City. My thoughts on his performance as a food critic? If he could drop the cool-toned diplomacy shtick, he’d be a natural.