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Captain James Lovell Jr., the astronaut who catapulted to fame on Apollo 13, ventures into more earthbound territory with an upscale restaurant in west Lake Forest. The chef is Lovell's son, James Lovell III, who creates rich dishes such as pepper-crusted New York strip steak and roasted duck with pear. Diners can start with appetizers, which include grilled vegetable terrine and Texas blue crab cakes with three-bean salsa, then move on to one of the seasonally inspired entrees. With its formidable stone walls, elegant cane-backed chairs and heavy drapery, the setting exude the upscale vibe of the best Lake Forest homes. Don't miss the celebrity-signed dinner plates in the foyer--a must for Nick at Nite fans.