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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Sweet of the Week: Danny's Macaroons

Chicago isn't lacking in macaroons, so I was a bit trepidatious when I first heard the news that New York City macaroonery (if bootylicious is a word, this should be too) Danny Macaroons was trickling into our fair city via coffee shops and quick service eateries. But trepidation be damned, after trying my first Dannyroon this week from J.P. Graziano, I am a believer. Actually, I had four macaroons, as they come in packages of two or four, and two is obviously not enough. The ones I tried had a chocolate coating on the bottom, and a treacly honey glaze. It tasted like a Mounds Bar that had been dragged through Winnie the Pooh's pantry. No need to address the fact that I inhaled a bunch of macaroons after eating an Italian sub the size of my leg.


The coolness about Danny Macaroons is twofold: rather than operate as a strict brick-and-mortar operation, they supply their wares to coffee shops and other macaroon-friendly settings where customers are likely to crave mounds of shredded coconut. The other thing is that Danny features an array of fascinating flavors, from red velvet and bourbon to rice pudding and maple pecan pie. Egad! How have I been blindly drifting through life never knowing that I needed a variety of macaroon flavors?! Because I do need them. Chicago has plenty of macaroons, sure, but not at the level of this maca-whimsy. Danny is doing to macaroons what so many boutique cupcake shops have done to cupcakes, taken a humble American confection and elevated it beyond our wildest dreams.


Danny Macaroons can currently be found at J.P. Graziano, La Colombe, Belly Shack, The Haute and the Dog, and a few others. Check out their website for more details. 


Danny Macaroons
(Danny Macaroons. Photo: Matt Kirouac)

Neighborhoods: Wicker ParkWest LoopWest LoopLittle Italy, UIC

Haute & The Dog, formerly Bagel on Damen features encased meat deals of all sorts. Choices include a Chicago-style hot dog, German (with sauerkraut), chili dog and BBQ pork with...

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J.P. Graziano Grocery has been slinging subs and Italian wares since 1937. This Randolph St. stalwart has been a pillar of the community long before the West Loop became Restaurant...

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La Colombe debuted in Chicago with a splash. This Philadelphia-based coffee company is revered on the East Coast, and had been slowly easing its way across the country. In Chicago,...

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Danny Macaroons is an artisanal macaroon company based in New York City and owned by Danny Cohen. The gourmet macaroons come in more than 50 flavors, distributed to coffee shops,...

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