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National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

III Forks Beefs Up Lakeshore East's Al Fresco Scene

One of the city's premier patios is open for the season, with a new menu to match courtesy of III Forks. With sprawling views of Lakeshore East, an urban Mecca so stunning it will make you want to uproot your life and move into the restaurant immediately, III Forks' prime rooftop patio is destination number one for al fresco supremacy. It's made all the better by the addition of a new menu by executive chef Billy Caruso. 


III Forks
(III Forks. Steak with a view.)


The rooftop lounge at III Forks, nestled atop Millennium Park by the lake, surrounded by highrises and high living, is a vista like no other. Especially given the coastal-esque vibe of the lounge space. Cabanas, stone fireplaces, heaters, and preeminent views make for an exceptional setting in which to enjoy your steak. There's also an elongated pine and granite bar to bolster your drinking experience, which you'll want to do here considering their ample (and partially new) beverage list. Weather permitting, the rooftop space is open daily from 4:00 p.m. until midnight through the warmer months. Take advantage while you can. 


And while you're up there lounging, enjoy some of Caruso's new dishes created exclusively for the patio. There's lamb meatballs with caramelized fennel demi, seared scallops with housemade bacon jam, tomatoes and Burrata, steak tartare, Texas-style lobster tail with remoulade, and a New England-style lobster roll. The "beef market" portion of the menu boasts a selection of filets and rib-eyes, with optional supplements such as blue cheese and Parmesan. 


To drink, III Forks has rolled out a plethora of new potables. Fresh new cocktails include The Nessa with Absolut mango, Seven Daughters Moscato, peach schnapps, raspberry liqueur, and a splash of lemon-lime soda; the Chicago Gentleman with bourbon, Vermont maple syrup foam, Bitter Truth aromatic bitters, and orange zest; and Bury Me With Smoke, featuring Maraschino liqueur, Chartreuse Yellow, mezcal, No. 3 gin, and lemon juice. 


Prime patio, prime beef, and prime libations. Game, set, match. 


- Matt Kirouac

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