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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Shellfish Soirees in the Summer

Shellfish Soirees:

In the heat of summer, there are few things as quintessential and refreshing as pristine shellfish. Notably lobster and oysters, two evergreen ingredients that are particularly apropos during summer dining rituals. Recognizing shellfish's proclivity for hot-weather feasting, Shaw's Crab House and Tavern on Rush are both celebrating appropriately with respective festivals of lobster and oysters. Get your appetites (and your bibs) ready. 


Shaw's Crab House
(Get ready to pig out on lobster at Shaw's Crab House)


It's that time once again. Lobster Fest 2014. It's the Lollapalooza of shellfish, celebrated at Shaw's Crab House in Chicago and Schaumburg throughout the month of July. The fest serves to showcase Maine lobster in all its bounteous glory, featured as specials all month long. Come for the three-course family-style lobster dinner for $38 per person or the New England lobster boil entree, both on deck for dinner only. The former contains a miscellany of clam chowder, one-pound whole lobster, corn on the cob, Red Bliss potatoes, cole dlaw, and key lime pie for dessert. For an extra $16, guests can supplement their meal with an extra one-pound lobster. Because gilding the lily has never tasted better. For the New England lobster boil, the one-person entree includes one-pound whole Maine lobster, Red Bliss potatoes, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and a slice of key lime pie for $32 per person. But that's not all! Shaw's in Schaumburg is accentuating its Saturday night Grand Crab Buffet with the added bonus of lobster for July. Expect steamed and chilled lobster, lobster pasta, lobster bisque, lobster maki, and more.  


Once you've got your fill of lobster, head over to Tavern on Rush next month for their Festival of Oysters on August 5. In honor of National Oyster Day, the restaurant is serving up a smorgasbord of shellfish specials, including $1 oysters, $2 stone oven baked oysters, and $10 fried oyster baskets. To drink, Tavern on Rush will be featuing $3 bottles of Guinness and $5 glasses of Costamolino Vermentino, which should wash down all that nautical goodness quite well. 


- Matt Kirouac
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sense and the scene of the traditional 1940s fine dining space (in their big room) as well as the more nitty gritty oyster house (in the Blue Oyster Lounge). The...

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The New England vibe of the seafood-focused Shaw’s Crab House helped make it an institution. But Shaw’s also is famous for doubling up as one of Chicagoland’s best steakhouses. Alongside...




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