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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

Weekday Planer: #TDSMonday, Tequila Thursdays, Sake 101, Chicago q Anniversary

#TDSMonday With Shin Thompson

Acclaimed chef Shin Thompson is returning to his old Logan Square stomping ground for one night on Labor Day, September 1, for another #TDSMonday at Table, Donkey and Stick. Here, he'll be manning the Monday $5 specials, available from 5:00 p.m. until midnight. Dishes include a grass-fed burger motoyaki with mushrooms and torched ponzu aioli; hand-rolled gnocchi with tarragon-sherry sauce; pork roast cassoulet with panko and fines herbes; and peach and walnut bread pudding with white chocolate creme anglaise. Friendly reminder that every Monday TDS offer $5 specials plus $.50 cans of beer with food purchase and $3 bourbon shots. 
 
 
Tequila Thursdays
 
Nothing quite helps the week go by smoothly like tequila. Lots of tequila. Especially when consumed on a day that phonetically sounds pleasing, like Thursday. Because tequila Monday would just be weird. Takito Kitchen knows what's up, and they're now offering weekly tequila dinner specials on Thursdays, wherein for $18 per person, diners can partake in a three-course dinner paired with Milagro. The menu features hearts of palm salad, choice of tacos, and Mexican chocolate ganache or arroz con dulce de leche. 


Chicago q
(Nothing says "happy anniversary" quite like pork belly skewers at Chicago q)
 
 
Sake 101
 
Curious to delve further into the annals of rice wine? Look no further than Arami, a Japanese temple eager and ready to take your hand through this beautiful sake journey. The restaurant is hosting a Sake 101 class on September 2 at 7:00 p.m. Arami's resident sake expert Carol Guerra will lead guests on a tasting of four different sakes, discussing the merits of each one as they sip. By the time you're done, you'll be well-versed in the various styles and profiles of different sakes. The cost to attend is $30 per person and reservations can be made by emailing carol@aramichicago.com. 
 
 
Chicago q's Golden Anniversary
 
This year is Chicago q's golden anniversary, as the Gold Coast barbecue bastion prepares to blow out the candles beginning September 4 for its fourth year in beefy business. Hence, the restaurant will appropriately offer four $4 menu specials available through September 7. These dishes are summer corn and squash fritters, pork skewers, braised pork belly salad, and alligator tacos. Additionally, on September 4 10% of proceeds will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), so you can feel great about inhaling pork belly and alligator. 
 
- Matt Kirouac

 


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