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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

National Pizza Month: Roots Chef Series Brings Out the Big Guns

What do Antique Taco, Elizabeth, Acanto, and Perennial Virant have in common? Not only are they all exceptional, destination-worthy restaurants in their own rights, but their respective chefs are all participating in this month's Roots Chef Series, wherein guest chefs custom design pizzas at the West Town pizzeria and bar. For National Pizza Month, Roots Handmade Pizza is calling in the big guns, drawing talent from across the city to concoct highly unique and exciting pizzas like never before. 


Antique Taco
(Antique Taco's entry to the Roots Chef Series)
 

These specialty pizzas are available now through October 31, starting at 5:00 p.m., with a portion of proceeds going towards Un86'd, a local charity designed to provide financial support for restaurant professionals in need. The Chef Series rages on with the following specialty pizzas: 
 

Iliana Regan, the renowned chef behind Lincoln Square's esteemed Elizabeth, breaks away from fine dining for a hot minute to cook up an Elizabeth pizza bedecked with Iowa prosciutto, fermented Michigan blueberries, housemade mozzarella, housemade ricotta, Roots red sauce, epazote, and oxalis. 


Ed Sura of Perennial Virant combines crispy bacon, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted delicata squash, goat cheese, garlic conserva, and crispy sage for his pizza. 


Acanto's Chris Gawronski goes big and bold with the curiously intriguing combination of garlic shrimp, port-Kalamata olive puree, roasted cipollini onions, roasted apples, pickled fennel, shaved Parmesan, and Quad Cities mozzarella blend. 


Martin Arellano of The Fifty/50 ups the ante on classic bar food with his pizza, made with breaded boneless chicken wings, Fifty/50's housemade buffalo sauce, housemade bleu cheese, bleu cheese crumbles, and shaved celery. 


And for dessert, pastry chef Chris Teixeira is serving West Town Bakery pizzas with apple butter, pecan streusel, caramel sauce, and cinnamon-sugar malt crust. 
 

This roster joins the three Roots Chef Series staples on the menu, which include the Homestead on the Roof pizza by Chris "Chip" Davies featuring braised beef short rib, giardiniera, roasted corn, pickled fennel, housemade ricotta, Quad Cities mozzarella blend, and Roots red sauce; the Antique Taco pizza by Rick Ortiz with chorizo chili, Brunkow cheddar cheese curds, Chihuahua cheese, Quad Cities mozzarella blend, pickled jalapenos, pickled onions, avocado cream, tortilla strips, black olives, and scallions; and Charlie McKenna's Lillie's Q pizza made with pulled pork, hot smoky BBQ sauce, Quad Cities mozzarella blend, and Carolina Dirt BBQ rub. 
 
 
- Matt Kirouac

This casual watering hole boasts three levels, two full bars and 19 flatscreen TVs. The menu includes house-smoked barbecue, fried fare and generous sandwiches. The Fifty/50 name reflects owners Greg...

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Charlie McKenna (Avenues, Les Nomades, Tru) goes downscale with his award-winning BBQ concept in Bucktown. Craft beers and a full bar complement the slow-smoked pulled pork, chicken, baby back ribs...

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