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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Noodle News for National Noodle Month

March is National Nutrition Month and National Noodle Month. Let's ignore the former and focus on the latter. In honor of this starchy, comforting month, here's a crop of noodle news for you to ponder and salivate over while making dining plans: 


Shaw's Schaumburg
Clam pasta at Shaw's Schaumburg

New Seafood Pasta Menu at Shaw's Schaumburg

Considering March is also Lent, the new seafood pasta menu at Shaw's Schaumburg is doubly perfect. Changing seasonally, the new menu is the perfect accent to Shaw's beloved seafood plates, with dishes like Manila clams with tagliolini pasta in clam ragu; orecchiette pasta with shrimp, roasted tomato, and braised kale; and strozzapreti pasta with lobster, lobster cream, arugula, and lemon. Additionally, the restaurant's fan-favorite lobster mac & cheese is now available as a side dish. 

Weekly Pasta Specials at Tesori:

Since noodles get their own month on the weird food holiday calendar, Tesori is rightfully celebrating all month long with a slew of pasta specials. The Loop restaurant is featuring a different housemade pasta special every week, in addition to their regular "pasta fatta in casa" dishes that are omnipresent. Between March 2 and March 8, the special du jour is chitarra carbonara flecked with bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano, caramelized onions, and a poached egg. From March 9 through March 15, it's spinach and pesto spaghetti with basil, nutmeg, Parmigiano-Reggiano, toasted pistachios, and grilled shrimp. Ricotta and Talleggio ravioli is on deck March 16 through March 22, followed by orecchiette with roasted broccolini and cherry tomatoes March 23 through the end of the month. Other regular pasta dishes include ravioli with braised chicken and Berkshire pork belly, spinach-ricotta agnolotti, sausage and kale lasagna, and tagliatelle with duck bolognese. 

Labriola Ristorante & Cafe Brings Pasta Aplenty to the Magnificent Mile

In other pasta news, one of Chicagoland's most revered outlets for all things carbs recently opened a restaurant, cafe, and bar along Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile. Labriola Ristorante & Cafe offers downtown shoppers, denizens, and tourists a fresh new outlet for starchy stamina, which includes a hefty array of pastas. Think penne and meatballs, orecchiette with fennel sausage, gnocchi bolognese, and four-cheese tortellini in garlic cream sauce. 

- Matt Kirouac



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