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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
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

Weekday Planner: Tasting Tuesday Nights, "Staff Meal" Mondays, Lunch at TETE, and the Goût de France

Tasting Tuesday Nights

Unlimited wine, cheese, and dessert bites are a nice way to get through the work week in one piece. With its newly instated Tasting Tuesday Nights promo, Marion Street Market is here to hold your hand and comfort you through the daily grind. The Oak Park staple offers unlimited wine, cheese, and bites from the menu and dessert for $20 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m in the market's tasting room. Guests can expect a new array of seasonal treats each week, selected by chef Steve Chiappetti. Examples include Gouda cheese lollipops, sweet pea soup, and carrot cake. Beverage manager Heather Yargus gets in on the fun by collaborating with Chiappetti each week to march bites with brews and wines. 

"Staff Meal" at Le Colonial

Rather than ask what the chef thinks you should order, do as the Romans do (so to speak) and order the "staff meal" at Le Colonial. This new weekly promotion takes place every Monday evening, allowing diners to try something different and offbeat in the upstairs bar. Specials cost $14 and change weekly, featuring dishes like seafood pho, Vietnamese bibimbap, and vit xao, a stir-fried duck dish with mixed vegetables in a light sauce of sate spice, chili, and garlic. 


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Get your taste on at Marion Street Market

Eat Lunch at TÊTE Charcuterie

You love it for dinner, now you can love it for lunch. TÊTE Charcuterie just joined the West Loop weekday lunch fray, but in a decidedly more casual format than its neighboring brethren. The grab-and-go lunch menu is as convenient and approachable as it gets, served counter-service style off a butcher paper menu. The takeout-focused offerings include sandwiches like Italian sausage, jalapeño-cheddar brat, and jambon beurre with salted butter and Comte cheese. The communal table will also be open for dining in. Sandwiches cost $12 and come with salt and pepper chips and a can of La Croix. 

Goût de France at Cafe des Architectes

French cuisine steps into the spotlight in a big way this coming week, as Cafe des Architectes prepares to participate in Goût de France, a global dining initiative designed to promote French cuisine. Organized by Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Goût de France finds more than 1,300 restaurants across the world to participate in a prix fixe dinner on March 19. In Chicago, your go-to destination is Cafe des Architectes, where chef Greg Biggers and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky have crafted a five-course homage to French fare at its finest. The menu includes aperitifs and truffled gougeres; foie gras torchon with berry jam and cheddar doughnuts; seared sweetbreads with Boursin polenta, sherry lacquer, and cippolini onions; crispy skin whitefish with beets, leek fondue, and thumbelina carrots; amish chicken ballantine with apricot jus, mushrooms, and celery root; and a chocolate sphere with cherry, hazelnut, and gold leaf for dessert. The cost for dinner is $85 per person, plus $48 for optional wine pairings. Call the restaurant for reservations. 
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The Sofitel's red-hued, lobby-level restaurant serves American contemporary cuisine with French accents. The menu is seasonal and Executive Chef Greg Biggers works with many local farmers and purveyors to insure...

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Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski are behind this September 2013 launch specializing in house-made charcuterie.

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A 2013 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient and a Certified Green Restaurant, Marion Street Market offers upscale casual dining with a menu sourced from local and sustainable ingredients, along with a...

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