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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Weekend Planner: Easter Edition

Easter Prix Fixe at Devon Seafood Grill

Easter takes a nautical turn at Devon Seafood Grill, where executive chef John Cosnotti has cooked up a special Easter prix fixe menu for the holiday. Available from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., guests can eat their way through a multi-course spree that begins with appetizer options like a baby greens salad, Caesar salad, Maine lobster bisque, or spinach and watercress salad. Entree selections are a center cut filet with Yukon gold potatoes, grilled asparagus, and rosemary demi; seared scallops with lobster risotto and Champagne beurre blanc; a bone-in pork chop with mostarda, Parmesan-herb roasted Yukon potatoes, and grilled asparagus; jumbo lump crab cakes with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus; and mesquite-grilled Atlantic salmon with leek fondue, potato-sage gratin, and mustard vinaigrette. For dessert, there's vanilla bean creme brûlée, lava cake, berries and cream, and apple croustade. The prix fixe costs $40 per person and reservations are recommended. The regular menu will also be available. 

 

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Lobster bisque at Devon Seafood Grill


Easter Specials at Slurping Turtle

A Japanese restaurant may not be the most traditional spot in Chicago to celebrate Easter Sunday, but you'll be singing a different tune upon partaking in Slurping Turtle's Easter specials this year. All Easter weekend long, the restaurant is featuring dishes created by chef/owner Takashi Yagihashi during his stint on Top Chef Duels, on which he won an egg challenge during the show. His three dishes are features a la carte or as part of a three-course menu for $32 per person. These dishes include tamagoyaki, a Japanese egg omelet with grated daikon; chiyawanmushi, a steamed Japanese egg custard with Alaskan spot prawn, shimegi mushroom, edamame, and asparagus; and nabeyaki crab tamago-togi udon, Alaskan snow crab in a clay pot with udon noodles, soy-dashi broth, egg drop, fried tofu, and kamaboko. Slurping Turtle will also be featuring a green tea creme caramel for dessert this weekend. 

Brunch at Browntrout

For something a little more low-key and brunch-y, get to Browntrout in North Center, where chef Sean Sanders specializes in sustainable, seasonal Midwestern cuisine in a family-friendly setting. This weekend, he's got a special Easter brunch menu on the docket, featuring fresh new spring dishes like rhubarb-ricotta buttermilk pancakes; Granny Smith apple fritters; a butterscotch parfait; slow-cooked French omelets filled with wild mushrooms and herbs; shaved black kale salad; chicken finger sandwiches; crispy walleye sandwiches; and more. Brunch cocktails, housemade sodas, and sides round out the menu.  

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Rush & DivisionNorth CenterRiver North

Chef Sean Sanders' neighborhood restaurant focuses on sustainably grown ingredients, organic and locally grown when possible, some of which come from the restaurant's rooftop garden. BYOB and full service bar....


Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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