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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

Weekend Planner: Okonomiyaki at Ramen-san, Sunday Night Ragu, Sour Beer Day, Flamenco Night at Bar Takito

Okonomiyaki at Ramen-san

Weekends are for pancakes. This of course includes okonomiyaki, aka Japanese savory pancakes popularized in Osaka. One of the first places in Chicago to peddle this unique delicacy is Ramen-san, which has begun serving three varieties of the dish on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 2:00 p.m. Options include a version made wit Berkshire ham and cheese, one with crispy pork belly, and another with smoked brisket and octopus. Okonomiyakis go for $6 each.

Sunday Ragu Night at Osteria Langhe

Another specialty item on deck for the weekend only is ragu at Osteria Langhe. The Italian inspired Logan Square spot is serving up Sunday night ragu as an homage to family supper nights revered in Italian culture. Now for $19 per person, diners can feast on all-you-can-eat ragu every Sunday night during dinnertime, served with pasta prepared by chef Cameron Grant. 


Okonomiyaki at Ramen-san; photo by Jeff Marini

Sour Beer Day at Local Option

This coming Sunday, October 11, is a veritable sour beer day at Lincoln Park's Local Option. Numerous special ales will fill out the taps, including an exceedingly rare beer called Hanssens Scarenbecca, an oak-aged lambic made with Schaerbeek cherries. Starting at noon, other sour beers on tap include Almanac Dogpatch Sour, Boon Kriek, Great Divide 21st Anniversary, Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otoño, Logsdon Szech 'N Brett, and Prairie Brett C. 

Flamenco Parties at Bar Takito

A fun and fresh way to kick off your weekend shenanigans is the flamenco action happening at Bar Takito. Late night flamenco parties are now taking place every Friday night from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., featuring live music and flamenco action from the Ronaldo Monge Troupe. Also on hand for flamenco time is a specialty sangria prepared by cocktail guru Adam Weber. 

- Matt Kirouac

This DePaul-area hangout offers Cajun-inspired fare and a huge international beer menu, which attracts a diverse crowd.

An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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