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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
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

Disney-bound for Chicago Chefs

Disney World is about to get a taste of Chicago. As the happiest place on Earth continues to broaden its dining appeal, the Mecca has begun to lure top-notch culinary talent from across the planet, including chefs and restaurateurs from Chicago. In fact, a big chunk of the dining talent taking shape in the Disney World area hails from Chicago, including Rick Bayless, Art Smith, and Gibson's Restaurant Group. Here's a breakdown of what to expect from the burgeoning bridge between Chicago and Disney.  

 

Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless



The central hub for all this dining development is Disney Springs, a waterfront expansion of Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista. The area has started to entice chefs like Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, XOCO), who seeks to broaden his national presence with a new outpost of Frontera Fresco. The order of the day here is artisanal tortas, tacos, salads, guacamole, and other Mexican standbys. To drink margaritas take top billing on the beverage menu, along with other cocktails, beers, and wine. Look for the new Frontera Fresco to open next summer. 

It's a veritable homecoming in more ways than one for Florida native Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two, Chicago q), who's planning another Disney Springs restaurant called Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine. The name of the restaurant sounds a bit like a cult, but it's an understandably cheery moniker for the forthcoming Disney property, which promises a menu of homey Southern dishes like pimento cheese, deviled eggs, shrimp and grits, and pork chops with sawmill gravy. For dessert, cakes, pies, and other confections will be shipped from a bakery in Hamilton County, including Smith's signature hummingbird cake. Homecoming is also due for a summer 2016 debut. 

The first major Chicago institution to officially open at Disney World is The Boathouse, a concept courtesy of Gibson's Restaurant Group (Gibson's Bar & Restaurant, LUXBAR, Quartino, Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House) in partnership with Schussler Creative (Rainforest Cafe). As the name suggests, it's a waterfront dining property at Disney Springs outfitted with multiple bars, nautically inspired dining rooms, live entertainment, an Italian water taxi, and lots more. Since Gibson's is leading the charge on the menus, you can expect plenty of steaks, chops, a raw bar, lobster rolls, burgers, sandwiches, and surf & turf. This being Disney World, there's also a substantial kids' menu. For more info on The Boathouse, check out their website or visit here.

- Matt Kirouac


Michael Shrader puts his own spin on American pub fare at LUXBAR. The concentration is sourcing seasonal products locally when possible, incorporating them into classic dishes with proper, well-executed techniques.

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Rick Bayless's upscale Mexican eatery is adjacent to its more toned-down sibling, Frontera Grill.

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Order 20 to 30 wines by the quartino (small carafe) at this casual, lively enoteca and a plateful of Chef John Coletta's house-cured salumi, or savor pastas and thin-crust pizza.


Art Smith, Oprah's former energetic personal chef, serves up contemporary Southern American cuisine in this cozy Gold Coast dining room.

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Rick Bayless is a celeb chef on primetime television, and a loved chef in Chi-town. Best known for his PBS Series Mexico: One Plate At A Time , Bayless also...

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Artisanal house-made rubs, southern quality service and a modern ambiance combine to offer you the greatest BBq place in Chicago. Great BBq is a passion, not a pasttime. Before the...

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Rick Bayless broadens his empire in Chicago with his second XOCO, bringing his torta-focused wares to Wicker Park with a larger location and expanded menu offerings.




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