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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
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Chicago's Best Steakhouse Cocktails

When it comes to steakhouse cocktails, classic dirty martinis have reigned supreme for quite some time. Beyond that and burly red wines, there hasn't been a lot of unusual options... until now. Steakhouses and steakhouse-inspired bars are getting crafty with cocktails and elevating steakhouse drinks to meet the meat. Here are a few "prime" examples: 

 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse
Steak & Potatoes Martini at III Forks Prime Steakhouse



Inspired by the Midwestern "steak and potatoes" ethos, III Forks Prime Steakhouse is getting ready to unveil a contemporary, savory riff on the iconic dirty martini. Aptly dubbed the "Steak & Potatoes" Martini, it's set to debut February 16 at the downtown steakhouse. It's made with Chopin Vodka, Vya Extra Dry Vermouth, and a skewered filet mignon and potato garnish. 

 

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY WITH HARRY CARAY’S HALL OF FAME BARTENDER, FRANKIE O
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY WITH HARRY CARAY’S HALL OF FAME BARTENDER, FRANKIE O

You can never forget Frankie O,  Harry Caray's Hall Of Fame Celebrity Bartender. You say it he shakes it!


Classic cocktails don't come any stronger—or any finer—than the tipples being served at Bavette's Bar & Boeuf. The nostalgic, polished New American steakhouse peddles immaculate versions of sparkling cocktails (think French 75s, Kir Royales, and Champagne cocktails), along with other timeless staples like Gimlets, Lion's Tails, Sazeracs, and Dark & Stormys. Then there's a concise selection of Old Fashioneds as well, made with your choice of bourbon. 

At Maple & Ash, beverage director Cristiana DeLucca is single-handedly raising the bar on steakhouse drinking. The elaborate, sensational cocktail program at this slick new Gold Coast steakhouse easily keeps pace with the incredible food, as evidenced in drinks like the Healy Hoo made with Laird's Bonded, housemade grenadine, fresh sour, hard cider, and coffee float; or the Pimiento Rojo made with Milagro Reposado, Del Maguey Vida, Amaro Lucano, Giffard Framboise, hearth-roasted red pepper-ginger syrup, and fresh lime. It's the rare steakhouse that's actually become a full-fledged cocktail destination as well. 

Swift & Sons is another notable one. The gigantic new beef bastion in the West Loop features various bar areas throughout the elaborate space, so you know drinking is paramount here, and bartenders pour due diligence into each drink. The menu toes the line between classic flavors and contemporary, displayed in cocktails like the Great Central with Ketel One Vodka, Pür Pear, lime, and basil; and the Yankee of the Yards, featuring Peligroso Silver Tequila, Combier Pamplemousse Rose, sage, lime, and smoked sea salt. Perch yourself at the bar, order a cocktail or two, adjoin them with beef tartare and "everything spice" fingerling potatoes and you've got yourself a happy night. Not to mention one of the most unique steakhouse experiences in town. 

Even non-steakhouses have hopped aboard the steakhouse cocktail bandwagon. Take Broken Shaker, for example. The hyper-creative, oft whimsical cocktail bar in the Freehand hotel has added a Steakhouse Sour to their mix of savory-leaning libations. The drink is a bracing one, made with sauce Bordelaise reduction and citrus shaken with Averna, rum, egg whites, and beef-infused angostura. It's like a nice steak dinner in a glass. 

Honorable mention goes to the masterful Manhattan at Tavern on Rush. Made with Bulleit bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a cherry, this simple and sublime cocktail is among the best Manhattans you'll find in Chicago.

 

Neighborhoods: Gold CoastLoopRiver NorthRiver NorthRush & DivisionWest Loop

Miami's wildly popular craft cocktail bar heads to Chicago with a location in River North's former Tokyo Hotel. Now an outpost of Miami's Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker features culinary inspired...

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