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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: Absinthe Dinner at Community Tavern, Buffalo Chicken Ramen at Arami, Chablis Dinner at Cherry Circle Room, Texas Tiki Disco

Get ready for a week filled with absinthe, wine, and tiki cocktails. Oh, and buffalo chicken ramen in case you get hungry. 

Absinthe Dinner at Community Tavern

Absinthe gets its turn in the spotlight this week with a North Shore Distillery dinner at Community Tavern on March 2. The intoxicating spirit will be showcased across a four-course menu at the bar from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., where chef Joey Beato will roll out a spread of French-inspried fare. The menu includes grilled figs with black licorice, apple vinaigrette, and rye croutons; braised lamb leg tortellini with mint pesto and lavender honey; duck a la orange with roast turnips and anise-orange demi, and frozen lemon souffle with spiced doughnut holes. Each dish will be served with a specific absinthe cocktail. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. The cost is $65 per person. 

Buffalo Chicken Ramen at Arami

Arami is getting crafty for its next noodle night, which takes place the last Monday of every month. For this go-round on February 29, chef de cuisine Ajay Popli has created three whimsical and comforting dishes to help make your Leap Day extra memorable. There's the aforementioned buffalo chicken ramen, made with actual buffalo wings, celery, carrots, scallions, and a blue cheese and miso broth. The bolognese-men is an homage to the meaty, saucy Italian staple via kishimen noodles, housemade bolognese sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Then there's the Wagyu ravioli, featuring handmade ramen ravioli, meat filling, and an uni cream sauce. Each dish is $14, and Arami will also be featuring specials on hot sake and Japanese beers. 


Community Tavern
Community Tavern

Chablis Dinner at Cherry Circle Room

Cherry Circle Room is gearing up to begin a series of winemaker dinners, with the first one taking place March 2. This one is all about Chablis, featuring guest winemaker Didier Seguier from William Fevre Chablis. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. with a reception in the Drawing Room, with passed bites and a preview of the 2014 vintages. Next, things move over to Cherry Circle Room for a four-course tasting menu by chef Pete Coenen. Each dish will pair with one of William Fevre Chablis' back catalog vintages. The cost to attend is $90 per person. 

Texas Tiki Disco at Lost Lake

In other booze news, Logan Square's red-hot tiki bar Lost Lake is going on vacation for a week and ceding its space to one of Houston's preeminent bars. Well, technically the Lost Lake crew is going on a research trip to Martinique. Anvil Bar & Refuge will be making its way north from February 28 through March 4, during which time Lost Lake will operate with a Texas Tiki Disco theme. Expect a completely morphed menu, design, and even themed dishes from Thank You. will transform from Chinese food to 1970's-era dinner party snacks like shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, and deviled eggs. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: West TownLoopPortage ParkAvondale

The Fujimara brothers of Small Bar opened this West Town Japanese spot, which serves specialty sushi rolls and contemporary Japanese fare like uni shooters, pork belly ramen, braised short ribs,...

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Husband-and-wife team Joey and Brenna Beato have taken over the reins at Community Tavern in Portage Park. What was once touted as a neighborhood steakhouse when it opened in 2015...

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