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A’s List: Great Late-Night Fare Beyond Burgers & Pizza

There was a time when dining out after hours meant your only choices were burgers, greasy slices of pizza or burritos as big as your head. But as Chicago’s culinary landscape continues to evolve, it’s extended to the late-night crowd. These offerings from trendy and classic establishments are made from scratch, creative and certain to […]

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Oct 16, 2018 11:54 PM
Get into These New Fall Favorites

This season promises something exciting for all, whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back evening of cozy dining or flashy night on the town. Beef Wellington is served tableside at Mason. (Photo: Matthew Lowell) Found Hotel. The trendy River North hotel catering to younger travelers boasts two concepts: Mason steakhouse and Blind Dragon. The former pays homage […]

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Sep 25, 2018 05:20 AM
Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM

Weekend Planner: Modern Tea, Empanada Day, Dove's New Menus

Modern Tea at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

The afternoon tea tradition takes on a modern, upbeat vibe at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. Available Friday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., the hotel keeps things more casual and fresh with their approach to tea service. It takes place in the hotel's massive, sleek lobby lounge, which serves as a beautiful backdrop for glistening tiers of food. They even employ a "TeaJ," aka a DJ during tea time, which is hilarious and awesome. Guests select from eight Rishi tea options and four paired food items. The food options include a Traditional spread with smoked salmon, Brie with pear compote, and more; a Sweet spread with chocolate eclair, orange creme brulee, and others; a Savory option with items like crab and truffled deviled eggs; and an Eastern version with the likes of baklava, hummus, and pita. Modern Tea is a mere $35 per person and reservations are required. You can snag a seat via OpenTable or by calling Filini

 

Radisson Blu Aqua
Modern Tea at the Radisson Blu Aqua



Empanada Day at Cantina Laredo

April 8 is a day worth celebrating. Why? Because it's Empanada Day, of course! Cantina Laredo is an apt place to rejoice, seeing as the restaurant will be offering half-priced empanadas in the upstairs lounge from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The restaurant offers two types of empanadas, one filled with chorizo, shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, queso fres, and chile de arbol sauce, and another with chicken, roasted poblano peppers, and Oaxaca cheese. They come three to an order. 

Eat Your Way Through Dove's Luncheonette's New Menus

Hope you're hungry, because Dove's Luncheonette just rolled out brand new menus filled with items you're gonna want to pig out on. As opposed to their past all-day menu, the modern diner now features two menu categories: a breakfast version in the morning and a dinner one in the afternoon/evening. In the a.m., expect dishes like breakfast burritos, a fried oyster omelette, burnt ends hash, almond oatmeal, and salmon pastrami and avocado toast. Come dinnertime, options include tortilla soup, cornmeal fried catfish, charred calamari, whole fried fish, and fideos. 

- Matt Kirouac

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