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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

Weekday Planner: New Happy Hours, Lunch at NAHA, Taco Tuesdays


Happy Hour at La Sirena Clandestina


The happy hour train keeps on rolling, with another new weekday offering from La Sirena Clandestina. The Fulton Market gem is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with specials on South American street food and drinks. Snacks include $4 skewers of chicken with red wine chimichurri, beef with green chimichurri, shrimp with serrano salsa, and haloumi cheese with malagueta salada. Non-skewers include $4 empanadas, $6 kale salads, and $3 garlic fries. To drink, pair those bites with $5 specialty drinks, $7 glasses of rose, or $2 Tecates. 


Mind Over Matter Happy Hour at Cerise


Another fresh happy hour option is the Mind Over Matter Happy Hour at Cerise atop the Virgin Hotels Chicago. The rooftop bar is embracing spring (even amidst fickle weather) by opening its roof deck for the season, and celebrating the occasion with a special April happy hour that runs Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Cerise’s signature red sangria will be available hot or cold for $10, and heaters and blankets will be available for those colder forecasts. 


La Sirena Clandestina
Happy hour skewers at La Sirena Clandestina


Lunch at NAHA



The best indicator of spring is the official return of weekday lunch at NAHA. One of Chicago’s quintessential power lunch destinations, the restaurant brought back its seasonal midday meal and made reservations available. Sip on freshly juiced Valencia orange juice or raspberry hibiscus iced tea and dig into a mezze platter of hummus, roasted beets and sumac, broccoli and tahini, smoked eggplant and fire-roasted peppers, and butternut squash with brown butter. Other NAHA favorites present and accounted for include “basterma” spiced beef, lamb pizza, feta cheese turnovers, and lamb “boereg.” For burlier plates, try the Alaskan halibut sandwich with celery root remoulade, a curried chicken tartine, a Southern fried chicken salad, or the bun-less Carrie burger (Carrie Nahabedian, natch) with a “fondue” of bandaged cheddar, beluga lentils, grilled knob onions, pea shoots, and balsamic syrup. Reservations can be made here: http://naha-chicago.com/?post_type=reservations&p=6



Taco Tuesdays at Johnny’s Grill and Mezcaleria Las Flores

Phonetically speaking, Taco Tuesdays is the best way to eat your way through the week. Sarah Jordan just rolled out the weekly incentive at Johnny’s Grill and Mezcaleria Las Flores in Logan Square. Each week, diners can expect a new taco offering, wherein a duo is served for $5. Upcoming flavors include chorizo and tacos al pastor, and with the outdoor patio soon to launch, Tuesdays are sure to become the new hotness. 

- Matt Kirouac

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