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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Grilled Oysters Have Never Been Hotter

Oysters have never been hotter in Chicago. And I mean “hot” figuratively, of course, considering a vast majority of buzzy new oyster dishes and seafood spots are of the the raw half-shell persuasion. But lately Chicago has seen a surge in cooked oysters, particularly grilled and smoked bivalves. If you’re looking to branch out from chilled seafood towers and raw platters, here are several spots in Chicago cooking up sensational oyster dishes. 


Oyster Bah
Oyster Bah; photo by Anjali Pinto

Chicago Oyster House: This unassuming seafood spot, nestled amidst the high rises on a quiet stretch of the South Loop, is rightfully renowned for their char-grilled oysters. One of their signature items, the oysters are available in multiple variations. This includes the namesake C.O.H. oysters with garlic, cilantro, and Parmesan; the Ichi oysters with jalapeño, scallions, ginger, and soy; the Firecracker with spices, basil, and fresh lime; or the classic-inspired Rockefeller with spinach, butter, and cheese. 

El Che Bar: One of the hottest and most addictively delicious openings of 2016, El Che Bar does a lot of things really well. This is certainly true of their grilled Delaware oysters, which arrive piping hot and pungently smoky with soubise, sweet potato, crispy leeks and brown butter crumbs. 

Oyster Bah: Leave it to a restaurant with “oyster” in its name to perfect the seafood model. In addition to a dizzying variety of raw, fresh shellfish, the Lincoln Park bastion also has grilled oysters with garlic-herb butter and breadcrumbs for a bit of added crunch.  

Roister: Exhibiting a knack for inventiveness, Roister’s oysters are smoked and made with garlic butter and breadcrumbs, lending a deep, heady undertone to contrast the innate salinity. 

Girl & the Goat: This perpetual West Loop hot spot has been cooking oysters and setting trends for quite a while now. In fact, there’s a whole section of the menu here devoted to oysters, which offers the shellfish raw, fried, or wood-fired. 

Frontier: Perhaps best known for their whole-animal service and uncommon proteins like alligator and boar, Frontier also features a mean char-grilled oyster. Tapping into his New Orleans roots, chef Brian Jupiter features char-grilled oysters with Creole butter, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, and chives. 

- Matt Kirouac

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