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Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

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Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

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Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

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Jun 05, 2017 06:17 PM

Christmas Dining Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again; time to make Christmas dining reservations so you don’t burn dinner and/or have a stress-induced meltdown at home! Fortunately, restaurants all over Chicago are offering unique, delicious Christmas (and Christmas Eve!) specials and menus to keep you well-fed on the holiday. 

 

Slippery Slope
Slippery Slope; photo by Jude Goergen

Honey Butter Fried Chicken: One of our favorite things about Christmas is the omnipresence of Chinese food as an alternative to the usual spread of roast poultry and pies. What began as a holiday escape in Jewish culture has become a casual, comforting option for anyone looking for something different on Christmas. This year, Honey Butter Fried Chicken answers the call with an American-Chinese Christmas takeover running the month of December. This means specials like orange chicken sandwiches, Sichuan wings, sesame lo mein noodles, General Jason’s spicy pickles and five-spice cherry dump cake with wonton crumble are all on deck. 

Slippery Slope: Another fun Chinese food option can be had at Slippery Slope, which is hosting its “Misfits Christmas” on December 25 with a Chinese takeout buffet, drinks aplenty and festive decorations throughout the whole space. Be there anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. 

Roka Akor: ’Twas the night before Christmas and Roka Akor was serving a four-course tasting menu that’s sure to get you in the merry spirit. On Christmas Eve, the River North steakhouse puts a Japanese twist on holiday traditions with dishes like robata-grilled braised short ribs with heirloom carrots and pumpkin cheesecake with coffee gelee. The special menu will be available from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. and costs $85 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional $55. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or visiting their website. 

Travelle Kitchen + Bar: Instead of filling up on stocking candy for breakfast on Christmas morning, head to Travelle Kitchen + Bar for a hearty and wholesome holiday brunch buffet. The River North restaurant will be featuring a spread of holiday-inspired dishes, like eggnog brioche French toast, omelettes, a carving station, eggs Benedict and lots more. It’s available from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and costs $145 per person. 

Nacional 27: Think outside the box this year with a Cuban-inspired Christmas Eve dinner at Nacional 27. The venerable restaurant is featuring a fun and festive Latin-accented prix fixe for just $45, which is quite a bargain considering all the food you get. This includes ropa vieja served family-style, plantain and boniato empanadas, BBQ lamb tacos, hearts of palm salad and choice of entree between slow-roasted suckling pig Cubano, spice-rubbed jumbo prawns, Latin skirt steak and chicken enchiladas in mole verde. For dessert, there’s pumpkin flan. 

Tortoise Club: Nothing captures the Christmas tradition quite like a classic prime rib dinner. Tortoise Club achieves those comfort food dreams with a prime rib special on Christmas Eve, served with rosemary frites, horseradish cream and rosemary jus. The supper club-style restaurant will also be featuring some seafood specials as well. 

Cochon Volant: Cozy up to this Loop brasserie on Christmas day for a multi-course family-style feast for dinner. The special menu skews hearty and indulgent, with all-American staples like creamed spinach, shrimp cocktail, mashed potatoes, baked Brussels sprouts, aged rib-eye prime rib and a selection of desserts. The cost is $85 per person and $35 for kids 12 and younger. Reservations are available between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and can be made by calling Cochon Volant. 

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Cochon Volant is a bar, brasserie and bakery lead by James Beard Award winning chef Roland Liccioni of Les Nomades, located in Chicago's Theater District.

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