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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

7 Restaurants For Breaking New Year's Resolutions in Chicago

Rules are made to be broken. Especially rules that double as New Year’s resolutions. Since we all know those pesky resolutions only last a few days anyway, it makes sense to treat yourself to some comfort food during the frigid time of year when you need it most. From butter-slathered fried chicken to gigantic sandwiches, here are some of the best places in town to break your New Year’s resolutions. 

 

Prime & Provisions
Prime & Provisions

Considering how warming and summery s’mores are, there’s no better time than January to feast on one of the signature desserts at Prime & Provisions. Their version of s’mores is a novel one, taking each component of the classic all-American confection and turning it on its head. Finished table side, the dessert arrives as a chocolate dome on a bed of graham cracker. The dome is then doused with melted warm fudge, which dissolves the dome and releases a plume of aromatic campfire smoke. 

One could be more hearty and comforting than a good steakhouse? How about a steakhouse that serves beignets? And how about one where those beignets are studded with beef? Savory short rib beignets are a standout starter at Boeufhaus, one of the more innovative and interesting steakhouses in Chicago. The savory little fried pillows are served with natural jus for dipping. 

When you can’t pick between a sweet or savory craving, Cookies & Carnitas is the answer. The Green City Market vendor-turned-Edgewater cafe features pork throughout its varied menu, from tacos and pizza to some of the most succulent carnitas sandwiches in town. For something sweet, cookies are the obvious choice. These tire-sized treats feature an addictively chewy, soft interior with a crispy, caramelized exterior. The bacon-flecked chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate indulgence.

A mountain of meat stacked between two thick rolls is as good as it gets when it comes to shattering that New Year’s resolution. Treat yourself at Cemitas Puebla, which serves their signature cemitas sandwiches and more in the West Loop, Logan Square and Hyde Park. The namesake cemitas are torta-like, but substantially bigger and layered with Oaxacan cheese, avocado, chipotle sauce and meats like ham and breaded pork loin. They’ve also got great tacos, chalupas and quesadillas. 

Few things can top a burger when it comes to belt-busting indulgence. It’s an apt time to seek out one of the best, beefiest versions in town at Owen & Engine. The Logan Square restaurant features a deceptively simple version that’s pure succulent beef, served on house-baked potato bap with nothing but a few caramelized onions for a pinch of sweetness. The spotlight is clearly on the thick patty, which is so tender and juicy that it’s practically tartare. 

One definitive way to raise the stakes on fried chicken is by slathering it with butter. The aptly dubbed Honey Butter Fried Chicken does just that, breaking resolutions with a menu full of fried chicken, corn muffins, pimento mac & cheese, sandwiches and chocolate-toffee-cocoa nib cookies. It’s a veritable wonderland of excess, and there’s no better way to begin 2017.

Another surefire way to boost fried chicken’s innate decadence? Pair it with doughnuts. You can do so by visiting the Streeterville outpost of Do-Rite Donuts. Here, they take those crowd-pleasing doughnuts to the next level by outfitting their menu with fried chicken sandwiches. If you’re really feeling saucy, you can even get a fried chicken sandwich served on a sliced glazed doughnut.

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The Mexican-focused, family-owned sandwich shop now has an outpost in the Fulton Market district. You'll find the same menu of signature "cemitas" (sesame seed bread layered with avocado, choice of...

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Cookies & Carnitas rose in prominence as a vendor at Green City Market, using locally sourced ingredients to prepare cookies, carnitas sandwiches, pork rinds, and everything porky in between. The...


The second location of Lettuce Entertain You's Loop-based donut shop is bigger and more expansive in Streeterville. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken is an artisan donut shop with the added bonus...


This Logan Square pub features four cask brews, 20 beers on tap and another 50 by the bottle. Food comes from all over the United Kingdom, with dishes like fish...

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