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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

Weekly Planner: Greek Wine Dinner, Fish & Chips Specials, Overtime Bar and More

Greek Wine Dinner at Publican Quality Meats

Greek wines saunter in the spotlight at Publican Quality Meats for a special dinner on March 2. The family-style affair features guest winemakers Paris Sigalas and Angelo Iatrides, whose wines will be matched alongside a five-course feast by chef de cuisine Joe Frietze. Dishes to look forward to include a mezze plate with burnt eggplant, tahini, hummus, pita, feta, olives, smelt and fries; whole black bass; pastitsio; roasted lamb shoulder; and loukoumades with fib-saba ice cream. The dinner runs from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and costs $75 per person, including wine pairings. For reservations, call 312-496-0012 or email kirsten@publicanqualitymeats.com. 

 

il Porcellino
il Porcellino

New Menu at il Porcellino

For its latest menu update, il Porcellino embraces old-school Italian roots, and the results are wonderful and saucy. From pappardelle with five-hour meat ragu and gnocchi bolognese to brick chicken Vesuvio and cauliflower Parmesan, there’s plenty to savor at the River North restaurant. Much of the dishes can also be sampled as part of a family-style feast for $39.95 per person, which includes house baked bread, salad, antipasti, pastas and entrees. 

Overtime Bar at Revival Food Hall

There’s a new place to imbibe in the Loop, courtesy of Revival Food Hall. By day, the place is beloved for its myriad food vendors and lunch temptations, so it makes sense that the food hall would extend its breadth to please after-work drinkers downtown. The handiwork of bar manager Michael Huebner, Revival Cafe Bar morphs into a booze-focused bar as the day wears on, with cocktails available from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The current crop of drinks includes an Oaxacan Nightcap with mezcal, sherry, Zucca, pipe tobacco and spiced chocolate bitters; the Pet Raccoon with High West double rye whiskey, cinnamon, Giffard Framboise and Fernet Branca; and the New Orleans-inspired Nitro Russian, which has St. George vodka, St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur, coffee cream and chicory. Additionally, every Wednesday evening (plus the first and third Friday of every month) the bar features DJ Galvan from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. And that’s not all: on the second and fourth Friday of every month, Beauty Bar takes over the DJ booth to offer their signature “martini and manicure” packages. 

Lenten Special at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

With Lent underway, it’s an apt time to shift focus from meats and other decadent dishes to things like seafood and fish. But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice flavor and only eat “health food” for the next few weeks. Head to Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap any (or every) Friday through April 14 for their Lenten special: fish & chips for $14.96. 

 

Jake Melnick's
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Daily Specials at Replay Lincoln Park

Nearly every day of the week provides good reason to visit Replay in Lincoln Park. From happy hour to bingo, these are the nightly specials at the lively arcade bar:

On Mondays, it’s $1 whiskey shots with any beer, plus 50% off for service industry folks. On Tuesdays, it’s $5 select craft beers. Psycho Bingo takes place on Wednesdays, wherein games start at 8:00 p.m. for cash and prizes and there are $3 specials on Rolling Rock and select shots. Come Thursday, it’s throwback night with ’80’s and ’90’s music, $5 Cosmos, $2 well drinks, $1 Cold Spell shots and $3 Lemon Drops. Happy hour is from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays (50% off cocktails and select beers) and on Sundays there are $5 Bloody Marys garnished with sliders. 

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