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A’s List: Great Late-Night Fare Beyond Burgers & Pizza

There was a time when dining out after hours meant your only choices were burgers, greasy slices of pizza or burritos as big as your head. But as Chicago’s culinary landscape continues to evolve, it’s extended to the late-night crowd. These offerings from trendy and classic establishments are made from scratch, creative and certain to […]

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Oct 16, 2018 11:54 PM
Get into These New Fall Favorites

This season promises something exciting for all, whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back evening of cozy dining or flashy night on the town. Beef Wellington is served tableside at Mason. (Photo: Matthew Lowell) Found Hotel. The trendy River North hotel catering to younger travelers boasts two concepts: Mason steakhouse and Blind Dragon. The former pays homage […]

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Sep 25, 2018 05:20 AM
Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM

Weekly Planner: Slurping Turtle, Ronero's Happy Hour, Big Jones Delivery and More

Slurping Turtle Begins Brunch

If dishes like duck fat fried chicken and “hangover ramen” sound appealing, then you should set your alarm and wake up in time for brunch at Slurping Turtle. The River North restaurant, an early adopter of the ramen craze and one of Chicago’s preeminent Japanese haunts, has introduced Sunday brunch to its repertoire, and true to form, it looks like one of the most unique offerings downtown these days. The menu is small but mighty, featuring clever riffs on familiar brunch staples. This includes duck fat fried chicken and matcha waffles with buckwheat honey and whipped butter; breakfast bao featuring steamed lotus buns with pork belly, sunny side-up egg and hollandaise; and ramen with spicy pork miso paste, molten egg, bok choy, bean sprouts, fried pork belly and more of that duck fat fried chicken. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

 

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Happy Hour at Ronero

Oysters take the spotlight at Chicago’s newest happy hour. Nowadays, head to Ronero Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to enjoy discounted food and drinks, including dollar oysters. The freshly shucked bivalves come with a variety of accompaniments, including leche de tigre mignonette, house-fermented hot sauce and Brazilian farofa. Champagne and rosé specials are also on hand for happy hour, with selections changing weekly. 

Carryout and Delivery at Big Jones

As the temperature continues to dip, one thing becomes increasingly clear: it’s delivery season. But just because you want to hibernate at home doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice quality in food. Thankfully, restaurants like Big Jones are raising the bar on delivery (and carryout) with menu options that provide restaurant-caliber cuisine right at your front door. Andersonville’s premiere Southern-inspired restaurant features an impressive menu lineup this season, including fried chicken, barbecued pork shoulder po’ boys, gumbo, pimento cheese and shrimp & grits, along with sweets like housemade dark chocolate-rum chocolate macaroon chunk ice cream. The carryout and delivery menu is available during lunch and dinner on weekdays, and during dinner on weekends. Check out the full menu here: https://bigjoneschicago.com/dine/to-go/


Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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South American, Central American and Caribbean influences are drawn upon at the rum-focused Ronero in the West Loop. The multi-level venue, from Chicago nightlife vet Nils Westlind, features a main...

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Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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Bao, or Chinese-style steamed buns, are the focus at this Lettuce Entertain You stand, which offers the portable snacks with fillings like Kung pao chicken, Thai curry chicken, green vegetable,...




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