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Harry Caray’s Restaurant: The House Of Hope

Harry Caray’s Restaurant: The House Of Hope

Harry Caray's Restaurant: The House Of Hope

Harry Caray’s Restaurant: The House Of Hope

 

Great piece in the ChicagoNow.com blog about our towns favorite Italian Steakhouse Harry Caray’s and Grant DePorter.

 

HOLY COW! The famous words of the late great baseball announcer Harry Caray.  Recently the team at Chicago History sat down with the man who started it all with creating one of the best Chicago steak houses around, Harry Caray’s Restaurant.

Grant DePorter is his name and he is the CEO of the Harry Caray Restaurant Group.  He was nice enough to take us on a special tour of the first restaurant located 33 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago, Il.  This particular restaurant was opened October 23, 1987.  We began the morning walking into the iconic and historical restaurant just admiring all of the unique and amazing photos taken at the famous statue of Harry’s head.  Once greeted by staff we were quickly introduced to the man himself Grant DePorter.

The first leg of the tour was going down into the basement which was lined with photos as well as newspaper articles about none other than the famous 1920s Chicago mob member Frank Nitti.  The importance of this man is that the building in which the restaurant stands was built in 1895 and has a built in hidden room which was a hideout for the mobster during the prohibition era.  Along with a window to look through into this room, the basement also holds a safe which Frank Nitti himself used during that time.   …………. See the entire story

 

Gulab jamun at Rangoli: Sweet of the Week:

Gulab jamun at Rangoli:

Gulab jamun at Rangoli

Gulab jamun at Rangoli

 

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“A dessert that will delight the child in you.” So goes the menu description for the gulab jamun at Rangoli on the edge of Humboldt Park. One of the most surprising restaurants in the neighborhood, a part of town not necessarily known for its vindaloo, Rangoli is a gem that raises the bar on Indian food with its slick, transportive atmosphere and its bracingly fresh food. From naan to dessert, the attention to quality is obvious. And there’s no better exclamation point to punctuate a meal at Rangoli than with their gulab jamun, one of my favorite desserts of all time, let alone Indian desserts.

 

Gulab jamun is India’s answer to the doughnut, hence their silly menu descriptor. Made from milk solids that have been kneaded into a dough with flour and then deep-fried at a low temperature, the results are a chewy, doughy, and delicate “doughnut”-type dessert. They’re exceedingly rich, which is why they are often so diminutive in portion size, especially considering they’re served soaked in sugar syrup. The delicate dough balls act as tiny sponges, absorbing much of the sugar syrup……..

 

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Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast at Green City Market

Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast

Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast

Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast

 

 

The Green City Market Junior Board plans its third annual Veggie Affair.
The only time cheating is acceptable is when it involves vegetables and meat and no broken relationships. It’s also good when a slew of Chicago’s finest chefs are involved. The delicious affair in question is the annual fall fundraiser for the Green City Market Junior Board. Dubbed “A (Mostly) Veggie Affair: Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!,” the grand event takes place at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie St.) on Friday, October 2.

Several of Chicago’s most revered chefs will be cooking dishes using Green City Market produce in lieu of meat. The walk-around tasting event features the vegetal stylings of Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse), Nathan Sears (The Radler), Chris Davies (Homestead on the Roof), Paul Virant (Perennial Virant), Lawrence Letrero (Sable Kitchen & Bar), Andres Padilla (XOCO),  and others.

The meaty portion of the event comes in the form of three chefs cooking whole animals. These chefs include Jared Batson of The Nomad Food Company, Scott Manley of Table, Donkey & Stick, and David Ochs of Maple & Ash

 

Sandwich King Gets Jeff Mauro of Pork & Mindy’s

Sandwich King Gets Jeff Mauro of Pork & Mindy’s

 

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Sandwich King Gets Jeff Mauro of Pork & Mindy's

Sandwich King Gets Jeff Mauro of Pork & Mindy’s

 

It’s not everyday a television chef opens a restaurant in Chicago. Usually, that’s more of a Las Vegas regularity. But Chicago is about to get a Food Network restaurant all its own when The Sandwich King’s Jeff Mauro opens his first restaurant later this year in Bucktown.

 

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Dubbed, adorably, Pork & Mindy’s, the fast-casual restaurant comes on the heels of Mauros’ successful line of sauces at Mariano’s. The native Chicago area chef is now set to up the ante on his local cred with his first permanent restaurant, one that promises to fuse art across a range of senses with music and art alongside the food. The restaurant, located at 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, chose its Bucktown locale for its penchant for combining food, music, and art. The latter components will feature an ever-rotating roster of art pieces from local artists available for purchase, along with a music program curated by up-and-coming DJs.

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Maryland Blue Crab Dinner, Chicago q Anniversary

Maryland Blue Crab Dinner, Chicago q Anniversary, Noodle Night at Arami

Maryland Blue Crab Dinner, Chicago q Anniversary: Weekday Planner

Maryland Blue Crab Dinner, Chicago q Anniversary: Weekday Planner

 

Chicago q Anniversary

Hard to believe Chicago q is turning five this month. They grow up so fast! In honor of the occasion, the Gold Coast barbecue bastion is offering a whole hog dinner special on September 2. For $20 per person, the meal will be carved in the main dining area and accompanied by the diner’s choice of cornbread, cole slaw, french fries, or potato salad. Additionally, the restaurant will offer $5 drink specials all day and a jazz band performance.

 

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Build-Your-Own-Bowl “Noodle Night” at Arami 

For those who like to do things their way, the upcoming build-your-own noodle night at Arami is just the ticket. On August 31, between 5:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., the monthly noodle night goes in a DIY direction, allowing guests to select their own broths, proteins, and vegetables, all curated by chefs de cuisine Ajay Popli and Nelson Vinansaca. Options include miso, shio, or vegetarian broths; cured pork belly, braised short rib, roasted Amish chicken, grilled smoked tofu, and poached egg for proteins; and add-ons like seasonal vegetables, fish cake, roasted sweet corn, house pickles, Napa cabbage, bamboo shoots, and shimeji mushrooms. To drink, beverage features include $5 Asahi Japanese beer, Arami’s custom brewed sake Ichi No Tori, and complimentary tableside sake tastings.

Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus

Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus

Maryland Blue Crab Dinner

Don’t be crabby about summer dwindling. Rather, pig out on seafood at Summer House Santa Monica’s next Maryland blue crab dinner, taking place August 31. Starting at 6:00 p.m., executive chef Ben Goodnick serves up an all-you-can-eat feast of Chesapeake Bay goodness, along with Hoopers Island oysters, corn on the cob, potatoes, and more. The good old fashioned American seafood medley can optionally (and ideally) be enjoyed with pitchers of beer and select wines on the adjoining patio at Stella Barra. The event is $50 per person and tickets are required in advance. Snag yours by calling the restaurant or emailing Katie at kheika@leye.com.

 

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The blue crab is a swimming crustacean with bright blue claws and an olive green shell. It is one of the most recognizable species in the Chesapeake Bay.

Appearance:

The blue crab’s carapace (shell) varies in color from bluish to olive green, and can reach up to 9 inches across. The carapace has nine marginal teeth on each side; the ninth teeth are strong spines. Its claws are bright blue, and those on mature females feature red tips. Blue crabs have three pairs of walking legs and paddle-shaped rear swimming legs. Males have a strongly tapered abdomen, or “apron,” that resembles an inverted T, mature females have a broad, rounded abdomen, and immature females have a triangular abdomen.

 

Surf|Turf Dinner, Sportsman’s Club BBQ: Weekend Planner

Surf|Turf Dinner, Sportsman’s Club BBQ

Surf|Turf Dinner

Surf|Turf Dinner

 

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The coolest dinners series in town may very well be Sink|Swim’s recurring Surf|Turf events, wherein the nautical restaurant invites a guest chef to foot the turf portion of a prix fixe menu, while Matt Danko curates the surf. Next in line is Matt Lair of Bom Bolla. On August 30, he’ll lend his Mediterranean accents to a six-course menu available from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Beverage pairings are optional and reservations are required. The cost is $60 per person and tickets can be secured here.

 

Summer may be winding down, but things are still hotter than ever on Sportsman’s Club’s patio. Continuing their summer BBQ series this Sunday, August 30, the bar welcomes Cosmo Goss of The Publican and mixologist Julia Momose of upcoming GreenRiver to head up the food and drinks for the event. Momose will be working with Sportsman’s head bartender Jacy De Oliveira on a four-cocktail menu featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey. For $20, guests get a plate of food and a cocktail pairing. There will also be an Irish folk band in attendance. The shindig runs from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Happy Hours Chicago, The Happiest of

Happy Hours Chicago, The Happiest of

Happy Hours Chicago at Adamus

Happy Hours Chicago at Adamus

 

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Osteria Langhe: Instead of plain old happy hour, Osteria Langhe in Logan Square is upping the ante with its new aperitivo hour. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the Italian restaurant offers 50% off cocktails at the bar from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Drinks include the Manhattan Piemontese made with Redemption Rye, Cardamora, vermouth, and bitters; the Ristoro made with gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, and lime; and the Americano Negroni featuring Cappalletti, Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino, and soda. Additionally, Osteria Langhe features several signature cocktails half off on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, which is a nice way to ease into the week.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse: Through the work week, III Forms Prime Steakhouse gets in on the happy hour action from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this time, guests can partake in $1 oysters and half price draft beers and tap cocktails in the main dining room and on the rooftop patio.

Carriage House: Happy hour specials abound at Wicker Park’s Carriage House. The Southern accented restaurant features all sorts of discounted deals Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., including various Dixie cocktails for $5, rosé by the glass for $5, beer and shot combos for $5, and 50% off for snacks like pickles, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, and foie gras mousse.

Adamus: Happy hour runs for three happy hours at Adamus, which features food and drink bargains Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. On deck is $4 bottles and cans of beer, $5 glasses of house wine, and $6 Rail cocktails to drink. Food-wise, a slew of $7 appetizers include artichoke flatbread, bags of fried pickles, vegetable hummus, BBQ brisket sliders, and a duo of dips and chips.

Bar Pastoral: Wine is the focal point of happy hour at Bar Pastoral, where the weekday deal goes a bit more upscale. Here, “Wine O’Clock” is a classy happy hour alternative available Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. During this time, glasses of wine go for $7 from the by-the-glass list, which normally goes for $10 a pop.

Halsted Street Chicago Becomes Lettuce Entertain You’s Very Own Magnificent Mile

Halsted Street Chicago Becomes Lettuce Entertain You’s Very Own Magnificent Mile

 

 

Halsted Street, Coming soon: Oyster on Halsted

Halsted Street Chicago, Coming soon: Oyster on Halsted

 

 

 

 

A few years ago, Halsted Street in Lincoln Park was but a shell of the burgeoning dining and drinking Mecca it is today. In fact, the neighborhood at large was maligned as a bit of a restaurant wasteland, at least in comparison to other hot spots like the West Loop, Logan Square, and River North. Save for a few staples, the neighborhood had a ways to go to prove its validity. And thanks in large part to Lettuce Entertain You, Lincoln Park has done just that. Specifically, the restaurant group has practically transformed and elevated Halsted Street into its very own Magnificent Mile, adding to its established and esteemed Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! with new destinations like Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra. Now comes news of the next venture, a seafood restaurant called Oyster on Halsted.

While Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! pioneered Spanish tapas in the neighborhood, Summer House Santa Monica served up a beachy homage to Californian cuisine, and Stella Barra perfected the pizza template, Oyster on Halsted promises to round out Lettuce’s portfolio quite nicely with a focus on all things seafood. Of course, oysters on the half shell are at the crux of the operation, along with stuffed clams, steamers, crab cocktail, lobster rolls, lobster spaghetti, snapper, and more.

 

 

Publican Quality Meats & Johnny’s Grill: Brunch Bites

Publican Quality Meats & Johnny’s Grill: Brunch Bites

 

Publican Quality Meats & Johnny's Grill

Publican Quality Meats & Johnny’s Grill

 

As the tides of gentrification swept through Logan Square, the neighborhood lost one of its most enduring, iconic diners when Johnny’s Grill closed up shop several months ago. Instead of a hot restaurant group taking over and re-concepting the space, the longstanding diner just re-emerged in tact thanks to Sarah Jordan, the chef who cut her teeth at spots like BOKA and Cicchetti before embarking on her own venture. The relaunch of Johnny’s Grill is a true passion project, both for Jordan and for the neighborhood at large, preserving a stalwart while updating the menu with a few wholesome touches. It’s basically the best of both worlds; the diner prices remain reasonable and neighborhood-friendly, but Jordan adds some contemporary flourishes that dovetail with her Irish roots

 

 

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils, Balena Happy Hour, Whiskey Sour Day: Weekday Planner

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils, Balena Happy Hour, Whiskey Sour Day: Weekday Planner

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils

GT Fish & Oyster Lobster Boils

Lobster Boils at GT Fish & Oyster

Cling to summer with a taste of the beach. GT Fish & Oyster’s weekly lobster boils are a refreshing, beachy experience, available every Wednesday. Served family-style, in true lobster boil form, the feast includes a full two-pound lobster, clams, sausage, hush puppies, Parker House rolls, corn, potatoes, and Boston creme pie for dessert. Each menu is designed for two people, but the restaurant is happy to adjust portion sizes for larger groups. The cost is $65 per person and full table participation is required.

Happy Hour at Balena

The happy hour specials just keep coming and coming. In light of Governor Rauner’s recent uplifting of the happy hour ban, restaurants and bars across Chicago have been racking up the boozy bargains, and Balena is the latest to join the bandwagon with a slew of weekday specials. Food and drink deals are on deck from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, priced between $4 and $6. These include warm olives, sweet corn Arrabiata, blistered shishitos, chicken liver bruschetta, daily sommelier selection of red or white wine, daily selection of vermouth, happy hour cocktails, and Menabrea ‘Birra Bionda.’

Whiskey Sour Day at Lush Wine & Spirits

In other booze news, Lush Wine & Spirits is celebrating National Whiskey Sour Day on August 25 with a special cocktail appropriately dubbed the LUSHious Whiskey Sour. Available exclusively at the bar, the drink contains Bankers Club Kentucky Bourbon, Lazzaroni limoncello, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and a Luxardo Maraschino floater. It’s available at the West Town and Roscoe Village locations for $12…………… CONTINUE: