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First Taste: Leghorn Chicken


First Taste: Leghorn Chicken, Dining Chicago

First Taste

I’ve secretly always wanted to eat at Chik-fil-A, but I never have, for obvious reasons. I prefer my chicken sandwiches sans bigotry, thank you very much. Which is why Leghorn Chicken was such a dream come true for me. The idea of an anti-Chik-fil-A, a fried chicken sandwich spot championing gay rights and naysaying prejudice by doling…

The Vibe, The Food, The Concept

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Weekend Planner: Caesar Burgers, Spirited Sandwich Flights

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Caesar burger at DMK Burger Bar


Weekend Planner: Eat Caesar Burgers for a Good Cause

DMK Burger Bar continues its 365 Days of Giving campaign with its latest burger special: the Caesar burger. This burger is as mighty as the murdered ruler, featuring a chicken burger heaped with sun-dried tomato, romaine, Caesar dressing, and lemony onions. Available through April 29, all proceeds from the $10 burger benefit DMK’s current charity du jour: Gateway Green. Additionally, DMK is also offering Cuban burgers and caramel corn milkshakes as specials through……



Weekday Planner: Between Bites, Motown Cupcakes, Pancake Tacos, and Whiskey Week

Weekday Planner: Motown Cupcakes

Motown cupcakes

(Motown cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery)

Weekday Planner: Eat Motown Cupcakes

Motown and cupcakes, together at last! Two of life’s greatest leisurely joys converge thanks to Magnolia Bakery. In conjunction with Broadway in Chicago, in celebration of the Chicago debut of Motown The Musical, the bakery is serving up Motown-inspired cupcakes now through May 22. The chocolate cupcake features a blonde chocolate buttercream, bedecked with a Motown chocolate disk. Eat it and feel groovy.

Weekday Planner: Between Bites

The next round of foodie storytelling takes place April 21 at Ampersand, the pop-up event space tucked inside Kinmont. The third in a series of roving storytelling events, Between Bites brings together food professionals in Chicago to share themed stories in front of a crowd of eager food-lovers. This season’s theme is Lost and Found, featuring stories from a handful of Chicago food writers and editors, plus chef Rodelio Aglibot of the recently opened Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor. Other storytellers include Lisa Shames, Louisa Chu, J.P. Anderson, Rachel Gillman Rischall, and yours truly. Tickets include entry along with drinks and bites. Purchase yours here.


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Restaurants Celebrate Earth Day in Chicago

Earth Day in Chicago is coming up on April 22 and with it comes a handful of eco-friendly food and drink deals.

The Green Tie Ball

Support Gateway Green and keep Chicago beautiful, about Gateway Green:

We lead urban beautification and greening projects that make a positive environmental and aesthetic impact on Chicago. Ultimately our work leads to improved quality of life through healthier living. Our sustainable landscaping, litter removal and native plantings on hundreds of acres along transportation corridors help improve air quality, protect our water, and restore the beauty of Chicago – making us feel good about our surroundings and breathe a little easier, too.


Owen + Alchemy

(Owen + Alchemy’s green juice)


Owen + Alchemy: Element Collective’s forthcoming seasonal cold-pressed juice cafe is the ideal spot to borrow inspiration from for Earth Day. With a focus on sustainability, healthy living, and responsible sourcing, partners Jared Van Camp and Anne M. Owen pave the way for a greener future in Chicago. And although they are not yet open, the juicery is proud to offer up the recipe for a “Simple Everyday Green Juice,” featuring four green apples juiced with four cups of spinach, three stalks of celery, two kale leaves, and lemon juice and sea salt to taste.


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This May at favorite Lettuce Entertain You spots Bub City, HUB 51 and RJ Grunts

Lettuce Entertain You spots Bub City, HUB 51 and RJ Grunts

Run For The Roses At Bub City

Run For The Roses At Bub City


Celebrate the Run of the Roses at Bub City

On Saturday, May 3, saddle up for a day at the races at country bar and restaurant Bub City (435 N. Clark). Break out the sun hats and don your southern best, as you take in take in the time-honored Kentucky Derby. Of course no Derby Day party would be complete without a mint julep—and at Bub City, there’s a commemorative glasses for the first 100 sold—as well as traditional hot brown sandwiches. This southern favorite features Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast sandwich on soft Texas toast, topped with white cheddar mornay sauce, broiled and served open-face with ripe tomatoes and our own crispy bacon. Visit or call (312) 610-4200 for additional details or to make a reservation.


Chicago Restaurant R.J. Grunts

Cinco de Mayo at RJ Grunts

Raise a Glass to Cinco de Mayo at RJ Grunts

Get your groove on and celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Monday, May 5 at favorite far-out spot, R.J. Grunts (2056 N. Lincoln Park West). Grab your friends and unwind at the all-you-can-eat taco bar ($14.95) while sipping on $4 margaritas. In the mood to party? Make it a carafe for just $20. If beer is more your speed, order up a Corona ($3) or a Tecate ($2). Visit or call 773.929.5363 for more information or to make your reservation.


Dining Chicago Hub 51

Hub 51

Hats off to Cinco de Mayo at HUB 51

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way on May 5, at River North mainstay HUB 51. Order up a round (…or two…or three) of special $8 Prickly Pear Margaritas or $8 Corzo Tequila shots. Make your visit complete with an order of signature guacamole ($12.95), infamous pulled chicken nachos ($15.95), or your favorite taco variety including braised chicken, pulled pork, fish and vegetarian, among others. Visit or call (312) 828-0051 for additional details and to make a reservation.


Saddle Up for Cinco de Mayo at Bub City

Add some southern flair to your Cinco de Mayo celebrations at favorite country bar and restaurant, Bub City. On Monday, May 5, kick off your week—or round out your weekend—with an order of zesty Hard-Shell Tacos with House Smoked Carnitas ($X). Wash it all down with an ice cold Corona or the country spot’s signature cocktail, the Mexican Firing Squad ($10). Visit or call (312) 610-4200 for additional details or to make a reservation

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Cinco de Mayo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States[1] It is also celebrated in parts of Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[note 1][2][3][4] where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[5][6][7]

It “is a much bigger holiday in the United States” than Mexico, especially in the western and southwestern states.[8] It originated with Mexican-Americancommunities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of theAmerican Civil War,[9][10] and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.[11] In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][12] Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.[3][13]

Country Line Dancing Workshops At Old Crow Smokehouse

Old Crow Smokehouse Line Dancing Workshops

Country Line Dancing Workshops

Break out the cowboy boots! Old Crow Smokehouse is excited to bring some authentic country culture to Lakeview this spring with country line dancing workshops offered to guests on Wednesday evenings. Staying true to its roots, Old Crow Smokehouse will host country line dancing classes in its large dining room accompanied by delicious barbecue from Executive Chef Tony Scruggs beginning on May 7.


Sure to please both longtime country fans and those just looking for a fun, unique night out, Old Crow Smokehouse’s line dance nights will begin with a welcome cocktail at 7 p.m. to get everyone in the dancing spirit. A one-hour country line dance lesson will follow. After all that dancing, guests who worked up an appetite can feast on a mouthwatering buffet of Chef Tony’s award winning barbecue.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which agroup of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancers are not in physical contact with each other. Older “line dances” have lines in which the dancers face each other, or the “line” is a circle, or all dancers in the “line” follow a leader around the dance floor; while holding the hand of the dancers beside them.[1]


Chicago Restaurant Sweet of the Week: Gelato at Pizzeria Via Stato

Chicago Restaurant Sweet of the Week:

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout out.

Chicago Restaurant Sweet of the Week

Gelato at Pizzeria Via Stato


You may not think it’s time to start screaming for ice cream just yet, but you’ll be screaming your head off with one spoonful of Pizzeria Via Stato’s incomparable gelato. I’m usually a seasonal ice cream (and gelato, frozen yogurt, etc.) eater, meaning my icy cravings usually go into hibernation during the colder months. Especially this year. The last thing I want to put in my mouth on a 40-below day is something cold, in fear that it might perpetuate hypothermia. But I’d gladly forget about all that for iced desserts as exemplary as Pizzeria Via Stato’s………..


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First Taste of Spring in Chicago

Spring In Chicago: Dishes Sprout In Chicago

First Taste of Spring in Chicago

(Spring-y mussels at Bread & Wine)


It seemed like it would never come, but spring is here. After the endless winter we endured, I thought I’d have to resign myself to butternut squash soup and pumpkin lattes for the rest of my life. But at long last, winter ebbed and in its place: rhubarb, peas, morel mushrooms, asparagus, and a sense of joy. Spring menus are sprouting all over Chicago, laden with vibrant, life-affirming ingredients that make arduous winters worth the strife. Almost. Here’s your bucket list for preeminent spring dining in Chicago right now.


Watercress soup with creme fraiche, caviar, and rhubarb is a nice departure from the heavy chowders and stews we’ve been plying our bodies with the past several months. Morel mushrooms, the funnest of the funghi, pops up in a ricotta gnudi dish along with peas, mint, and Grana Padano, as well as an arctic char dish with asparagus, almonds, and sauce vin jaune. And sometimes you just want straight-up, full-force………..


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Brunch Bites: Yum Cha and Bar Pastoral

Brunch Bites:

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.

Brunch Bites: Dim sum at Yum Cha

(Dim sum at Yum Cha. Photo: Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor)


Dim sum is hot right now. The Chinese equivalent  of brunch recently made its debut at Koi and Fat Rice, followed this week by Yum Cha. The new River East restaurant specializes in dim sum, served in conjunction with restaurant partner Phoenix, a dim sum staple in Chinatown. The traditional array of tea-friendly dumplings, savory morsels, and doughy delights is on hand at Yum Cha, helmed by “Food Buddha” Rodelio Aglibot. Available for lunch and dinner, the dim sum-focused restaurant hauls out dim sum cart service on weekends, offering everything from stuffed eggplant and fried taro puffs to pork and peanut steamed dumplings, braised beef tendon, and sesame balls with sweet bean paste. It’s everything you crave in a traditional dim sum experience, with dirt-cheap prices to boot, but gussied up with a bit of downtown ambience.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dim sum /ˈdɪmˈsʌm/ refers to a style of Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of foodtraditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum is also well known for the unique way it is served in some restaurants, whereby fully cooked and ready-to-serve dim sum dishes are carted around the restaurant for customers to choose their orders while seated at their tables.

Eating dim sum at a restaurant is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea” (yum cha, 飲茶), as tea is typically served with dim sum.

NEWS: New Spots to Lunch

New Spots to Lunch

We can never have too many options for new spots to lunch . Thankfully Chicago has a few more new lunch spots now that Bottlefork, Japonais by Morimoto, Links TapRoom, and others are rolling out lunch service and specials.

New Spots to Lunch, Chicago Restaurant

(On its way to your face via Le Pain Quotidien)


Japonais by Morimoto: Now open for lunch, the menu at Japonais by Morimoto is quite massive. Soups (tofu miso, clam miso), salads (sashimi Caesar salad), and sandwiches (pork kakuni buns, J by Morimoto burger, chicken banh mi) are all accounted for, plus maki rolls, bento-style lunch sets, and hot and cold plates. To drink, aside from cocktails and beers, the restaurant offers an array of interesting booze-free libations, which are probably handy for midday drinking so that you don’t…….


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