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Howells & Hood and Frontier: Brunch Bites

Howells & Hood and Frontier:

Howells & Hood and Frontier

(Bananas Foster French toast a la Frontier)

Howells & Hood and Frontier:


In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Howells & Hood goes “big” and Frontier goes family-style.


It’s out with the old (blues brunch) and in with something new (and big) at Howells & Hood. The sprawling downtown restaurant is now offering “BIG Brunch” courtesy of handy executive chef Scott Walton. The crux of the menu is a hefty brunch buffet affording diners hearty and eclectic dishes such as charred Brussels sprouts salad, tikka masala, Italian beef strata, smoked brisket, black mole crepes, and more. There’s also plenty to drink, such as a Ghost Bloody infused with ghost pepper vodka, Zing Zang, lime, simple syrup, hot sauce, and celery salt; beermosas; and Bloody Marias brimming with Jose Cuervo Gold, lime, A1 sauce, pickle juice, celery, and lime salt rim. The buffet costs a scant $29 per person, with drinks coming in at supplementary prices. To make reservations…………CONTINUE:  




Chili Cook-off, Weekday Planner: Fall Edition

Chili Cook-off at Lottie’s:

Chili Cook-off (Oxycontin cocktail)

Chili Cook-off (Oxycontin cocktail)

Chili Cook-off

The only other thing I care more about in the fall than caramel apples is chili. Nourishing, hearty foods like chili make the chill entire worthwhile, I don’t care what you say.

In honor of chili’s autumnal omnipresence, Lottie’s Pub will host their third annual Chili Cook-off on September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to taste the various chilis, right before watching the Bears vs. Jets game at 7:30 p.m. The chili winner receives a $200 cash prize. Other specials for the day include $4 Miller and Coors stadium cups, $3 Dos Equis, $4 Milagro, and $2 steak or chicken tacos.

Welcome Fall With Free Caramel Apples, Top Chef Duels Viewing Party, CH Distillery Brings Back Oxycontin…………CONTINUE:  


Beefy Back-to-School Specials

Beefy Back-to-School Specials:

Back-to-School Specials @ The Meatloaf Bakery

(The Meatloaf Bakery by mail)


In case the aroma of pumpkin spice backpacks aren’t enough to clue you in, it’s back-to-school season! And that means lots of loosely related back-to-school dining specials are popping up faster than aromatic lattes. Two of said specials involve ground meat. Let’s find out where.


First, longtime familial Lincoln Park mainstay R.J. Grunt’s is serving up “back to school smash burgers.” It’s the perfect antidote to school stress-shopping for the little ones, or as an after-school family treat with the brood. The special contains two griddled patties smashed thin and topped with American cheese, special sauce, lettuce, beefsteak tomato, and onion on a toasted potato bun. For the kiddies, it even comes with a half-pint carton of chocolate milk, which is so adorable it hurts. The burger is on deck at R.J. Grunt’s through September…………CONTINUE:  

Fall Menu Preview, Kinmont Supper, Scofflaw: Weekend Planner:

Fall Menu Preview:

Fall Menu Preview (Eat Sunday Supper at Kinmont)

Sunday Supper at Kinmont

Fall Menu Preview:

Weekend Planner September 19-September 21: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago.
Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.
Fall is just about here — sorry — and to help ease guests into the season, Mercat a la Planxa is cooking up a menu preview dinner on September 19. Famed executive chef Jose Garces will be in town hosting the dinner, featuring four courses inspired by fall’s harvest. Cocktails will accompany each course, and between bites diners will have the opportunity to interact with Garces and learn more about his seasonal sentiments. Tickets are $85 per person and reservations can be made by calling 312-765-0524. It all starts at 6:00 p.m…………CONTINUE:  



Rosh Hashanah Dining Guide

Rosh Hashanah Dining Guide


(Real Urban Barbecue calling your name for Rosh Hashanah)

(Real Urban Barbecue) calling your name for Rosh Hashanah


Rosh Hashanah is just about her, beckoning the Jewish New Year celebrations from September 24 through September 26, and Chicago restaurants aren’t sleeping on the opportunity to celebrate.


Beatrix: Since Rosh Hashanah is all about welcoming a “sweet new year,” honey and apples are paramount. Get thee to Beatrix to partake in their housemade honey cake. And don’t forget their (adorable) local apple and honey bags, which contains six apples and a dainty jar of honey. Both items are available for purchase at the pastry counter from September 23 through September 26. Call 312-284-1377 to place a pre-order.

    Kanela Breakfast ClubReal Urban Barbecue, Bistronomic, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab…………CONTINUE:  


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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה‎, literally “head [of] the year”) is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday Yom Teruah (Hebrew: יום תרועה‎, literally “day [of] shouting/raising a noise”) or the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the High Holy Days or ימים נוראים Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) which usually occur in the early autumn of theNorthern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity’s role in God’s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”.



News, Kung Fu Tea Restaurant: First Taste:

Kung Fu Tea:

Kung Fu Tea brings a splashy, bubbly new bubble tea

Kung Fu Tea

Here’s a secret: I love bubble tea more than pretty much anything. I would be to absurd lengths to acquire a solid cup of bubble tea, laden with an embarrassment of chewy tapioca pearls and filled to the brim with creamy milk tea. So it was with much excitement that I discovered Kung Fu Tea in Chinatown, a bubbly newcomer to the neighborhood’s tapioca-happy dining and drinking scene.

Located on the second floor of the illustrious, energized Chinatown Square, Kung Fu Tea is a haven for comfort and leisure. It’s the Chinatown equivalent of a hipster coffee shop enclave in



Weekday Planner: Sicilian Wine Dinner, The Violet Hour Alumnae Takeover, Moules Fest, Lone Wolf Guest Pie

Sicilian Wine Dinner

Piccolo Sogno Sicilian Wine Dinner

Piccolo Sogno


Sicilian Wine Dinner

Plane fare to Sicily may be tricky to finagle, but at least you can close your eyes, sip, and pretend you’re there at Piccolo Sogno Due. Chef Tony Priolo and co. are hosting Silvio di Silvio, the North American Director of Donnafugata winery for a special Sicilian wine dinner on September 16. The mutli-course wine-paired meal includes a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dishes such as poached cuttlefish, herb-crusted Colorado rack of lamb, and cannoli with dried fig salad. The cost to attend is $90 per person. Reservations .

Alumnae Takeover at The Violet Hour

The Violet Hour was at the forefront of the country’s craft cocktail boom when it originated nine years ago. The revered bar remains one of the utmost, a pivotal resource for top-tier mixologists honing their craft before going on to launch their own companies or bar programs. The Violet Hour kicks off an apt homecoming series on September 16, wherein once a month through the end of the year a different alumni mans the bar serving up timeworn cocktails and nostalgia. First up is Toby Maloney of Alchemy Consulting, followed in the subsequent months by the likes of…………CONTINUE:  


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sicily (Italian: Sicilia [siˈtʃiːlja]) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, and it is officially referred to as Regione Siciliana (Sicilian Region).

Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean. It extends from the tip of the Apennine peninsula, from which it is separated only by the narrow Strait of Messina, towards the North African coast. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, which, at 3,350 m (10,990 ft), is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. The island has a typical Mediterranean climate.

The earliest archeological evidence of human dwelling on the island dates from as early as 8000 BC. At around 750 BC, Sicily was host to a number of Phoenician and Greek colonies, and for the next 600 years, it was the site of theGreek–Punic and Roman–Punic wars, which ended with the Roman destruction of Carthage. After the fall of theRoman Empire in the 5th century AD, Sicily frequently changed hands, and during the early Middle Ages, it was ruled in turn by the Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. Later on, the Kingdom of Sicily lasted between 1130 and 1816, first subordinated to the crowns of Aragon, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire, and then finally unified under the Bourbons with Naples, as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Following the Expedition of the Thousand, a Giuseppe Garibaldi-led revolt during the Italian Unification process and a plebiscite, it became part of Italy in 1860. After the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946, Sicily was given special status as an autonomous region.

Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine and architecture. It also holds importance for archeological and ancient sites such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples andSelinunte.

The term “Sicily” is believed to derive from the radix sik, term of Indo-European origin that denotes enlargement and growth, and from the suffix -ilia (land). In the Greek language the radix sik is used to identify certain fruits that grow rapidly as the fig tree (sikè) or pumpkin (sikùs). So Sicily would mean “the land of fertility, fertility island”.[4]

The Expansion of the West Loop

Expansion of the West Loop:

Expansion of the West Loop (Embeya)


It was only a matter of time before Restaurant Row ballooned enough in size to expand to side streets.

Famed Restaurant Row appears to have reached some sort of ceiling. The stretch of Randolph roughly between Blackbird and bellyQ only has so much space for new restaurant and bar tenants, so it really was only a matter of time before restaurateurs got wise to the fact that side streets exist. Green Street and Morgan Street may not have the notoriety or cache of Randolph, but they make up for it with calmer setting, accessibility, and more ample space, affording restaurants and bars opportunities to finagle with design and create truly unique and off-the-wall concepts. Let’s take a look at some streets in the West Loop worth…………CONTINUE:  



Banana Cream Pie Concrete at Scooter’s Frozen Custard: Sweet of the Week

Banana Cream Pie Concrete:

Banana Cream Pie Concrete

(Scooter’s Frozen Custard)

Banana Cream Pie Concrete:

Before summer trickles away and our dessert appetites shift from ice cream to hot chocolate, I am desperately trying to eat as much iced sweets as possible.


Not that I completely do away with ice cream in the cooler months or anything, I just think it’s more socially acceptable to binge when it’s hot out and everyone expects it. One of the essential summer staples in Chicago is Scooter’s Frozen Custard, a seasonal dessert haunt in Lakeview revered for their buttery thick custards that serve to outdo even the most decadent of ice cream sundaes. By infusing their custards with egg yolk, the resulting treat is thicker, denser, slightly warmer, and smoother than most ice cream





Brunch Bites: Julius Meinl and Parlor Pizza Bar

Julius Meinl:

Julius Meinl

(Julius Meinl comes to Streeterville)

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.

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Julius Meinl rolls out a new location and adds music to the brunch mix, while Parlor Pizza Bar adds another brunch option in the West Loop.…………CONTINUE: