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Weekly Planner: Slurping Turtle, Ronero’s Happy Hour

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.

Happy Hour at Ronero

Happy Hour at Ronero

Ronero Tuesday through Thursday

Ronero Tuesday through Thursday

Slurping Turtle

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.

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.