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Top Dishes and Drinks to Try This Season

Top spring dishes and drinks to experience right now in Chicago   People say that “spring has sprung” in March, when the seasons actually shift. But let’s be honest, spring doesn’t do any springing until mid-May at best, when the weather has had time to stop dicking around and warm up. This is when fresh, […]

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes Deeming by the incessant fanaticism for food reality shows — shooting you a stink-eye, Top Chef — it’s no surprise that people love to watch food programming. There’s just something about getting behind the scenes with the people who prepare food that elicits awe and excitement. For something so […]

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2, Spring Saturday Supper: Weekend Planner

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2:   Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2 After you’ve sufficiently boozed and shred on Friday, relax with a leisurely prix fixe Saturday supper at Birchwood Kitchen. Taking place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the spring-inspired dinner features choice of starter, with options like sweet pea soup and goat cheese galette, followed […]

Off Site Bar Dining, Forbidden Root Beer, Latin Dance at Prairie Grass Cafe, Lunch at Ani

Off Site Bar Dining, Forbidden Root Beer:   Daily Dining at Off Site Bar New happenings are afoot by Longman & Eagle‘s executive chef Matthew Kerney, who’s implementing a new daily menu at adjoining Off Site Bar. Available starting at 5:00 p.m. nightly, the menu promises to change seasonally and conceptually, with the first iteration inspired […]

Benny’s Chop House, Mike Clark: The Steakhouse Interview Chicago

Benny’s Chop House, Mike Clark: The Steakhouse Interview Chicago   During his 20 years of managing some of Chicago’s highest-volume kitchens, Mike Clark has worked in the likes of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, RL Restaurant and Tavern at the Park. He was, in fact, the founding chef/partner of the Gibsons Group Restaurants and developed their […]

Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2014

Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2014: Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2014: Every year brings a bevy of incredible new dining and drinking destinations to Chicago, a city that has risen up the ranks to become one of the world’s quintessential food cities. Here are some of my favorites from the past year.   It […]

New Year’s Eve Dining and Drinking Guide

New Year’s Eve Dining and Drinking Guide:   Where to eat and drink like a classy person on New Year’s Eve in Chicago.     New Year’s Eve is not only one of the most clamorous holidays of the year, right up there with St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s one of the biggest nights for […]

Weekday Planner: What To Eat This Week, Crab Boil, Burger Birthday, and Wine and Beer Dinners

Weekday Planner: Here are some ideas for what to eat this week What To Eat This Week Sumerian Beer Dinner at The Gage,  Here’s an obscure regional focus for beer-lovers. On March 19, The Gage teams up with Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago to showcase Mesopotamia (and the heart of […]

Gumbo Get Yours On, Buffalo Wings, Wine Dinner at Vie, Anniversary, and Pasta Contest

Mardi Gras Specials From Bottleneck Management The fattest Tuesday of the year is this week, and there’s still time to plan your feasting. Bottleneck Management’s gamut of restaurants and taverns are doling out New Orleans-style specials all week long, from alligator gumbo atHowells & Hood, Old Town Pour House, The Boundary, Sweetwater, and South Branch to chicken jambalaya and shrimp […]

Delightful Pastries in Old Town/Lincoln Park Introduces New Brunch Menu

Delightful Pastries in Old Town  Nutritionists would advise everyone to start their day with a delicious breakfast and Delightful Pastries in Old Town (1710 N. Wells, Chicago; 312-255-0724) aims to please. The neighborhood Old Town bakery and café has introduced a new breakfast/brunch menu incorporating traditional favorites-like eggs, omelets, and Benedict-with soon-to-be-favorite house specialties like […]