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Lost Lake and Thank You: First Taste

Lost Lake and Thank You:   Venerable Land and Sea Dept. hitches their wagon to Paul McGee’s star for a bold new tiki bar and Chinese takeout concept on the edge of Logan Square and Avondale. The trajectory of Paul McGee’s cocktail career over the past few years has been quite impressive. Criss-crossing the city, […]

Friday food porn: Little dumpling

These shrimp and bamboo dumplings, $7, are part of the dim sum service offered at Tony Hu’s new River North restaurant, Lao 18. The menu of dumplings, congee and noodles and other dim sum is served Monday through Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Other choices include Peking-Style dumplings; sticky Rice with Chicken, chicken, pork, duck, […]

6 spots for noodling around Chicago in March

March is National Noodle Month! Think chow fun, chow mein, lo mein, pad Thai, pad kee mao, pho, ramen … yum! Try these spots for slurp-worthy versions of the slippery stuff. 1. Joy Yee’s Noodles, Chinatown, University Village, Evanston and Naperville. 2. Koi, Evanston. 3. Le Colonial, Near North Side. 4. Pho Xe Tang / […]

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

Friday food porn: Gung hay fat choy, Chicago!

Happy New Year, Chinese-style. The lunar new year, also celebrated by other Asians, including Vietnamese and Koreans, comes on Monday, heralding the Year of the Snake. A variety of symbolic foods feature during the celebrations, including a whole fish with head and tail intact, which stands for the hope of abundance in the coming year. […]

Eat ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]

Pig out on truly local pork

Local pork, Italian wines and Asian cuisine come together Thursday, Nov. 8, at PL8 Simply Asian in Barrington. And when they say local, they really mean local. The pork comes from Barrington Natural Farms, just 10 minutes from the restaurant. PL8 owner Ed Culleeney and Chef Sean Grady personally picked out the Berkshire hog for […]

Friday food porn: Hot chick!

Cantonese crispy chicken, a bone-in half chicken marinated and fried, $13.99, one of the Yue cuisine dishes from Chef Mark Tsang, a native of Canton Province in southern China, at Koi in Evanston.

Friday food porn: Slurp ’em up!

March is National Noodle Month! At TL’s Four Seasons in Bartlett, Chef/owner Shawn Li is celebrating with a flight of three Chinese noodle soups, $10.95, offered daily through Saturday, March 31. Along with the pictured Chongqing noodle soup, containing cellophane noodles, pickled mustard greens and sliced whitefish simmered with ginger, garlic and green onions, the […]

Gung hay fat choy! 8 Chicago Asian New Year celebrations

Get ready for the Year of the Dragon! With dragon parades and lion dances, clashing cymbals and banging drums, firecrackers and a plethora of traditional foods, the Asian Lunar New Year explodes into Chicago this week with a variety of events at restaurants and around town. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. […]