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Chicago’s Best and Brightest Crudite Plates

Chicago’s Best and Brightest Crudite Plates .   Cafe Marie-Jeanne: Everybody loves sour cream and onion dip. At Cafe Marie-Jeanne, chef Mike Simmons freshens up the iconic party dip with a whole garden’s worth of fresh veggies. The housemade sour cream and onion dip, made with fresh cheese and creme fraiche, comes with whatever assorted items […]

Magnum Mondays, Bubbles at Blackbird, Bacon Month Kick-off, Vietnamese Pop-up

Magnum Mondays, Bubbles at Blackbird, Bacon Month Kick-off, Vietnamese Pop-up     Magnum Mondays at Oyster Bah No better way to kick off the work week than with large-format wines. At the very least, it’ll help you drown your stressful sorrows. Every Monday through April, Oyster Bah‘s beverage director Nate Redner will be pouring a […]

These Steakhouses Make the Cut for National Noodle Month

Steakhouses Make the Cut for National Noodle Month     Tavern on Rush: Steaks, seafood, burgers, and brick-oven pizzas may take top billing at this Gold Coast crowd-pleaser, but don’t overlook the pastas. Available in appetizer or entree portions, the pasta section offers a little bit of something for everyone. A proper veal-pork-beef bolognese is […]

Weekend Planner: Valentine’s Edition

Weekend Planner: Valentine’s Edition  SEE FULL STORY   Sushi Cupcakes (and More) at Seadog Sushi Sushi burritos are so 2015. Sushi cupcakes are what’s in this year. The novelties are on special for Valentine’s Day weekend at Seadog Sushi, along with a couple other non-cupcake specials. The savory cupcakes are cupcake-looking nigiri sushi that’s been molded […]

The (Mostly) Veggie Affair of the Season

Veggie Affair of the Season:   Veggie Affair: Green City Market has a knack for throwing can’t-miss food events that engrain themselves as quintessential components of the local dining scene. See: the Green City Market Chef’s BBQ in the summer, oft lauded as the real “Taste of Chicago” and consistently packed with top-tier chef talent […]

Super Bowl Dining Guide in Chicago

Super Bowl Dining Guide: Let’s face it, the Super Bowl is as much about the food as it is about the football and the zany commercials. What you eat and drink while watching the biggest television broadcast of the year is of vital importance. You don’t just sit at home eating TV dinners, you order […]

Holiday Restaurant Gift Guide

For the foodie friend in your life, there is no greater gift than a gift from one of their favorite restaurants, bars, or bakeries. (All the tiki mugs at Three Dots and a Dash) The holidays are a time for giving. And bringing. And greed thinly veiled as excitement. But mostly giving, right? For the […]

Weekend Planner: Celebrate National Sushi Day and Tailgate Like a Pro

This weekend, enjoy $5 signature rolls at Jellyfish in honor of National Sushi Day, check out Dollop Coffee Company’s new Modbar coffee equipment, eat altruistic sandwiches, and tailgate like a champ. (Closeup of the new taps at Dollop Coffee Company) November 1 is National Sushi Day, so you know you’ll have to eat more sushi […]