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Eat this! Five rib-sticking recipes for Chicago winter

Brr … it’s real winter out. This is the weather for hearty, rib-sticking fare, and we’ve got it for you. Check out these recipes from local restaurants. Ethiopian Diamond, Edgewater and Rogers Park: Doro tibs wat, spicy Ethiopian chicken. Ristorante al Teatro, Pilsen: Timballo Siciliano, Sicilian molded pasta. Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen, Crystal Lake: Pan-seared […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Eat this! Polenta, a universal peasant food

What it is: Polenta is cornmeal porridge, a very simple dish made by stirring cornmeal and salt into simmering water. It’s also often made into fried cakes. Historically, polenta was peasant food — cheap and filling. Where it comes from: Today, polenta is commonly served throughout Northern Italy in lieu of pasta. Before the arrival […]

Chicago restaurants flipping the switch for Earth Hour

Dine in the dark and show you care about the planet. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, local restaurants and bars will turn out the lights and serve by candlelight in observation of Earth Hour, an international movement of concern about global climate change.

Lent 2010: 20 Chicago-area Friday fish fry favorites

A flotilla of deep fryers is going full tilt at local restaurants and bars. It’s Lent, the season of the fish fry, when Roman Catholics, some 2.5 million strong here in the Chicago area, and some other Christians seek out seafood each Friday throughout the 40-day, pre-Easter period of abstinence.

Check out these spots for your Friday fish fix.

10 top spots to spend Super Bowl Sunday in Chicagoland

The New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7. You could stay home and watch it on your dinky TV, but then you’d have to fix your own food and drinks. Here are some great alternatives around Chicago and the suburbs. Murphy’s Bleachers Super Bowl Pig Roast, […]

21 cheap dates for New Year’s Eve in Chicago

50 Chicagoland restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day

You don’t have to eat Chinese food on Christmas.

Big buffets for dining with Dad

We’re singing “The Ballad of the Big Buffet” with Mylo Hatzenbuhler this Father’s Day. Here are just a few of the groaning boards you can treat Pop to on Sunday: You won’t need reservations for the big buffet at O’Donovan’s in North Center. Chef Victor DeLeon is cooking up Philly steaks, grilled hot dogs and […]