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75 years of prime rib at Lawry’s

It’s been 75 years since Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened its first location in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Chicago branch in Streeterville, the second location, didn’t open till 1974, but they are also celebrating throughout June with a special $75 dinner for two. Each meal features an 8-ounce cut of prime rib, the original spinning […]

Friday food porn: Cheap date

From 3 to 5 p.m. daily, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina in River North offers a new taco “happy hour.” Select any three tacos of Chef Edgar Torres’ tacos for $5 Choices include a variety of braised and grilled meats, such as barbacoa (beef brisket); cochinita (Yucatan style pulled pork) garnished with pickled red […]

Bargain Burgers at LeaderBar for National Burger Day

National Burger Day is the Christmas of ground beef, so it merits celebration. On May 28, LeaderBar Drafthouse & Eatery will salute the day by offering their signature Leader burgers for just $1 with the purchase of any craft beer. Normally $9.95, the Avondale staple calls the promo their way of honoring America’s love affair with charred […]

LM issues a passport to fun

Years and years ago, when I was a young budding foodie, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, then known for brilliantly quirky promotions of its wonderfully inventive restaurants, issued passports to its rather smaller eatery empire. If you got it stamped at seven of their restaurants (which in those days meant you had eaten at most of […]

Happy Anniversary, Quartino!

  Quartino, River North’s fun late-night osteria, turns seven years old today. In celebration, all day — through 2 a.m. tonight — the eatery offers all its pizzas and pastas for just $7, and Antica Osteria Bianco and Antica Osteria Rosso wines at only $7 per bottle. Chef John Coletta’s signature pasta dishes include gnocchi […]

Ten places to go on Black Wednesday, Chicago 2012

The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s […]

Last call for Wine Week reservations

Smith & Wollensky in River North hosts its 51st semi-annual national Wine Week today through Friday, Sept. 19. Lunch at the steakhouse and sample up to 10 wines for just $10 with the purchase of a lunch entree. To support research efforts and raise awareness about breast cancer, tastings will feature pink (rose) wines and […]

Friday food porn: Porked!

As if we needed proof that the bacon trend has reached its nadir, Bakers Square restaurants jump on the porcine bandwagon with the “Salty Hog,” a bacon-topped pie. A blue-ribbon winner at the American Pie Council’s 2011 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., the pie has finally made it to the chain’s menus this month, […]

Coffee lovers, get your fix at half price

Log in today at Living Social and you can buy a $10 Starbucks e-card for $5. And for all you night owls out there, we point out that locations in Lakeview and Lincoln Park are open 24 hours. Starbucks overroasts its coffee, but they have free wifi and clean bathrooms.

Friday food porn: O Oysters, come and walk with us

Celebrate National Oyster Day, Sunday, Aug. 5, at Benny’s Chop House in the River North. Specialty oysters from Delaware Bay, New Brunswick, Cape Cod and other regions are available at $14.99 a half dozen and $26.99 a dozen. For a deal, though, have a belated celebration at the steakhouse’s weekly Oyster Wednesday, when the mollusks […]