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Balena, Tapworks, and Baderbrau: Brunch Bites

……Balena, Tapworks, and Baderbrau: Brunch Bites<! ……………..SEE FULL STORY ..The folks behind The Bristol, GT Fish & Oyster, Formento’s, and Perennial Virant know what they’re doing when it comes to first-rate brunch. So it’s not surprising at all that they’ve cooked up another stellar brunch program at Balena, the latest restaurant to join the brunch […]

Cantina Laredo and Tapworks: Brunch Bites

Cantina Laredo and Tapworks:   Corn pancakes, brandy butter, and grilled shrimp are a few of the invigorating flavors you can expect off Cantina Laredo’s new spring brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring the contemporary Mexican stylings of chef Kennon Reed, the weekend brunch menu makes room for dishes like tostar de Frances, French […]

Easy New Year’s Resolutions

Chicago Restaurants That Make it Easy to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions A new year means a new opportunity to make new year’s resolutions and eat healthier. Fortunately in Chicago, restaurants make it easy to do so without sacrificing flavor. New year, new attitude. Notably, an attitude mindful about eating healthier after a months-long spree […]

A taste of history in Greektown

Hearty servings of gyros, lamb chops, souvlaki, grilled octopus, spinach pie, baklava and other delicacies attest to the talents of Greektown’s chefs during the 24th annual Taste of Greektown, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25. The event highlights food and spirits from area restaurants, along with Greek bands, ethnic dancing, kids activities and games, […]

Greek dinner celebrates healthy cuisine

A tour of the new exhibit “American Moments — Greek immigration to Chicago” at the Hellenic Museum in Greektown, discussion of the healthfulness of the Mediterranean diet and a dinner of Greek specialties with wine feature in “Grecian Delights — An Evening of Art, Cuisine and Wine” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22. The evening, […]

Heartfelt wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day, Chicago!

Valentine’s Day seems like a good day to think about heart health. With new seafood options, says Gus Couchell, managing partner of Greek Islands in Greektown and Lombard, “we are making our customers healthier.” Added choices in time for Lent include Mediterranean-Style salmon baked in parchment paper; seafood croquettes (made with baby Greek octopus); octopus […]

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, […]

A fine Grecian evening

Top local chefs will be cooking up Greek and Mediterranean food for Kouzina, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. The event is a benefit for the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St. in Greektown, where it takes place. Premium wine tastings from Greece also feature, as well as a pop-up agora (marketplace) selling […]

Gear up for the Taste of Greektown

Greek Islands, Artopolis, Athena and the other restaurants of Greektown will be serving up their finest from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, during the annual Taste of Greece. The fest takes place on Halsted Street from Monroe to Van Buren. Expect gyros, lamb chops, souvlaki, grilled octopus, spinach pie, […]

Summer means seafood in Chicago

Seafood season is here! Shaw’s Crab House in River North and Schaumburg hosts its annual Lobster Fest through July 31, with a variety of specials, including New England-style lobster boil, featuring a cup of clam chowder or lobster bisque, 1-pound Maine lobster, corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, and a slice of key […]