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Five uncommon Easter meals in Chicago

Ham, ham, ham … who says you have to have ham on Easter? We got 100 press releases for Chicago restaurants all serving variations of the same Easter brunch. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a handful doing something a little different, this Sunday, March 31. Filini Bar and Restaurant in the […]

Happy Passover, Chicago!

Dining Chicago wishes all our Jewish readers a gut Pesach and a joyous Chag Ha’Matzot! Check out our recipes for Wildfire’s gefilte fish and Ina’s matzo-meal latkes.

Friday food porn: Breakfast is a state of mind

Monday, March 25, is International Waffle Day! In honor of the occasion, Grass Fed in Bucktown offers its top weekend brunch item, fried chicken and waffles, for lunch and dinner, $14. The savory and sweet combination features buttermilk-brined Amish-raised chicken over crisp waffles with sage butter and a drizzle of warm maple syrup.

Corn dogs get their day: Where to celebrate

National Corn Dog Day is coming up this Saturday, March 23. Where to get your fix of plump frankfurter encased in a coat of crisply fried cornmeal batter? Don’t head for the freezer aisle. These Chicagoland establishments dip their own. Fat Willy’s Rib Shack, Logan Square. Franks ’n’ Dawgs, Lincoln Park. Wiener and Still Champion, […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

On St. Patrick’s Day, skip green beer — drink Passover wine

If you think kosher wines are just sweet, dark, heavy fluids produced by Manischewitz or Mogen David, think again. Kosher wines now equal some of the best vintages in the world. Taste for yourself from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, when Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie hosts a free pre-Passover tasting of more […]

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 / […]

7 places to find hamantaschen and other Purim goodies

Beginning at sunset, Saturday, Feb. 23, area Jews will celebrate the festival of Purim, perhaps the most boisterous on the Jewish calendar, a Mardi Gras-like celebration marked by costume parties and gift giving. As with many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews […]

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, […]