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Where to find authentic Irish fare this St. Patrick’s Day

Corned beef and cabbage is not authentically Irish, says Nuala Kavanagh, who runs Bridie McKenna’s in Highwood. “In Ireland we eat Irish bacon and cabbage. Corned beef came into play when the Irish started to immigrate to America and they could not find the real true traditional Irish bacon and they used the inexpensive corned […]

Eat this! Five fish recipes for Lent

t’s Ash Wednesday, the start of the abstemious season of Lent. You might be giving up meat on Fridays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Check out these recipes from Chicago restaurants.

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]

Eat this! Cod, making slow recovery

What it is: Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), a lean mild-tasting fish, with large flakes and a medium texture. Often used in fish frys, it’s a good source of low-fat protein, phosphorus, niacin and vitamin B12. The fish reach lengths of 51 inches and weights of up to 77 pounds. Small, young cod (under 2½ pounds) […]

Chicago’s oldest Irish bar turns 65

The River Shannon, which holds liquor license No. 28, is the oldest Irish bar in operation in Chicago.

Lent in Chicago, 2011: Fish fries and beyond

Lent, the season of the fish fry, is here. Check out these spots for your meatless Friday fish fix. The Cafe at the Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays, all-you-can-eat buffet offers baked haddock, fried cod, popcorn shrimp, fried clams, soup or salad and more, $12.95, $6.95 children under 10. Chevy […]

Why eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day?

They don’t eat corned beef and cabbage in Ireland, and they don’t dye their rivers green either. The Chicago River will get its annual dye job at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

Happy anniversary, ChicaGourmets!

It’s a lucky 13 for Chicagoland’s oldest and largest general dining club, some 700 members strong….

Chicago goes Guinness

The music, food and beer will be flowing when the Irish American Heritage Center in Irving Park hosts the Arthur Guinness Day Music Festival, 4 p.m. to 12:30am Saturday, Sept. 25. The indoor and outdoor fest fetes Arthur Guinness, founder of Ireland’s Guinness brewery. Musicians include Gaelic Storm, Seven Nations, Kevin Flynn and the Avondale […]

Chicago Chef Week brings more dining discounts

Chicago Chef Week is coming, March 22 through 28. Like last month’s Chicago Restaurant Week, this is a period of prix-fixe dining deals, with $20 lunches and $30 dinners, this time from local chef-driven restaurants.