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Your Lenten Dining With Fish and Seafood: Freshen Up

Your Lenten Dining: Fresh off the debauchery of Mardi Gras, Lent (February 18 through April 2, FYI) is a time to repent and reel in those excessive tendencies, many of which may involve meat. That’s why the pre-Easter weeks are the most apt time to focus on lighter seafood and fish dishes, whether it’s pristine sushi […]

Little Butcher Shop, Cultural Crossover Dinner, Whiskey and Art: Weekday Planner: Big Troublesome In

Little Butcher Shop: Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: January 19-23. Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop Meat + beer = happiness with Off Color Brewing on January 22 for Big Troublesome in Little Butcher Shop. It’s a reception-style open house with five Off Color brews on hand along with small bites by chef […]

Three Little Pigs: Weekday Planner: Sake Day, Oktoberfest Specials, Wine Flights

Three Little Pigs: The Three Little Pigs Wine Dinner Pork and wine join forces for one glorious evening of haute gluttony on October 2 as part of SideDoor‘s The Three Little Pigs wine dinner. As an apt homage to the childhood classic story, the dinner is a six-course spree of pork-infused dishes, each one paired […]

Chicago Restaurants Brunch Bites: Fish Bar and iNG

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Fish Bar begins brunch and iNG serves brunch for the first time ever.   Ahoy! There’s a new brunch menu in town and it’s positively riddled with nautical puns. Fish Bar is the latest restaurant to instate brunch, serving up seafaring dishes in the a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 15. […]

Sweet of the Week: Key Lime Pie at Fish Bar

In The Mood For A Little Key lime Pie?     In the epic battle between cake and pie, I whole-heartedly believe pie is superior. Let’s be real, NO ONE needs that much buttercream frosting. After a few bites, it starts to hurt my teeth and make me want to die a little. Why not […]

What to Eat This Week: Wild Boar Chili, New Fall Menu at Southport Grocery & Cafe, Beachy Eats at Summer House Santa Monica Restaurant and Pizza Next Door at Stella Barra

(Wild boar chili at State and Lake Chicago Tavern) New dishes and drinks are constantly debuting in Chicago restaurants, cafes, bars, and bakeries, which means there are lots of new things to eat around town. Here are some ideas for what to eat this week. News flash: the weather in Chicago is frigid. It’s days […]

New Beer Collaborations at DryHop Brewers

DryHop Brewers is rapidly turning into Chicago’s quintessential friendly neighborhood brewpub, extending a friendly hand to local compatriots such as Intelligentsia Coffee and iNG to brew up new collaboration beers. The Chicago-centric synergy is palpable in the beers, newly available/coming soon to DryHop Brewers.  DryHop Brewers is rapidly turning into Chicago’s quintessential friendly neighborhood brewpub, extending a friendly hand to local […]

Think Outside the Pie With This Pumpkin Bucket List at Local Restaurants

Pumpkin pie is all well and good, but there’s more to fall eating than pie crust. With pumpkins at their seasonal apex, here’s a roundup of some unconventional pumpkin creations on restaurant menus around Chicago.   Everyone loves a good pumpkin pie. It’s quintessential fall comfort at its best, and rightfully so. The period of […]

Sweet of the Week: Ice Cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout […]

Brunch Bites: “Secret” Sliders and New Brunch Menus

A new brunch menu is also on deck at Stout Barrel House and Galley, served every Saturday and Sunday. The menu from Michael Matthew sports just about everything you could hope for in brunch fare, ranging from “rise & shine” items such as biscuits and gravy and breakfast pizzas to “buenos dias amigos” dishes like carnitas […]