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Off Site Bar Dining, Forbidden Root Beer, Latin Dance at Prairie Grass Cafe, Lunch at Ani

Off Site Bar Dining, Forbidden Root Beer:   Daily Dining at Off Site Bar New happenings are afoot by Longman & Eagle‘s executive chef Matthew Kerney, who’s implementing a new daily menu at adjoining Off Site Bar. Available starting at 5:00 p.m. nightly, the menu promises to change seasonally and conceptually, with the first iteration inspired […]

Ham is the new pink

Put on your pink and head to Tavernita this Sunday for “Bacon and H.A.M” brunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a four-course sharing menu plus one cocktail for $18.50. Brunch choices include French Toast with ginger whipped cream, mango and vanilla sauce; Belgian Waffle with fried egg, candied bacon, and maple syrup; chilaquiles […]

Friday food porn: The artful ovum

A poached egg turns into a Latin work of art at Boka in Old Town, with a wreath of fried masa cakes, salsa verde, dollops of house-made queso fresco, black bean chips and jicama-nopales salad, $11.

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, […]

Eat ethnic Christmas dinners around Chicago

Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas […]

Friday food porn: A decade of meat

Ancho beef or ribeye, one of 16 cuts of meat served in unlimited portions at Fogo de Chao in River North. The churrascaria is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Chicago and a recent $750,000 renovation and expansion, which added private dining rooms, a restyled bar/lounge and expanded the salad bar. In honor of the occasion, […]

Strawberry mojitos and more in River North

The name of the mojito, Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drink, comes from the African word mojo, which means a little magic spell. Traditionally, the cocktail contains white rum, sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. But Nacional 27 in River North celebrates National Mojito Day” (Wednesday, July 11) for four days — Monday, July […]

Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]

15 top Chicago Easter brunches

Hop on out for brunch this Easter (Sunday, April 8). Here are a dozen of Chicago’s best. C-House, Streeterville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Nicole Pederson offers a seasonal menu including such dishes as farro and poached eggs with speck, fiddlehead ferns, lemon and watercress, with toast ($12); house-made pork sausage eggs benedict […]

Eat empanadas after work in April

National Empanada Day is coming up April 8. Contemporary Latin spot Nacional 27 in River North will continue the celebration Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 13, with Chef Chico Vilchez’s house-made empanadas offered at half-price ($3 to $4.50) from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly. The lineup includes, queso, including pepper jack, cream cheese, roasted […]