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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 […]

10 great last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Chicago

New Year’s Eve is one of those difficult dining nights. Everybody’s jamming in, and restaurants try to turn the tables as fast as possible to pack ’em all in. Many places don’t offer their regular menus, but only an abbreviated list of pricey set menus; places that don’t ordinarily require reservations may want them, and […]

Friday food porn: Musseling in

Prince Edward Island mussels in tomato broth with sourdough croutons and rouille, $10, at Trademark Tavern & Tap in Lombard.

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 […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

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! Pesto, the essence of summer

An intensely flavored Italian sauce or paste, pesto is typically made with fresh summer herbs, a goodly amount of garlic, grated hard cheese, olive oil or butter and nuts.

Chicago celebrates a meaty month of May

Here’s what a few Chicago restaurants are doing to celebrate meat in May.

Friday food porn: Fish still fry

The end of Lent doesn’t mean the end of the Friday fish fry. Holy Mackerel! in Lombard continues its weekly three-course Friday fish fry special with this crispy beer-battered cod, served with a cup of clam chowder, fries and vinegar slaw, and followed by Key lime pie, $19.95.

Nine ways to spend Valentine’s weekend in Chicago

“Yes, Valentine’s Day is this month, and we will be celebrating with all the city’s lovebirds, but why pin the ‘amour’ to only one day?” asks Chef Carol Wallack of Sola> in North Center and we agree. We got 150 press releases about Valentine’s Day, and you can bet that just about every eatery in […]