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Small Plates, Big Flavors at Kurah Mediterranean Tapas

Small plates and big flavors abound at Kurah Mediterranean Tapas in the South Loop. I must confess that I am usually not one for small plates. The idea of ordering a slew of diminutive dishes and being coerced by servers into sharing them is not something I often look for at dinner. It reminds me too […]

Who’d be caught dead in Rosemont?

Fresco 21 in Rosemont is dying to know what you want for your final meal on earth. Submit your deathbed wish for three courses by Monday, Jan. 28. Chef Cameron Grant will cook the ultimate dinner for the winner who will also receive a one-night stay in the Presidential Suite at the adjoining InterContinental Chicago […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

8 great holiday entertaining recipes from Chicago chefs

Holiday cooking and entertaining season has come upon us. If you’re looking for new ideas for your own holiday parties or dishes to take along to friends’, try these terrific recipes from Chicago chefs. Lillie’s Q, Wicker Park, pimento cheese, a Southern party spread. Shokran, Irving Park, zaalouk, Moroccan eggplant spread. Rhapsody, Loop, arancini, Italian […]

10 Chicago Mother’s Day freebies

Cherishing your mother needn’t break the budget. Just about every restaurant in town is offering brunch or dinner specials for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, but these sweeten the pot with free items for Mom.

19 Chicago places to celebrate National Soup Month

  January is National Soup Month, and these Chicago restaurants are celebrating with souper specials. You can stop in for or bowlful … or you can wear soup on your head. 33 Club, Old Town, $5 soup special, with choices such as roasted tomato served with petite grilled cheese sandwich. Carlucci, Downers Grove, choice of […]

Dine out to help the hungry

Your dining dollars can help end childhood hunger in America this week. Through Saturday, Sept. 25 scores of local eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds to anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength during the charity’s annual “Great American Dine Out.” The funds raised go to community programs across the country. Participating restaurants include: Brick […]

The best Chicago restaurants ever? Really?

What would you add to the list? What would you leave off?

Eat this! Zaalouk, a cooked salad from Morocco

What it is: Zaalouk is a traditional Moroccan salad made of eggplant and tomatoes, cooked to a puree. “It’s an authentic Moroccan dish that can be served hot or cold, says Chef Khalid Kamal, owner of Shokran in Irving Park. Where it comes from: “Salads” in Moroccan cuisine describe a whole range of cooked vegetable […]

Imminent openings

Early adopters will have lots to choose from in coming weeks. About-to-open Chicagoland restaurants include: Avli Estiatorio, Greek, Winnetka: Louis Alexakis, former general manager of Greek Islands and owner of the erstwhile Ouzeri, has recruited culinary expert Diane Kochilas direct from Greece as consulting chef for this 112-seat eatery specializing in regional Greek cuisine. Look […]