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Friday food porn: Spicy roll

Braised lamb in a curry reduction, finished with pickled onions and fresh cilantro chutney and wrapped in flatbread, $5.99, at the Loop’s new fast-casual Indian lunch spot, Bombay Wraps.

North Shore Distillery opens for tastings, tours

Lake Bluff-based North Shore Distillery opens its new tasting room beginning Friday, June 10.

Friday food porn: Cheese (and meat) to please

Charcuterie and local cheeses feature at the new Evening Ale & Sandwich Bar at Lawry’s The Prime Rib in River North. The walk-in-only bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and offers local beers, international wines and a full cocktail list plus a variety of small bites; sandwiches such as prime rib au jus […]

Top 10 places to celebrate Mardi Gras in Chicago

Call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Carnival … it’s the last hurrah before Lent. If you don’t observe Lent, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Here are our picks for Mardi Gras events around Chicagoland.

Don’t miss Chicago’s August summer festivals

Festival season continues in Chicago, with Taste of Little Italy, Northalsted Market Days and the Air and Water Show.

Bring on the Chicago barbecue bonanza!

I can see that, when even Mr. Zee’s, a Greek snack shop in Morton Grove has rebranded itself as Mr. Gee’s B.B.Q. on Demand, the barbecue trend might be getting a little ridiculous. But I think it’s fantastic — bring it on! All styles, all flavors, the more the merrier. Let’s have Kansas City-style, St. Louis-style, Texas-style, South Carolina-style, you-name-it-style … heck, we can even encompass Western Kentucky barbecued mutton.

Gaztro-wagon hits the Chicago streets

The Gaztro-wagon hits the Chicago streets tomorrow.

Hot Chicago hotel menu happenings

Chicago’s hotel restaurants are sizzling this summer. Here’s a sampling: Stetson’s Chop House in the Loop’s Hyatt Regency Chicago has added a $38 three-course set menu to recently enhanced regular menu. Served daily before 6:30 p.m. and after 8 p.m., the prix fixe offers a choice of French onion soup or caesar salad to start; […]

Leah’s Notebook: News of Chicago’s dining scene

Condolences to the family and friends of Edna Stewart, founder and head chef of West Side soul food spot Edna’s Restaurant.

New club brings comedy to downtown Chicago

They call it the Red Bar Comedy Club, but the humor can be decidedly blue.