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Happy anniversary! Chicago restaurants invite you to celebrate

Celebrate with D.O.C., Hugo’s and Gibsons

Get out of your Sunday brunch rut, Chicago!

Skip the same old eggs and sausage, and check out the out-of-the-ordinary Sunday brunch buffet at the recently opened Rogers Park location of Ethiopian Diamond.

Leah’s Notebook: Comings, goings, this and that

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANNY’S! On this day in 1942, Jack Raskin opened what was to become Chicago’s foremost delicatessen, Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli in the South Loop. Going stronger than ever, Manny’s is now run by Jack’s grandson Ken and great-grandsons Danny and Matt Raskin. PUBURBAN NEWS. Bob McCullough’s Pub & Billiards has opened in […]

Eat this! Rich chocolate pudding, a decadent dessert for Valentine’s Day

The decadently rich, port-infused chocolate pudding Chef Kendal Duque recently served at Lakeview’s new Cuna restaurant deserves a fanciful moniker. It’s a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day!

Size matters! Be the big man at the wienie roast with this Chicago hot dog

You no longer need to be embarrassed by your puny hot dog, you can have the biggest wiener at the cookout! Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats, a strange new sideline for the folks behind Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre, introduces the Big Hot Dog, a 16-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter, 7-pound wienie. No ordinary Chicago-style dog, this frankenfurter is made […]

Good news for ginger ale lovers

Chef Bruce Cost’s zippy fresh ginger ales, served at Big Bowl and Wow Bow, are now being bottled! The restaurants continue to mix fresh ginger ales to order for in-house diners, but you can now buy bottles to take home. “I’ve been wanting to do this for 20 years,” says Cost, who first developed the […]

The next big drink? Now on tap

So you’re all over super premium, micro-brewed, all-natural, artisan-crafted, organic, real draft ale. What’s next? Hard cider, perhaps. Only a handful of Chicago-area spots have the new draft Crispin Cider. This year-old, Minneapolis-based company is making its all-American naturally fermented apple brew in Northern California, using no added malt, color, spirit alcohol, sugar or preservatives. […]

To market, to market! Chicago French Market opens in the West Loop

The new Chicago French Market opens today in Ogilvie Transportation Center’s new MetraMarket. It will be the closest thing Chicago has to a public marketplace like those of cities such as Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland and even Milwaukee. Chicago’s first and only year-round, European-inspired indoor market offers fresh produce, meats, baked goods and a variety of […]

Dining Chicago picks the best new restaurants of 2009

In the middle of a recession, Chicago restaurants experienced an astonishing upswing. The Trib called Chicago in 2008 a “chef magnet.” Travel + Leisure listed L2O, Perennial, The Publican and UrbanBelly in their “50 Best New American Restaurants.” Does this make up for Blagojevich’s shamefaced media stint? All told, not a bad year. Here is […]

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve eaten lately?

Here’s mine: Yes, that’s a pizza with macaroni on it. I’m not a snob about chain restaurants. I’ve been known to defend McDonald’s — for more than just its clean restrooms. I have eaten happily at mid-priced national chains, like the Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s. But I wouldn’t have been tempted by CiCi’s Pizza Buffet […]