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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 […]

The Quintessential Fall Foods From the Quintessential Foodies

_ Few things personify fall quite like butternut squash. In a myriad of forms, the Ninja Turtle-hued gourd takes over menus this time of year, and people love it. Paul Fehribach of Big Jones cites butternut squash soup as his quintessential fall dish. He likes his topped with fried sage and truffle oil, heavy on ginger, allspice, […]

Brunch Bites: Takito Kitchen Starts Brunch, Waffle Day, and Blueberry BBQ Hollandaise

Brunch is a booming business for restaurants in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites. This week’s array of brunch tidbits […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

Really local lettuce from kids’ farm on the menu

When they say “local” at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, they mean it. The North Shore restaurant is now featuring lettuce hydroponically grown by students at nearby Ravinia School. The members of the elementary school’s Green Growers Club and third-grade teacher Dennis Brosseau deliver a weekly harvest of green butter lettuce to Prairie Grass Cafe […]

Friday food porn: Sweet little cabbage

Crispy Brussels sprouts with local bacon and parmesan cheese, served with basil remoulade.$7, at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, is converting folks who thought they hated the mini cabbages. It’s one of the restaurant’s top-selling sides.

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 […]

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 […]

Happy New Year! 14 eateries for the Jewish High Holidays

No need to fuss over fixing meals for the Jewish High Holidays — restaurants will do it for you. A variety of Chicago eateries are prepared to serve traditional-style menus for the two nights of the Rosh Hashana, dinner preceding Yom Kippur and suppers for breaking your fast afterwards. Unless otherwise mentioned, Rosh Hashana menus […]

14 uncommon ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2012

Just about every restaurant in Chicago does Valentine’s Day, even White Castle, so how’s a lover to choose? Most restaurants are serving special Valentine menus, love-themed libations and various perks to entice you in their doors. With V-Day falling on Tuesday, celebrations have already begun, and a variety of events and specials run through the […]