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50 Shades of Dining

50 Shades of Dining: 50 Shades of Dining: A cheesy adult novel about S&M fantasy isn’t the first thing I’d expect to translate to a dinner menu, but I’m not one to judge. As the feverishly popular 50 Shades of Grey prepares for its theatrical release on Valentine’s Day, a couple restaurants are serving up aphrodisiacal brunch […]

Lost Lake and Thank You: First Taste

Lost Lake and Thank You:   Venerable Land and Sea Dept. hitches their wagon to Paul McGee’s star for a bold new tiki bar and Chinese takeout concept on the edge of Logan Square and Avondale. The trajectory of Paul McGee’s cocktail career over the past few years has been quite impressive. Criss-crossing the city, […]

Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex

Comfort Food Dishes to Combat the Polar Vortex Real talk: the term “polar vortex” is worse to me than most swear words. It’s a threatening phrase that strikes fear in Chicagoans with its promise of frigid temperatures and merciless wind chill. Screw the polar vortex. Obviously, there’s no better way to flip off the polar […]

Lettuce Entertain You Serves Up Brunch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Brunch on Martin Luther King In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Lettuce Entertain You restaurants honor Martin Luther King Jr. day by extending brunch service to the Monday holiday.   Typically, lemon pancakes and quinoa cakes with poached eggs are more of a weekend ritual at Beatrix, but thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Easy New Year’s Resolutions

Chicago Restaurants That Make it Easy to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions A new year means a new opportunity to make new year’s resolutions and eat healthier. Fortunately in Chicago, restaurants make it easy to do so without sacrificing flavor. New year, new attitude. Notably, an attitude mindful about eating healthier after a months-long spree […]

Sundae at Parlour at the Pavilion: Sweet of the Week: Chicagoland

Sundae at Parlour at the Pavilion: Sweet of the Week: Chicagoland   During the holidays, dessert appetites pivot more towards pie and hot chocolate than cooler things like sundaes and shakes. This would be a grievous mistake to give in to such seasonal habits, as you’d be missing out on some killer ice cream artistry […]

Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2014

Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2014: Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2014: Every year brings a bevy of incredible new dining and drinking destinations to Chicago, a city that has risen up the ranks to become one of the world’s quintessential food cities. Here are some of my favorites from the past year.   It […]

Christmas Dining in Chicago’

Christmas Dining in Chicago: Where to dine out for Christmas in Chicago. It’s almost that time of year when a merry bearded man comes flying down people’s chimneys to deliver presents and eat their cookies. It’s also the time of year for filling up on familial meals at home and at restaurants. We can’t dictate […]

Tiramisu at Andy’s Jazz Club: Sweet of the Week

Tiramisu at Andy’s Jazz Club: Tiramisu at Andy’s Jazz Club Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to […]

Steak News: Roka Akor Offers Rarest of the Rare:

Steak News: Roka Akor Offers Rarest of the Rare:   Attention steak aficionados: Roka Akor has acquired some of the rarest steak in the world for a limited time.   Chicago isn’t lacking in steakhouses or fine cuts of beef, but when the opportunity to sample the highest quality beef commercially available in the world presents […]