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Do you fugu?

Chef Toyoji Hemmi does. The only licensed specialist preparing the delicately flavored but potentially poisonous Japanese blowfish between New York and Colorado, Hemmi is currently preparing a variety of seasonal fugu dishes at Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge in River North. A six-course whole fugu feast for two, $338, offers hirezake, fugu fin in hot […]

Friday food porn: Musseling in

Prince Edward Island mussels in tomato broth with sourdough croutons and rouille, $10, at Trademark Tavern & Tap in Lombard.

Eat this! Lobster thermidor, a theatrical dish

What it is: Lobster thermidor, a luxurious dish, features grilled lobster meat served in the shell with a rich sauce. The sauce varies, ranging from bechamel to cream sauce to brandy sauce to hollandaise. It is sometimes topped with grated cheese and broiled. Where it comes from: Marie’s, a Parisian restaurant near the Comedie Francaise […]

Go fishing in the Loop and get a free meal

On Sundays through Sept. 25, you can vie to be one of a lucky quintet that gets to go fishing in the Chicago Cultural Center and have your catch fried up in a free dinner at South Water Kitchen. The fishy deal is part of “Jim Zimpel: Angle,” an interactive installation featuring artistically-crafted fishing rods, […]

Friday food porn: O Oysters, come and walk with us

Celebrate National Oyster Day, Sunday, Aug. 5, at Benny‚Äôs Chop House in the River North. Specialty oysters from Delaware Bay, New Brunswick, Cape Cod and other regions are available at $14.99 a half dozen and $26.99 a dozen. For a deal, though, have a belated celebration at the steakhouse’s weekly Oyster Wednesday, when the mollusks […]

More seafood from Scurato

Can’t get to Thursday’s salmon dinner? Take vicarious consolation by watching Chef Giuseppe Scurato of Ceres’ Table in Uptown cook up some scrumptious scallops in this Dining Chicago video with the Food Dude, David Lissner.

Seek out this summer seafood

Things are a little fishy in Chicago this month. British Columbia’s pristine Skuna Bay is the home of one of the best-run salmon farms in North America. Ceres’ Table in Uptown hosts a Skuna Bay salmon dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Chef Giuseppe Scurato will match the Canadian salmon with fresh local ingredients […]

Five things to do tonight in Chicago

Tuesday specials around town: Estate Ultra Bar in River West serves oysters on the half shell for $2 each (minimum six). Cantina Laredo in River North offers $5 margaritas made with Patron Silver tequila. Each Tuesday features a different brand. Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for […]

Eat this! Lobster bisque for National Lobster Day

What it is: A thick creamy soup flavored with lobster, lobster bisque is a rich and elegant dish. Because the base broth makes use of lobster shells, it’s a good way to get every last bit of goodness from the costly crustaceans. Where it comes from: The origins of lobster bisque are obscure. Bisques are […]

Summer means seafood in Chicago

Seafood season is here! Shaw’s Crab House in River North and Schaumburg hosts its annual Lobster Fest through July 31, with a variety of specials, including New England-style lobster boil, featuring a cup of clam chowder or lobster bisque, 1-pound Maine lobster, corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, and a slice of key […]