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The Perfect Steak Dinner In Downtown Chicago

I recently moved from Minneapolis to Chicago and I am learning where the best eateries are. When I was in Minneapolis I knew all the best restaurants. Now I am looking for the best steakhouse in Chicago. I have visited many Chicago steak restaurants in the Gold Coast, Streeterville and Downtown. I am now trying […]

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

Friday food porn: Dark and sweet

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! This layered beauty, from Benny’s Chophouse in River North, was inspired by one made by Pastry Chef Aaron Lindgren’s l grandmother Flo. The moist, three-layer devil’s food cake starts with cocoa, heated with vanilla bean and water, and finishes with rich sour cream frosting made from a blend of […]

Chicago chefs’ top 10 recipes of 2012

Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were […]

Friday food porn: Give them the beef

There’s still time to send a bite of Chicago to your out-of-town friends before Christmas. For the first time ever, Gibsons is offering holiday steak sales. Order online to send them four of the steakhouse’s signature 22-ounce W.R.’s Chicago Cut bone-in ribeyes, along with a bottle of Gibsons Seasoning Salt, for $299, including overnight shipping. […]

Drink this! Sweet, hot and rummy

What it is: The chilly December weather calls for a warming drink: Hot buttered rum starts with a spiced, buttery “batter” blended with rum and hot water. Where it comes from: Hot buttered rum and similar rum toddies were created in Colonial America, and was a favorite tipple of 18th-century politicians, who reportedly plied prospective […]

Dining for a cause or three

Eat, drink and contribute. BUY ONE, TAKE ONE, GIVE ONE. Through Wednesday, buy a classic pasta at any Maggiano’s restaurant and you’ll not only get one free, but Maggiano’s will make a meal donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. BE SWEET TO THE KIDS. Through Dec. 31, every sale of mini […]

Friday food porn: A decade of meat

Ancho beef or ribeye, one of 16 cuts of meat served in unlimited portions at Fogo de Chao in River North. The churrascaria is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Chicago and a recent $750,000 renovation and expansion, which added private dining rooms, a restyled bar/lounge and expanded the salad bar. In honor of the occasion, […]

Friday food porn: You can watch!

Specially-trained caesar-salad baristas — they call them “Caesaristas” — mix up the greens tableside at David Burke’s Primehouse in River North. Lunch options (available as part of 30-minute meal) are “classic,” topped with items such as grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled filet mignon or seared ahi tuna; “creative,” featuring butter-poached lobster, smoked salmon or crab […]

Last call for Wine Week reservations

Smith & Wollensky in River North hosts its 51st semi-annual national Wine Week today through Friday, Sept. 19. Lunch at the steakhouse and sample up to 10 wines for just $10 with the purchase of a lunch entree. To support research efforts and raise awareness about breast cancer, tastings will feature pink (rose) wines and […]